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By Anna Hardy

13 June 20244 min read

A view of whitewashed buildings and golden sandy beach in the town of Calella de Palafrugell on a sunny day

Calella de Palafrugell The Costa Brava has some of the cheapest holiday resorts in Spain.

There’s nothing better than having a summer holiday to look forward to – especially when you scored one for a bargain price.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up seven beach destinations where you can have your fill of sun, sand and summer holiday essentials (read: poolside cocktails and all-day activities) without the price tag.

1. Costa Brava, Spain

It’s hard to beat the Costa Brava for a summer steal, with Blanes, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar all among the cheapest holiday resorts in Spain.

If you’re just after beach time, Gran Beach in Tossa de Mar is the postcard spot thanks to the pretty medieval castle on its southern side. Families love Calella de Palafrugell for its shallow waters and laidback Cala Sant Francesc, which is nestled in a cute cove not far from Blanes.

Off the sand, there’s watersports and hiking to get stuck into – the Costa Brava Coastal Path covers more than 200km (124 miles) – as well as loads of restaurants, bars and clubs for supper, sundowners and dancing.

Aparthotel Costa Encantada

  • Lloret De Mar, Costa Brava, Spain
  • 31 August 2024
  • Bed & breakfast
  • From Luton

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Prices from

£447

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2. Corfu, Greece

Like your summer on the hot side? Temperatures hit 30C in Corfu between June and August so expect serious sunbathing sessions and deliciously warm waters.

Look out for three- or four-star hotels offering budget deals or consider a self-catering apartment for an even cheaper stay – many are in complexes with a private pool and onsite restaurant or cafe.

Sidari and Dassia are great picks for non-stop beach activities. Agios Georgios North is a bit smaller, but its 2km-long (1.2 miles) arc of sand makes up for it. For beach cocktails by day and clubbing by night, you can’t do better than rowdy Kavos.

Quayside Village Hotel

  • Kávos, Corfu, Greece
  • 23 August 2024
  • Bed & breakfast
  • From Leeds/Bradford

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Prices from

£489

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3. Algarve, Portugal

Two things are practically guaranteed in the Algarve: sunshine and cheap holiday deals. This Portuguese hotspot is frequently named the best-value destination in Europe in the Post Office’s Holiday Money Report and accommodation ranges from all-inclusive hotels to B&Bs.

Albufeira, Alvor and Lagos are top choices for fly-and-flop holidays – picture honey-coloured beaches dotted with sunbeds and parasols, as well as promenades lined with cafes, shops and watersports rentals. Don’t miss a sea kayaking trip around the iconic Ponta da Piedade cliffs.

In Faro, you can combine Michelin-recommended restaurants and city sights with the sublime scenery of the Ria Formosa Nature Park.

ChoroMar

  • Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
  • 18 August 2025
  • Self-catering
  • From Liverpool

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Prices from

£470

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4. Malta

Don’t be fooled by Malta’s small size – with three main islands, a UNESCO-listed capital city and some of the best beaches in Europe, there’s plenty to pack into your getaway.

Start by exploring the stunning coastline. Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay are the most popular beaches in Malta, red-sand Ramla Bay is a must-visit on Gozo and you could easily spend a whole day splashing in Comino’s sparkling Blue Lagoon.

When you get hungry, Malta’s food scene is in a league of its own. Graze on meze boards, flaky cheese pastizzi pastries and freshly caught fish.

Keep it cheap by staying in a boutique hostel or B&B.

Topaz Hotel

  • St Paul's Bay, Malta
  • 30 September 2024
  • Room only
  • From Gatwick

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Prices from

£402

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5. Antalya, Turkey

Turkey is a great bet for an all-inclusive holiday on a budget, and Antalya’s beach resorts are out to impress with fancy pools and spas. Even if you don’t go all in, you’ll find plenty of cheap deals on four-star hotels and self-catering apartments.

Keep little ones entertained by making a splash at Aqua Atlantis waterpark, checking out the giant sculptures at Sandland or spotting sea life at the Antalya Aquarium.

For more relaxed days out, sip coffee at a harbourfront cafe in Kaleiçi old town or indulge in a hammam spa session before kicking back on Konyaalti or Lara Beach.

Numa Konaktepe

  • Konakli, Antalya Area, Turkey
  • 21 September 2024
  • All-inclusive
  • From Luton

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Prices from

£430

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6. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Gran Canaria has got summer holidays down to a tee – think ten hours of sunshine a day, beaches backed by golden sand dunes and all the tapas and sangria you could ask for. There’s no shortage of activities either, whether you fancy a whale-spotting boat trip or museums and shopping in the capital’s old town.

Joined by a colossal stretch of silky-soft sand, Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés are undoubtedly the island’s best-known resorts. Pick the former for high-end hotels, and the latter for nightlife.

Capital Las Palmas has more variety for accommodation as well as one of the best city beaches in Spain, Las Canteras Beach. Sunbathe or surf before refuelling at one of the seafront restaurants.

Bungalows Cordial Biarritz

  • Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Spain
  • 19 June 2025
  • Self-catering
  • From Luton

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Prices from

£432

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7. Bourgas Area, Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s Bourgas Area is one of the cheapest destinations for an all-inclusive holiday this summer. It’s plenty warm too, with temperatures hovering in the high-twenties.

Sunny Beach is your classic seaside resort. The 5km-long (3.1 miles) sandy beach has everything from sun-loungers and jet-skiing to souvenir shops and nightclubs, and at nearby Action Aquapark, you’ll find waterslides, a lazy river and an adventure island.

History buffs won’t want to miss the Byzantine ruins of Nessebar’s old town, or stay in Sozopol for chill beach days. There are two to choose from: Central Beach and Harmanite Beach.

Cascadas Family Resort

  • Sunny Beach, Bourgas Area, Bulgaria
  • 13 September 2024
  • Self-catering
  • From Glasgow

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Prices from

£422

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