If you’ve tucked a few European short breaks under your belt, or you’re simply an adventurous type, then an exotic break might be just your bag! Short breaks to the likes of Marrakech, Istanbul, Dubai or Egypt will introduce you to a whole world of new experiences and cultures.
Marrakech provides a break full of spice and flavour. The Jemaa el-Fna, the Medina (Old Town) main square, is brimming with colour and life – food stalls, snake charmers and musicians all vie for attention. The city’s ochre walls and buildings provide the perfect background to your Marrakech short break. Lose yourself in the narrow alleyways and souks of the Medina – ideal places to bargain for some souvenirs.
Then there’s Dubai, ultra-modern metropolis and magnet for the jet-set. It ticks all the right boxes for a short break. Sunbathing and beaches? Check. Activities? No problem. Cool bars and restaurants? Certainly. Activities for the kids? Of course. You’ll find more than enough to squeeze into your few days spent here. Dubai has something for everyone – dune safaris, shopping opportunities, including the famous Gold Souk, and Ski Dubai, an ingenious ‘snow slope in the desert’.
Istanbul provides a holiday experience you’ll always remember. It’s true that there are some amazing historical and religious sights to take in here, like the bazaars and Blue Mosque, but Istanbul breaks have so much more to offer. It’s become a happening, energetic city with must-be-seen-in restaurants and clubs.
Egypt is not to be forgotten when you’re considering an exotic break, either – whether it’s a visit to Cairo, with its chaotic traffic and wondrous pyramids, a few days in Sharm el Sheikh sunning yourself by the pool, or a trip to Luxor for history and culture, a break here will be a real delight.