Sometimes it’s good to get ahead with planning, and a holiday is no different. With so many trending destinations set to be big for 2020, now is the perfect time to get your travel plans in order. So why not add these to your wish list?
SULTANATE OF OMAN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Set on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is bathed in golden sunshine and fascinating Arab culture. With a backdrop of the Al Hajar mountain range and Wahiba Sands, Oman is also home to majestic cultural attractions and an inviting coastline too. With temperatures ranging between 20 – 30°C year-round, there’s even more reason to visit this enchanting country in 2020.
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This upmarket destination is growing in popularity for both families and couples for the wealth of things to do, from desert tours to souk shopping. The capital and whitewashed port city of Muscat blends old and new, with low-rise buildings, modern hotels and world-famous Royal Opera House. Up in the lush green mountains of Jabal Akhdar, visitors are greeted with panoramic views of Oman, deep canyons and peaceful villages perfect for exploring.
Some other areas worth visiting are Musandam, separated from Oman by the UAE and known for its fjords, khors and remote villages. Nicknamed the ‘Norway of Arabia’, its dramatic beauty is worth seeing. Dhofar in the south is popular for snorkelling, mountain tours and white sand beaches. Thanks to the monsoon season from June to August, temperatures are much cooler.
This upscale modern resort in the Turkish Riviera boasts a beautiful Blue Flag beach, 5 star resorts and pristine championship golf courses. Ideally located 30 minutes from Antalya airport, Belek is the perfect resort to kick back and relax while being easily accessible.
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The long beach promenade is lined with restaurants, and Belek town is full of supermarkets, leather and jewellery shops and a weekly bazaar. Day trips from here can include exploring the Roman ruins of Perge just 20 minutes’ drive away or taking a bike ride through the Lycian Way trail. June to September are the warmest months, so you’ll want to spend time outdoors.
Belek’s nightlife is diverse with nightclubs and cosy bars that appeal to couples as well as families, and with Antalya a short distance away, you can sample even more entertainment there.
Ibiza has long been the party island destination for the Irish, and it’s set to be just as popular in 2020. Only just over two hours from Ireland and basking in Mediterranean sunshine, Ibiza is the go-to destination for the hottest clubs and events with international DJ and artist line-ups.
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The buzzing resorts of San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa are always lively; while along the coast Santa Eulalia provides a happy medium, which is ideal for families. Ibiza Town is also great for nightlife, but the UNESCO-listed town has plenty of culture with a stunning cathedral and fortress.
Beach lovers can take their pick of sandy beaches and quiet spots to relax too or take a day trip over to the tiny island of Formentera. Whether you’re planning a holiday with friends, a partner or the family, Ibiza ticks all the boxes.
The Paphos region of Cyprus has plenty of appeal and for families; it’s the perfect place to explore next year. From its Blue Flag beaches and traditional Cypriot tavernas, to its historical landmarks and pine-filled countryside, Paphos has a lot to offer. It’s as diverse as the people who visit, so you can expect a mixed crowd and a welcoming atmosphere.
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Soak up some history with a day trip out to the Tomb of Kings close to the old harbour or spend a day in Ancient Kourion. Witness Aphrodite’s Rock for yourself located near Pissouri Village or discover wildlife at Troodos National Forest Park. Kids’ will also love the thrill of Aphrodite Waterpark, featuring its own lazy river and adrenalin-pumping slides. With long sunny days during the summer months, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
SUNNY BEACH, BULGARIA
Sunny Beach is an affordable destination for a holiday in 2020, especially if nightlife and relaxed beach days are your thing. Just like its name, Sunny Beach is Bulgaria’s sun kissed resort and party capital. From June to September, the average temperatures are 20-23°C.
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With all of the action centred on its Blue Flag beach, it’s backed by hotels and a bustling promenade with shops, bars and restaurants. But there’s plenty to keep you busy away from the sunbed – turn up the fun a level with a day trip to Aqua Paradise waterpark or go shopping for gifts on Flower Street. The UNESCO-listed town of Nessebar just 15 minutes’ drive away where you can learn about its Greek and Roman past.