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Summer Holidays: The Best Low Cost Locations

Author: Markco Media Published: 20th May 2013 10:33

 Isle of Wight

As we head into the summer months, you might find yourself fantasising about long, lazy days on the beach and a few cheeky cocktails by the pool. Yet if you're struggling to budget for the weekly grocery shop, being able to afford a week in the sun can seem like an impossible dream.

If you're determined to make your holiday a reality - and frankly, we reckon you deserve it - there are more ways to do so than booking at the last minute; it's well worth considering the type of location where your hard-earned spending money is likely to go further. With Spain and Portugal coming out on top in terms of value in 2013, we thought we'd hand-pick the European destinations where you're guaranteed to get more bang for your buck - here are our top choices!

Porto, Portugal

With most tourists, and indeed young locals, flocking to Portugal's coastal locations: the city of Porto in the north remains rather bereft. But despite suffering from a little dilapidation over the years, it is actually a beautifully diverse and underrated part of Portugal - a fact which heightens its appeal for those looking to steer clear of pricey hotel costs.  With its shimmering riverfront, burgeoning restaurant scene and architectural charm, it shows you don't always need a beach to enjoy the best of Europe.

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

If you're idea of a summer holiday isn't complete without gorgeous blue seas, the resort of Sharm el Sheikh could be the destination for you. Located on the Sinai Peninsula, its combination of surrounding water and desert makes for a pretty
spectacular backdrop. But best of all, despite being one of the most popular destinations in Egypt, its idyllic features makes it the perfect candidate for the all-inclusive holiday; with travel sites like lowcostholidays offering Egypt holidays from £339, it means families on a budget can relax without worrying about pesky extra spends.

Santander, Spain

With most tourists flocking to the southern shores of Spain, the northern coast is another place which remains largely unnoticed by us Brits. However, the fact that the port city of Santander is more popular with the Spanish shows that it has some great credentials - not to mention cheaper flight prices. Although much of it was destroyed by a fire in 1941,
regeneration has seen Santander rise from the ashes to become a modern and vibrant city; with charming ports and parks nearby, it'd provide all you need for a sunny escape.

Isle of Wight, England

If you can't afford a flight abroad this summer, a short ferry ride might be a great alternative. Located just off the coast of
Hampshire, the Isle of Wight is one of those locations that despite technically being in England, feels strangely like a holiday destination in its own right - whether this is due to its mild climate, busy beaches or fun-time atmosphere, it's a lovely place to get away from it all for a few days at least. You're bound to find a low price B&B somewhere, so all you'll need to worry about is having enough money left over for fish and chips.

If you're longing to feel the sand between your toes, don't just daydream - get searching for the web's best deals and discounts for cheap holidays in Europe: there's bound to be something to suit you and your budget.

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