Must-visit destinations for the ultimate girls holiday*

Every girl loves a getaway with her best gal pals! You might think that you’ve already found the perfect destination — maybe it’s the place that you visit year after year. But, there is a host of cities and beaches out there that are ideal for a holiday with your best friends. Want holiday inspiration? Check out the top destinations below…

Barcelona

Barcelona

You’d struggle to find someone who doesn’t adore Barcelona. You can take a 30-minute walk from the shopping centre, El Corte Ingles, to the paella restaurants on the beachfront. Catch up with the girls over a glass of sangria and soak up the culture.

How to spend your time:

Take a few hours out of your trip to visit the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell (they’re unforgettable), then afterwards, explore the more secret delights of the Catalan capital.
Order a few fancy cocktails at a rooftop bar. Don’t hesitate to drop in at the 1881 per SAGARDI bar, which is based at the top of the History Museum of Catalonia, looking out over the marina. Here, you can enjoy fine dining before the in-house DJ begins in the early evening.

For the perfect picnic spot, take the bus to Carmel del Bunkers. This used to be bunkers during the Spanish Civil War and now overlooks the entire city. Take a blanket up here, some food and drink and enjoy the sunset with your friends.

Budapest

The perfect combination of contemporary and tradition, Hungary’s capital city is a destination not to be missed. A city of quirky bars and restaurants, as well as beautiful architecture, it’s also somewhere that’s full of life with plenty to do.

How to spend your time:

Budapest is famous for its ‘sparties’ — basically a name for a spa party. If you’re interested, try a sparty at the most popular thermal bath in Budapest — Szechenyi Spa and Baths. You can visit during the day but on a Saturday, during the summer, it turns into a giant pool party!

The city is renowned for its ‘ruin pubs’. These are old, run-down buildings, many of which are based in the Jewish Quarter. Definitely consider a mini pub-crawl around these for drinking spots — you’ll have a great night!

Marrakech

Situated in Morocco, northern Africa, Marrakech is an amazing holiday destination. Well-known for its rich culture and stunning palaces, there’s so much to do and explore when you’re here.

How to spend your time:

If you love shopping, you’ll adore the local markets here. You could spend hours in the souks of Marrakech, exploring the crafted clothes, bags, accessories and spices. We swear it’ll be unlike any shopping trip you would’ve had with the girls before.

You also won’t regret a visit to Le Jardin, an incredible eatery in Marrakech. This restaurant is complete with indoor greenery, live music and serves Moroccan classics like tagines and authentic lamb dishes.

Purchase a bus ticket to the seaside city of Essaouira for a gorgeous coastline. Scour the local shops and enjoy lunch in one of the quaint side streets.

Miami

Miami

Grab your girls and party where the celebs do in Miami! Aside from endless beaches and art-deco inspired buildings, what else is there for you and your gal pals to do on the coast of south Florida?

How to spend your time:

You’re never far from pool parties and a lively atmosphere. Check if there are any events on at the National Hotel, which is host to Miami’s longest infinity pool.

Make the most of the sunshine when you’re shopping, go to Bayside Marketplace to make some purchases with your pals instead. Situated around the marinas at Biscayne Bay, this open-air mall is a great way to keep cool while trying on clothes and there’s often live music played from the main stage, too.

Snap some gorgeous shots with the Miami coastline as your backdrop when you board a 90-minute boat trip that takes you through Biscayne Bay, narrated by someone who will point out the homes of the stars (cocktails available too). You won’t be the only one taking photos, you might even spot someone with a selfie frame getting the ultimate pic!

Get away from the tourists at Sunny Isles beach, a coastal stretch that’s less popular than the popular South Beach, if you’re fancying a chilled day on the sand. Or, head to Haulover Beach — the only nudist beach in Miami — to catch some rays without the tan lines.

Burj Khalifa Dubai

Dubai

If you’re in the mood for luxury shopping and beach fun, Dubai could be the holiday for you. It’s also home to a lot more than that, including a very lively nightlife scene — perfect for letting your hair down on a girls getaway.

What to do during your holiday:

A must-do is a visit to the Burj Khalifa. At the observation deck, you can see astounding panoramic views of the city unlike anything you’ve seen before. You can have a drink at the atmosphere bar too — located on the 122nd floor.

Want to let your hair down? Swap your fancy dresses and going out tops for a bikini. Aquaventure Water Park is perfect for a girly day out or you can book to swim with dolphins, or even sea lions. There’s even scuba diving — a great experience away from the liveliness of the city.

Where will you go this summer? Of course, it all depends on what sort of thing you’re after but choosing a place that has a mixture of vibes and things to do is always a good idea.

[post in collaboration with Quiz UK]

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