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Top European Resorts

People are travelling further and further afield nowadays and holidays in the Far East or the Americas are no longer as unusual as they once were. Having said that, when looking for a holiday, Europe is still hard to beat and there are some great resorts available; all within relatively easy reach of the UK.

It is fair to say that when considering what Europe`s top resorts are, the countries around the Mediterranean are the prime locations. The warm weather, beautiful beaches and clear sea are always popular with visitors. Seaside resorts in France, Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal are perennial favourites.

In France, Cannes, on the French Riviera, is considered to be the jewel in the crown. With over 300 days of sun every year, it is glamorous yet laid back. Nice is another great resort in France. Typified by pebble, rather than sandy, beaches it is welcoming and relaxing.

With its thousands of islands, Greece has always been a top destination in Europe. The Ionian Islands, including Corfu, have many resorts for visitors. There is history and culture on these islands as well as some great nightlife. On Corfu, both Ermones and Paleokastritsa are highly recommended. Crete, of course, is rightly famed and has some extremely popular resorts particularly on the east coast. The island of Mykonos is very lively in the south whilst the northern part of the island is more peaceful. There are lots of great resorts to suit everyone.

The Spanish Mediterranean resorts have long been favourites with British tourists and it`s easy to see why. The Costa del Sol has many lovely resorts. The most well-known are Marbella and Malaga. Marbella, with its famed marina and casino, has a glamorous image. Malaga is rightly known for its long stretch of beaches and having been a tourist favourite since the fifties has a good tourist infrastructure. Nerja, on the eastern end of the Costa del Sol is a lovely less touristy resort town with fabulous views of the Med. Palma, Majorca is another holiday favourite. Along with its lovely beaches, it also has a vibrant nightlife.

Italy also boasts some of Europe`s top resorts. Amalfi is perhaps Italy`s best known resort. With the stunning contrasts from its limestone cliffs rising sharply above the Med`s rich blue waters, the scenery, if nothing else is amazing. The town is relaxing and boasts some nice beaches. Monterosso al Mare is another popular Italian resort. It has a wide range of hotels and is popular with both foreign and local tourists.

Last, but by no means least, is Portugal. The Algarve is the most recognised resort area of the country and it is here you can find the highly regarded resort towns of Lagos and Albufeira. Lagos boasts some beautiful beaches along with plenty of restaurants and bars making it a great holiday destination. Albufeira is smaller than Lagos but still has plenty to offer the visitor. Close to Faro airport, it is easy to find a cheap holiday in Albufeira, though the quality of the accommodation and facilities available there are of an excellent standard.

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