Money Matters Team

2014's top holiday spots

By Money Matters Team 25/04/2014

Fancy heading somewhere new this year? We asked top travel experts to share their destination hit list for 2014.

Chile, South America

This long, thin, strip of a country is long overdue the kind of recognition garnered by neighbours Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. From the otherworldly Atacama desert in the north to the creaking glaciers and spectacular peaks of the south, via cosmopolitan capital Santiago, there's a staggering amount to explore.

Jon Hawkins, Editor, 'Escapism'

Istria, Croatia

The secret of Croatia’s coastal hotspots may be well and truly out, but there are still hidden treasures to be found in the Istrian Peninsula. The picturesque Rovinj, for instance, has particularly beautiful beaches, while Hum – heralded as the 'smallest town in the world' – has charm in abundance. The area's foodie credentials are verified by the French and Italian gourmands who flock here for cured hams and rustic wines, and the town of Buzet is particularly good for picking up prized truffles.

Imogen Rowland, travel writer

Alentejo, Portugal

This region covers almost a third of the country, yet is home to only 7% of the population. In contrast to the popular, resort-heavy Algarve, its beaches are pristine and undeveloped, dotted with fishing villages, surf bays and wildflowers – yet there are a growing number of boutique hotels. Also, Portugal is brilliant value – one of the cheapest spots in the eurozone – so you get great value for money: think 60¢ for an espresso, €1 for a beer!

Sarah Baxter, Associate Editor, 'Wanderlust'

Alaçati, Turkey

Less glitzy than Bodrum, and more refined than Marmaris, Alaçati has been popular with Turkish holidaymakers for years, but it’s only now that foreign tourists are discovering this former fishing village on the Çeşme Peninsula. With excellent restaurants opening, and a burgeoning reputation as Turkey’s best surf spot, the coastal town is one of Turkey's chicest travel options.

Jane Duru, travel writer

Check out our guide to 2014's most affordable holiday destinations for more travel tips.

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