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Holidays – Majorca or the Isle of Wight?

Holidays – Majorca or the Isle of Wight?

Weekend Breaks – Majorca or the Isle of Wight?

With the amount of hours worked by many people having increased in recent years, for many families a weekend break is a good option for time together and easier to organise than a traditional 7 or 14 day holiday.

Popular destinations for British families are Majorca and the Costa del Sol – but are some UK tourist areas being overlooked and worth considering – for example the Isle of Wight?

seaview-holidaysRoger Truslove at the island’s Seaview Holidays believes it is and is keen to point out the benefits of a three day visit.

The amount of time spent travelling is one asset the island has over Spain he gives as an example.

“An hour to the airport, two hours check-in time followed by a two hour flight to Spain and then more time to clear customs and to get to a resort can mean the first and last days of the trip are mainly spent travelling, leaving little quality time for a family to spend together relaxing, sightseeing and generally enjoying themselves.

For the Isle of Wight however it’s a 45 minute drive from for example Guildford to catch the ferry from Portsmouth, 30 minutes check-in and a 40 minute ferry crossing, with a family arriving at their resort while those going to Spain are likely to be just about to board a plane, only halfway through their travel for the day.

The amount of quality time available together as a family choosing the Isle of Wight for a short break is significantly more than if they had gone to Spain, and the island option is a clear winner on this front.”

But what about family activities and the beach, can the Isle of Wight even begin to compete with the beaches of Majorca and the Costa del Sol?

Yes it can according to Roger

“The island has 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards so a good beach is never far away, and there’s miles of sandy beaches around the island. There’s plenty of other things to do as well with miles of beautiful countryside, cycle trails and some of the best walking in the UK available, plus traditional children’s activity centres including Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill to keep even the most active of families entertained.”

Another winning factor for the Isle of Wight he believes is price

“Over Whitsun a three day trip to Majorca is going to cost £1200 or more for a family of two adults and two children including flights and accommodation. For the island it’s £395 for a 2 bedroom premier cottage with return ferry crossing. A saving of over £800.

If time with your family is an important part of time away, perhaps a holiday on the Isle of Wight should be on your shortlist of where to go, and when activities and beaches are important considerations maybe the Isle of Wight can equal both Majorca or the Costa del Sol for a short break?”

Seaview Holidays on the Isle of Wight offer three locations to choose from, including Luccombe Chine (near Shanklin), Seaview and Wootton Creek with a range of accommodation from standard through to premier and luxury. More information can be found at

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