The summer holidays are far behind us, but for those already dreaming about their next break, October can be a great time to grab budget-friendly breaks (yes, even during half term).
It can be one of the best months to go abroad as prices have dropped and the weather still holds up in many countries. To offer up some inspiration, Which? has revealed the cheapest destinations for Brits in October, including the likes of Spain and Turkey. However, the former reigns supreme; four out of five of the cheapest hotspots were in Spain, reports the Express.
The cost of flights and hotels in Spain is remarkably low and the weather and beaches remain gorgeous in the autumn, but the cheapest area isn't a hotspot like Alicante or the Costa Brava this year. In 2023, the research showed that the cheapest place for British holidays to go to was the Costa Dorada – a golden strip of Mediterranean coastline in the Catalonia region just south of Barcelona.
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It’s known for its shallow, calm ocean where swimming and waterspouts are popular as well as its historic sites like the Roman Tarragona Amphitheatre, Roman aqueducts and cathedrals. One of the most popular towns is Salou, a busy beach resort area with craggy coves and sandy bays – and an infamous nightlife.
There are plenty of great deals for October holidays on the Costa Dorada this October, in some cases costing less than £300 per person for a whole week, including flights. For example over on Jet2Holidays you can stay at the Aparthotel SunClub Salou on a bed and breakfast basis for just £293 per person. The cracking deal includes return flights from London, express transfers, 22kg of luggage plus a bed and breakfast basis. The hotel boasts a pool, splash park, playground and children’s club.
Meanwhile, Over on Loveholidays you can stay at the Med Playa Hotel Calypso in Salou for just £238 per person. That includes return flights this October plus breakfast and dinner each day. The holiday is for seven nights so you’ll make the most of your time off and the four-star hotel features three outdoor pools, a sun terrace, poolside bad and separate kids pool and club. Bowling and a playground are also on offer.
Even more incredible is Loveholidays' deal including a stay at Inter2 Salou for seven nights at the send of October. You’ll get all-inclusive treatment, return flights and access to amenities for £288 per person. The hotel has multiple pools and a poolside bar, billiards and table tennis. Plus you won’t just get a room but a modern apartment with its own kitchen and balcony – not far away is both Llevant Beach and Platja dels Capellans.
If you want to stay somewhere other than Salou then the Hacienda Gran Hotel may be for you. Based in La Pineda it offers a large outdoor pool, tennis court, and professional on-site spa. Plus, there’s a children’s playground, a jacuzzi for relaxing, an on-site restaurant, a sauna, spa, hammer, indoor pool, table tennis, billiards and bike rental. It’s just 150m from the beach and a seven night stay with full board and return flights will cost from just £292pp.
You can also design your own holiday by booking flights from the UK to Reus from £34 for a return or Barcelona from £24 return. The cheapest hotel in Salou – Alboran Study – will set you back just £128 for five nights. That's £64 per person for the week and it does have a pool. Alternatively, rent an apartment for just £210 which sleeps four people. That's £52.50 per person for the week or £10.50 each a night at the Rentalmar Blue Beach Suites, on booking.com.
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