Germans plan holidays despite euro crisis

As the school summer holidays kicked in on Wednesday in parts of Germany, it also emerged that the country’s wanderlust has not been squashed by the European financial crisis, with over 60 percent of people planning a holiday.

Germans plan holidays despite euro crisis
Photo: DPA

Only a third of people asked said that they had cut back their holiday plans because of the financial crisis this year. In Berlin in particular, the average holiday budget dropped by over €100 to €1,440.

Opinion polling firm YouGov asked 1,000 Germans about their 2012 summer plans and whether the unsettled economic climate had made them rethink their plans.

The results suggested the country’s young people were least affected by larger world problems when it came to getting some sunshine, as nearly three quarters of 18 to 24-year-olds said they would be going on holiday regardless.

Of those who said they had a holiday planned, 62 percent said that exploring new places and cultures was the most important part of a trip. Of the 18 to 34-year-olds, 67 percent of said this was integral for them, and so did 58 percent of over-55s.

Just under 30 percent overall said that their ideal holiday was sun, sea, sand and sangria – citing a beach holiday with plenty of relaxation as their ideal vacation. Ever the active nationality, 45 percent of Germans said they liked to do sport while enjoying time away.

Of the men asked, 51 percent said they liked playing sports on holiday, while just 39 percent of women agreed.

When it came to all-inclusive holiday packages, nearly half of Germans admitted to having a soft spot for having everything they needed on their doorstep.

In a separate survey, researchers at Hamburg-based Foundation for Future Studies asked 4,000 Germans about their holiday experiences at home.

They found that of those who chose to “staycation” in Germany, their expectations were often exceeded, but that childcare could be a problem in hotels and campsites.

People asked told the foundation that they went to Austria for the scenery, Italy for the food and Croatia, Turkey or Spain for the beaches.

DPA/The Local/jcw

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Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain’s Costa Blanca

If you're going to be staying in Spain's Costa Blanca this summer and you're looking to spend time relaxing at a secluded beach or cove, here are ten spectacular spots where tourists and sometimes even locals don't go in Alicante province.

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain's Costa Blanca
Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa). Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

Finding a quiet spot to put down your beach towel can be pretty challenging during the peak summer period in Alicante. 

The pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions mean many Spaniards are spending their holidays in the country, and the Valencian province is particularly popular among national tourists, just as it is with foreign visitors. 

 For peace seekers, that unfortunately means packed beaches and the usual hustle and bustle that comes with life in Spain. 

However, Alicante’s coastline has lots of fairly unknown beaches and coves where you are less likely to encounter crowds. They may not all have fine white sand and all the usual amenities but their ruggedness and natural beauty are part of the charm. 

Here are ten playas (beaches) and coves (calas) in Alicante where you may find the peace and quiet you’re after. 

Les Rotes (Dénia)

Photo: Salvador Fornell/Flickr

Playa Portichol (Javea)

Photo: Concepcion Muñoz/Flickr

Cala del Moraig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Jesús Alenda/Flickr

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

Photo: Joan Banjo/Wikipedia

Coveta Fumá (Campello)

Photo: William Helsen/Flickr

Cala Tio Ximo (Benidorm)

Photo: Enrique Domingo/Flickr

Cala Ferris (Torrevieja)

Photo: Miguel Angel Villar/Flickr

Cala Llebeig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Valencia Tourism Board

Playa del Bol Nou (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Diego Delso/Flickr

Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia