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11 secret TUI destinations for your next adventure

Check out this pocket-sized surf town in Morocco, the best places to holiday in Portugal and the new Vietnam hangout you need to see before your friends do.

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1. Taghazout, Morocco

Fly to: Agadir

Taghazout is a hippie, 60’s beach town that’s never lost its bohemian edge – but now, it’s one of the most popular surf destinations in Morocco and Africa. Anchor Point and Boiler’s Break are a cut above your normal swells, but if you’re not quite brave enough for the board yet there are plenty of surf schools on the beach in Taghazout. And you prefer dry land, brunch spots like Cafe Mouja welcome you in for smoothies, brunch and epic ocean views, or you could head to one of the beachfront yoga classes for a sunset vinyasa. You could even hunt out the Game of Thrones filming locations too.

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2. Cadiz, Spain

Fly to: Jerez

Just like many of Spain’s cities, Cadiz combines a cuisine of its own, small streets that snake through the Old Town and friendly locals, better known as gaditanos (Cadiz locals). If you’re not here to enjoy a few sherries in the centuries-old city centre or to weave in and out of eighteenth century churches and cathedrals, you might find what you’re looking for on El Zahara de los Atunes or Bolonia. Bolonia beach, also known as Tarifa, is a 4km golden playground for windsurfers, whereas El Zahara de los Atunes is better to suited to drinking copas of wine with the sun setting over Africa right in front of you.

Fly to Jerez de la Frontera

3. Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Fly to: Phu Quoc

Thailand’s islands like Koh Tao and Koh Samui have been stealing the limelight in the past 10-15 years, which means the sandy, fisherman’s island of Phu Quoc (pronounced foo kwok) has remained a quiet coastal destination, ideal for relaxing by the pool, spending the day zipping round on a scooter or finding local fish markets. In fact, there’s even a Fish Sauce Factory you can visit on this island (but it will require a strong stomach). A better way of getting acquainted with the local produce is hitting the stalls on Sao Beach after a solid day of sunbathing. You can also break a sweat by doing one of the hiking trails in Phú Quốc National Park, which covers the majority of the northeast tip of Phu Quoc. This is also one of the best value holiday destinations of this year.

Fly to Phu Quoc

4. Gozo, Malta

Fly to: Malta

When the Azure window collapsed in March 2017, the Maltese locals worried that this might hurt tourism – it turns out they had little to fear. The Azure window is as popular as it was, but the attraction is now under water – it’s become one of the best places to dive in the Mediterranean, thanks to Malta’s clear blue waters, minimal pollution and a new neighbourhood of marine life living life on the rocks in Gozo. The dive site is already rapidly changing, as the white sharp rocks are beginning to grow a new submarine layer of life. Outside of the water, Gozo has beautiful beaches, and if you’re craving city life, Valletta (Malta’s capital) is a busy Medieval port city and another Game of Thrones filming location.

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5. Sardinia, Italy

Fly to: Alghero

When you think of Italy, you might think of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Neapolitan pizza and Rome’s Colosseum. You might have bypassed Sardinia’s pink beaches, National Park archipelago and rugged, mountainous interior. Whilst still Italian, Sardinia is proud of its island heritage, sat next to Corsica in the middle of the Mediterranean. Flying into Alghero means you’ll be in the northwest of the country, and just a few hours from La Maddalena National Park. With seven large islands and 55 smaller islets, it’s ideal for sailing into the sunset with your friends or partner. Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is easy to visit by public transport if you’re staying on the mainland, too. If you’re still hankering for an Italian city afterwards, why not check out TUI’s Italy holidays?

Fly to Alghero

6. Tulum, Mexico

Fly to: Cancun

There’s a lot to be said for exiting Cancun’s airport and hopping in a transfer to hotfoot it to Tulum. Home of the mystical Mayan ruins, beachfront taquerias and all-night jungle parties, this is somewhere you should be making a beeline for if you like a touch of history, Caribbean beaches and fish tacos. The town of Tulum has a number of romantic hotels, hipster bars and coffee shops, whereas the beach is a further 10 minutes east. This is where you’ll find cenotes (a cave diver’s dream!), white sand and palm-fringed beach bars and boutiques.

Fly to Cancún

7. Murano, Italy

Fly to: Venice

Venice will blow you away, but the smaller islands just outside of the city will charm you (and they’re much quieter). Murano used to be Venice’s glass-making island, where all the glass-makers were forced to live to protect their trade. Fortunately, the glass-makers now have the freedom to roam, but it’s still common to weave in and out of the shops to see how they make ornate Champagne flutes and intricate pieces of jewellery. Likewise, Burano, Murano’s neighbouring island, is known for lace-making and brightly coloured canal facing houses – this trip’s a dreamy one for creatives types.

Fly to Venice

8. Skiathos, Greece

Fly to: Skiathos

Skiathos Town has become increasingly cool in the last decade, but despite designer boutiques and yachts lining the harbour, it’s still got that small-island feel. Restaurants are hidden under leafy trees and in between bright white walls, Greek alley cats stalk the pathways as though they own the city, and once you jump in a jeep you’ll have access to Skiathos’ secret beaches and beautiful bays. Koukenaries is the ideal spot to stay if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle – but who doesn’t want to wake up and stroll to their closest bakery for bougatsa?

Fly to Skiathos

9. Kerala, India

Fly to: Kerala

Getting off the beaten track entirely doesn’t mean giving up creature comforts – you can find plenty of 4 and 5 star hotels in Kerala, Wifi is included and some have pools too. However, this spot is a million miles (metaphorically) from the standard beach villa and self-catering combo. You’ll spend your days cruising on Kerala’s backwaters on long boats, trying seafood cooking classes and catching a snake-boat race if you’re lucky. These take place every few months post-monsoon season. When it comes to celebrating, Kerala is known for tea and toddy (tea being the hot drink you know and love, toddy being the local alcohol produced from the sap of palm trees).

Kerala is an amazing place to visit in India
Fly to Kerala

10. Podgorica, Montenegro

Fly to: Podgorica

Montenegro is getting more and more of a reputation for it’s clean beaches and medieval old towns – especially as it shares a coastline with Croatia, but costs a fraction of the price. Sharing Croatia’s geography also means Montenegro has a number of vineyards (and yep, the local wine is good) and quiet beaches on Becici. TUI even offer transfers to Petrovac, the main coastal bay just south of Becici and Budva. Alternatively, you could hike around Durmitor National Park, Montenegro’s northern mountain range, and hire a cabin on the Black Lake.

Where to visit in Montenegro
Fly to Podgorica

Ready for your next holiday? Check out all of TUI’s destinations today. Why not get ahead of the game with one of these winter deals in Vietnam or Cape Verde?

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