Now that Christmas and New Years are out of the way it’s time to start looking ahead – those who are smart enough will start planning their summer holiday for 2013 now! Don’t let the gloom of January and February get you down – take a look at our list of top summer holiday destinations for 2013.


Boscastle harbour, Cornwall

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The staycation – holidaying at home in the UK – is set to be big news again this year. So, if you want an outdoorsy holiday with plenty of adventure on offer and you enjoy beautiful landscapes, Cornwall could be the perfect location for you. Take part in surfing, windsurfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, scuba diving, or even Zorbing – Cornwall has it all! We particularly love the north coast, for its vast sandy beaches, so take a look at Polzeath holiday cottages, Rock cottages and spots in Padstow if you are thinking of this. There are also some great luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall – why not treat yourselves with the money you save on airfares and make some truly special holiday memories?

The Vendée Region, France

The Vendée Region, France

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We’re not quite sure why more people haven’t discovered this fantastic region yet – what we are sure about is that you’ll be glad you have when you do! The Vendée region has miles of safe and unspoilt beaches, countless fabulous places to dine and plenty of cute little villas and cottages just waiting for you to discover them. If you’re keen on early morning trips to the patisserie, and long hazy evenings sitting outside under the stars, this is the holiday for you.

Crete, Greece

Akrotiri peninsula, Crete

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Crete is one of the most well known of the Greek islands – and for good reason. It’s a simply superb place to head to with family, as they will be welcome in any taverna and not be short of things to do for a second. From hanging out in the sea, to visiting mountains, gorges, rivers and lakes, Crete is great for exploring and perfect for relaxation too.

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

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The Roman city of Split is an excellent location to choose if you think you’ll enjoy the truly stunning architecture, fantastic fresh fish and countless wonderful shops that you’ll find there. It’s a city that will make you feel as if you have just stepped back in time, which captures the imagination of all who visit it. Make sure you also take the ferry to the island of Hvar and visit the vineyards and castle, then admire the impressive super yachts, whilst sipping a glass of Croatian wine overlooking the marina.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Igueste de San Andres, Tenerife

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Boasting all year round sunshine, waterparks and volcanoes Tenerife is sure to be a hit with holidayers of all ages. Make sure you take a trip to Mount Teide (a dormant volcano) where you can ride a cable car all the way to the top and enjoy the beautiful view of the Canary Islands. There are some excellent apartments available for rent in Tenerife, with catering and self-catering options available.

South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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South Africa is set to be a popular destination for 2013 summer holidays as many companies are offering fantastic deals to keep the guests coming in. If you choose South Africa expect the trip of a lifetime – this is the land of safaris and endless sunsets, so you are sure to take home some very special memories indeed. We recommend choosing a luxury hotel and getting the very best out of the experience.

It may seem a long way away at the moment but trust us summer will come round soon enough! So brighten up your January by planning your summer holiday for 2013 now.

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