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Cyprus and Greece Ranked as Top Summer Holiday Spots for Brits

  • 27-Aug-11 15:51
  • Cyprus
  • Breaking Travel News

Recent figures from the online travel agency, Directline Holidays, have revealed that British travellers are choosing Cyprus holidays as their favourite Mediterranean hot spot. Popular summer getaways in 2011 included Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Tenerife.

Cyprus and Greece Ranked as Top Summer Holiday Spots for Brits

Directline Holidays has unveiled new figures showing that British travellers have been choosing the Greek islands and Cyprus for their summer getaways this year.

The figures show that Cyprus holidays have seen the biggest increase this year as Brits head to the Island of Love for romantic Mediterranean breaks and family trips.

CEO of Directline Holidays, Maria Whitman, said: “Sales to Larnaca in Cyprus rose 28 per cent in July compared to June, and while Corfu was up by 21 per cent, Rhodes saw an increase of 5 per cent. The increased popularity of the Greek islands is due to recent economic events enabling competitive pricing.”

Cyprus holidays are becoming increasingly popular for British travellers due to the close proximity of the island to the UK and the competitive flights available from numerous airlines. The beautiful island nation boasts white sand beaches, rugged coastline, turquoise ocean waters, mountainous peaks, historic architecture, and archaeological sites dating back to the Roman Empire and the New Stone Age.

The sunny and warm climate appeals to travellers seeking a relaxing break and the island boasts plenty of Cyprus hotels and resorts to suit all party sizes and budgets. During holidays to Cyprus, tourists can taste the flavours of the Mediterranean through an array of traditional Cypriot and Greek dishes and enjoy the island’s colourful traditions and culture.

The figures from the online travel agency also revealed the most popular destinations for city breaks. Paris, Dublin and Barcelona remained as the favourite hotspots for short breaks, but the data also highlighted newcomers such as Cologne, Dubrovnik, Malaga, Porto and Seville as locations for short luxury holidays.

Whiteman explained: “This summer we’ve seen Brussels and Prague replace Edinburgh and Madrid in the rankings, suggesting British city-breakers are still keen to head overseas, providing some especially good news for the Irish economy as Dublin city breaks are up 76 per cent on last year. The trend for booking late endures, with 37 per cent of July city break bookings for travel in August.”

She added that while holidays in Cyprus and Greece remained at the top of the list for summer breaks, many travellers were planning to visit North Africa for winter holidays.

"Tunisia and Morocco, despite recent events, are both proving popular for winter holidays due in part to great deals combined with their mild winter weather,” Whiteman added.

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