Embrace the Yellow Day in these sun-drenched holiday destinations

Discover our top picks for memorable Yellow Day escapes that radiate joy and positivity

Yellow Day: Blue pool with yellow walkway

As the sun reaches its zenith and illuminates the world with its golden rays, we cannot help but feel the craving to escape to sun-baked shores and enjoy a much-needed vacation. June 20th is known across the world as Yellow Day, or, the happiest day of the year. Just before the Summer solstice, this day celebrates the time when the days become longer and happiness becomes contagious. To make the most of this joyous occasion, we have curated a list of five enchanting destinations that perfectly embody the essence of Yellow Day. From the stunning Riviera Maya to the idyllic Balearic Islands, these happy escapes promise unforgettable experiences that will leave you beaming with happiness.

The origin of Yellow Day:

You may be familiar with the term Blue Monday, but have you heard of Yellow Day? The same psychologist that coined the term for the most depressing day of the year has also been able to calculate the happiest. The origin of Yellow Day can be traced back to a concept developed in 2005 by Cliff Arnall, a psychologist from the United Kingdom. His formula, known as the Happiness Equation, takes into account various factors such as weather, daylight hours, mood, and social activities, and the result determined that the third Friday in June is the happiest day. 

Immerse yourself in nature in the Riviera Maya

There is no better way to switch off and relax than to be surrounded by nature. The Riviera Maya’s strategic location nestled along the Caribbean Mexican coastline makes it a tropical paradise that cannot help but make you smile. As Yellow Day arrives, the lush jungles, crystal-clear cenotes, and ancient Mayan ruins become even more captivating. 

As Yellow Day arrives, the lush jungles, crystal-clear cenotes, and ancient Mayan ruins become even more captivating

Book into one of the Riviera Maya's top hotels and indulge in a luxury escape before heading out to explore the vibrant culture and witness the joyous festivities that color the streets. Whether you snorkel in the world-renowned Mesoamerican Barrier Reef or relax on the pristine beaches, Riviera Maya offers endless opportunities to revel in the magic of Yellow Day.

Woman snorkeling in the Riviera Maya Caribbean Sea

Snorkeling in the warm Caribbean Sea is a must when in the Riviera Maya

Fill your summer holiday with sightseeing in Andalusia´s celebrated cities

Andalusia, the sun-drenched region of southern Spain, is the perfect destination to celebrate the radiance of Yellow Day. From Cadiz’s vibrant streets full of history to the breathtaking Alhambra in Granada, this region is a testament to the richness of Spanish culture and the spirit of joy that can be felt in every corner. It should be obligatory to indulge in delectable tapas while on vacation in Andalusia as you let the warm Andalusian sun envelop you in its golden embrace. Here are our top southern Spain destinations to visit on Yellow Day.

Discover the historical glamour of Granada

Hidden amidst the majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada effortlessly blends history, culture, and architectural splendor. Stepping foot into this enchanting city is like being transported back to the era of Moorish influence and Spanish Renaissance grandeur. It is an unspoken rule that if you are staying in Granada, you must visit the Alhambra - the city’s crown jewel that stands as a testament to the city's illustrious past. Marvel at the intricate Islamic architecture, tranquil courtyards, and ornate gardens. Take a leisurely stroll through the labyrinthine streets of the Albaicín neighborhood which take you on a mysterious tour through the city’s whitewashed buildings. Stop off at a local eatery to Indulge in the delightful flavors of traditional Andalusian cuisine. And, when nightfalls, travel to the neighbourhood of Sacromonte to enjoy the soul-stirring sounds of flamenco.

Soak up positive vibes in Cadiz

Looking for a taste of laid back coastal living? Visiting Cadiz for your Yellow Day travel will provide you with a dose of positivity that only this captivating destination can provide. With its stunning beaches, charming historic quarter, and vibrant cultural scene, this ancient port city entices visitors with its timeless charm. Stroll through the narrow streets of the city’s historic quarter and head to the picturesque squares adorned with colorful facades and bustling local markets. 

The imposing Cathedral of Cadiz is a must visit and a stroll along the ancient city walls offers uplifting panoramic views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean

The imposing Cathedral of Cadiz is a must visit and a stroll along the ancient city walls offers uplifting panoramic views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Happiness is found at every turn in Cadiz, especially when indulging in the city's gastronomic delights- from mouthwatering seafood dishes to the refreshing local sherry wines. Top top off your stay, as the sun falls, explore the vibrant promenade of La Caleta Beach, where the captivating sound of flamenco guitar and the gentle sea breeze create an unforgettable atmosphere. 

