There’s nothing more likely to prompt heated debate right now than a discussion about high-profile politicians on holiday. Regardless of the rights and wrongs, however, you’ve got to hand it to the likes of David Cameron; he’s certainly chosen some great destinations for the trips he has enjoyed over the last five years. You might not have the same holiday budget as the PM, but that is no reason not to try some of the same locations. Here are five of his holiday destinations that are well worth a visit regardless of your political persuasion – and without the need to take along a battered brown suitcase full of cash.
Cornwall | The Camerons seem to spend almost as much time in Cornwall as they do in Downing Street, and it’s not hard to see why. This is a county of stunning contrasts, from spectacular scenery to buzzing nightlife, and from quaint fishing villages like Mevagissey to the wild and misty landscape of Bodmin Moor. Follow in the PM’s footsteps and take a trip to North Cornwall, where you can enjoy sandy beaches, excellent walking routes, plenty of surfing and water sports and seafood galore. Stay in a caravan at Polzeath Beach Holiday Park for £645 during the school summer holidays, or how about renting out a cottage near Daymer Bay, both favourite destinations for David and wife Samantha?
Ibiza | Ibiza may be known as the party island, but there are still plenty of more sedate spots and lots of variety in terms of the type of accommodation and holiday you can choose. You may not have £11,000 to spend on a Cameron-esque villa for a week, but you could rent a more affordable villa through sites such as HouseTrip, Owners Direct or Holiday Lettings.
Tuscany | Forget politics, Tuscany is all about the art. This area of Italy might well be the planet’s greatest art repository, so prepare to be amazed, whether you love beautiful paintings or architectural masterpieces. Must-see sights include Florence, Siena and, of course, Pisa and its famous Leaning Tower. You could enjoy the independence of a villa with your own pool by opting for a James Villas holiday in Tuscany or perhaps a camping trip to one of more than 100 inspected camp sites in the region.
Lanzarote | Lanzarote is a great destination for family holidays, as the Camerons would no doubt vouch for. It is one of the most popular choices in the Canaries thanks to its great white beaches, dramatic volcanic landscape, all-year-round sunshine and a wide choice of restaurants, pubs and buzzing bars and clubs. If your pockets are not as deep as the PM’s, or you are simply taking your own austerity measures, one of the best ways to visit the island is on an all-inclusive trip. Book with First Choice and stay at the four-star Holiday Village Flamingo Beach in Playa Blanca, with prices starting at £468 per person.
Andalucia | Andalucia experiences no fewer than 320 days of sunshine each year on average, making it a good choice if you want to travel out of season (perhaps you have a country to run or an equally important job). You may not think you know an awful lot about this region of Spain, but who hasn’t heard of the Costa del Sol and Marbella, which are both hotspots in the area? The Costa del Sol is the most southerly coastal region in Spain and could be the ideal choice whether you want to enjoy the glamour of Puerto Banus or the family-friendly atmospheres of Torremolinos or Fuengirola.