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Are you looking for some last-minute sunshine without having to go long haul? With sunshine, sandy beaches and plenty of sights on offer, our friends at Airtours have selected their top five short breaks 3 hours or less from the UK.

Short Breaks from the UK: Costa Del Sol

Short Breaks from the UK: Costa Del Sol

As the name suggests, the Costa del Sol is situated along the beautiful coastline of Southern Spain. Whether a sun-worshippers or beach bum, you'll just love the Costa del Sol. Scorching highs of 29 degrees in summer time, 11 hours of sunshine a day and a destination considered to be the original home of a sunny trip away.  With something for everyone, you can celeb spot in Marbella, swing your golf clubs in Valderrama, or take the kids out for a day at the Bioparc zoo at Fuengirola.

A go-to holiday staple for Brits, the flight time clocks in at a short 2 hours and 50 minutes.


Short Breaks from the UK: Algarve

Heading even further South, the city of Algrave in Portugal is full of water as far as the eye can see...

For an action-packed, thrill-seeking summer holiday adventure, you’ll love the Algarve. Its feisty surfing spots, adrenaline-fuelled waterparks and scenic horse riding trails and golf courses are all great fun. Whether you’re visiting with family, friends or partners, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Despite being located at the most southern tip of Portugal, the flight is still under 3 hours.


Short Breaks from the UK: Corfu

Famous for sun, sea and site-seeing, Corfu is a one of the popular islands Greece. For hikers, there’s breath-taking landscapes and history buffs will love the old towns and the famous Achilleion Palace. More of an adrenaline seeker? Take your pick from parasailing, windsurfing or water sports on the beachfront. Corfu is an island that has something for everyone.

There’s loads to do in this sun-kissed Ionian island. And as it's only a short 3-hour hop away, you'll get more time to explore Corfu.

Neapolitan Riviera

Short Breaks from the UK: Neopolitan Riveira

Forget the touristy cites and head to the other-worldly paradise of The Neapolitan Rivera in Sant Agata.

Sunny, stylish and special is the best way to describe this world-famous holiday destination. The Neapolitan Riviera is a sun-drenched coastline that mixes the Italian glitz and glamour with traditional Italian life.  From the archaeological wonder of Pompeii to the dramatic Mount Vesuvius, the region is steeped in history. Most of all, the local ice cream from Sorrento is one of the best in all of Italy with a soft and creamy taste.

You may feel like you're halfway across the globe, but this little taste of Paradise is only 2 and a half hours away from the UK. 


Short Breaks from the UK: Majorca

Dishing up some of the best beaches in all of the Balearic Islands, Majorca’s soft sands are a great choice for a relaxing beach break in the sun. Popular beach hotspots can be found in the resort locations of Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona. Here you will find a great selection of restaurants, cafes and watersports accompanied by a great holiday atmosphere. One must visit attraction (especially for dolphin lovers) is the Marineland Marine park near Palma Nova. Here you can take a splash with these amazing animals and watch them perform tricks in the pool.

Located in the Mediterranean, this Spanish island is also surprisingly close with a flight time of just 2 hours and 20 minutes.

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