Friday, 27 February 2015

Holiday in Europe

Head towards the sunshine on a fly-and-flop holiday in Europe

Written by Wendy Gomersall


Fly from Gatwick on 5 April and you could enjoy a seven-night, all-inclusive stay at the four-star Seaside Hotel Los Jameos Playa in Lanzarote – prices start from £918 per person, including return flights and transfers. The hotel is situated in landscaped gardens with lagoons alongside Los Pocillos beach, 2km from Puerto del Carmen, and includes a tennis school among its many facilities.

020-3451 2720,


Italian specialist Citalia is offering a seven-night B&B holiday in Sorrento in Campania, near the beautiful Amalfi Coast, staying at the four-star Imperial Hotel Tramontano, from £929 per person – a saving of up to £300 per couple. The price, which includes flights from Gatwick with British Airways, takes into account assorted discounts and is based on 3 April departures.



A good choice for some rest and relaxation if you don’t have too much time to spare, as the short flight to Malta means you can easily go for just a few days. Stay at the five-star Westin Dragonara, St Julian’s, and you can relax at one of two private beach lidos, with freshwater pools, children’s pools and direct access to the sea. The Westin also has a state-of-the-art fitness centre – with an aerobics studio, an indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms – and a beauty salon; diving and water sports are available, too. Prices start from £280 per person for three nights’ B&B.

0800-091 8888,


Broadway Travel is also offering a shorter sunshine break, at the four-star Eden Resort in Portugal. A fournight, all-inclusive stay starts from £189 per person (including flights from various UK airports), a saving of £181, on selected dates until the end of March. The Eden Resort is one of the newest developments in the Algarve and it offers a range of amenities including six pools, five of them outdoors. The beautiful beaches of Albufeira are a short stroll away.

0800-011 4621,


Finally, if you’re the sort of person who’d get bored just sitting around a pool for hours, how about a tour of Turkey? A Secret Turkey offers a seven-night B&B trip, staying at five-star hotels and including flights from Gatwick, starting from £799 per person; the single supplement is £120. You travel on a modern air-conditioned coach and the group is looked after by an English-speaking guide. Starting in Istanbul, with time to marvel at the magnificent mosques and churches, the tour then moves on to Gallipoli, the ancient site of Troy, Ephesus and Pamukkale, before heading over the Taurus Mountains down to the Mediterranean and Antalya.

0800-091 7225,

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Prices are correct at the time of going to press.

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