For many groups of girls, a holiday abroad is an annual tradition. 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. Together with QUIZ, fashion retailers of wardrobe essentials such as summer dresses, we investigate the top ten places to add to your girls holiday bucket list:
Find the perfect balance between city and coast in 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.
Of course you’ve heard of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, but what else should you do?
Head to a rooftop bar. One with a great view is the 1881 per SAGARDI bar which is situated at the top of the History Museum of Catalonia and overlooks the marina. It’s a place for fine dining before the in-house DJ begins early evening.
Looking for a picnic spot? Head 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.
Mingle with the A-listers in Miami for your next girls holiday. 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?
Cool down in a city pool party. Check if there are any events on at the National Hotel which is host to Miami’s longest infinity pool.
Head to Bayside Marketplace to make some purchases with your girlfriends 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.
Take it to the waters and board the 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).
Relax on the beach and head to Sunny Isles beach for a coastal stretch that’s less touristy than the popular South Beach. Or, head to Haulover Beach — the only nudist beach in Miami — to catch some rays without the tan lines.
Well-known for its rich culture and stunning palaces, there’s so much to do and explore when you’re in Marrakech.
Make sure you leave plenty of room in your suitcase for items to bring back. You could spend hours in the souks of Marrakech, exploring the crafted clothes, bags, accessories and spices. It’s unlike any shopping trip you would’ve had with the girls before.
Get away from the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa and head over to a restaurant called le Jardin. This restaurant is complete with indoor greenery, live music and serves Moroccan classics like tagines and authentic lamb dishes.
If you want to spend some time at the coast, you can take the bus to the seaside city of Essaouira. Scour the local shops and enjoy lunch in one of the quaint side streets.
Despite popular opinion, the party capital of the Balearic Islands also has places close by where you can relax in the sun and gossip with your besties.
Don’t miss out on Café Mambo for sunset. You’ve probably seen the videos and heard all about it, but visitors say it’s an unforgettable experience. Once a smaller venue situated on Ibiza’s sunset strip, it’s now one of the most famous venues on the island — host to the biggest DJs in the world.
Partying for five nights can get tiring, but San Antonio isn’t that far from a place of serenity. You can wander the cobbled streets and be rewarded with some memorable panoramic views of the island before chilling out in one of the well-loved restaurants.
Marbella is a good destination if you want to feel glamorous but not be too far from a party. It’s similar to Ibiza in that you’re never far from a DJ set, but it’s often thought of as more refined. The locals enjoy going out in Marbella too and there’s an air of luxe surrounding the city.
Enjoy a private boat trip. There are plenty of private boats available to hire from the port for the full day — play music, take your own food and soak up the sun.
Soak up the culture and stretch your legs in the old town. Head to Plaza de los Naranjos which is lined with open-air restaurants and is often host to street singers playing local tunes.
Well-known for its dramatic mountains and paradise-like landscape, Bali is a great girly escape. It’s also a great place to get away with the girls and relax on beaches like no other.
There’s certainly something for everyone in Bali.
For some relaxation head for the Yoga Barn which is one of the most famous retreats on the island, located in Ubud. Here, there is a range of programmes for all abilities and lengths — find one that you can all enjoy together.
For something more livelier, make your way to Seminyak which is one of the best party destinations on the island. There is a strip of bars, cafes and restaurants — even some with bean bags on the beach so you can enjoy a drink while the sun goes down.
The Amalfi coast
The Amalfi coast is a 50-kilometre stretch of land in Italy, best known for its pretty fishing villages and rugged coastline. It’s not so much a party destination but it’s still a nice place to soak up some sunshine with your good friends.
Discover what each town has to offer. From the cathedral in Sorrento to the picturesque town of Positano — each place is unique. Try and visit a few of them, if you can, to make the most of coastal trip.
Don’t miss out on the main town of Amalfi. It’s the busiest town if you’re looking for hustle and bustle and the restaurants here offer amazing Italian dishes that you’d struggle to enjoy anywhere else.
You’ll recognise photos of Santorini from its stunning sunsets and white washed buildings. It’s become more of a tourist destination in recent years and it’s clear to see why. The island is an ideal destination to go with your girlfriends, especially if you’re looking to chill out and soak up the Greek heat.
The 18-wine tasting flight by Santo Winery is for you if you and your girls enjoy a glass of wine. The winery is one of the top spots to watch the famous Santorini sunset too, an extra bonus.
Make sure you stick around for the sunset — named the most stunning in the world by many visitors. There are certain spots where it looks its best, so sit back and enjoy the views.
Dubai is home to a lot more than rich residents and luxury shopping, including a very lively nightlife scene — perfect for letting your hair down on a ‘girls getaway’.
Take it to the top at 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.
Let your hair down in the Aquaventure Water Park — ideal for a girly day out with its thrilling rides and slides. You also have the option to swim with dolphins, sea lions and go scuba diving — a great experience away from the city.
Budapest has gained popularity in recent years. 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.
Get tickets for a spa party, or ‘sparty’ for short, at the most popular thermal bath in Budapest — Szechenyi Spa and Baths. You can visit during the day too but on a Saturday, during the summer, it turns into a giant pool party.
There are a lot of ‘ruin pubs’ which means that they’re old, run-down buildings that have been turned into pubs. A lot of them are based in the Jewish Quarter and it’s worth doing a mini pub crawl around these for drinking spots like no other.
Where will you go? 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.