There's not much that can beat a beach holiday – except perhaps knowing you managed to bag yourself a dreamy deal without the hefty price tag! From can't-quite-believe-your-eyes bargains to last-second steals, sun yourself on some of Europe's finest sands at a fraction of the cost.
Whether you're a sucker for golden shores or wild coastlines, Europe has a whole host of cheap beach breaks to please even the fussiest sand-seekers! Roll out your towel on the finest Blue Flag bays and breathe in the sweet scent of sunscreen in one of these cheap beach holiday destinations…
Despite its 24-carat coastline, the Algarve is one of the most affordable places to get your sun, sand and splash fix. Accessorised with craggy inlets and gravity-defying sea stacks, it's little wonder the Portuguese powerhouse has holidaymakers rolling in like the waves. All in, there's over 100 miles of golden sands on offer, with standout beaches like Praia da Marinha and Praia da Falésia stealing the show. You're spoilt for choice with places to stay too, choose from super sleek Vilamoura, beloved Albufeira, family-friendly Carvoeiro or countless other award-winning resorts. Our villas in the Algarve are dotted across the must-see spots, so wherever you base your beach break you'll be in for a treat!
The Canary Islands carry a coastal prowess to rival some of the world's most coveted beaches, and the luscious island of Lanzarote is leader of the pack. Stealing hearts since the early seventies, it's hard not to fall under the spell of its golden sandy ribbons and iconic volcanic stretches. One of the first spots to bring life to the term 'fly and flop', Lanzarote is a big believer in putting the beach at the centre of your holiday – with an almost unlimited array of characterful coves and wide-open bays to relax and unwind…
You're onto a winner with a cheap holiday to Playa Blanca. Literally translating to 'white beach', the resort does exactly what it says on the tin! Not to mention it's a stone's throw from Playa de Papagayo, where you'll find Lanzarote's most sought-after series of beaches. Puerto del Carmen packs a punch too, with a trio of blissful bays answering to the names of Playa Grande, Playa Chica and Playa Pocillos. Take your pick!
Turkish delights come to life on the beaches that border this dreamy destination. From bucket list beauties to hidden coves, your jaw is sure to hit the floor when you lay eyes on Turkey's spectacular shores. Whether you're after the dramatic coastline of the Dalaman, or the beauty of Bodrum, there's more than enough sand to go around! Both resorts are lapped by the glistening Aegean Sea, with waters that peacock between blue and green giving the region its nickname – the Turquoise Coast.
Some of Europe's most sought-after seaside spots make up the magnificent chain of beaches sprinkled across Turkey's southwestern shores. Golden sands and Blue Flags come as standard here, so picking a place to set up camp for the day is a breeze! Promenades are full of bars and restaurants to keep the troops watered and fed, while quieter pockets of paradise call to couples who are looking to escape the livelier beaches. If you're after the ultimate bucket list backdrop, be sure to visit the famous Blue Lagoon in Ölüdeniz. Nestled in its very own national park, this long spit of powder-soft sand and startlingly blue waters are what beach holiday dreams are made of!
Masters of the classic beach holiday, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza know a thing or two about budget friendly breaks and sand-seeking travellers. Sitting pretty in the Mediterranean Sea, this trio of tourist treasures put an almost unlimited supply of sweeping bays and blissful beaches on the menu. From Mallorca's Playa d'Alcudia to Ibiza's Playa d'en Bossa, the Balearics offer something for everyone!
Families will love Menorca's easy-going atmosphere and tranquillity, where toddlers can paddle safely and big kids can try their hand at watersports. Boasting over 100 beaches in total, choose from natural beauty, effortless beachside entertainment, off-the-beaten-track bays or simply see how many you can tick off in a week or two. Mallorca has double the fun, with a whopping 200 sandy spots to sink your toes into! Prepare for a permanent state of sunglasses, swimwear and flip flops – well, there's certainly worse ways to spend your holiday…
Cyprus and cheap beach holidays go hand in hand thanks to the island's year-round sunshine. Travelling outside of the main summer season guarantees you bargains that'll have your friends green with envy, without compromising on glorious weather and toasty temperatures. From wild and wonderful areas of natural beauty, to resorts that comes with all the bells and whistles, 64 of Cyprus' beaches come with their very own Blue Flag. Coral Bay's 500m of golden sands are kitted out with everything you'll need for a day of fun in the sun, while lovely Lara Bay is home to Loggerhead turtles who like to lay their eggs on the curving cove. You won't find much in the way of facilities here, but the wonderful wildlife more than makes up for it!
Sand, sea and splash are a staple for most family getaways. Somewhere between the scent of sunscreen and the salty sea air is where magical moments happen. Little ones paddling into motionless waters for the first time, parents battling it out for the most impressive sand castle, big kids begging to go on heart-pumping inflatable rides… it's fair to say that beach holidays are the holy grail of treasured family memories! As luck would have it, there's a whole host of heavenly seaside resorts to pick from. Whether you're after island paradise in Greece, or a stint in the Spanish sun, Europe packs a punch with its perfect collection of coastal gems.
The Costa del Sol has been covered with the footprints of families for over 60 years, with iconic resorts like Marbella and Torremolinos sprinkled across 150km of sun-drenched shores. Teeming with leisure facilities, waterparks, Blue Flags and entertainment that puts family fun at the forefront, it's little wonder that holidaymakers beeline for the region's beautiful beaches.
Speaking of sunshine, Costa Blanca boasts 320 days of golden rays a year, making it another irresistible spot for a Spanish sojourn. Featuring its very own 'mini Rio', Benidorm is the poster child for this enormous stretch of coastline. Don't be fooled though, Blanca's talents run higher than its iconic skyscrapers, with plenty of lesser-known bays and quieter coves to enjoy a taste of the slow-paced simple life.
Spontaneity and cheap last minute beach holidays go together like bucket and spade! It's hard to top those golden rays of last second sun, taking you from a day at your desk to a day by the sea in no time at all. If you're willing to jet off at the drop of a sun hat, you're sure to scoop up a sandy escape for a fraction of the cost.
Holidays out of the peak summer seasons can save you some of those precious pennies. Bag yourself a bargain and chase the sun across the globe with our handy 'Where's hot?' guides!
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