Whether you’re all about sunbathing on sizzling golden sands or can’t wait to hit the waves with watersports, you can’t go wrong with a beach holiday – especially when it comes without the price tag!
Score yourself a beach bargain this summer and save your pennies for the things that make your getaway count (whether that’s ice creams or activities) in these cheap beach break destinations.
With sun-filled skies and beautiful beaches galore, Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is an easy pleaser for beach getaways. Plus, your money will go far here. Look to Marmaris and Antalya for beachside resorts offering cheap all-inclusive deals, or take your pick from affordable hotels and apartments in Bodrum’s resort hotspots, Gumbet and Kusadasi. For quieter beach bliss, head to Olu Deniz, home to one of Turkey’s best beaches – the Blue Lagoon.
Bulgaria's Black Sea coast has long been a firm favourite for both families and couples seeking a budget-friendly beach break. Golden Sands and Sunny Beach are the go-to resorts for package holidays, and they certainly live up to their names with long sweeps of soft, sandy beaches and sunshine aplenty! Everything here is wonderfully cheap, from food and drinks at seaside cafes and bars to on-the-beach amusements such as pony rides and mini-golf.
From secluded azure coves in the north to sunlounger-lined arcs of sand in the capital, Majorca’s beaches are sure to please any beach-bum. Add bucket loads of all-inclusive deals and cheap flights from the UK and Majorca is a winner! Base yourself in Palma or Magaluf to be in the heart of the beach resort action. Elsewhere, Alcudia is home to the island’s longest beach and is a top spot for families, as is laidback Calla Millor.
Bored of your usual beach spot? Say hello to Tunisia. With toasty summer temperatures hovering around 30C and sublime sandy beaches scattered along its Mediterranean coast, Tunisia deserves a top spot on any beach break bucket list. You’ll find the best deals in Hammamet, Monastir and Sousse while Djerba’s 125km (77 miles) of coastline is a slice of beach paradise. Spend your days basking in the tropical heat or take to the waves for watersports – windsurfing and scuba diving are popular here.
For sun, sea and sand on a budget, Portugal’s southern coast ticks all the boxes. Blue Flag beaches, hidden bays and awesome sea caves come as standard in the Algarve and with them a wealth of inexpensive resorts, hotels and self-catering apartments to choose from. For family fun in the sun, with all the tourist amenities at your fingertips, stay in Albufeira or Praia da Rocha. Chilled out Lagos is a top choice for surfing and beach bars or capital Faro has culture, nightlife and beaches all rolled into one.
Spain’s ‘White Coast’ needs no introduction – some of the country’s best-known destinations are here and their cheap prices are just as appealing as the sun-soaked beaches. Benidorm is the obvious big hitter in the Costa Blanca thanks to its unbeatable combination of beautiful beaches, cheap eats, activities for all ages and bars ranging from laidback to raucous. Further south, Alicante is a great all-rounder for those after a combination of sightseeing and beaches, or consider the smaller resort town of Calpe for a more relaxed getaway.
Cyprus’ Mediterranean shores were made for budget beach breaks. Nightlife lovers can couple lazy beach days with party-filled nights in Ayia Napa or Limassol, while culture cravers can combine Blue Flag beaches with old town charm in Paphos. Purpose-built resort, Protaras, is a haven for families and Larnaca is a must-visit for foodies who like their beach breaks with a side of seafood. Seeking something away from the hustle and bustle? No problem. Head for Nissi Beach or Polis.
Whether you’re dreaming of a romantic all-inclusive escape or fun-filled family getaway, you’ll find a deal for every type of beach break in Kos. With close to 300km (186 miles) of coastline, there’s plenty of choice of where to pitch up your beach camp for the day. Kefalos and Kardamena are the typical resorts with all the trimmings, while Kos Town has beaches as well as capital city charm. Alternatively, smaller Psalidi and Tingaki have some of the most picturesque beaches on the island.
Gorgeous sweeps of honey-coloured beaches and cheap prices have holidaymakers returning to the Costa Brava year after year. For first timers, Lloret de Mar is a brilliant all-rounder, with family-friendly beaches, watersports and lively bars. Elsewhere, make your way to Tossa de Mar for beaches backed by castles and seafront restaurants or choose Blanes for crowd-free coves and day trips to PortAventura waterpark.
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Published on 20th July 2020
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