Short-haul destinations that are cheaper this year than last – and the deals to get you there

Short-haul destinations that are cheaper this year than last – and the deals to get you there


EXPERTS at Skyscanner have revealed the short-haul destinations that have seen a significant drop in average flight and hotel prices for 2019.

Kalamata in Greece leads the way with the biggest price decrease – followed by Alicante in the Costa Blanca.

Alicante in the Costa Blanca has seen an average price decrease making it a more affordable choice for your summer 2019 holiday
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Alicante in the Costa Blanca has seen an average price decrease making it a more affordable choice for your summer 2019 holiday[/caption]

The data was based on average flight and four star hotel costs for June 21 to September 22, which were booked between January 1 and May 12.

By comparing prices for holidays booked last year and this year, Skyscanner found that Kalamata is now 36 per cheaper.

Next on the list is Alicante, which is 21 per cent cheaper.

Prices for Valencia, Valetta, Bergen, Faro and Zadar have all fallen by 18 per cent.

However, despite these destinations being significantly cheaper this year than last, they can still be quite expensive for Brits.

With that in mind, Sun Online Travel have rounded up six of the best value deals to help you find a bargain summer break.

1. Kalamata, Greece

Enjoy endless sandy beaches and water sports in the port city of Kalamata in Southern Greece.

This is the birthplace of the famous Kalamata olive and olive oil – and foodies will love the local Greek cuisine here.

Book a week's holiday in Kalamata, Greece from £188pp this summer
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Book a week’s holiday in Kalamata, Greece from £188pp this summer[/caption]

Plus, there’s plenty to see, including the pretty old town and castle – along with beach bars, cafes and restaurants.

Book a week’s holiday in Kalamata this June at the Alexandrion hotel from £188pp with Love Holidays.

The hotel overlooks the beach and the deal includes return flights – find out more and book here.

2. Alicante, Spain

Alicante boasts beautiful beaches, historical sights and lively nightlife
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Alicante boasts beautiful beaches, historical sights and lively nightlife[/caption]

With beautiful beaches, historical sights and renowned nightlife, Alicante makes a great beach and city break destination.

Relax on some of the best beaches in Spain, including Playa de San Juan, where you can try sailing and windsurfing.

Be sure to visit the Castle of Santa Barbara, one of the main historical attractions in the city.

Stay at the Hotel Goya de Alicante for seven nights this July – including return flights – from £194pp with Travel Supermarket.

The hotel has a great location close to the beach and many shops, bars and restaurants. Find out more and book here.

You can also check out our guide to the best travel deals to Costa Blanca for this summer here.

3. Valletta, Malta

Book a week's stay in Valletta, Malta from £237pp
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Book a week’s stay in Valletta, Malta from £237pp[/caption]

Malta‘s capital, Valletta boasts many historical sights, including the medieval medina with cobbled streets, palaces and churches.

A great place for shopping, you’ll find everything from markets and quaint boutiques to large international stores.

From here, you can visit Malta’s biggest sandy beach, Mellieha, which is just a short bus ride away.

Book a week’s stay at the Relax Inn Hotel this June from £237pp with Expedia.

The deal includes return flights and breakfast – find out more and book.

4. Faro, Portugal

Faro has some great cultural attractions and top-notch beaches such as Praia de Faro
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Faro has some great cultural attractions and top-notch beaches such as Praia de Faro[/caption]

The heart of the sunny Algarve and a great choice for families, Faro is the perfect place to mix beach life with culture.

Make sure you discover Roman ruins and see historical sights such as Faro Cathedral and the Museum of Faro.

Enjoy top-notch beaches such as Praia de Faro by day and you won’t be short of nightlife options when the sun goes down.

Book a seven-night trip to Faro this June at the Hotel Afonso III from £289pp with Love Holidays.

The deal includes return flights and the hotel has air-conditioning, a bar and gym. Find out more and book here.

You can also check out our round up of the best Algarve holiday deals here.

5. Valencia, Spain

In Valencia you can visit the e city the Bioparc Valencia or the City of Arts and Sciences
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In Valencia you can visit the e city the Bioparc Valencia or the City of Arts and Sciences[/caption]

A great mix of old and new, Valencia has a historical old town with winding streets and interesting architecture.

Plus, the city boasts many modern attractions such as the Bioparc Valencia and the City of Arts and Sciences with museums and an impressive aquarium.

You can also kick back on the city’s beaches or relax at the Marina Beach Club day and night.

Stay at the Casual de las Civilizaciones Valencia hotel for a week this June from £190pp with Love Holidays.

The deal includes return flights and the hotel has air conditioning and free WiFi. Find out more and book here.

6. Seville, Spain

See the attractive Plaza de Espana on your city break in Seville from £188pp
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See the attractive Plaza de Espana on your city break in Seville from £188pp[/caption]

This pretty Spanish city located in Andalusia sees plenty of blue skies and has some great sights to explore.

Make sure you visit the cathedral and Real Alcazar in the heart of the city, as well as the stunning Plaza de Espana.

A city for foodies, you’ll find plenty of tapas bars and restaurants in the old town and along the river – a great spot for a sunset drink.

Book a three-night stay in Seville at the 4* Hotel Silken Al Andalus Palace this June – including return flights – from £188pp with Expedia.

This family-friendly hotel features a restaurant and swimming pool and is close to the city’s main attractions. Find out more and book here.


For more beach holiday ideas, take a look at our essential Greek Island hopping summer holiday deals.

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For more budget breaks, check out these cheap last-minute holiday deals under £99.

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