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Top 15 Summer Holiday Destinations for 2024

Looking to book your summer holiday? If yes, don’t do it until you check out Flight and Hotel Guru’s list of the top 15 summer holiday destinations!

From pristine beaches and lush landscapes to vibrant cities pulsating with culture and energy, there’s a travel destination in this edit for every type of traveler. We’ve also made sure to cater to all the different budgets by including several more affordable destinations, such as Himare, Albania and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Iconic summer holiday destinations are obviously also included, such as Santorini, Amalfi Coast and Hawaii. However, we also did our best to feature some of the lesser-known places, such as the Azores, Menorca and Izmir.

So, whether you’re seeking sun-drenched beaches, cultural immersion, or adrenaline-pumping adventures, our list of the best summer holiday destinations has got you covered! Keep scrolling to unveil them all and plan your next adventure with Flight and Hotel Guru!

1. Azores, Portugal

Summer Holiday Destinations: Azores, Portugal
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Opening up the list of the top summer holiday destinations for 2024 with The Azores, Portugal. A haven of natural beauty and cultural richness nestled in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, Azores offers a unique blend of culture and nature, surrounded by majestic volcanic craters and therapeutic hot springs. An array of unforgettable experiences also await: from whale-watching amidst the azure waters to invigorating hikes through lush, verdant landscapes. All of that while being embraced by the warmth of Portuguese culture, where genuine hospitality meets a rich culinary tradition.

2. Cote D’Azur, French Riviera

Summer Holiday Destinations: French Riviera
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With luxury yachts dotting its azure waters, designer boutiques lining the promenades, and chic cafes tempting with their offerings, French Riviera makes a perfect place for a glamorous summer holiday. Though beyond this opulent facade, the French Riviera also boasts a wealth of cultural treasures, from world-class museums and art galleries to historic landmarks like the iconic Palais des Festivals in Cannes, where the prestigious Cannes Film Festival unfolds each year. Not even to mention the region’s delicious culinary delights, from succulent fresh seafood sourced from the Mediterranean to aromatic Provençal specialties that will delight any foodie.

3. Menorca, Spain

Summer Holiday Destinations: Menorca, Spain
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Tucked away in the Balearic Islands, Menorca, Spain, captivates visitors with its pristine beaches, secluded coves, and crystalline waters, earning it a reputation as a hidden gem of the Mediterranean. The island’s coastline is dotted with picturesque spots perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, and exploring the underwater wonders. Adventure-seekers will be excited to traverse the Camí de Cavalls coastal path, offering breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and lush landscapes, while avid historians will be thrilled to explore many of the island’s prehistoric monuments, including the famous Talaiotic stone structures.

4. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Renowned for its dramatic cliffs, pastel-colored villages, and romantic ambiance, the Amalfi Coast is a dream summer destination for sun-seekers and culture enthusiasts alike. Charming towns like Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello beckon with their winding streets, historic churches, and panoramic views. Tourists will also enjoy region’s culinary delights, from succulent fresh seafood caught daily to the comforting embrace of homemade pasta dishes. Oh, and don’t forget to taste the region’s iconic limoncello liqueur!

5. Zadar, Croatia

Summer holiday destinations: Zadar, Croatia
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Embrace the Adriatic charm of Zadar, a coastal gem brimming with historic landmarks, vibrant markets, and artistic flair. From well-preserved Roman ruins to striking contemporary art installations, the city seamlessly bridges the gap between past and present. During your visit, make sure to listen to the mesmerizing melodies of the Sea Organ, while witnessing stunning sunsets over the shimmering sea, and/or venture beyond the city limits to discover nearby treasures, from the pristine islands of Kornati to the cascading waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

6. Izmir, Turkey

Summer holiday destinations: Izmir, Turkey
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Izmir, Turkey, stands as a living testament to its illustrious past as a crossroads of civilizations, blending influences from Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and modern Turkish cultures. During your visit, wander through its storied streets and discover ancient ruins alongside modern architecture, reflecting the city’s diverse heritage. Dive into Izmir’s vibrant markets, where the hustle and bustle evoke a sensory delight, offering a plethora of local delicacies to savor and handicrafts to admire. For those seeking further exploration, day trips to nearby attractions await, including the awe-inspiring ancient city of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. Himare, Albania

Summer holiday destinations: Albania
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Escape the tourist crowds and discover the unspoiled beauty of Himare, a charming coastal town nestled between the mountains and the Ionian Sea. Lounge on pristine shores and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin as gentle waves lap at the shoreline. Immerse yourself in the Albanian culture, characterized by traditional stone houses that whisper tales of the past, vibrant local festivals that ignite the spirit, and mouthwatering seafood that tantalizes the taste buds. For those craving adventure, nearby attractions beckon with promises of breathtaking views, from the majestic Llogara Pass offering panoramic views of the Albanian Riviera, to the ancient ruins of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8. Kotor, Montenegro

