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24 Destinations for 2024

As the sun sets on another year, we stand at the precipice of a new era in travel, brimming with opportunities to explore, discover, and experience the world like never before. Welcome to the ultimate list of 24 destinations for 2024, where we unveil the most captivating areas of the world that promise to make your next year an exhilarating whirlwind of adventure and culture.

Get ready to expand your horizons, our curated list spans the globe, offering an array of experiences that cater to every traveller’s dreams and desires. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker seeking the adrenaline rush of a lifetime or a culture enthusiast eager to immerse yourself in rich traditions, this list has something for you.

So, we thought we’d deliver a dose of travel inspiration for 2024 holidays because we all deserve a little something to look forward to.

New destinations

Our amazing team of destination experts are always looking for new places to add to our list, and we’re particularly excited about these additions. We have a feeling people will be going all out in 2024 and we can’t think of anywhere better than…:

1. Dominican Republic

Among our selection of newest destinations is the fabulous Dominican Republic, the beautiful Caribbean nation synonymous with palm-fringed white sand beaches, wild jungle-strewn mountainous and riotously colourful carnivals. Hike the Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the Caribbean, discover the stunning El Limón waterfall, try delicious tostones (fried plantains) and wash it down with a glass of mamajuana. There’s no doubt the Dominican Republic will capture your heart.

2. Slovenia

Sensational Slovenia is often – and unfairly – overlooked. Home to mountains, lakes, vineyards, forests, caves and hot springs, you’ll be hard-pushed to become bored here. The quaint towns are home to gorgeous architecture untouched by time, and the local cuisine is a delightful crossover of bohemian heartiness and Mediterranean flair. Make this your 2024 holiday destination – you won’t regret it.

3. Vietnam

This snaking S-shape of lush green land promises a surprise around every corner. Vietnam is a  land of enchantment that seamlessly blends ancient traditions with awe-inspiring natural beauty. Get lost among the bustling streets of Hanoi or the serene waters of Halong Bay, adorned with limestone karsts, discover the flavours of Vietnamese cuisine and explore historic temples… Vietnam promises a truly immersive experience quite unlike anywhere else.

 

France

4. Biarritz

A chic seaside town on France’s Basque Coast, Biarritz is a magnet for surfers, art lovers and foodies. Go for coastal walks in the hunt for hidden sandy spots and dramatic cliff scenery, ride the waves at Europe’s first-ever surf beach, Côte des Basques, or go for a historic wander around the museums and heritage buildings of this charming town.

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5. Dordogne

This region of France has always been a firm favourite with our customers, and it’s easy to see why. Château-studded hills, picturesque fortified towns, quality wine-growing regions, and lush forested interiors make it a real beauty. Foodies will appreciate the fresh, local produce and history buffs will enjoy soaking up tales of the region’s past.

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6. Provence

This classy and sophisticated region of France is the perfect place to spend the summer. Stroll along to local morning markets for fresh pastries, frolic through lavender fields, and indulge in the mouthwatering gastronomy by the harbourside. History and art lovers aren’t forgotten, as the region is home to iconic art collections and some of France’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings.

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7. French Riviera

Stylish, cosmopolitan and effortlessly elegant – everyone needs to spend a holiday in the French Riviera at least once in their lives, as it makes you feel just a little bit like an A-Lister. The coastline is fringed by a collection of chic coastal towns where you can dine alfresco on a sun-soaked terrace, spend your days by the beach, and rub shoulders with the glamorous as you sip champagne while watching the sunset.

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Greece

8. Pelion

Home to some of the best beaches in Greece, this mountainous peninsula on the mainland flies gloriously under the radar due to many people escaping to the nearby islands. Forested hills, ancient monasteries and rustic stone houses make this a truly authentic escape. Spend your days kicking back on a secluded, sun-baked beach, drive along the coastal roads to explore charming local villages, or soak up the spirit and atmospheres of the local restaurants and bars. This is where you come to rest, relax and recharge.

9. Kos

An island of historic treasures, a lively town centre, and wild scenery, Kos is way more than fine sand beaches and electric blue waters (although we wouldn’t say no to spending our whole holiday lazing on said beaches). Boasting a rich history, visitors have a selection of monuments to visit, such as Asklepion, Neratzia Castle and Antimachia Castle. Or if you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and watch the world go by, you can do that too.

10. Zakynthos

You may recognise its world-famous Navagio Beach (aka Shipwreck Beach) from your Instagram feeds, but there’s much more to this cove-studded island than meets the eye. Traditional rural villages amongst hilltops and forests, limestone cliffs flank white sand beaches, and lively evenings filled with music and cocktails. A trip to this beautiful Greek island is the perfect way to ease your stresses, and the colourful marine park is ideal for a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling.

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United Kingdom

11. Scotland

Magical lochs, rugged wilderness and dramatic coastlines – the landscapes of Scotland offer an endless amount of adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re into sailing, hiking, kayaking or abseiling, you can find all manner of activities to get stuck into. That’s not to mention the rich history living in the walls of its medieval castles, ruins and city streets. Cosy up in a local pub, go shopping in one of the cities, or just soak up the views from the hot tub at your holiday home.

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12. Cotswolds

Chocolate-box villages that wouldn’t look out of place in a children’s storybook, the Cotswolds is a rural idyll in the south of England set in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With quaint and cosy pubs, walking trails winding their way through undulating countryside, and quintessentially British tea rooms, it’s a great place for a family holiday.

