Best summer holidays outside the Eurozone

Cape Verde holidays outside Europe

 By Anna Scriven

If Brexit and the continued weakness of the Pound against the Euro is making you think twice about booking a summer holiday, maybe now’s the time to look at the best-value short-haul destinations outside the Eurozone. Here’s our pick of the crop.

Turkey

Turkey has gained in popularity over the last few years, partly because the Turkish Lira has fallen sharply against the Pound. As a result, Turkey is cheap. The country has beautiful beaches, superb food, cities steeped in history and long-distance hiking trails. The Aegean Coast is perfect for a luxury getaway. It is quieter than the big resorts and the boutique hotels remain good value. Hikers will love the Dilek National Park and the quiet harbours will please people seeking authentic Turkish culture. If you are looking to travel with children, family-run boutique hotel, The Kalkan Regency, welcomes children only in summer months.

Croatia

Croatia is far more than just a resort for teenage backpackers. Culture buffs can explore Split and the Unesco World Heritage city of Dubrovnik, while nature-lovers will adore the Plitvice Lakes National Park. And, of course, there’s a multitude of islands to see. Although not a ridiculously cheap destination, Croatia is a stunning alternative to Eurozone Mediterranean resorts.

Montenegro

Montenegro is Croatia’s lesser-known, cheaper neighbour, but don’t let that fool you – there’s plenty to do there. The tiny country somehow manages to contain a bit of everything, from national parks and mountains to fishing villages and sandy beaches. Live like a local in a Baroque apartment in Perast or stay in a waterside palazzo in Unesco-listed Kotor.

The Gambia

The Gambia is a little further afield (with flight times of around six hours) but is in the same time zone as the UK, so no need to worry about jet lag. This West African country is guaranteed to be hot (the sea will be 26°C in June) so is perfect for beach holidays. What’s more, the Gambia is home to a wonderful array of wildlife and is a great destination for birdwatching. The local people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. The Gambia Experience provides the option to visit local schools and learn about local culture.

Cape Verde Islands

The Cape Verde Islands, off the west coast of Africa, are also six hours from the UK. The year-round high temperatures attract sun seekers to the islands’ gorgeous beaches, and the low prices make the resorts very affordable. There are also plenty of cultural activities. Go island hopping with Cape Verde Experience and see what each one has to offer. Santiago is full of history: the slave trade’s impact is especially visible in Cidade Velha, the Islands’ oldest settlement. Fogo, meanwhile, is home to an active volcano that transforms the landscape and the salt seas in Sal are perfect for a curative salt bath.

Jersey

If long flights fill you with dread, Jersey is only an hour from London, or you can get there by ferry from Poole in Dorset. The island is usually slightly warmer than the UK and its culture is a unique blend of French and British. You could be forgiven for thinking you were in France when staying at the Pomme d’Or Hotel in St Helier. Famous French people, including Victor Hugo, have visited the four-star hotel. With everyone speaking English and prices in Sterling, you have the best of both worlds.

Last updated: 11 February 2022

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