Summer holiday destinations: Kotor, Montenegro
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Lose yourself in the medieval maze of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site tucked away in the fjords of Montenegro. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets and marvel at well-preserved city walls, majestic churches, and elegant palaces that evoke a sense of bygone eras. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, Kotor’s fjords, mountains, and picturesque bay create a mesmerizing backdrop for exploration. Embark on adventures like hiking to the fortress above the city for panoramic views, taking a boat tour of the bay to admire its beauty from the water, and venturing to nearby villages like Perast to uncover hidden gems amidst Montenegro’s breathtaking landscapes.

9. Santorini, Greece

Summer holiday destinations: Santorini, Greece
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Iconic whitewashed buildings, crystal-clear waters, and legendary sunsets await you in Santorini, the jewel of the Aegean. One of the most popular European summer holiday destinations, Santorini offers the picture-perfect paradise, making it an ideal place for honeymooners and first-time travelers to Greece. Take a dip in stunning turquoise waters, walk through the picturesque villages perched on volcanic cliffs, indulge in local delicacies. Santorini is a destination everyone should visit at least once. But also keep in mind that it can be pretty crowded out there during the summer season!

10. Bali, Indonesia

Summer holiday destinations: Bali, Indonesia
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Don’t feel like going to Europe this summer? Well, if yes, take a look at Bali, where lush rice terraces, ancient temples, and vibrant culture converge to create a truly unforgettable experience. Sun and beach lovers will enjoy lounging on the golden sandals of Kuta, Seminyak, while adventure seekers will be thrilled to dive or snorkel among the vibrant coral reefs in places like Tulamben or Menjangan. Travelers are further welcome to explore many of Bali’s cultural and historical sites, incl. the Uluwatu Temple, Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Ubud’s Royal Palace.

11. Orlando, USA

Summer holiday destinations: Orlando, Florida
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With its year-round sunshine and endless opportunities for fun, Orlando is a holiday destination that promises excitement and unforgettable experiences for all ages. Dive into the magic of Walt Disney World, where enchanting theme parks like Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios bring fairy tales to life. Explore diverse ecosystems at SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove, or embark on an exhilarating safari adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Not even to mention the numerous options for upscale shopping and dining in Orlando’s bustling downtown district.

12. Maui, Hawaii

Summer holiday destinations: Maui, Hawaii
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Maui, Hawaii, resembles a tropical paradise on earth with its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and stunning volcanic landscapes. Discover the otherworldly beauty of Haleakalā National Park, home to the world’s largest dormant volcano, offering sunrise views above the clouds and hiking trails through otherworldly terrain. Dive into the turquoise waters of Molokini Crater for world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, or simply unwind on the golden sands of Wailea or Kaanapali Beach. With its diverse natural wonders and laid-back island vibes, Maui offers an unforgettable Hawaiian escape.

13. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro is yet another fantastic summer holiday destination, with its stunning beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema, offering sun-seekers the perfect place to relax, swim, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Feel the rhythm of the city as samba music fills the air and colorful street parties animate the streets. Also, make sure to experience breathtaking views from atop Christ the Redeemer statue or Sugarloaf Mountain, where the city’s dramatic coastline stretches out before you.

14. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Summer holiday destinations: Bora Bora
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Bora Bora, a jewel of the South Pacific, epitomizes paradise with its stunning natural beauty and luxurious accommodations. Renowned for its iconic overwater bungalows set amidst crystal-clear turquoise waters, this beautiful island offers an idyllic escape for travelers seeking romance and relaxation. Immerse yourself in the island’s lush tropical landscapes, where vibrant coral reefs teem with marine life and soft white-sand beaches. From snorkeling and diving in the vibrant coral gardens to indulging in world-class cuisine at upscale resorts, Bora Bora promises a dreamlike experience that lingers long after the vacation ends.

15. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Summer holiday destinations: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Wrapping out the list of the top summer holiday destinations for 2024 with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Nestled along the picturesque Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta offers a delightful mix of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and exciting activities. Visitors can bask in the sun on its golden beaches, explore the cobblestone streets of the historic Old Town, or embark on outdoor adventures like snorkeling, zip-lining, and jungle treks in the nearby Sierra Madre mountains. Puerto Vallarta also boasts a lively dining scene, with a wide array of restaurants serving up delicious Mexican cuisine and fresh seafood.

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