The thought of going on holiday right now seems a distant memory due to coronavirus. However, this is only temporary, and we will all once again be able to soak up the sun in some of the world’s best destinations. For those of you wanting a girly getaway, then look no further as we have a list of the top 10 holiday destinations for a girls holiday away for you to plan after lockdown is finally over.
1. Weekend in Paris
Paris, the fashion capital of the world. Paris the perfect weekend trip away with the girls. Not only is there every fashion brand going for you to shop to your heart’s content at, but it is a city full of culture and history with so many landmarks for you to visit and explore.
Whether that’s the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triumph or even the Notre Dame, Paris is a city that caters for all interests. If you are a keen art lover, then it is key you visit the Louvre Museum where you can see the Mona Lisa – painted in 1503. Or, if you are an adult who is still a child at heart, then pay a visit to Disneyland. And of course, for all those fashionistas out there, take a trip down Avenue Montaigne where you can shop in some of the worlds most renowned fashion brands to get an essence of the desired “French Couture”.
It may be quite expensive to stay in the heart of the city, however, it is an experience you cannot miss even if it is just for a weekend away, as you can also experience the fine French cuisine with a variety of bars and restaurants throughout the city. On average, you can get around the city for around €16, and if you avoid the high-end restaurants, food for the day can be under €30. Plus, the average traveller only spends €11 on booze a day!
If you are looking for somewhere for you and the girls to wear your new party dress, then Marbella is the place to go! It is a place that has similarities to Ibiza, but Marbella is thought to be more polished. So, if you are a party animal but sophisticated as well, then Marbella is calling you.
Marbella may be expensive, but this is because it is the swankiest resort in Spain. The best place to enjoy the top restaurants and bars is Paseo Maritimo which has over 50 venues to wine and dine at.
The best party location for the perfect girl’s night out is Puerto Banus which is described as “rocking until dawn”, especially during those desired summer nights. As well as this, this part of Marbella has endless beach clubs open during the day to continue your partying! Plus, you can get around the town for €19 euros, eat for under €30, and the average pint is €4. Just be careful you don’t get caught out by steep entry prices!
For many girls in their early 20s, Ibiza is the perfect place to go for relaxing in the day and partying all night. It isn’t known as the party capital of the Balearic Islands for any reason!
Not only is there partying on offer in Ibiza, but it has beautiful beaches, some great hotels and quaint places to eat and drink. The best time to eat and drink is when the sun is just setting upon the Mediterranean Sea where you can view it along the sunset strip in San Antonio. The perfect place to go to do all of this is the infamous Café Mambo.
If you are an admirer of history, then you can enjoy the historic town that Ibiza is and wander through its cobbled streets and soak in its all its glory and culture as you and the girls visit its shops and enjoy the panoramic views Ibiza has to offer. The island is easily travelled, and pints are as low as £1.80. Plus, it’s got loads of English restaurants, so if you’re a little bit wary to branch out – there’s no need to worry.
Tenerife is one of the best destinations for a girl’s holiday as it’s not only cheap and affordable as a place to stay, but also to drink and eat. It provides plenty for you to do whether that is sunbathing on the beach or enjoying the nightlife.
If you want to embrace your inner child whilst staying on the Canary Island, then take a trip to the infamous Siam Park Waterpark – known as one of the worlds best waterparks. You could have everything you could want from a waterpark in one place including lazy rivers, free-fall slides and some of the most thrilling drops. It’s a perfect day out for all the girls whilst enjoying your holiday away.
If you are a keen explorer, then make your way to Mount Teide – Spain’s highest point. To boost up those Instagram likes then to take some astounding pictures from the top alongside the tag #VolcanoSelfies. However, if you don’t feel like walking up there (especially after a night out on the town), then you can get a cable car up there, meaning you can enjoy the beautiful sights of the island from 4,000 ft. On average, people spend about €105 a day in Tenerife.
5. Rome, Italy
For those groups of girls that are keen to enjoy some of the historical landmarks around the world then Rome is the perfect destination to explore. Rome provides some of the best picture opportunities to capture as you can take some next to thousands of years’ worth of history such as the classical ruins the city has to offer.
Rome is perfect for those who want to slow things down and really soak up the culture that Rome has always known to have, dating back to BC times. Places to definitely take a girl’s trip to whilst you are there include the Coliseum, the Baroque fountains and Renaissance palazzo.
If you are looking for a great shopping experience then Rome is also perfect for this as it has over 18 places to visit for shopping including purchasing items such as authentic Italian branded handbags at Via Dei Condotti, vintage articles at Via Dei Coronari or handcrafted items at Via Del Boschetto. You can travel to and around Rome for as little as €68 per day.
6. Lisbon, Portugal
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon is one of the worlds oldest cities and predates cities like London and Paris by 100 years. This makes Lisbon perfect for those wanting to step into history and witness what the city’s history has to offer. Lisbon was the starting place for voyages that went on to explore places around the world such as Vasco da Gama’s expedition to India in 1497.
