The Best ‘Destination Dupes’ for Summer Travel

Destination Dupes is becoming one of 2024’s biggest travel trends as we consciously favour the lesser-known, off the beaten path, (and often more budget-friendly) options. To help guide our decisions this summer, leading online travel agent, Opodo has curated a selection of hidden gems and rising stars, the destinations that provide fully authentic experiences away from the crowds.

Check out today’s best deals on return flights and hotel stays in Ljubljana, Menorca, Paros, Tarifa and Umbria. Particular savings are available for Opodo Prime members: accessible via web or a cutting-edge, consumer-friendly App, this is the only online travel agent subscription service in the UK – designed to unlock the lowest prices without surprises not just on flights but on hotel rooms and car hire.

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Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a beautiful city with a mix of cultural, historical, and natural attractions as well as plenty of fun and exciting things to entertain children, making it an excellent family holiday destination. It is a great base to explore the rest of the country, too, with super spots to visit nearby including Lake Bled, a picturesque lake about an hour’s drive from the city and Postojna Cave, one of the world’s most captivating caves with magnificent formations and diverse fauna – also just a short car ride away from Ljubljana.

Hotel for two adults sharing, including flights from London Gatwick to Ljubljana; Return Ljubljana to London Gatwick (24th – 27th June)

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Ljublinca

*Price correct as of 31.05.24 and inclusive of tax and service charge

Menorca

Menorca, one of the Balearic Islands in Spain, is known for its stunning beaches, historical sites, and charming towns. Visitors can explore its natural parks such as Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau, a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Those who are more interested in cultural sights can stroll Ciutadella de Menorca, the historic town known for its mediaeval streets, palaces, and the beautiful Cathedral. There are also plenty of options for day trips, such as visiting Binibeca Vell, a fishing village with whitewashed houses and narrow streets.

Hotel for two adults sharing, including flights from London Stansted to Menorca; Return Menorca to London Stansted (12th-17th June)

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Manorca

*Price correct as of 31.05.24 and inclusive of tax and service charge

Paros

Paros is a hidden gem in the Cyclades, Greece that offers a mix of stunning beaches, picturesque villages, and historical sites. For those who love beaches it has a great variety including the Kolymbithres Beach, known for its unique rock formations and clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing​. Another great spot is Golden Beach (Chrissi Akti), a long, sandy beach ideal for windsurfing and other water sports. Paros offers a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, culture, and gastronomy, whilst avoiding the crowds of more well-known Greek islands.

Hotel for two adults sharing, including flights from London Heathrow to Paros; Return Paros to London Heathrow (19th-24th June)

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Paros

*Price correct as of 31.05.24 and inclusive of tax and service charge

Tarifa

Tarifa is the southernmost town in Europe, known for its beautiful seaside and vibrant nightlife. There are nearly 38 kilometres of beaches in the municipal area, most consisting of shallow sands, the highlight of which is Los Lances, declared a Beauty Spot, a veritable complex of beaches, dunes and pine forests. Tarifa is also renowned as one of the best places in Europe for wind sports. The city has a lively nightlife scene with numerous bars, tapas restaurants, and clubs. Popular spots include the bars around the old town and along its beaches.

Hotel for two adults sharing, including flights from London Gatwick to Tarifa; Return Tarifa to London Gatwick (29th June – 6th July)

destination dupes Tarifa
Tarifa

*Price correct as of 31.05.24 and inclusive of tax and service charge

Umbria

Umbria, often called the “Green Heart of Italy,” is a region full of mediaeval towns and rich cultural heritage. The region’s capital Perugia is known for its Etruscan history and vibrant cultural scene. There are multiple historic sites including the Piazza IV Novembre, the Fontana Maggiore, and the Palazzo Dei Priori. Perugia also hosts the famous Umbria Jazz Festival every summer​. Whether you’re exploring ancient ruins, enjoying a glass of wine, or hiking through scenic landscapes, Umbria provides a memorable Italian getaway.

Hotel for two adults sharing, including flights from London Heathrow to Umbria; Return Umrbia to London Heathrow (8th – 15th June)

destination dupes Umbria
Umbria

*Price correct as of 31.05.24 and inclusive of tax and service charge

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