In today’s high-speed world you can have, find, or get anything you need faster than ever before. Instant gratification is everywhere, from streaming movies and series in real time to 24-hour food delivery services, it seems these days the faster, the better. We are used to getting what we want, when we want it, which is usually now... right now. So why should your holiday be any different? After all, the research, booking and packing is finished, the last thing you probably want to do is tack on even more time separating you and your long-awaited holiday. So why sit on an aeroplane for twelve hours and waste even more precious holiday time? When time is of the essence, sometimes the best getaways are the closest ones. So with this in mind, we have highlighted three jaw-dropping beach holiday destinations that are less than 3-hours away from any U.K. airport. But it's not just their close proximity that makes these seaside destinations attractive. All three boast a variety of wonderful attractions, their own unique natural beauty and of course, stunning sun-kissed beaches waiting for your enjoyment.

The Algarve

Portuguese_beach_Algarve Renowned for its Mediterranean-inspired weather, golden cliffs and azure water, the Algarve is not shy when it comes to breath-taking views. It’s here that visitors can enjoy practically anything they want under the sun. From its cosmopolitan areas of Albufeira, Portimao and Vilamoura, to its lush natural parks, sophisticated spas and world-class golf courses, the Algarve is a holidaymakers' paradise.

Flight time from London to Faro: 2 hours 50 minutes

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Best for: Beaches, Dining, Couples and Families What to do: Slow down and take each day as it comes. Spend your days sailing, snorkelling and soaking up the sun on picturesque beaches like the Blue Flag Praia do Ancao, which is perfect for families, or the popular Praia da Rocha. Wander through the charming town of Tavira and delight in the authenticity of small villages like Burgau. Savour the variety of straight-from the-sea-tapas like succulent steamed prawns, grilled octopus or a hearty seafood paella. Highlights: The Parque Natural da Ria Formosa is a labyrinth of canals, lagoons and islands that form this extensive marshland and salt flats. It’s a haven for wildlife, and its diverse collection of migrating and nesting birds means its ideal for bird-watching.

Costa del Sol

malaga, costa del sol, nightTrue to its name the dazzling Costa del Sol receives up to 320 sunny days a year and is the place to go for sun and surf. Home to 160 kilometres of gorgeous coastline, the Costa Del Sol is saturated in beach resorts, including the popular resorts of Benalmadena, Marbella, Malaga, Mijas and Torremolinos.

Flight time from London to Malaga: 2 hours 45 minutes

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Best for: Culture, Golf, Families, Couples and Nightlife What to do: Split your time between enjoying the beach and enjoying the area’s many attractions like Tivoli World, Aqualand waterpark and the Butterfly Park. Take advantage of the number of watersports on offer like snorkelling, water skiing, jet skiing and parasailing. Highlights: A day-trip to the medieval city of Cordoba, is a must for culture and history enthusiasts. Whether you join a guided tour or explore the city on your own, be sure to see; the 1,000-year-old Mezquita mosque, the UNESCO-awarded old town and the pretty architecture in the Jewish Quarter.


Majorca Cala Llombards Santanyi beach MallorcaMajorca is the largest and most visited of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. It’s been a popular destination for sun-seekers for decades, and travellers are spoiled with a wealth of beach resorts. For those looking for package holidays and boisterous atmosphere, Magaluf is synonymous with parties. Other popular resorts include Cala Millor, Palma Nova, and Santa Ponsa. For those seeking a more upscale holiday filled with excellent shopping and dining, the stunning resorts of Paguera and Illetas are sure to please.

Flight time from London to Palma: 2 hours 20 minutes

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Best for: Couples, Nightlife, Upmarket holidays and Culture. What to do: With such an abundance of history, culture and natural beauty to enjoy, Majorca can leave travellers overwhelmed. Spend a few days touring some of the islands most impressive structures like the Palma Cathedral and the Bellver Castle that was built in the 14th-century by King James II of Majorca. Highlights: An unexpected and delicious attraction is Majorcan wine. The municipality of Binnisalem produces some of the island’s most sought-after wine. Wine lovers and aficionados will appreciate that the island is home to over two-dozen outstanding bodegas that produce a variety of blended and original wines made from indigenous vines. Some bodegas are small and have been family-run for generations, while others are large, sleek enterprises.

Holidays are meant to be enjoyed from start to finish. That's why we hope that no matter where you go - near or far, you choose hoppa to get you there and back quickly and safely with one of our reliable airport transfers.

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