The Best Holiday Destinations for 2021
After a very different year than usual, it is safe to say that we are all hoping and dreaming of a better 2021. This year, we put aside holidays, travel, and put everything on pause for the good of all. But in reality, how can we resist thinking about the best vacation destinations in 2021. Planning ahead is something very important when it comes to taking a well-deserved vacation. So, here we bring you some of the best holiday destinations to visit in 2021. Fall in love with the sun-kissed turquoise shores, beautiful natural landscapes, delicious foods, and unique cultural diversity!
Côte d’Azur, France
This magnificent place has wonderful beaches and the glamor of the French Riviera. Stay in the most luxurious villas or in a rustic retreat in one of the beautiful French villages.
Corfu is considered the diamond island of Greece. Its beauty is striking, a divine place to soak up the sun and definitely one of the best holiday destinations in our opinon! Enjoy the magnificent scenery that nature offers, and food that is undoubtedly a gastronomic marvel.
Ibiza is an island that has no association with family holidays. However, the island has magnificent landscapes, immense cultural immersion, and great warm hospitality from the Balearics. The sensational beaches of Santa Eulália are a perfect retreat. Especially for those looking to get away from the city and the famous Ibiza parties.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a place to rest and enjoy nature, Scotland is definitely one of the best holiday destinations for you. With the beautiful mountains and the abundant green of nature, you can rent a castle (yes, a castle as in Downtown Abbey) and relax there in nature with a glass of wine.
Still, to be discovered by many travelers, we have wonderful Puglia. If you are looking for impressive landscapes and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and are far from mass tourism, this is the perfect place. With more than 800 km of coastline and one of the best food in the world, this destination offers everything you could want.
Located in the middle of breathtaking mountains we find Kalkan, in Turkey. The city center is surrounded by narrow streets and the most beautiful houses that take us directly to Greece. We also find some of the best restaurants where we can enjoy a magnificent gastronomic experience.
With an award for “Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2020”, in Madeira, you will find the most beautiful landscapes in Portugal. This tropical island will amaze you from the moment you step on its black volcanic sands, stroll through its colorful cobbled streets and hike through its mountainous landscape. As if everything was not a dream, let it go by what some consider to be one of the best gastronomic experiences in the world.
This city is right in the middle of the region and there we have some of the best views of the islands Solta, Brac, and Hvar. Here we can find majestic mountains, historic cities, some of the most beautiful beaches, and luxury villas in Croatia.
If you are a true nature lover this is one of the best holiday destinations for you. Here you will find Alaska’s wild beauty, abundant wildlife, and colorful culture. From the rugged mountains of Denali National Park and the glaciers of Prince William Sound to the wildlife-rich waters of Kenai Fjords National Park and the endless Fairbanks tundra.
You have probably heard of Phuket, as it is one of the most popular destinations when we talk about Thailand. Here we find spectacular white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, as well as a rich culture. Being the largest island in Thailand, this refuge in the Andaman Sea, what many call “the pearl of the Andaman”, for its stunning and pristine beaches.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
For many Abu Dhabi is a dream destination, a modern metropolis emerging from the desert dunes. Here we find skyscrapers from the space age and also the white marble Sheikh Zayed Mosque – its wonderfully ornate style reflects the rich Islamic culture. If you are looking for white-sand beaches, go to Saadiyat Island and observe the resident turtles.
Sicily is a fabulous destination as it has options for all tastes. From the snow-covered volcano of Mount Etna to the sunny and sandy beaches of the south-east, from bustling Arab-Norman Palermo to the baroque jewel boxes of Noto and Ragusa, from the Greek temples of Agrigento and from the theater of Taormina to the fascinating Roman mosaics of Piazza Villa Armerina, there is something for everyone.
Known for a long time as the queen of destiny when it comes to honeymoons, we have the Maldives. If you are looking for a place to have absolute rest, this is the right destination. Formed by more than 1100 coral atolls deep in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the pinnacle of a postcard-perfect island.
If you are a culture lover and like to discover the greatest gems of ancient history, this is the destination for your holidays. Cairo is the administrative capital of Egypt and home to the Great Pyramids of Giza, it is a city full of life. It is home to ancient temples, tombs, Christian churches, Muslim monuments and Egyptian antiques. This is a destination that confuses the senses and enriches the mind.
Havana & Varadero, Cuba
Havana and Varadero is one of the best holiday destinations for those who like to soak up a country’s culture and visit the beauties it has to offer. But it is also a place for those who like to spend the day on the beach soaking up the sun. Combine the experience of cruising through Havana aboard a classic American car, the city’s music and gastronomic scene, its eclectic architecture, and an immersive history with a well-deserved rest on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.
Peru has one of the most stunning archeological sites in the world at Machu Picchu. You can also find a wealth of other magnificent views, from the stunning landscape of the Andes and Lake Titicaca to the colonial cities of Arequipa and Cuzco, as well as the fascinating and mysterious Nazca Lines.
Seychelles is known worldwide for its beaches that are true postcards. In Mahe Island alone there are 65 beaches, where you can enjoy deserted white sands, framed by some of the oldest granite stones on the planet. Praslin is where you will find the beaches of Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio, both of which are often listed among the top ten beaches in the world.
Costa Rica is a place that vibrates culture and a perfect destination for a family vacation. There you can discover Costa Rica’s natural wonders, including tropical forests, volcanoes, beaches, and a variety of stunning flora and fauna.
If you are an art lover you have to go to Tuscany, where cities are stuffed full with world-famous art and sculptured masterpieces, and the countryside hides tiny hilltop villages that look so charming, they could have come straight out of a fairy tale. The food is magnificent and always leaves something to be desired and the views are breathtaking.
Words by Inês Vidal