5 destinations made for a short summer break

Is there anything quite as good as a spontaneous holiday? You know, one where you just think “yeh, let’s do it” and next thing you know, you’re sipping that traditional airport pint ready to jet off.

Summer doesn’t have to be about week or fortnight-long holidays, you could treat yourself to a couple of mini breaks exploring different destinations. One week you could be soaking up the sun on a Mediterranean beach, the other could be spent admiring the architecture of a cosmopolitan city or scuba diving around exotic reefs. The choices are endless.

There is no time like the present, so we’ve picked out some of our favourite destinations to spend a couple of days away on holiday. Where will you choose?

Malaga, Spain


Beach, culture, architecture and delicious food – honestly, what more could you want from a short break destination? Malaga has it all. This jewel of Spain’s Costa del Sol manages to effortlessly bring all this together making it perfect for a city escape while also entertaining those of you that can’t resist the allure of the beach.

Forget Madrid and Barcelona, Malaga tops them all for a few days of Spanish sun. Explore this truly wonderful city and admire the Gothic architecture, pop into the original home of the city’s favourite son Pablo Picasso and then spend your evening sampling tapas and the finest wine around. If you want a city break you’ll never forget then Malaga is the place to be.

Split, Croatia


Croatia has become the in-vogue place to visit thanks to its vibrant cities and inviting beach resorts. Situated on the country’s southern tip, the city of Split is an excellent choice if you’re looking for something a little different from your next holiday.

While it may not hold the same unique nature as Dubrovnik, Split is in the privileged position of being situated in one of the most dramatic settings in Croatia. Gaze upon the deep blue waters of the Adriatic which contrasts the awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Wander into the centre of the town and discover Diocletain’s Palace, a dominating Roman monument.

You can spend the evening in illuminating company at the huge range of bars and restaurants that stay open long into the night. 

Marbella, Spain


It’s where all the celebrities are heading so why not you? Marbella’s reputation may precede it a little but it is an exciting destination to enjoy some much needed R ‘n’ R. Rub elbows with the rich and famous while vying for sunbed space on the pristine white sand beaches, all the while basking in glorious Andalucian sunshine.

You can spend hours sat by the marina watching the world go by – and when we say ‘world’ we mean flashy sports cars and luxury yachts. Enjoy evenings in the Orange Square in the heart of the old town, which dates back to 1485, sampling fine food and even finer wine. You could even move on to one of the legendary clubs – the night is still young after all.

Rhodes, Greece


Rolling hills, tranquil beaches, snowcapped mountains, fascinating towns and as much as feta you can fit in your mouth – yes, Rhodes certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to short holidays. The largest of Greece’s Dodecanese Islands it can appeal to whatever type of break you are looking for.

Head into the quaint Old Town and walk the medieval walls from the Grand Master’s Palace. At the top you can enjoy panoramic views of the region and the ocean in the distance. Swing by the Lindos acropolis which has been traced back to 408 BC, predating the town itself. Then, as the sun sets, take your pick from the numerous restaurants and try the delicious local delicacies.

Madeira, Portugal


Step into your own tropical paradise from the moment you arrive in Madeira. This is Portugal with a difference. The island has dramatic views, world class diving spots and secluded coves that feel like the setting of a James Bond film.

Grab a selfie with the infamous Cristiano Ronaldo statue at the airport and then head to the capital of Funchal to start your adventure. Visit the vibrant botanical gardens, barter with market traders for handmade goods and then see the sacred Se Cathedral – a focal point of the town since 1517. Unwind late in the evening with authentic Portuguese fair and, of course, a drop or two of Madeira wine.

Are you looking to blow away the cobwebs and jet off on a short break? Then don’t let the summer pass you by and use the deal finder at www.sunmaster.co.uk to create your dream holiday package. Let’s make summer 2017 one to remember.