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Eight cheap beach holiday spots with pints costing just 60p that you can fly to from Bristol and Cardiff airports

Eight cheap beach holiday spots with pints costing just 60p that you can fly to from Bristol and Cardiff airports

Did someone say cheap pints on holiday that don’t break the bank? Don’t walk, run for the next plane that can take you to these locations, because we’ve got a list of the best places to go for a great price.

There is something for everyone at these locations. In addition, you can travel from Cardiff and Bristol airports to all the countries mentioned and visit the various cities there.




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For those who can fly from Cardiff or Bristol, there are plenty of choices. Below are some cheaper destinations served direct from both airports.

Albania

Often touted as the “next Croatia,” Albania has an Adriatic coastline and offers similar attractions for holidaymakers, including pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters, set against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and cliffs. What’s more, it hasn’t seen the same price hikes as popular Croatian resorts such as Dubrovnik, making it one of the most budget-friendly destinations in Europe.

Eating out typically costs around £5 per person, with a pint of draught beer costing just 60p-70p. The seaside resorts of Sarande and Ksamil are among the most visited, and although they are over 170 miles from the capital Tirana, which has flights from Manchester, they are only half an hour’s boat ride from the Greek island of Corfu, which also has direct flights from Manchester.

Poland

Poland might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of sun, sea and beach destinations, but at the height of summer, temperatures along the country’s Baltic coast regularly reach the mid-20s. The weather is often bright and sunny, and the stretch of coastline between Gdynia and Gdansk has been nicknamed the “Polish Riviera”.

Along this coastline, Sopot is the main attraction, with the longest wooden pier in Europe. It was once a favorite spot for Hollywood star Greta Garbo. From Cardiff and Bristol, you can reach cities such as Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk.

Bulgaria

Slanchev Bryag – a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria.(Photo: Adél Békefi/Getty)

Bulgaria’s Black Sea resorts are among the most popular in Eastern Europe, and also among the most affordable. The average price of a pint is still just over £1, and that has attracted a young crowd to destinations such as Sunny Beach, where a string of beach bars, nightclubs and theme parks line the promenade.

For a more cultural experience, head to the coast to Burgas – which you can reach from both Bristol and Cardiff airports. Known for its modesty and understated charm, the Bulgarian city of Burgas is situated on the Black Sea. It has plenty to keep tourists entertained, including natural attractions, fine dining and plenty of culture. On your doorstep, you can visit Lake Atanssovko (famous for its black mud and lye pools), a volcanic rock island also known as St. Anastasia Island, as well as plenty of nightlife in the city centre and an attractive sandy bay.

Montenegro

Montenegro, Budva, Drobni Pijesak Beach(Image: (c) Slow Images/Getty)

Situated between Croatia and Albania on the Adriatic coast, Montenegro (particularly the maze-like port city of Kotor) is a common stopover on Mediterranean cruise itineraries, and you can fly to it from either airport. Increasingly, however, tourists are coming here for more than just a short visit, and are taking in more of what this small country has to offer.

Tunisia

Tunisia has long been a popular destination for those seeking winter sun, but it has plenty to offer all year round. Visitors can often find accommodation for less than £100 a night in the capital Tunis, even during the peak summer school holidays, and Enfidha Hammamet International Airport is within easy reach of Bristol and Cardiff.

Turkey

Turkey has always been a favourite holiday destination for Britons, but in recent years its popularity has skyrocketed, with many drawn by its idyllic Aegean coastline.

Both the Antalya and Dalaman regions, which can be reached from both airports, boast beautiful beaches, crystal clear seas and breathtaking scenery, each offering a unique mix of attractions that go beyond the beach. Dalaman is an ideal place for adventurers and adrenaline junkies, with experiences such as paragliding from Babadag Mountain over the Oludeniz Blue Lagoon, while history buffs will be captivated by the ancient Greek cities of Side and Termessos in Antalya.

Even better for British tourists, the value of the pound sterling has increased against the Turkish lira over the past five years. This means you can rent entire villas for as little as £500 a week and enjoy a three-course meal in a restaurant for less than £10.

North Macedonia

Old Town Bridge at dusk, Skopje, Macedonia(Image: Tim E White/Getty)

North Macedonia, a country with no coastline, is an unexpected choice for a beach holiday. However, it is the lake, not the sea, that attracts tourists.

You can travel to Skopje Airport from either country and visit several places in this unique country. The charming town of Ohrid, with its cobbled streets decorated with vibrant flowers in early summer, is perched on a steep hill that descends into Lake Ohrid. The town and the lake together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.


Lake Ohrid’s shale beaches lead to clear waters, perfect for swimming on a hot summer day. Visitors can also admire the city walls, the old fortress and a 2,300-year-old ruined amphitheater.

The Bay of the Bones Museum offers an intriguing reconstruction of a local Bronze Age village, with wooden huts on stilts above the lake, all for just £1.40 per ticket. A pint of local draught beer costs around the same, while a meal in a restaurant typically ranges from £3 to £7 per person, depending on the establishment.

Portugal


If you’re a fan of Spain but find the cost of popular holiday destinations such as Marbella and Mallorca a little steep, why not consider our neighbours? Portugal has long been one of the most affordable destinations in Western Europe and offers a wide range of holiday experiences.

And with a range of flights from both airports to different countries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday with delicious local cuisine, the Algarve is the place to go. If you’re looking for something a little livelier, Albufeira has a thriving party scene.

In the north, near Porto, lies the Douro Valley, the birthplace of Port wine. This valley offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. You can book vineyard tours and river cruises.