The very best holidays are usually the ones that have plenty of sun, sea and sand! We’ve selected the best destinations with fantastic beaches, so you won’t have to shlep miles to enjoy a perfect day on the beach. Whether you are travelling with the kids, your mates or your partner, check out our top cheap holidays that are right on the beach!
One of Gran Canaria’s biggest resorts, Maspalomas is a smart, purpose-built tourist town overlooking stunning beaches. The Maspalomas Dunes are one of the most spectacular natural sites anywhere in the Canaries, and part of them are now a protected nature reserve. The beaches that fringe the dunes are divided into sections, and each has a different feel, whether you’re looking for somewhere to chill with the family or want to listen to the DJs at the beach bars on the LGBTQ-friendly area. And, along with neighbouring Playa del Inglés, it’s a great value destination for a cheap holiday in the sun!
Fuerteventura is a mecca for beach-lovers and boasts more than 150 kilometres of glorious golden sand. It’s also a fantastic destination for water sports, particularly in Corralejo. This appealing and laid-back resort boasts some spectacularly beautiful beaches, known as the ‘Grandes Playas’ (‘big beaches’), which extend for miles along the coast. And this chilled-out, tranquil corner of paradise can be yours at a bargain price!
Lloret de Mar
When it comes to some fun in the sun at a knock-down price, Lloret de Mar ticks all the boxes. This lively resort has got the lot: a gorgeous sandy beach, lots of pretty coves to explore, plus a dazzling choice of restaurants, bars and shops. Plus, it’s one of the best value destinations on the Costa Blanca – what’s not to love?
The biggest resort on the Costa Dorada, Salou’s fantastic beach is apparently endless. Pale fine sand, crystal clear waters and every imaginable facility have made this resort a favourite with families, groups, and couples. With a great choice of accommodation and lots to see and do (including the famous PortAventura and Ferrari Land theme park), it’s ideal for a sun-drenched cheap holiday right on the beach!
The beaches of the Algarve are quite simply spectacular. They regular feature on lists of the ‘world’s best beaches’, thanks to their plunging cliffs, golden sands and pristine waters. Albufeira is one of the best value destinations on this popular stretch of coastline, and you won’t be disappointed in its amazing beaches. The Praia dos Pescadores (‘Fishermen’s Beach’) is a picture-postcard beach set right in front of the charming Old Town, but you can take your pick from a whole string of gorgeous beaches along this coast.
According to Post Office Money’s Holiday Costs Barometer, Sunny Beach is the cheapest holiday destination in Europe. This purpose-built resort on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast has got everything you need to enjoy some fun in the sun! Sunny Beach gets its name from its amazing, 5-kilometre-long beach, which has every possible amenity, from sun beds to pedaloes and from beach bars to jet skis for rent.
Makarska is a charming fishing village in Croatia that has developed into a popular seaside town – perfect, if you’re looking for something a bit different. It’s a wonderful place for a cheap holiday right on the beach, with an atmospheric old quartery to explore and a lively town beach. This is pebbly but very pretty and fantastically well equipped, and you’ll also find cores of secret coves along this stretch of coast if you want somewhere more secluded.
One of the prettiest towns in Rhodes (which is currently the cheapest of the Greek Islands for a holiday!), Lindos is crowned by an ancient citadel and overlooks a beautiful bay. The beach is a lovely swathe of pale sand that curves around the bay, and the water is nice and shallow if you’re travelling with kids.
Paphos has become one of the biggest resorts on the beautiful island of Cyprus, but it’s got plenty more to offer besides fun in the sun. This great value destination is home to some superb ancient ruins, many of which are located close to the spectacular sandy beach! There are lots of great bargains to be had in this fantastic resort – one of our favourites for a brilliant cheap holiday on the beach!
If you like sleepy little coves and bays rather than a big, sandy beach, then head to the pretty fishing village of Palaiokastritsa. This affordable holiday destination is located on the gorgeous island of Corfu, and has lots of authentic charm. The main beach is a picturesque curve of shingle and fine pebbles which overlooks a perfect turquoise bay, and there are lots of miniature coves to explore around this beautiful stretch of rocky coastline.