Sailing boat on the Cadiz Ocean with golden sand

Spend the happiest day of the year in Cadiz

Enjoy fabulous beaches in Almeria

While Almeria still remains largely unexplored, it beckons intrepid travelers with its untamed beauty and rugged landscapes. For a real step-off-the-world experience while celebrating Yellow Day, head to the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park is a true oasis of tranquility, boasting pristine beaches, hidden coves, and dramatic cliffs. Culture buffs will fall in love with the city’s ancient Alcazaba, a fortified Moorish citadel that overlooks the city and offers panoramic views of the city and Mediterranean Sea. The old town oozes Spanish charm and the whitewashed buildings and vibrant bougainvillaea create a picturesque backdrop. If you are looking to rest and relax, staying in Almeria is an ideal option. Enjoy basking in the sun on secluded shores and (over)indulding in local tapas - all in the name of Yellow Day.  

There are no bad days when on holiday in Punta Cana

If there was ever a destination that embodied the spirit of Yellow Day, it is Punta Cana. Located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana boasts palm-fringed beaches, turquoise waters, and luxurious resorts. If you are looking for a vacation that offers a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement, the Punta Cana luxury hotels are the ideal bolthole for your stay

If you are looking for a vacation that offers a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement, the Punta Cana luxury hotels are the ideal bolthole for your stay

Yet if you are keen to experience the real Punta Cana, there is nothing like the thrill of snorkeling amidst vibrant coral reefs, exploring the lush tropical rainforests, or simply unwinding on the buttercream coloured shores. Punta Cana invites you to embrace the happiness of Yellow Day in an idyllic Caribbean setting.

Blue pool with woman walking along the side

The Punta Cana hotels are a sure to put a smile on your face

Island hop in the Balearic Islands, Spain for your Yellow Day adventures:

The Balearic Islands are dotted in the azure Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Eastern Spain and offer a magical setting to experience the essence of Yellow Day.  Discover the best islands for your Yellow Day vacation. 

Enjoy the lively side of Ibiza

One thing we love about Ibiza is its infectious sense of happiness. From its pristine beaches, charming villages and world-famous nightclubs, explore the island's captivating duality. Wander around the cobbled streets of Ibiza Town’s Dalt Vila which also happens to be a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the magic of ancient historic sites coexisting with stylish boutiques and trendy restaurants. And, be sure to refuel with the island's culinary delights, from fresh seafood platters to innovative fusion cuisine. Of course, no trip to Ibiza is complete without a beach day and Port d'es Torrent is an ideal spot for soaking up some sun.  

Golden sand beach of Ibiza

The beaches of Ibiza are the recipe to happiness 

Explore the picturesque side of Mallorca

When visiting Mallorca it is hard not to feel as though a spell has been cast upon you when you gaze at its idyllic landscapes full of Mediterranean allure. This Balearic Island boasts a diverse tapestry of natural beauty, from the rugged Tramuntana Mountains to the golden sandy beaches that fringe its shores. Take a trip to Palma de Mallorca where you can immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural grandeur. Of course, the delectable Mediterranean cuisine, accompanied by a glass of local Mallorcan wine is a must try. If it is the tranquility in secluded coves that you seek or are keen to embark on outdoor adventures, Mallorca offers an enchanting escape that is ideal for a Yellow Day celebration. 

Discover Aruba in the heart of the Caribbean

When searching for ways to celebrate Yellow Day, there is nowhere more appropriate than Aruba. This idyllic Caribbean island is also known as "One Happy Island," and it is the epitome of joy and celebration. Stroll along its picturesque white sandy beaches and let the clear turquoise waters wash over your feet. Or, immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture with a trip into the colourful town of Oranjestad to explore art galleries and unique boutiques. Staying in Aruba is the ideal way to celebrate the happiest day of the year. Aruba's warm hospitality and contagious positive energy will leave you with unforgettable memories of Yellow Day.

White sand beach and turquoise sea fringed with trees in Aruba

Spend Yellow Day sunbathing on Aruba’s beaches