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We love matching people with the holiday that is perfect for them; for both their needs and their budgets. While all our holidays are open to any ages, we know from experience the best singles holidays for over 50s.

Tried and tested, these holidays have been winners for our solo travellers over 50. Each is ideal for meeting like-minded travellers who share your passions and come with hosts ready to share their expertise with you too.

So here are our top 5 singles holidays for over 50s…

Learn Spanish in Menorca

women standing on balcony drinking coffee

There is no better paradise to get a grip on your Spanish than the stunning island of Menorca, boasting 70 beaches, a wonderful gastronomic & cultural scene, and diverse landscape to explore! On this singles language holiday, you can relax in the knowledge that everything will be taken care of for you.

We are often contacted by Spanish learners aged 50 plus, worried about fitting in and keeping up with younger students. Even though all ages are welcome on any language holiday, this language school tends to attract more mature student and have a lot of experience teaching higher age groups so you learn the lingo with your peers at a comfortable pace.

Make new friends, tuck into tapas and have fun while you get to know the culture, locals, and learn Spanish in the capital of Mahon on this unique island.

Painting & wine in the Dordogne

women stand with watercolour paintings

If you’re going to go painting in the Bordeaux region, it would be a damn shame to miss out on the wine the countryside is famed for, so why not do both?

Created especially for those who have a passion for art and wine, we are delighted to bring you this 3 night painting and wine holiday (please to ask if you would like the full week). Art teacher Jo has combined forces with her neighbours just across the vines in the family run organic vineyards of Chateau La Tour de Chollet to create this fully inclusive holiday (minus flights of course!).

Susan had this to say about her holiday with Jo:

“I had the best time learning new skills in watercolour in a fabulous location along with excellent service and teaching from Jo. I highly recommend this if you enjoy art, peace and quiet surrounded by nature (and animals) and enjoy wine on the side! The perfect combination for a relaxing time away.”

Yoga in the Italian hills

yoga class on outdoor platform

This yoga holiday takes place in the medieval village of Casperia, perched on a hilltop in the countryside near Rome. The retreat attracts many solo travellers, mostly female. Some will be seasoned yogis and others may be trying it for the first time so everyone is welcome.

It’s the ideal place to unwind and let your troubles slip away with daily yoga lessons in the company of other like-minded individuals. And if you are looking to be a bit more active on your trip, the retreat also runs additional activities such as cycling, horse riding, cooking and more.

One of the great things about a wellness holiday for singles, or a singles active holiday for that matter, is that you can often find like-minded people who want to do the same activities as you, so that you can almost tailor the trip to suit you.

Photography holiday in Morocco

photographers riding camels through desert in Morocco

Join British born photographer Darren, who now calls the charming fishing town of Essaouira his home. Essaouira boasts constant temperatures of around 20+ degrees year-round and provides keen photographers with plenty of colourful inspiration.

Darren will always be on hand to help you get to grips with your DSLR or take your existing skills even further. His excursions aim to give you the chance to absorb the richness of this enchanting town while allowing you to produce photographs that go far beyond the usual holiday snaps.

Rob, 72, had this to say about his photography holiday in Morocco:

“Because I have been taking photographs for over 60 years I was not sure exactly what to expect as well as how much I would actually learn, from my week in Morocco. I need not to have concerned myself as tutor Darren was marvellous (very knowledgeable and a nice chap too!). Because he was so patient, enthusiastic and well informed I would recommend a week with him to anyone of any level from novice to the more advanced/accomplished photo enthusiast.”

Jewellery and cooking in South West France

old renovated barn with swimming pool in France

This jewellery and cooking holiday is perfectly designed for those who need a more luxurious break, while picking up two new skills to take home with you!

Your home for the week is a 150 year old farmhouse & gite in the lovely Gascon countryside, right next to a beautiful pool and sweeping views of the land.

Caroline is a professional jeweller maker and can work with you in glass, precious metal clay (PMC) or precious metals. Adam, her husband, delights in teaching the famed French cuisine, with classics such as soufflés, coq au vin, crème brulee, duck confit, and many more.

When not in the studio or kitchen, you’ll be seeing the best of the region, with a vineyard visit and wine tasting session, an Armagnac distillery visit and tasting session, and an excursion of your choice to one of the amazing regional locations.


Whether you’re on the hunt for a singles foodie holiday, maybe you want to join other people on a holiday based around your interests or hobbies, or whether you want to properly unwind on one of our many wellness holidays for singles, here at Not In The Guidebooks, we have endeavoured to provide great retreats and experiences for people of all ages.

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