New studies show Spain is still the top destination for British holidaymakers and one reason is it’s cheap. But, just because Spain is an inexpensive place for a holiday, it doesn’t mean you can’t save money even further. Here are some quick tips on how to save money on a holiday to Spain, and still have a smashing time.
Flights – Avoid Ryanair when flying from the UK to Spain. By the time you’ve factored in charges like £50 for a checked bag for a round-trip ticket, it’s often more expensive than other airlines like Monarch or Bmibaby. One of the best ways to check for the cheapest airfares is to do a search on Cheapflights.co.uk. Book at least a month before to nab the cheaper airfares.
Hiring a Car – Don’t wait until the last minute to hire a car. Prices tend to go up closer to the time you need it. Remember too, if you hire a car for a week or longer, you’ll get much cheaper rates than if you just pick one up for a couple of days.
Book All-Inclusive Hotels – One of the best ways to get a cheap holiday to Spain is to book an all-inclusive hotel as, once you get there, your expenses will be practically nil. All-inclusive hotels include all meals, coffee and sometimes afternoon tea, as well as most or all of your booze, including wine at meals. If you book an all-inclusive holiday, with airfare and tour guide included, you’ll even get a few day trips included in the price.
Stay in a Parador for 5 Days or Longer – If you’re willing to stay in the same parador for five days or longer, you can get some amazing cheap deals on rooms. Up to 50% reduction, in some cases. Check out Paradores-spain.com for their latest deals.
Package Deals – Booking a package deal instead of pay-as-you-go holiday can save you hundreds of pounds over a couple of weeks stay. Look at Thomas Cook or Cosmos for some of the cheaper deals. Or, if you want to stay in a more luxurious hotel but would still like lower rates, look at Kirker Holidays.
Take a Holiday out of Season – Of course, the cheapest time to take a holiday to Spain is out of season. Avoid June, July and August, and instead think about a trip in April, May, September or October instead. Rates can be 25% cheaper at that point and, wherever you go, it will be less crowded — always a great thing on the beach.