Go short haul. From The Balearics to holidays in Turkey, your toes can be touching the sand in just a few hours.
Less than two hours from the UK and home to some stunning blue flag beaches. Whether you opt for the sandy shores of Menorca, the blue flag beaches of Palma Nova or look at Ibiza holiday deals to Playa den Bossa, these are the closest stunning coastlines.
When considering the best short haul sands, the Canaries cannot be ignored. Fuerteventura offers the best beaches in the Canaries, but there are striking coastlines here in almost every resort.
Wherever you choose to stay in Turkey, you are guaranteed to be just moments away from stretches of gorgeous sands. Marmaris is a popular tourist area, while Side is a superb choice for anyone who wants to inject a spot of sightseeing into their seaside retreat.
The Greek Islands
Although the Greek Islands aren’t famed for their shorelines, there are a number of gorgeous coves not to be forgotten. Look away from the blue flags of Faliraki and head for somewhere a little more serene; book a stay in Chania, Crete, for powdery white sands against breath-taking sea cliffs.
The longest short haul destination, the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt has everything a beach lover could wish for. Sensational summer temperatures and soft heaps of golden sand, make this a top destination for anyone looking to kick back and relax.
The best prices on Ibiza holiday deals, holidays in Turkey and other beach escapes can be found online. Look at discounted holiday websites for low cost packages, web exclusive discounts and any 2013 early bird rates.
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