British tourists have had a love affair with Benidorm since the fifties, charmed by its sun, sea and generous helping of home comforts. While the Spanish resort will always hold a special place in the hearts of many, other destinations are giving it a run for its money.
According to dealchecker's latest data, destinations including Tunisia and Portugal have had a 126% and 35% increase respectively in holiday searches over the last year, proving that appetites for sunny all-inclusive getaways remain high among Brits. Dealchecker has listed the top seven resort destinations that will be popular, budget-friendly hotspots this summer.
As Tunisia's largest resort, Hammamet's white sandy beaches are a main attraction. Visitors can enjoy the town's bustling medina before heading back to one of the value for money all-inclusive resorts.
Portugal's Albufeira is fast becoming a go-to package holiday destination. Like Benidorm, Albufeira offers bustling nightlife and warm temperatures.
Faliraki, Rhodes, began life as a quiet fishing village, This family friendly destination is a quieter alternative to Benidorm, with space to sunbathe on its blue flag beach.
Morcco's Agadir offers traditional souks and hammam baths alongside laid-back beaches, perfect for sunbathers and surfers It has excellent golf courses too.
Gibraltar, lying off the southern coast of Spain is a British Overseas Territory, meaning visitors don't need to change currency or worry about a language barrier. It even has its own Marks & Spencer.
Playa de las Americas, Tenerife's most popular resort, is popular with windsurfers and waterskiers. Nightlife? Absolutely, Las Verónicas is one of Europe's best party strips with nightclubs, cabaret bars and live music venues.
Gumbet, Turkey, appeals to both party-goers and those in search of a more relaxing escape. In mid-summer, holidaymakers can party on the beach while come September, guests enjoy a more relaxed vibe.
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In November, TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition will open at London's Saatchi Gallery. Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the tomb discovery, the boy king's priceless tomb artefacts will visit London while a new permanent resting place for the treasures is constructed at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
The exhibition will be In London from November to May 2020 and will transport visitors to Ancient Egypt where they will accompany Tutankhamun on his journey to the afterlife. Over 150 objects showcase the spectacular artistry of the boy king's 3,300-year-old treasure. This will be the largest Tutankhamun exhibition ever and offers the opportunity to experience the magic and mystery of Tutankhamun before his treasures return to Egypt forever.
Culture and attractions
It's the oldest known national flag in the world and a source of national pride. The Dannebrog, meaning the Danish banner, fell from the sky in June 1219 in a battle with the Estonians, well so legend says.
Danish history will be more accessible to visitors when the Museum of Copenhagen opens its doors. Moving to a new location on Stormgade 18, the museum will cover stories of the city's past, present and future. Meanwhile a series of modern art installations can be seen at Copenhagen Contemporary Exhibition Centre. Showing creations by world renowned contemporary artists, the exhibition space is at the epicentre of Copenhagen's new creative hub.
At Copenhagen harbour the Kulturtårnet Culture Tower has been restored as a quirky new cultural venue for art, music, podcasts, talks and gastronomy with unique views to boot. For another tower experience see the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse on the North Jutland coast, before time runs out and the historic building is moved to a new location. The lighthouse was built in 1900 but over time the sea moved closer and the wind has blown large amounts of sand up from the cliff. By 1968 the sand was so high it was sometimes impossible to see the lighthouse from the sea so the light was switched off. Since then, the lighthouse has been under attack from coastal erosion.
Getting around Copenhagen will be a whole lot quicker and easier with the new cityringen Metro. The 15.5 km loop under downtown Copenhagen's 'bridge quarters' and Frederiksberg will have 17 underground stations. Linking the Nørrebro and Vesterbro areas with the city centre, it will make restaurants, bars and shops more easily available and the airport accessible from the centre in as little as 20 minutes.
A new attraction for visitors to Copenhagen in 2019 is the opening of CopenHill artificial ski slope and recreational running and hiking trail. The roof top café at the top of the has a platform with gorgeous views across Copenhagen.
Visitors to Camp Adventure resort in Haslev, about one hour south of Copenhagen, can scale the project centrepiece, a 45-metre-tall hourglass-shaped tower, for a birds-eye view of the forest of Gisselfeld Monastery. Guests will be able to ascend the 600-metre-long internal spiral ramp, to take in spectacular views from the observation tower in the treetops.
Food and Drink
Combining a museum with micro-brewery Ny Malt in Ebeltoft, on the East Jutland coast transforms the old red chalked malt factory into a centre for culture, the arts, gastronomy and creative industries. The meeting place, opening this year, will house the Museum Østjylland (Museum East Jutland) and Ebeltoft Yard brewery, which will produce malt and brew beer.
The big news on Copenhagen's restaurant scene is the opening of several new restaurants in the Refshaleøen area. Broaden & Build, an organic brewery and casual restaurant explores the creative collaboration between a chef and brewer, where flavour and sustainability are the driving force. Located in the house of the former Royal Theatre's scenery storage unit, it shares the space with the Emipirical Spirits distillery.
Alchemist restaurant promises diners a complete sensory dining experience with 'Holistic Cuisine'. Inspiration for the concept came from Japan. Two 'sensory experience rooms' feature installations changing twice yearly. Diners will also see the glass wall between the service kitchen and dining room covered by a film that creates a living shadow art piece when the chefs move around in the kitchen.
Meanwhile, the trend for street food courts continues to gather pace with the expansion of Copenhagen Street Food from its original location on the Paper Island (Papirøen) to a new site also in Refshaleøen called Copenhagen Street Food Reffen. Boltens Food Court will open in a renovated building near Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen's centre with 19 international restaurants, including two vegan and five bars.
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