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Croatia

13. Istria

Experience the Croatia that’s not in the travel guides. This heart-shaped peninsula promotes the local way of life, away from the tourist-laden pockets of the country (if you venture further than the coastline, that is). The foodie heart of Croatia is alive and well here, with white truffles, fresh seafood and award-winning wines featuring heavily on the menu. Hilltop villages are surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the national parks are great for a day out cycling or walking with the family.

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14. Trogir

A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s no surprise that Croatia’s Trogir is oozing in natural beauty. Once ruled by the Ancient Greeks, and subsequently the Romans, this pretty island city’s fascinating history is proudly displayed through its architectural delights.

But it’s not all about cathedrals and fortresses. If beach days are more your vibe, the dazzling Trogir Riviera will treat you to quaint, shingle beaches, warm waters and beachside bars. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly spots for swimming with little ones or lively stretches offering bars and restaurants, there’s something for every type of Trogir holiday.

 

Spain

15. Menorca

A low-key alternative to its Balearic neighbours, Menorca is all about the beach days. Its 216 km-long coastline is punctuated with hidden coves, long sandy stretches, Blue Flag beaches, and volcanic scenery. White-washed villages, picturesque cities and Bronze Age sites add to the charm of this Biosphere Reserve island (awarded by UNESCO in 1993) – it’s a great place for a family holiday.

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16. Galicia

Spain’s northwestern province is unfairly overlooked as a holiday destination, but that rather works in its favour. You’ll get to experience its stunning coastline, pretty towns and villages, fascinating historic sites and unparalleled cuisine without the throngs of tourists that head elsewhere in Spain every year. Don’t miss the fabulous Cíes Islands, a short boat trip from Vigo, with its picturesque dune-backed beaches and forested hills begging to be hiked.

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Italy

17. Puglia

Set in the ‘boot’ of Italy, this sun-baked region stands out for its unique, traditional Trullo houses that are scattered across its scenic, rolling hills. The UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello has a fairytale-like feel, the dramatic rocky coastline of Salento wouldn’t look out of place on a postcard, and the quaint town of Lecce (dubbed ‘Florence of the South’) is well-known for its Baroque architecture and foodie hotspots.

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18. Sardinia

This Italian isle and its impossibly clear blue waters could easily be mistaken for somewhere in the Caribbean! Sardinia’s craggy coastline interspersed with stunning white sand beaches provides ample exploring opportunities from above the water if you are keen on sailing, or below the water if a scuba excursion takes your fancy.

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Elsewhere in the world

19. Marrakech

Colourful and chaotic souks, an ancient and bustling Medina and diverse landscapes – trek in the mountains, walk with camels in the desert, or find yourself in the midst of grand palaces – Marrakech has got it all going on. Although there’s plenty of hustle and bustle, you can still find tranquillity in the beautiful local Riads or hammams.

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20. Kas

Where boho meets Turkish tradition, this white-washed seaside town is steeped in history, dating as far back as the Lycian times. When you’re not wandering the bougainvillaea-draped old quarter or taking a boat trip across the Med, you can explore ancient Lycian cities, tombs and the amphitheatre. While away a lazy morning feasting on a Turkish breakfast in a local café, before heading to the beach or discovering crumbling ruins.

21. Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Set in the gorgeous, sun-soaked Paphos, this stylish retreat is ideal for those looking for everything in one place. Five-star hospitality, tranquil beaches, a spa and an award-winning golf course mean you can spend your hours relaxing and recharging or getting stuck into daily activities. There’s an incredible kids club to keep the young ones entertained while you enjoy some much-needed me-time next to your private pool and in the evening, come together as a family for alfresco dinners as you gaze into the sunset. Bliss.

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22. Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Montenegro is slowly becoming a sought-after destination, and the Bay of Kotor (aka Boka) is leading the charge. Breathtaking scenery surrounds the bay, which is scattered with medieval towns, monasteries and incredible national parks. It’s a breath of fresh air from the usual beach escape, and if you’re an adventure sports lover, architecture nerd, foodie or photographer, the Bay of Kotor is your Nirvana.

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23. Lisbon Coast, Portugal

You might have heard a lot about Lisbon city, but what about its coastline? Pristine national parks, surf beach havens, and vibrant seaside towns dot this captivating side of Portugal. But it’s not all about the beaches – head further inland and you’ll find historic, quirky Sintra with its brightly coloured palace, or the hidden Neolithic ruins of Adrenunes.

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24. Mexico

Vibrant, energetic and passionate – these are just some of the ways to describe the culture and the people of Mexico. With fiery cuisine, fiesta-filled calendars, and charming towns, cities and villages, you’ll never be bored on a trip to Mexico. Whether you’re looking for a creative art scene, interesting architecture, sleepy beaches, or luscious jungles, you’ll find this country is full of soul, with plenty to satisfy your appetite.

 

So there we have it, our list of 24 destinations for 2024. Where takes your fancy the most?  Villa holidays are perfect when you’re looking to stay somewhere with the whole family because you get the privacy and independence of your very own home-from-home that you can truly relax in (and with Oliver’s Travels, our places have plenty of space for even the biggest of groups!)

If you need help in planning your holiday, don’t hesitate to reach out to our free concierge service.

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