5 Most Instagramable Holiday Destinations in 2018 - by Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook
27th February 2018

These days, a getaway doesn’t just need to be the part, but it needs to look it, too. Here at Thomas Cook, we're forever scrolling and seeing everyone else’s incredible holiday shots in our Instagram feed, so it’s only natural to want a slice of the action. How a destination will photograph has quickly become a make-or-break factor for many holidaymakers.

With holiday-planning season in full swing, if you haven’t booked already, you’ll no doubt be wondering which picture-perfect destination to head to this year. So, here to give you some inspiration we’ve figured out where you should head for an Insta-ideal holiday in 2018.

Cayo Coco, Cuba

The Caribbean island of Cuba is simply bursting with life. There are great contrasts to be found here; the lush jungle greenery of its national parks, the golden glow of its beaches, the crumbling glamour and vintage cars of capital city Havana – not to mention the wildlife that lies beneath the azure waters. With so much on offer, it’s sure to bring some vibrant colour to your Instagram story.

For a truly idyllic setting, try the island of Cayo Coco. Located off the north coast of Cuba, it lies within the Jardines del Rey chain, all of which are famed for their natural beauty and long sandy stretches.

Santorini, Greece

Greece is made up of well over a thousand islands, with many of these famed for their beauty; but perhaps none more so than Santorini. Much smaller and quieter than other tourist spots like Crete and Rhodes, it’s the whitewashed, blue-domed villages that really steal the show here. Spilling down cliffsides, the island’s cobbled terraces offer spectacular vistas out over the Aegean Sea, particularly come sunset.

Mix up these panoramic snaps with colourful shots of your meze platters at lunchtime, or capture history when you visit sites like Ancient Thira and the Byzantine Castle Ruins.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

In contrast to its desert-like neighbour Fuerteventura, and the rocky greenery of Tenerife, Lanzarote can only be described as ‘other-worldly’. That’s probably why it’s Hollywood’s go-to stand-in for the surface of Mars, and it also means it’s a prime spot for some truly phenomenal photography.

With its red and black sand landscape that’s ruptured by volcanic craters, you’ll need your camera to hand wherever you go, while the influence of architect César Manrique should provide you with a more urban contrast. Both the César Manrique Foundation in Taro de Tahiche, and the Lagomar Museum in Nazaret, demonstrate his design principles and work their way into the natural landscape in the most stunning fashion.


Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Frequently listed among America’s most breath-taking natural sights, the famous Yosemite National Park never disappoints. Hidden among Northern California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, it makes for one of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet.

Whether you photograph the towering granite cliffs from their base, or enjoy seemingly-endless views from their summit, is up to you. You won’t want to miss the park’s waterfalls, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for a giant sequoia tree – as the largest living things on the planet by volume, they shouldn’t be too hard to spot. You’ll need to have your camera ready at all times if you visit Yosemite; as there’s no guessing what animals you might spot.

Madeira, Portugal

With its lush greenery, the Atlantic island of Madeira is something of an oasis. Rocky and mountainous, the winding roads that criss-cross the island offer some incredible vantagepoints.

As you circle the island you’ll pass through little whitewashed towns, where the tradition architecture makes for the perfect focus when capturing the green cliffs behind. To access some of the most remote and beautiful corners of the island you’ll need to hike, but it’s more than worth it. 

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