WITH 2017 just getting started, and as we all start to get back into our humdrum routines for the year ahead, why not start planning and book your holiday for the summer?
Falcon and Thomson’s 2017 offering comes with a sure-fire shareability factor, allowing holidaymakers to experience an array of cultures, cuisines, activities and landscapes in the likes of Corfu and Bulgaria, with Jamaica and Mexico available for those who wish to venture further afield.
The following are just some of packages available for holidaymakers, or families, this year. For further information or to book a holiday, see www.falconholidays.ie.
Year after year, Majorca leads the way with a short flight time, an abundance of hotels and apartments, and resorts and beaches that are very child-friendly.
On the Island, Falcon and Thomson boasts its popular holiday village, two SplashWorld resorts, a kids club, as well as a wide range of self-catering and all-inclusive hotels and apartments.
Majorca is a very reliable choice, one of those places you can book year after year, safe in the knowledge you are onto a winner, especially if you have young children.
It is also an Island in which each visit can bring a different experience from the last – no wonder it’s top of the list for Irish holidaymakers.
Travel from Dublin to Majorca from August, staying at the Holiday Village, from €2,679.
For those heading to Corfu in summer, lamb features heavily on menus and the classic moussaka must be indulged in, as should anything made with filo pastry, from the savoury spinach spanakopita to the ultimate indulgence: the honey-drenched baklava.
To truly eat like a local, holidaymakers should head to one of the family-run tavernas in the peaceful seaside town of Alykes Potamos.
Try Bellisimo Taverna in Aghios Ioannis, where the owners have made a name for themselves doing simple favourites really well – think huge pizzas, fresh seabass, delicious salads and excellent traditional moussaka.
Travel from Dublin to Corfu in May, staying at the Loulas Village for seven nights, from €433pp.
Although legendary for its beaches and the luxuriously warm waters, jerk chicken and reggae music, Jamaica also is an adventure seeker’s paradise.
Jamaica offers an excursion programme that is second to none, so you will never be bored with more than 170 attractions on offer from bobsleighing, night swimming with marine life, zip lining on the Caribbean’s longest zip line, to horseback riding in the sea, swimming with dolphins, biking through the blue mountains and visiting Bob Marley’s house!
The true adventure seeker can also opt to climb the infamous 600ft Dunn’s River Falls.
Travel from Dublin to Jamaica in June, staying at the Holiday Inn Resort for 14 nights, for €1,479pp.
The Dubrovnik region in the south of Croatia is enjoying a spell in the limelight at the moment – and for good reason.
Combining a sweep of Adriatic coastline and a scattering of islands near the medieval city of Dubrovnik, it offers a beach and city break in one.
Meanwhile, In the north of Croatia, the Istrian Riviera is surrounded by more than 250 kilometres of coastline.
In Rovinj, the coves are just the start of the story. The town is set next to a seaside forest where you can climb cliffs and swim off the rocks.
Travel from Dublin to Croatia in June, staying at the Senisimar Kalamota Island Resort for seven nights, for €1,139pp.
With its picture-perfect beaches, ancient sites and a great choice of resorts, it is clear to see why Mexico has made it to number one as the top choice for long haul travellers.
Along the Yucatan Peninsula, purpose-built resorts edge onto tropical beaches while jungle tours and watersport opportunities are easy to come by.
Holidaymakers can also engage in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with dolphins at Xel-Ha, the largest natural aquarium in the world.
The eco park on the Riviera Maya has created a series of natural underwater habitats and offers visitors the chance to swim with dolphins, stingrays and turtles.
On top of all that, holidaymakers can also explore Mayan ruins, taste Mexican food and wine, and watch cultural shows where dancers perform in brightly-coloured body paint.
Travel from Dublin to Mexico in June, staying at the Sensatori Resort for 14 nights, from €2,369pp.