A getaway during school term time has its advantages – fewer kids around, great offers and the cheapest of getaways! So it's a great time for couples to think about a holiday, as many operators bring out their best deals to encourage post-peak season bookings.
So, as a quick guide (with the help of TravelSupermarket), here's a round-up on the cheapest couples' breaks for September and October – just make sure you steer clear of October half-term!
In a nutshell, the most affordable resorts this September and October are in Corfu, Bulgaria and the Costa Brava.
Kavos in Corfu is the cheapest destination for two adults sharing, with a median price per night of £39.29. In second place is Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava at £42.80, followed by Sidari, Corfu (£43.78) Varna, Bulgaria (£48.71) and Malia, Greece (£49.86).
According to the operator, resorts in Corfu appear twice in its top 10, with holidays to the island offering great value from just £207 per person for a package deal including flights and accommodation.
However, when thinking about the cost of living once in resort, it is the Bulgarian resorts of Varna and Sunny Beach that could offer the best overall value for money, with the cost of eating out, etc. much cheaper than in other Eurozone countries.
Plus the great news is that temperatures in places like Bulgaria in September are still in the early 20 degrees, while the October average is around 17-19 degrees.
Two Turkish resorts also make it into the top 10 – Icmeler and Alanya. And with the recent drops in the value of the lira, the country as a whole has become even better value for money for Brits.
Median price per night for a seven-night getaway
- Kavos, Corfu – £39.29
- Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain – £42.80
- Sidari, Corfu – £43.78
- Varna, Bulgaria – £48.71
- Malia, Greece – £49.86
- Sunny Beach, Bulgaria – £50.32
- Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain – £51.86
- Alvor, Algarve, Portugal – £52.00
- Icmeler, Dalaman, Turkey – £53.50
- Alanya, Antalya, Turkey – £53.71
To get the best deal it helps to:
- Be flexible with the dates you can go – mid-week prices are often the cheapest.
- If you are able to depart from more than one local airport, it is also worth comparing prices to see which option is cheapest – just don’t forget to factor in the cost of travelling to the airport, as well as parking if you decide to drive.
And here's the top 20 most popular destinations for 2018 for couples travelling in September or October…
- Gran Canaria
The top getaway deals
Based on a two adults sharing (with the accommodation scoring a minimum of 3/5 on reviews), here's a few options for around the £200 mark you can consider…
A stay at the three-star Nikos Villas on a bed-and-breakfast basis, departing from Stansted on 18th September for seven nights costs from £219 (or £207 from Manchester).
Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava
A bed-and-breakfast stay at the three-star Hotel Montanamar will set you back £207 for seven nights. The deal is for those departing from Stansted on 18th September.
A seven-night escape to the three-star Detelina Hotel (including breakfast) leads in at £211 for those travelling from Luton on 18th September.
Other deals include a stay in Greece's Malia from £228, in Salou (Spain) from £188, in Portugal's Algarve from £257 and in Icmeler, Turkey from £248.
Obviously, prices fluctuate depending on when you book (and availability), but if you do your research now, you're sure to get a great deal – even if you leave it up to the last minute.
And if you do manage to get away – bon voyage!
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