Skyscanner reveals rapidly rising summer destinations
Although Spain remains the most popular destination with British holidaymakers, cheap flights comparison site Skyscanner.net reveals some of the more secret summer spots that are attracting travellers keen to escape the British crowds and discover somewhere new.
Deemed the ‘Pearl of the Aegean’, Izmir is a city of palm-lined walkways, boulevards and parks which curl around a bay that’s back-dropped by mountains. It’s the gateway to the Aegean coastline where fishing villages and small towns sit alongside idyllic beaches encircled by pine forests, olives groves and rocky crags.
Flights to Izmir start from £150 and depart from London Gatwick
Unspoiled, untouched and relatively unheard of as a tourist destination, Albania is one of Europe’s best kept secrets; but for how long? Last year, Albania made headlines with a backpacker boom and Tirana, the capital, is a new entry to the Skyscanner Top 100 cities this month. New restaurants and hotels are now luring visitors to its museums, bustling bars, clubs and cafes.
Flights to Tirana start from £202 and depart from London Gatwick
Tel Aviv, Israel
Israel’s cool capital is currently pushing hard for British tourists. For a small country (it’s about the size of Wales), Israel has plenty going for it from desert dunes to the Dead Sea to snow capped mountains and even a ski resort. Tel Aviv is a lively city, ancient yet modern, with clear, clean beaches on the Mediterranean coast. Israelis know how to party, so expect a vibrant time after dark.
Flights to Tel Aviv start from £136 and depart from London Gatwick
The Croatian coastline is becoming increasingly popular with UK travellers, and Split (pictured right), gateway to Dalmatia, is a great place to base yourself. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea and backed by rugged mountains, Split’s ancient Roman architecture will please culture vultures, whilst outdoor lovers can take a hike up Marjan, a dormant volcano covered in dense Mediterranean pine forest.
Flights to Split cost from £74 and depart from Bristol
Ljubljana , the charming capital of little known Slovenia, is split by a beautiful green river lined with alfresco eateries and overlooked by a medieval castle. Wander the romantic old town, browse the market stalls or venture outside of the city to nearby mountains, vineyards and cave systems – this is the perfect place for a weekend for two.
Flights to Ljubljana start from £61 and depart from London Stansted
Barry Smith, Skyscanner Co-founder and Business Director commented:
“Instead of jumping straight on flights to Malaga this summer, why not try somewhere different? We are finding more people are opting for destinations a little more off the beaten track where they tend to find fewer crowds and a more genuine cultural experience.”
Second image courtesy of Croatian National Tourist Office