Two weeks in Spain: The average holiday for Brits

average Briton's holiday plans revealed

A survey has revealed that the average British holiday in 2015 will be a two-week couple's break in Spain taken out of peak season.

Spain proved to be a very a popular choice in the survey by Monarch Airlines which revealed that over half of all breaks booked for 2015 are to Spain.

Spain is more than three times as popular as next-placed Greece, reports the Daily Mail.

The survey also revealed that two thirds of holidays this year will be taken by couples.

Family holidays are less popular this year, perhaps because of the expense of travelling during the school summer holidays.

In fact, the survey revealed that the most popular months to travel are outside of the school summer holidays.

September holidays are most popular with 45% of those surveyed booking a break in September, followed by May (32%) and June (31%).

Only one in five are planning to travel in July or August.

It seems Brits really want to treat themselves this year with hotel accommodation proving more popular than villas and apartments. The survey also revealed that the most popular amount of holiday spending money is £400 to £500 per person, reports Euro Weekly News.

Ian Chambers, head of retail and online at Monarch Airlines said: 'This research into 2015's holiday plans show that our customers will be enjoying some seriously relaxing breaks this year.

'Spain's popularity amongst those looking for sun, sea and sangria is as strong as ever, and with Greece being the second most popular destination for 2015 it's no wonder that our new Greek routes are in high demand.

'It's also great to see savvy travellers making the most of the exceptional bargains that are to be had outside of the traditional peak season – June is a month that offers the excellent weather conditions of high summer without the crowds.

'However as our research shows, more people are seizing the opportunity and those looking to secure one this year need to act fast to make sure they're not left behind.'

Where Britons will holiday this year

1) Spain – 58.3%

2) Greece – 17.2%

3) Portugal – 16.1%

4) Americas – 13.8%

5) Italy – 12.5%

6) Turkey – 12.2%

7) Cyprus – 11.7%

8) France – 9.1%

9) Egypt – 6.4%

10) Croatia – 5.3%

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It may only be half an hour's drive from the Costa del Sol, but  Gaucín provides a completely different world. This little gem is known for its spectacular views of Gibraltar and North Africa as well the surrounding mountain scenery and is not to be missed.

Beautiful Archidona, just 50 kilometres from Málaga City, sits at the very centre of Andalucia, 660 metres above sea level. Picturesque and tranquil, the highlight is the Plaza Ochavada, a beautiful Baroque square at the heart of the town.

A mere 14km from the Costa del Sol, this village has miraculously escaped the modern rebuilding that has blighted much of the Spanish landscape. Outstanding sights abound, including the Arab Fortress, the Fountain of Carlos III and the Baths of La Hedionda.

The small traditional village of Bunyola sits on the southern slopes of the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountain range, just nine miles from the city of Palma. Bunyola has, for the most part, ignored the tourist developments that have taken place throughout the rest of the island, and is one of the few untouched Mallorcan villages that still exist.

This charming whitewashed village is nestled between three rocky spurs, topped by the ruins of the castle, which was first built by the Phoenicians and subsequently expanded under Roman rule. This  is one of its main tourist attractions, but the atmosphere of the town is friendly and laid-back: many visitors like to stay and sample the local food in one of the town's many decent restaurants.

Beautiful Iznajar sits on a hill above a spectacular reservoir, the Embalse de Iznajar. The village serves as a natural entrance to the Sierra Subeticas Natural Park, which is worth a day exploring in its own right. Points of interest: The 7th century church, built by the Moors, and the Church of Santiago Apostol, whose spires dominate the town's skyline.

Set within the Sierra del Grazalema Natural Park, life in his little off-the-beaten-track town goes on at a very different pace. The area is popular for rural tourism, and offers excellent walks, mountain views and potholing. Don't miss: A trip to the Pileta Caves, where you can see etchings from more than 25,000 years ago.
Picuresque Cala San Vincente, on the isolated north eastern tip of the island, sits on steep cliffs on a quiet bay with a wide sandy beach. This is the perfect escape from the busy town of Ibiza which is less than 20 miles away.
This tiny white wonderfully picturesque town, which sits atop a cliff more than 700 metres above sea level, is known as the 'Balcony of the Axarquia' because of its incredible views across the mountain range. It's less than 40km from Malaga and boasts lots of fascinating historical points of interest. Highlights include the ruins of a Moorish fortress and the Church of the Incarnation, which dates back to the 16th century.  
Less than 30km from Benidorm, Guadalest is worth the twisting mountain drive for its views alone. This medieval town has been voted one of Spain's top tourist attractions, and is best known for its castle, which literally hangs off the cliff face.

The best beaches in Spain (according to Tripadvisor)
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Endless sea, fine sand, spectacular views and Ibiza on the horizon. No wonder this beach takes pride of place in Tripadvisor's best beaches in Spain. What visitors say: “You have the sea on both sides, which makes it unique. The views are amazing. The water is crystal clear.”

This beach in Galicia, on the Cantabric coast has been declared a national monument. With its sea caves and natural arches, it's wonderful for exploring at low tide. What visitors say: “The beach itself is gorgeous, but just the view of the sea from the top of the rocks makes one dizzy.”

La Concha, which  means 'shell' in Spanish - this beach is shell-shaped - is one of the most famous urban beaches in Europe and one of the loveliest in the Basque Country. What visitors say: "Beautiful scenery and very clean beach. Well worth a visit. If you want a place to recharge your batteries this is it."

This beautiful sandy bay near Cadiz is singled out for its unspoilt beauty. Sun worshippers in this area usually head for the joys of Tarifa, so the beach here remains largely unspoilt (although it's a favourite with Spanish families.) What visitors say: “This is a fantastic empty beach, at least in May.” 

