We’ve all been there; you’re scrolling through social media when everyone else’s holiday photos start piling up and you find yourself suddenly browsing last-minute flights. If all those snaps have got you digging out your swimwear and snorkels, make some sunshiney happy memories of your own at these ideal last-minute summer holiday destinations.
With its rugged mountain ranges, green olive trees, white beaches, and turquoise waters, the Greek island of Corfu is a tropical paradise on our own continent. The island boasts plenty of family-friendly resorts, so there’s lots of opportunity for last-minute cheap deals, and you have the option of choosing exactly what sort of holiday you’d like – from the bustling, fun-filled resorts in the south, to the more peaceful and quiet hotels in the north. Best of all, the short flight times make this an ideal destination for families travelling with young children.
What to do: If you can hire a car, Corfu has plenty of private beaches and coves off the beaten track – perfect for a family adventure!
For intrepid families looking for something outside of the ordinary holiday destinations, Egypt’s Red Sea coast is the perfect choice. Once a fishing village, the city of Hurghada is now a holiday paradise, with its clear, warm, and calm waters providing the perfect backdrop for all sorts of watersports. There are plenty of kid-oriented and affordable resorts to choose from and the daily temperature of 30 degrees means you’ll be spoilt for sunshine.
What to do: Hurghada is most famous for its crystal clear waters so snorkelling is a must but there a plenty of on-land activities to keep you busy too, from the spectacular sand city to day trips to ancient Egyptian sites.
Nestled between two beautiful pine-clad mountains, Marmaris is one of Turkey’s best and most breathtaking tourist destinations. Popular for its warm weather and gorgeous volcanic sandy beaches, most of Marmaris’ resorts offer last-minute trips at great prices and the whole resort is built around family-friendly hotels and activities. Perfect for families who love long beach days in the sun.
What to do: Take a trip on a traditional gulet boat or visit the stunning Pamukkale (‘cotton castle’), a UNESCO World Heritage Site of natural thermal springs pooled in cascading white limestone.