10 cheap places to visit to escape the ‘Indian Summer Heat’

If you live in the west, the most dreaded words you hear around August/September are “Winter is coming.” These words were even popularized by the TV Series – Games of Thrones. But, if you are someone living in India, the most dreaded words are “Summer is coming”. Yes, summer has just set its foot in India and the heat is just warming up to ensure that the next few months are spent by people trying to either escape from it or to find some respite. A significant number escape to mountains and beaches all around the globe to escape this heat. And if you are one such person, we at BookMyForex- India’s first and the largest online marketplace for currency exchange- have some ideas for your next summer holiday destination

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1.Malaga, Spain

Spain is just beautiful. If you don’t believe us, just watch the movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” and your apprehensions will be laid to rest. In fact, ever since that movie released, Spain has seen a surge in the number of desis travelling their for holiday. Southern Spain is a bang-on bet for cheap summer holidays, and Pablo Picasso’s hip birthplace of Malaga is both easily accessible and easy on the pocket. During summer average temperatures in this breezy coastal resort range from 23°C to 26°C, perfect for lazy days on the beach, enjoying leisurely lunches and picking your favourite yacht in the glitzy harbour. 

Best beach-

Try sparkling-clean La Playa de la Caleta, a local favourite.

Top attraction-

Step back into Malaga’s North African past and explore Alcabaza, a Moorish castle built in the eleventh century, or the Castillo de Gibralfaro which sits on a large hill overlooking the city – take the bus to the top if you don’t fancy sweating it out under the Spanish sun. Get more local tips for Malaga this summer with our insider guide to the city.

2.Ibiza, Spain

The most happening place in Spain. This small Balearic Island is famous for its super-clubs, all-night beach parties and packed street bars. From school leavers, to young working professionals on a break, to music lovers, Ibiza is the go-to summer holiday spot. You may also find fewer crowds in Ibiza – and cheaper flights – towards the end of September, after the closing parties have finished up the season.

Best beach-

Families should opt for Cala d’Hort, a beach town in the west of the island where locals go to spend time building sand castles with the kids.

Top attraction-

D’alt Villa, a fortified upper portion that is complete with cathedral, castle, former convent and plenty of medieval lanes to get pleasantly lost in.

3.Algarve, Portugal

Travel to southern Portugal’s Algarve region to enjoy at one of the 100 beaches of Atlantic Ocean Fly to Faro and kick off your Portuguese beach tour with a trip to Praia de Faro. Whether crowded or not, the beach is so big that you’re guaranteed a spot to throw down your towel, even in the height of the summer holidays. Visit Albufeira, a small fishing village, a holiday favourite for many largely because of their beautiful beaches. Public transport is limited so the best way to explore the Algarve is typically by car.

Best beach-

Praia do Lourenço or Praia da Galé, a 10 minute drive from the centre of the city.

Top attraction-

Ria Formosa, a beautiful coastal park made up of a lagoon, several islands and two peninsulas.

4.Pula, Croatia

Croatia is fast becoming a superstar for cheap holidays abroad, but it still receives only a tiny proportion of tourists compared to Spain or France. Summer temperatures are between 25°C and 28°C, and to soak yourself in the beatufy, you have an abundance of beaches and islands dotted along the Istrian and Dalmatian Coast. Then you should check out Pula, a small though well storied town on the tip of the Istrian peninsula and its pretty Italianate neighbour, Rovinj. Both have gorgeous harbours with much scope for cycling, walking and people-watching.

Best beach-

Bijeca Beach, located in Medulin and 10km south-east from the centre of Pula.

Top attraction-

Discover the area’s Roman heritage with a trip to the Arena, the sixth largest surviving amphitheatre in the world.

5.Nice, France

Imagine yourself in a James Bond movie but minus all the guns and the fighting. Spend a few nights quaffing champagne, riding around in fast cars and eating some of the finest cuisine in the world. But if you want to stick to the budget, then, you might have to swap expensive fizz for supermarket prosecco, Lamborghinis for a local Lignes d’Azur bus and first class for cheap holiday flights and hotels. Even so, Nice is a grand place to while away the summer without spending a fortune.

Best beach-

Head down the coast to Antibes or Cannes for some smooth white sand beaches.

Top attraction-

Take a trip to the Château de Bellet vineyard and learn about the wine making process, before sampling some of the goods of course in a country known for wine production.

6. Antalya, Turkey

Turkey has history, the architecture and the beaches to lure even dead to spend a summer there. Temperature here remains between 30°C and 34°C in the summers. Visit Kaleiçi, Antalya’s old quarter; enter through Hadrianus Gate and try not to get lost in the maze-like narrow streets as you work your way around restored Ottoman dwellings.

Best beach-

Konyaalti Beach

Top attraction-

Don’t miss Antalya’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Broken Minaret, standing in the midst of the ruined Korkut Mosque. Other impressive historical sites include the fluted minaret at Yivli Minare, and the Ottoman clock tower in Saat Kulesi.

7.Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

The charm of Sharm, or at least one of them, is that it boasts blazing sunshine pretty much all year round, with temperatures staying around 30°C from May to October. Spend Arabian nights out in the Egyptian desert on a Sinai Safari, guided over the sands by a Bedouin, the local nomadic tribespeople. Packages start at about £190* per person and include sights like the Ein Hudra Oasis and Al hedouda, Sinai’s largest dune, as well as food, drink and your very own camel.

Best beach-

You can sit on the hotel-owned beaches without staying there, but if you want a comfortable beach experience in Sharm, go for a top beach hotel.

Top attraction-

Pick a tour with a stop at St. Catherine’s Monastery on the side of Mount Sinai, for an unforgettable climb (preferably as the sun rises) up to this ancient holy site, where Moses was said to have received the Ten Commandments.

8.Bali, Indonesia

One of 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods, is a pretty heavenly place; lush green rice terraces, clifftop temples, volcanic peaks and swathes of golden sands. And that’s just the coast; Ubud (central Bali) is considered the cultural hub of the island, home to some of the finest examples of Indonesian arts and dance.

Best beach-
Nusa Penida is known for its colorful snorkeling and diving opportunities, while Nusa Lembongan is a good place to chill in front of spectacular mountain views back across the water.
Top attraction- Puri Saren Agung, the Royal Water Palace in Ubud

9. Orlando, Florida

The big, brash delights of Disney and the rest of Orlando’s theme parks attract an army of families who take their summer holidays in Florida year after year. You can also visit Kennedy Space Center and the Dali Museum.

Best beach-

Cocoa Beach but there are also some gorgeous spots along the Gulf Coast, from Clearwater to Naples, the lesser-known Panhandle, the Gold Coast resorts like West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, as well as the Florida Keys.

Top attraction-

Try a glide around the Florida swamps on an airboat tour – it may be more peaceful but it’s no less exciting, as you could get to see anything from a bald eagle to a Florida alligator. Kissimmee Swamp Tours are located around 45 minutes from central Orlando.

10.Da Nang, Vietnam

This is one for the more adventurous lover of tropical temperatures and palm-fringed sandy strands. Da Nang is arguably the most popular coastal resort and it’s the country’s third largest city, although it’s nowhere near as chaotic as the capital, Hanoi.

Best beach- My Khe

Top attractionHoi An is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its food (the street food here is some of the best in Vietnam) and its custom-made suits (but watch out for scams).

Before you leave on your travels, ensure that you have purchased the local currency, preferably loaded it into a forex card. To book your forex order visit www.bookmyforex.com or call at 088003 30558

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