Fine dining is on offer throughout the city as Lisbon received one Michelin star in 2015. It continues to grow its exquisite culinary reputation, so even though you might have to pay a little extra for food compared to other city destinations, it is worth it to experience the highly regarded food.
Travelling around the city is also easy for you and your girlfriends as it has century-old wooden trams to make your way through the narrow streets, as well as cutting into the cobbled streets to gain an insight into Lisbon’s wistful character. Including accommodation, daily prices for a girls holiday in Lisbon vary anywhere from €100.
7. Santorini, Greece
This part of Greece is well-known for its blue and white buildings on top of its hilly landscape that provides picturesque views for all to endure. If you are looking for a place to chill and soak up all the Greek heat and culture, then Santorini is the perfect place to go with the girls.
If you and your girls are keen wine drinkers, then you are in luck as you take a trip to the Santo Winery to enjoy the 18 wines available within the city. Not only can you enjoy wine the way it is supposed to be tasted, as an extra bonus you can watch the Santorini sunset go down upon the city.
The best time to visit Santorini is during June as the peak seasons in July and August host the best time for tourists to come. So, if you and your girlfriends are looking for a quiet break away together, then June is the time to go.
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Some of the best activities for you to all do whilst you are there includes hiking along the infamous Fira trail where you can also experience the breath-taking sunset.
A little more upmarket, this holiday will cost about €132 per day.
What more could you want from a city that has the perfect balance of both a coastal atmosphere alongside a buzzing city vibe. Situated thirty minutes from the El Corte Ingles shopping centre is the beautiful beachfront where you can enjoy a nice, cold refreshing drink by the sea as you soak in the hot, Spanish air and culture.
Unlike a lot of cities, Barcelona is a city that allows you to not only sunbathe by the pool in the hot heat (if that is your cup of tea) but for those explorers out there you can also enjoy the beautiful sightseeing opportunities Barcelona has on offer such as the “Magic Fountain of Montjuic”, which isn’t only a great place to go with the girls but it is free admission!
The best way to experience the city if you are not wanting to do this by foot is by bike. Across the city, bikes are available for hire to allow you to ride around the city at a much faster pace. This is a great group activity you can do with the girls to not only experience the city together and make some great memories but catch some great Instagram pics as Barcelona is one of the most photographed cities in the world.
In Barcelona, you can travel for about €3, eat for €12 per meal, and enjoy wine at €3 a glass.
9. Mykonos, Greece
Places to visit in Greece are popular on this list and there is no argument as Greece has plenty to offer for girls wanting a trip away together. Mykonos is one of the best places to go as it is famed for its gorgeous beaches as well as a buzzing party scene.
Depending on the sort of holiday you want to experience with your besties, then Mykonos will either provide you with a relaxing, chilled out beachside holiday or one of the craziest times you have ever experienced whilst partying.
Not only is it an easy location to go to as you only have to take a four-hour direct flight from the UK, but this destination caters for all whether that’s for the girls wanting to enjoy sunbathing on the sandy beaches, a girls night out in the buzzing nightlife or enjoying the mix of historical culture and fashionable outlets the cosmopolitan city has to offer then this is the place to visit.
As Mykonos is a central location, it makes it perfect for you and the girls to take day trips with just enough time to get back for sprucing yourself up for the night and enjoying some cocktails. For history admirers, then it is a must that you take a trip to Rhenia or Delos. Rhenia is perfect for snorkelling and enjoying some downtime because of its private beaches. Delos, on the other hand, is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis – famous in Greek Mythology, meaning you can really enjoy the history Greece has to offer. And all for around €103 a day!
10. Split, Croatia
Split is the city in Croatia that will give you the Mediterranean feeling as well as 1,700 years of history behind its existence. Croatia is a destination that is cheaper than other places in Western Europe, so it won’t cost you much and still provides you with a luxurious holiday for all the girls.
It may be slightly off the beaten path compared to other destinations in Europe, but it is still a place full of beauty with its enchanting waters and deserted islands. Not only can you enjoy the scenic views, but the wild nightlife available for those party animals out there is perfect for those wanting to rave all night.
The old palace – built in the turn of the fourth century that was originally built for Emperor Diocletian forms the old town and is known as one of the best-preserved monuments from that time. Other must-see sites within the town include Cathedral of St Domnius, Temple of Jupiter, Peristyle and many more.
Summer in Split is the perfect time to go for a girly holiday because the city hosts many cultural events including the Days of Diocletian where the locals dress up as Romans and eat and drink in the basement of the Diocletian Palace. If this is not your sort of thing, then you can also go along to events such as the Split Summer Festival. With average accommodation and travel, you can stay in split for approximately €134 per day.