The sandy windswept beach on the Peninsula de Jandia is spectacular and gloriously empty even in peak season. The relentless surf pounds the beach all day so it's not for swimmers - but its beauty is undeniable. What reviewers say: "Amazing... I will never forget it." "It's like being in another world."

Being so close to the Strait of Gibraltar, this is precious environment is ideal for bird watching during migration periods, as well as whale watching. "There is nothing bad about this place. Clean sea, excellent food and calm ambiance. Ideal for a romantic walk at dusk," says one reviewer.

With some of the cleanest, clearest water and the softest golden sand in Ibiza. Situated on the west coast of the island, this is also one of the most popular beaches in the area. What visitors say: “Lovely bay, busy though even in October.” 

The "jewel in the crown" of Gran Canaria, Playa de las Canteras is a long strip of sand protected by a natural reef that stretches for miles along the bay. Locals say it's one of the Spain's best urban beaches: people flock to this fantastic beach because of its ideal conditions for eater sports, too (the waves at one end are perfect for surfing). Reviewers rave about its  cleanliness and "amazing atmosphere"."The best beach in the world," says one.
This beautiful wide, soft stretch on the Atlantic coast boasts miles of fine clean golden sand it's so huge that doesn't feel crowded, even in the height of summer. Plenty of bars and immaculate rest rooms are singled out here too. "This really is a terrific place to spend your day," says one reviewer.

The breathtakingly beautiful wild beaches on the north west coast of the island boast lovely little coves give a deserted feel that is perfect for anyone wishing to get away from it all. There are lots of secluded spots (and plenty of naturism) and plenty of amazing snorkelling in the lagoons. What the reviewers say: "Seemingly endless, beautiful beaches. A perfect mix of volcanic bizarre looking rocks and Sahara sand."


TripAdvisor's Destinations on the Rise 2015
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Average nightly hotel rate: £32

Located between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, this destination is known for its tranquil beaches, culinary tours, and Buddhist sanctuaries. Da Nang is also home to the second best rated hotel in Vietnam, Fusion Maia Resort, according to this year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels, making it the perfect choice for your 2015 holiday.  TripAdvisor reviewers suggest a visit to the historic Marble Mountains where the “panoramic scenery is breathtaking.” For an authentic Vietnamese meal, travellers should not miss Lam Vien Restaurant.

Average nightly hotel rate: £62

Surrounded by the Bay of Thailand, Sihanoukville is a spectacular beach town that offers premier snorkelling and diving. TripAdvisor reviewers describe Ream National Park as “a true tropical forest.” After exploring, travellers should check out Martini Beach, a great place to eat and marvel at the sunset.

Average nightly hotel rate: £92

Offering sun, sand, and culture, this Mediterranean spot has something for visitors of all ages in 2015. History buffs can learn about the archaic sites at Kourion including its magnificent amphitheatre and intricate mosaics. For delicious Greek fare, TripAdvisor reviewers recommend Meze Taverna Restaurant, where the food is “homemade with love.”

Average nightly hotel rate: £43

Beloved by travellers for its world class beaches and water sports, Ao Nang is quickly growing in popularity. One TripAdvisor reviewer described Phra Nang Beach as “beautiful, clean and pristine.” In between swimming and sun bathing, travellers can dine on incredible Thai food at Tom Ma Yom, which offers succulent prawns, papaya salad, and more.

Average nightly hotel rate: £81

Once a quiet community, Bodrum City is now one of Turkey’s most popular holiday destinations. The city features culturally rich attractions including the Castle of St. Peter and the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which displays some spectacular ancient artifacts. For a great meal, travellers can enjoy mouthwatering kebabs and mezze at Gambilya Natural Cuisine.

Average nightly hotel rate: £53

Located on the southern coast of Okinawa Island, Naha is known for its historic monuments and majestic gardens. One traveller noted that Shurijo Castle has been rebuilt to give visitors a “real feel” for ancient castles. TripAdvisor reviewers also rave about the traditional Okinawan cuisine at Yunangi noting, “It’s well worth the wait.”

Average nightly hotel rate: £63

Travellers will enjoy fun in the sun in 2015 at this resort town located along the Red Sea. During the day, sunbathers, snorkelers and divers can make a splash at Sharm El Naga, where one TripAdvisor reviewer describes the beach as “a gentle slope into the clear blue sea.” At night, diners can devour “the best steak in town” at Moby Dick restaurant.

Average nightly hotel rate: £68

Along the Volga River, Kazan is known for its rich history. Not to be missed is the Kazan Kremlin, a citadel that one TripAdvisor traveller describes as offering “a mix of Orthodox Christian and Muslim cultures.” For authentic regional cuisine, travellers can dine at Pashmir Restaurant, which boasts “an amazing riverside location.”

Average nightly hotel rate: £58

A recent World Cup host city, this spot offers cosmopolitan attractions in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon. A TripAdvisor reviewer recommends touring the Teatro Amazons to “get a real sense of the grandeur of the old opera.” Hungry travellers should consider dining at Banzeiro, where one reviewer describes the signature Tambagui ribs as “nothing less than an incredible.”

Average nightly hotel rate: £183

On the Gulf of Aqaba, Israel’s southernmost city boasts sunshine nearly every day of the year. Visitors can explore Timna National Park, which one TripAdvisor reviewer describes as “a rocky desert, with magnificent views of red and pink rocks.” Later on, guests can cool off while snorkelling in the “clear turquoise water” at the Coral Beach Nature Reserve.


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