Thanks to the competitive nature of today’s tour operators, there are so many low cost holidays out there – covering a vast array of requirements from cheap and cheerful breaks in the sun and discounts on fabulous hotels, to lively weekends away.
Budget breaks come in many different forms, and it’s not all about sticking to familiar shores. Yes, you could grab a bargain by heading to the neon lights of Benidorm orcheap and cheerful Costa Dorada for a week in the sun. But if you’ve been there, done that and you’re looking for something different, there’s plenty of choice available to help you get there.
Turkey and Bulgaria are traditionally low-cost destinations thanks to their popularity and wide range of resorts. The cost of living is usually reasonable too, which makes self-catering apartments and bed and breakfast options a viable option – especially if you head off the beaten tourist trail to eat out andto do your food shopping.
Greece has a healthy array of holiday deals on offer, many of which are in the major resorts of commercial islands such as Corfu, Crete and Rhodes. For lively family fun, try Corfu’s Sidari or Hersonissos in Crete, or laid-back Pefkos in Rhodes for something a little more relaxing. If however you’ve got big nights out on the agenda, head to Faliraki in Rhodes, Malia in Crete or Kavos in Corfu for a nightlife that will certainly test your stamina!
The Algarve in Portugal is a popular destination for families, featuring a number of resorts from lively Albufeira and quiet Carvoeiro to the upmarket town of Vilamoura.Malta is another affordable spot, and this little island is an absolute gem with plenty of local attractions and activities to suit all ages. The beaches are fabulous, the resorts are friendly and well-equipped, there are tons of child-friendly entertainment options and for those who like a bit of sightseeing, the island is packed with historical monuments and sites of interest.
So get the atlas out, open the guidebooks and start searching for somewhere you REALLY want to visit this year!