From 24 – 27 November, the consumer frenzy that grips superstores, brands and all kinds of shops reaches airlines and hotels too. With good reason, Black Friday and its sequel, Cyber Monday, are two unique dates when you can grab bargains and offers that you won’t find during the rest of the year. With Christmas fast approaching, if you have an ambitious list of gifts for yourself and others, this is the ideal opportunity to find the best holiday breaks, whether to treat yourself or those you love. See in the New Year from an idyllic beach, with fireworks in a city, or for the next long holiday weekend, escape to a cultural capital or an oasis of pure relaxation. The travel sector has joined the party, and with such a dazzling array of offers, the question is what destination to invest in this Black Friday and Cyber Monday We will help you find the best bargains.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday: the best discounts and hotel deals
Black Friday offers can take you to the Caribbean or the Pacific
The deals for family breaks or trips for couples to destinations such as the Dominican Republic, the Mexican Caribbean, Costa Rica or Cuba offer discounts of up to 60%. But, which to choose? Don’t panic: it all depends on the type of holiday your body is crying out for.
In Punta Cana, lovers of eternal sunshine will find a paradise of palm trees, crystal-clear waters and coral reefs. The all-inclusive Barceló Bávaro Palace hotel offers all these treasures, in addition to sports including diving, kayaking and windsurfing, as well as an exclusive spa and restaurants offering a taste of Dominican cuisine. However, if you want more than picture-postcard views, if you’d like to discover the local traditions and all the secrets of the Mayan culture, the Maya Riviera and its resort in the heart of the Xcaret eco-archaeological park are the kind of cultural attractions you definitely should not miss.
Untamed nature and luxury accommodation abound in the western area of Costa Rica, with gems including the idyllic Tambor beach and the Gulf of Papagayo, where the Occidental Papagayo Hotel offers an adults-only stay (ideal for couples), which includes diving in Culebra Bay, guided hikes and cycling, a chance to sail the blue waters in a kayak or sailing boat… And for activities in unspoilt natural surroundings just one step away from luxury resorts, Varadero is perhaps one of the best-known destinations in Cuba, and should surely be on your list. A refuge for marine fauna and flora and jungle vegetation and with the historical, culturally vibrant city of Havana not far away.
Black Friday for a 100% sunshine getaway
With the last few weeks dominated by the cold weather, perhaps the most tempting break is an escape to a beach bathed in sunshine, where it seems that summer never ends, and you can treat yourself to a genuine respite from the whirlpool of everyday activity. If that is the case, there is nowhere to beat the Canary Islands for guaranteeing not just good weather (the archipelago enjoys an average of 300 days’ sunshine per year) but also a natural setting where you will almost automatically cast aside all your cares.
More than half of the Canary Islands consists of protected natural areas, and although the Canaries as a whole are a flagship of conservation and ecotourism, Tenerife stands out with its impressive Parque Nacional del Teide (Mount Teide National Park), one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. On the southwest of this island, the Costa Adeje is an oasis of calm and exclusivity where luxury resorts such as the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach co-exist with one of the few remaining unspoilt fishing villages.
On Fuerteventura, the volcanic landscape offers scenes that could be from another planet, and a fantastic sea floor to explore from hotels such as the Barceló Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa, which also specializes in thermal treatments. However, watersports and relaxation are a common factor in all the islands: in Gran Canaria, the hotel in the heart of Playa del Inglés just a step away from the Maspalomas Dunes, offers activities ranging from water sports to children’s entertainment and live music. For couples, the adults-only hotel on the beach front at Costa Teguise in Lanzarote is the haven of relaxation and shared enjoyment that you are searching for.
Black Friday: premium Mediterranean destinations at low cost
To speak of places with unspoilt beaches, hidden coves among the rocks and white towns hugging the sea shore, not forgetting the countryside, the cosmopolitan urban areas and the peaceful island lifestyle, is inevitably to speak of the Balearic Islands.
Among their attractions are unspoilt natural oases such as Menorca. The island is a museum of local flora and fauna which had great strategic value for all the Mediterranean civilizations, which helps to explain its abundance of fortified architecture and towers such as Saura and Binifadet. Today, the star attraction are its urban beaches like the Bay of Mahón with its Barceló Hamilton Menorca hotel and natural beaches such as Punta Prima, which are ideal for families or couples.
Mallorca is another great highlight of this archipelago, and its qualities combine to make it a destination to suit all tastes. The captivating Sierra de Tramuntana (Tramuntana mountain range) and the island’s wild coasts are perfect for hiking and water sports, while Formentor is the idyllic refuge for novelists, poets and musicians in search of inspiration, while the Playa de Palma (Palma Beach) is lined with bars, restaurants and craft shops beneath the watchful gaze of the Cathedral and privileged onlookers such as the Barceló Illetas Albatros Hotel. Not far away, the blue waters of Cala Viñas and the tranquility of Cala Ferrera are the most fun-filled options if you are traveling with children who like to play on the beach.
With just 210 km of coastline, Ibiza is a shrine to lively holidaymakers, boasting beaches that are a dream come true and a vibrant night life. From the coastal towns where you would like to live permanently, such as San Antonio and Santa Eulalia, to the coves with their luxury resorts like the Barceló Portinatx, this island was created for enjoyment. The more secluded locations including Cala Compte, Cala d’Hort and Cala Salada and the street markets reveal the hippy tradition of an island which becomes a temple of electronic music and well-known DJs every night.
Experience the south at a Black Friday price
The destinations of Andalusia have no cause to envy the island climate of which we’ve just been speaking. The Costa de la Luz also enjoys good weather and extensive beaches, along which you can stroll in almost complete solitude at this time of year. Moreover, in regions such as Huelva the resorts of Punta Umbría, built alongside unspoilt beaches, are surrounded by the Paraje Natural de los Enebrales (Enebrales Natural Park) and the Reserva Biológica de Marismas del Odiel (Odiel Biological Saltmarsh Reserve) which are both ideal for hiking and cycling.
In addition, Cádiz is part of this coastal fringe which boasts one of the 10 finest beaches in Spain according to TripAdvisor: La Barrosa, with its fine, white sand and lively beach bars. On the beach front, the Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri which mesmerizes the passer-by, with its Balinese beds, tropical gardens and infinity pools from which you expect a celebrity to emerge at any moment. It is also a flagship destination for golf enthusiasts and foodies, with specialties like huevas aliñás (a traditional Cadiz dish based around hake roe) or arranque roteño ( a tomato dip typical of the area).
The best golf courses in the south of Europe are to be found in the heart of the Costa del Sol, among the fantastic beaches around Malaga and glamorous towns such as Marbella, with their sophisticated all-inclusive hotels, and the luxurious resort of Puerto Banús. But if you are looking for a more secluded spot, with unspoilt natural beauty where you can indulge yourself, there is nowhere to compare with Cabo de Gata and its hotel complex on this breathtakingly stunning coast and natural park.
Even if the beach doesn’t appeal to you, Andalusia is still a great destination, because this region has some of the loveliest and most charming cities in Spain. Seville not only has its own special color, it also has traditions and an architectural beauty that you will fall in love with at first sight. From the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento Hotel, on the banks of the River Guadalquivir, you can breathe in the tradition and vibrancy of streets such as the Alameda de Hércules. The strumming of guitars also provides the daily soundtrack to the animated terraces and alleyways of Granada, presided over by the imposing Alhambra.
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