Christmas Day has now come and gone, with New Year’s celebrations all that’s left of this year’s festive period, many Brits will be excitedly making plans for 2017.

While city trips and adventure tours are sure to appeal to some, there is perhaps no better way to get over the hectic Christmas season than booking a relaxing beach holiday, and there are great options only a few hours away.

Destinations such as the Balearics, the Canaries and the Algarve all provide sun, sea, sand and culture, providing the perfect relief from the hustle and bustle of the festive season.

Here, we’ll take a closer look at Fuerteventura and Menorca to find out why they’ve enjoyed such a lasting appeal with British holidaymakers.

Enjoy peace, quiet and sun in Menorca

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As part of the Balearics, Menorca is often grouped with its neighbours Majorca, Formentera and Ibiza, but it has a much different atmosphere.

While it doesn’t have the lively nightlife of Ibiza or Majorca, it is charmingly laid-back, quiet and picturesque. Its stunning coastline makes is the perfect place for travellers to work on their sun tan, while its friendly rural towns show a more cultured side to the island.

One of the most idyllic spots on the island is the Cala Mitjana, where visitors can expect clear water, stunning caves and gorgeous weather. The beach is less than 25 metres long and the sunsets here are simply mesmerising.

Cala Pregonda is another one of the island’s top beaches. With red sand, delightful waves and a serene atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all. However, be sure to pack food and drinks with you, as refreshments are limited.

Cala Turqueta offers a similarly tranquil experience. Situated about 30 minutes away from the town of Ciutadella, this cove looks simply dreamy. White sand and crystal clear water mean it is ideal whether you’re going for a swim or simply working on your tan!

Away from the beaches, the quaint Ciutadella is another fantastic option for a day out. With amazing restaurants, lovely architecture and a friendly atmosphere, it is the perfect place to gain more of an insight into the island’s charming culture.

Explore the glorious Fuerteventura this year

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The Canaries have remained popular with British holidaymakers for a number of reasons: year-round sunshine, fantastic hospitality and easy access from the UK.

Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma and Fuerteventura all offer similar experiences, but it is perhaps the last of these that offers the most relaxing atmosphere. With its breathtaking beaches, picturesque natural environment and laid-back way of life, Fuerteventura is the perfect destination for a break in the sun.

Playa de Cofete is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It is a little off-the-beaten-track, so a car will be required to reach it. However, the hassle will be worth it when you put down your towels for a day of sunbathing. Expect magical views, amazing sunshine and a day of blissful relaxation in this slice of paradise.

The El Cotillo Beach and Lagoon is another extraordinary spot to visit. Rather than just offering sand and sea, this phenomenal area boasts sand dunes, rock pools and lagoons. Whether you want to put your feet up on the beach, or explore the magnificent surroundings, there’s plenty to look forward to. Simply put, it’s not your standard beach and it’s perfect for adventurers as well as those looking to relax.

Perhaps the most popular destination in all of Fuerteventura is Parque Natural de Corralejo. Surfers love the big waves, holidaymakers enjoy the lush beaches and adventurers have plenty of sand dunes and scenery to explore. Plus, it’s all less than 10 minutes away from Corralejo centre!

Adam loves to mix city breaks with relaxing retreats in the sun. He recently returned from a trip to San Francisco and Toronto and Oslo are next on his list.

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