August 27, 2020
By Joey Tyson
As one of the strangest summers in modern history draws to a close, many Brits are already looking to next year, dreaming of a sunny escape. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the cheapest deals for 2021*.
Please note: All deal pricing below is accurate as of September 2, 2020. Prices are subject to change. Before booking your trip, make sure you're comfortable with the T&Cs of your holiday operator.
After a summer all but devoid of British travellers, the heavyweight champion of cheap holidays will be itching to get back in the fight for summer 2021.
Most of the best deals are usually found in the bigger resorts of Lagos, Albufeira, and Praia da Rocha, which have cheap package holidays in Portugal down to a fine art. But don’t write off the smaller resorts on the western side of the southern coast. The likes of Praia da Luz, Burgau and Sagres are packed with good deals – and far more chilled, too!
While the Algarve is known for its blissful beaches, of which there are many (over 150 on last count), there’s more to the region than sand. The whitewashed medieval town of Faro, a chance to kayak or SUP along the breath-taking coastline, and the deserted walking trails of the western coast are not to be missed.
For brilliant beaches and bargain prices, head to Majorca in 2021. Across the popular resorts of Palmanova, Alcudia, Magaluf, Cala Millor, and Puerto Pollensa, all budgets are catered for.
Wherever you decide to stay, you’re never too far from an adventure in Majorca. Complement days on the beach with jaunts into the mountains of Serra de Tramuntana, sightseeing in cosmopolitan Palma and Alcudia, and the subterranean exploration of a fantastical cave. The island’s many water parks – Hidropark in Alcudia, Western Water Park in Magaluf, and Aqualand in El Arenal – are always a good shout for the summer, too.
To get about easily, make sure to rent a car. Public transport across the island is far from ideal, while you can drive from one end to the other in just over an hour.
Away from the bling of Marbella, the Costa del Sol offers some of the cheapest holidays in Spain. For your classic sun, sea and sand break, look to Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Benalmadena to the east end of the coastline.
Beaches are the order of the day in this part of Spain, and you’ll have your pick of some of the best at Nerja. The whitewashed cliff top town has three stunners nearby, Playa de Maro, with its super clear water, being the pick of the bunch. For something a bit quieter, head to Playa Real de Zaragoza, around 5 miles east of Marbella.
For day trips, head up to Ronda, a perilously placed mountaintop town famous for its vast bullring and the spinetingling Puente Nuevo bridge, or for a day of sightseeing in Malaga, home of the Picasso Museum and the sprawling Alcazaba castle complex.
A history of cheap packages and a brilliant exchange rate for Brits makes Turkey one to watch for next summer. And Dalaman, home of to some of Turkey’s most popular coastal resorts, is always a great option for a budget beach break.
Pick Oludeniz, and you’ll be within a few steps of the breath-taking Blue Lagoon, a sheltered bay of brilliant turquoise and snow-white sand. Marmaris, meanwhile, has a long stretch of pebble beach and a lively harbour where boats depart for tours along the dazzling Turkish Riviera. For a quieter stay, opt for Icmeler, popular for its water sports and cheap, convincing knock-off shopping.
Must-do day trips for the kids include Atlantis Water Park near Marmaris, and the Butterfly Valley, a serene valley only accessible by boat.
With miles of soft sand backed by craggy mountains, the Costa Brava might just be the most dramatic of all Spain’s coastal regions. They don’t call it the “rugged” coast for any old reason, after all.
But what really sets the this region apart from the rest is the lack of sky-scraping developments. As a result, the Costa Brava’s resorts such as Cadaques, Roses and Tossa del Mar remain wonderfully picturesque. Blanes and Lloret del Mar are slightly more built up, but still have the types of beaches that make a package holiday – big, safe and beautiful.
Besides the essentials, there’s lots to keep families occupied, with waterparks, such as Jocs Parc at L’Estartit, and Water World near Lloret del Mar. For a dose of culture, head inland to Figueres, home of Dali’s spectacular museum, and Girona, a splendid mediaeval city famed for its ancient architecture and Catalan cuisine.
Whether slurping down a sumptuous spaghetti ai ricci (that’s sea urchins, by the way) or drinking in the views from mountaintop Taormina, Sicily is a feast for the senses.
Every inch of the island, from the smouldering peak of Mount Etna down to the azure waters of the Mediterranean, seems to have been crafted with fine Italian design in mind. But it’s not all nature’s handiwork work. The spectacular Valle dei Templi at Agrigento and the many Baroque towns (Noto and Ragusa, being just a few), are must visits.
In terms of where to go for the cheapest prices, Sicily is a bit of a mixed bag. When we looked, Trapani to the west, Celafu on the northern coast, and eastern Letojanni offered some of the best prices.
An island of ancient wonders, tempting beaches and famous Greek hospitality, Corfu is another brilliant option for a cheap holiday in Greece.
Whether you’re after all-inclusive or self-catering, there’s usually a deal to be had on the largest Ionian island. Spend a few days exploring Corfu Town, with its elegant Venetian architecture and atmospheric old town, before heading over to Sidari or Kassiopi for the classic beach experience.
Aside from its stunning coastline, one of Corfu’s standout features is its lush, mountainous interior. Head to the hills for a day of hiking, and amble your way through the olive groves and mountain villages along a section of the Corfu Trail.
Crete’s blend of ancient Greek history and idyllic beaches make it a cracker for a family holiday. And the best bit? It’s so easy to combine the two!
At Heraklion, marvel at Knossos, thought to be Europe’s oldest city, before flopping out on Ammoudara Beach, just outside the town. In Rethymno, you’ve got the fascinating archaeological museum and the long, sweeping Rethymnon Beach. The Lasithi region, meanwhile, offers up the ruins of Dreros alongside the likes of Agia Fotia and Elounda.
For a real family treat, take a trip further back in time to Dinosauria Park, where life-sized prehistoric beasts roam free in the Greek sunshine.
*Please note: The research looked at all price searches via TravelSupermarket from August 1 to August 27, 2020 for holidays of 7 to 10 nights for all passenger types for departures from the UK between May 1 and September 13, 2020. The cheapest destinations for summer 2021 are based on the median price across the whole of that summer period and the list has been condensed for clarity.
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