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Top Five Places To Holiday After Christmas

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When the turkey is eaten and presents are opened, it’s great to have a holiday to look forward to! Check out my guide of the top five places to holiday after Christmas. 

Whether it’s colder or warmer climates that you’re after, there are many places to holiday after Christmas. Skiing the slopes or topping up the tan could be a nice change from a dull Irish January – don’t you think? Hopefully one of my top picks will kick off your new year in style.






Canary Islands

Fuerteventura, one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert

If you are looking for some sun, it is hard to beat the Canary Islands. There are plenty of direct flights to Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife from Ireland. Choose a short five to seven day break for New Year, or stay longer for even better value. With kids back in school in January, you may find that it is cheaper to go away for two weeks rather than one at this time.

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Dubai, one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert

Dubai is another great place to visit if you want sunshine, but it is also packed with things to do. You can try a desert safari, go to the top of the world’s tallest building, ski in the worlds largest indoor ski slope, or simply relax on one of its stunning beaches. We visited Dubai last year and loved it, check out my top things to do in Dubai here:

Top ten things to do in Dubai

The best family activities in Dubai

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Copenhagen one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert

Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens is one of the few Christmas markets that stays open after Christmas. If you want to prolong the festive mood, it is one of the best cities to choose for a holiday after Christmas. The gardens come alive with over 500,000 Christmas lights and there are plenty of activities to keep all the family happy.



Copenhagen is also one of Europe’s top ‘foodie’ destinations, so why not indulge in some tasty meals before the New Year resolutions kick in! For more information, check out my blog on Copenhagen.

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay, one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert

If you are looking for a holiday after Christmas with a party atmosphere, then look no further than Hogmanay in Edinburgh. With celebrations that start on the 30th of December and last for three days, New Year is celebrated more than Christmas in Edinburgh. Top bands provide fantastic entertainment and the fireworks displays are some of the best you are likely to see.

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Skiing, one of the best holidays to take after Christmas by The Travel Expert

With snowy mountains and pretty villages, skiing would be my choice for a holiday after Christmas! Austria, France and Italy are the firm favourites but airfares can be high at that time. Watch out for cheap flights to Munich where the transfer times to Austria are similar to that of Salzburg. There are also direct flights from Ireland to Memmingen which has plenty of ski resorts close by.

Read: Skiing in Soll, all you need to know and why you should go

Read: My top tips for family ski holidays

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Lanzarote, 26th August, 1 week, flights & apartment, €399!


Lanzarote is a great choice for a week away. The year round sunshine and long sandy beaches have been attracting Irish visitors for many years.

It’s not all about sun and sand though, there is plenty of good sightseeing as well as some excellent duty free shops.  Their building regulations ensure that there are no high rise buildings so the island feel less commercialised than some of it’s Spanish counterparts.

With many resorts to choose from I think it is fair to say there is a place in Lanzarote for everyone to enjoy. I like Puerto del Carmen, although the largest on the island, it still has a nice feel to it. The old town has some fantastic restaurants and having a drink at one of the waterfront cafes as the sun sets over the harbour, is a lovely way to end your day. Read my blog on Lanzarote for more information.

A winter deal to Lanzarote from The Travel Expert

I found a great Lanzarote deal staying in the Aloe apartments in Puerto del Camen. Highly rated on tripadvisor and centrally located, they are an ideal choice to explore all that Lanzarote has to offer. Fly from Dublin on the 26th of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €399 per person.

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All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability. This post was sponsored by Alpharooms but all views as always are my own.



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You could be excused for thinking you were in the Caribbean when walking along the seashore in Correlejo. 

Fuerteventura’s Beautiful Beaches

The white sandy beaches are really stunning and not at all what you would expect in the Canary Islands. The sand dunes that are the national park stretch for miles and the visual combination of the mountain backdrop makes for a truely magnificent sight. I had to pinch myself,  I felt like I was back in Barbados.

I am a beach lover so Fuerteventura for me is fantastic. It hosted the world wind surfing and kite boarding championships last year and definitely has that sporty feel to it. There are surf shops on every corner and plenty of long haired Australians wandering around with boards under their arms so it definitely has that edgy vibe.

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There are two main resorts featured from Ireland, Correlejo and Caleta de Fuste, or Costa Caleta as it is also known. Correlejo, once an old fishing village it still retains that authentic feel yet has a 10km blanket of white sand beside it to sweeten the deal.

There are great restaurants around the harbour and  plenty of trendy duty free shops as well as ‘Music Square’. This is also the spot where the ferry leaves to go to nearby Lanzarote, or Isla de Lobos, trust me, a day trip worth taking. Try an introductory dive or some snorkelling, it would be difficult to find a better place in Europe to do this.

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Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste is very popular with families as the man made beach there is very shallow and extremely safe for young kids. It is a purpose built resort though so lacks the authenticity that Correlejo has, although comes complete with mini golf, kids train and plenty of kids clubs along the beach.

3There is a fantastic choice of self catering and all inclusive family properties and the prices are such good value. The restaurants here and generally all over the island cater extremely well for families and wont break the bank.

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Things To Do in Fuerteventura

Like many other Spanish resorts Fuerteventura has plenty more to offer than just beaches. There is a waterpark in Correlejo as well as a fantastic animal park, the Oasis Park in Jandia. You can get up close with the animals here, even take a camel safari or take in a show. There are two bird shows as well as a sealion and a reptile show. It is a great day out for all the family and one I would highly recommend.

If you are travelling as a couple you have to visit El Cotillo. Renowned for its amazing beaches and lagoons it was voted one of the 10 best beaches in Spain by Tripadvisor last year. A traditional fishing village, it has the most picturesque little harbour with local restaurants serving freshly caught fish – and they are cooked to perfection! This is the windsurfing and surfing Mecca of the island so bear in mind it can be very windy! You can find some sheltered spots for sunbathing but my advice would be to bring a jacket! 

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Fuerteventura is less developed than the other Canary Islands but that is part of it’s charm. It has year round sunshine, is great value for money and has some of the best beaches in Europe, what more could you ask for?


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