Spring has finally sprung and so have those thoughts of an ideal holiday break. Whether you prefer an actioned-filled holiday or lazy beach days, we’ve picked a few underrated destinations to help make your decision a little bit easier…
1. La Roque-Gagaec, France
Nestled near the edge of the Dordogne river, this French gem is surrounded by cliffs and steep hills. Known for the sunny yellow exterior along many of the houses, the village boasts a tropical-style garden created in 1970 as well as 12th century fort. Feeling adventurous? Hot air balloon tours reveal a unique bird’s eye view of the village.
2. Salta, Argentina
Located in northwest Argentina, Salta boasts warm temperatures all year round. Host to one of the leading wine-growing regions, with spectacular vineyards and an illuminated La Vina church, its also famous for its traditional folk music tinged with Argentinian and Spanish influences.
3. Gambia, West Africa
Jet lag is something you can happily avoid in this African country. Lying within the same time zone as the UK, Gambia has amazing wildlife and almost guaranteed sunshine (prior to the rainy season in June), so get booking your tickets fast. Kotu, Bakau and Kololi are particularly great coasts to visit if you’re wanting to experience the local culture.
4. Nairn beach, Scotland
Filled with sand dunes, Nairn beach has a serene quality for those in search of a peaceful break. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot a dolphin or two as they tend to roam these Scottish waters.
5. Mo’orea, French Polynesia
Not your average beach break, French Polynesia consists of an array of breathtaking islands including Bora Bora, one of the more popular choices for a getaway. Opt for one of the lesser-known islands like Mo’orea for a view of volcanic mountains and sandy beaches. With numerous diving and snorkelling opportunities amongst the incredible reefs, a trip to the French Polynesia is sure to be an unforgettable one.
6. Puglia, Italy
Often overlooked for its more popular neighbouring regions such as Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, Puglia is one to watch this year. Indulge in the delicious local cuisine and wine whilst taking in the rugged cliffs in Gargano or visit the port in Brindisi.
7. Broadway, The Cotswolds
You’ve probably seen the idyllic honey-coloured buildings of Chipping Camden or Castle Combe on your Insta feeds, but there’s another Cotswolds village you should visit before everyone else does. Broadway is an iconic beauty spot in its own right, with independent shops, restaurants, antique treasure troves and a famous hotel, The Lygon Arms.