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Why risk another UK summer washout?

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At the end of last week I was so miserable about the weather. Rain, cloud and cold temperatures haven’t exactly worked wonders for my mood. We were lucky with a couple of sunny days over the bank holiday weekend but the rain has returned this week and I think it’s time to start thinking about a quick getaway.

See below for the top five holiday destinations for summer 2013 from


Whether for a long weekend or a ‘proper’ holiday, Amsterdam is sure to keep you busy, day and night. A wander down the canals, overtaken by cyclists and watched by those aboard the boats that sail next to you, it’s hard to think of anywhere you would rather be. 2013 celebrates the 400th anniversary of the city’s canals and the reopening of the Rijksmuseum, it having been closed for redevelopment for ten years. You will be spoilt for choice as to where to stay, with some of the best and most unusual – even eccentric – hotels in Europe.


Serviced by two airports, Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia offers the chance to stay in one of the old, charming towns or on the dramatic, lush-green coastline – or both. Historic Dubrovnik is a great base; you can stroll the city walls, take advantage of the Mediterranean climate, or visit the Museum of Modert Art. Equally, a stay in one of the pretty resort towns along the Istrian Riviera such as Rovinj, Porec and Pula provides the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the slow pace of life.


Offering more for your money than Croatia (which is a little more expensive than some of its neighbours), is Corfu in Greece. The current economic situation of the country in fact means that prices have come down significantly in recent times, with eating out much cheaper than countries such as Italy. There are cheap flights available to the city’s airport, and once there, outdoors types can tackle the Corfu Trail – 137 miles which stretch from one side of the island to the other. For a less active holiday in the Mediterranean sun, Corfu is a great place to try some island hopping and snorkelling.


For an exotic destination, colourful Marrakech, Morocco’s fourth-largest city, is set to become a popular choice in 2013. In terms of accommodation, from glamorous to traditional, there are ‘riads’ available for all tastes – and in 2012 no fewer than 19 new hotels opened, a trend which is likely to continue through this year. Marrakech has the largest Souk market in the country, offering goods from carpets to crafts.


If you are looking for a great place to take your family this year, Disneyland Paris is sure to get the kids excited – and without a long flight to endure before you get there. With good summer weather and plenty of deals on offer, especially outside school holidays, it’s a holiday the family will remember forever. With its 2012 20th-anniversary celebrations being extended into 2013, there are offers to be had on tickets, meals and accommodation.

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