Craving a beach getaway? Get your fill of sun, sea and sangria without spending a small fortune with our top picks for cheap hot holidays.
Whether you’re after somewhere affordable to take the family this summer or you want a last-minute mini break with your other half, there’s plenty of locations in Europe that are great value for money. What’s more, most of them offer up warm temperatures all year round…
The Algarve, Portugal
Portugal’s sunny, southern Algarve region often tops lists of cheap hot holiday destinations – and for good reason. As well as being home to dozens of great coastal resorts and cities, it also has some of the best value restaurants and attractions in Europe.
Going on holiday with all the family can be pretty expensive, so why not consider self-catering in the Algarve? Check into one of the spacious mobile homes at Camping Orbitur Valverde that’s found in the heart of popular Lagos.
Spain’s Costa Blanca is another region of Europe with a reputation for affordability. As well as being home to a fabulous selection of sandy beaches, the city is also full of wonderful attractions like the magnificent hilltop Santa Barbara Fortress.
When it comes to food, drinks and other must-haves, you can get away with budgeting under £100 each day for a family of four. Want to spend even less? Stay in our Camping Almafra site that’s just north of Alicante in Benidorm, another cheap holiday spot.
Dubrovnik may be a dreamy destination (especially for Game of Thrones fans), but there are far cheaper places to explore along the Croatian coastline that give you the same mix of sun and culture.
Istria in Croatia’s north west is packed with secluded sunny beaches, plus you’ll find cities like Pula are bursting with ancient relics. Food and drink in Croatia are generally on the cheaper end of the scale, and you can avoid expensive tourist traps by staying at one of our self-catering Istria campsites.
If you love Italian culture and cuisine, you’re in luck as it’s the ideal country for a cheap hot holiday. With hundreds of miles of serene coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach destinations – including Puglia.
The southerly region sits in the heel of Italy’s boot and offers up a great combination of idyllic coves and interesting cities like historic Bari and stunning Lecce that’s widely compared to Florence for its beautiful Baroque architecture. Flights to Bari are also very wallet-friendly (typically under £100 return), plus you can make your trip even cheaper by self-catering.
If you’ve got your heart set on France this summer, Nice is the place to go for glorious sunny weather without spending a fortune. Unlike many cities along the Côte D’Azur – we’re looking at you, Saint Tropez – Nice is surprisingly affordable, plus flights to the city are some of the cheapest you’ll find to France from the UK.
Opt to stay within driving distance of the city at one of our brilliant budget-friendly campsites like Camping Fréjus that boasts a great pool complex and over 17 acres of wooded grounds to explore.