Many British families are abandoning a rainy British October for warmer climates this week.
The school semester starts on Friday October 22 and ends on November 1, so there is plenty of time for the fall vacation.
And from Britain’s travel red list reduced to just seven countries and territories earlier this month, vacation options expanded significantly.
For those looking to book a last-minute stay, a new survey has revealed which European sites offer the best value for money.
The promising name Sunny Beach in Bulgaria tops the 2021 Post Office Travel Money list report. But there is good news for vacationers around the world, as prices at the world’s most popular resorts and cities have fallen for the fourth year in a row.
The Post added up the common costs involved for tourists overseas – including dinner for two with wine, a number of soft and alcoholic drinks, sunscreen and bug spray.
Turkey also tops the list, followed by the always popular Algarve in Portugal, while Bali has proven to be the most advantageous long-haul destination. By a different measure, Spain is the mid-point destination with the highest capacity for aircraft seats.
Here are seven of the cheapest and most joyful European breaks to satisfy your fall travel urge.
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
If you are looking for a great resort town Bulgaria will offer you the best beach for your money.
Located on the Balkan Black Sea coast, the resort town of Sunny Beach is known for its water sports, nightlife and long golden sands.
The total cost of eight key tourist items – including dinner, drinks and other essentials – is just Â£ 27.71.
The large seaside resort of Marmaris is a famous spot for sun worshipers. And with the removal of the requirement for fully vaccinated travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, Turkey has become easier.
The port city is full of swimming spots and many restaurants. They won’t cost you too much either, with the average cost of a meal for two plus wine costing Â£ 24.91 according to post office calculations.
The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, needs little introduction. Almost 4 million tourists flock here each year, exploring the region’s stunning cliffs, sea caves and pretty coastal villages.
With the Atlantic on both sides and wild waves guaranteed, it is a particular attraction for surfers. And bird watchers have their choice of lagoons to observe the region’s incredible birdlife, at the protected Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.
But any vacationer would be wise to consider the Algarve, as combo vacation items cost just Â£ 44.13.
Prague, Czech Republic
Landlocked Prague won’t be your first choice if you favor sun and sea, but the capital certainly offers a lot of color in its old town and a fascinating history. And in fourth place on the holiday price barometer, strolling through its beautiful streets will not cost you too much.
Costa del Sol, Spain
It was Boris Johnson’s destination of choice last week. The Prime Minister’s visit to Marbella has been described as “the best vote of confidence we can have” by Costa del Sol Tourism President Francsico Salado.
Many more Britons will fly to the southern coast of Spain, to bask in the warmer weather and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Funchal is the capital of the beautiful Madeira Archipelago, an autonomous region of Portugal that is actually closer to the Moroccan coast. The mild weather is pretty much guaranteed by the island’s subtropical climate, so it’s not hard to see why tourists head to the far reaches of Europe in October.
Once there, there is plenty to do in the populous city of Funchal – from climbing hills to inspecting Madeira’s famous wine cellars.
Paphos is a great destination for families this semester, offering wonderful beaches and bays for swimming together. And it’s not just another sea and sand destination; the area has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, so there is also tons of local history to soak up.
Legend has it that the goddess of beauty Aphrodite was born here, and the whole of Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.