When it comes to finding a fabulous beach holiday, there are more than a few great destinations to tickle your fancy.
Spain is the stalwart of the holiday industry and the first choice for many beach bums the world over. From the vibrant Costas, home to such lively resorts as Benidorm, to the chic and upmarket surroundings of lovely Marbella, it's no wonder that Spain is still one of the most popular beach holiday destinations for UK holidaymakers.
You've also got the glorious Balearic Islands, a sun-drenched archipelago marooned just off the east coast of Spain. Here you've got family-friendly Majorca, which is famous for its many varied resorts - among them, the clubbing hotspot of Magaluf rubs shoulders with lively Palma Nova and the cosmopolitan capital, Palma. But it's not all hustle and bustle on the island of Majorca. There's sleepy Sa Coma and the lovely, traditional town of Soller that are laid-back, tranquil and just begging to be discovered.
As fabulous beach breaks go, the Greek islands must surely be near the top of your list. There's gorgeous Crete, the largest of the islands, which serves up a little bit of everything from sleepy villages and rural retreats to buzzing nightspots and bubbly beach resorts. There's Corfu, also known as the Emerald Isle, which is a must for families and a real treat in every sense of the world. Then there's the likes of Rhodes, a bewitching island that blends magnificent ancient monuments and soul-stirring historical ruins with modern resorts and a friendly vibe.