Brexit fears hit summer holidays: Destinations where prices are down

This summer, travellers can bag savings of up to 42 per cent on overseas package holiday destinations.

With Brexit on the horizon, some may have been reluctant to book their travels, perhaps spooked by fears of hold-ups at airports, flight delays, inadequate insurance, passport worries and currency volatility.    

However, this has created an opportunity to bag a holiday bargain, according to one comparison website.

Many popular destinations have seen huge reductions in their prices annually, including Spain, Italy and Portugal, exclusive Travel Supermarket data for This is Money shows.

Reduction: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands has seen an average year on year 7% drop in prices

9. Agadir, Morocco – 21% reduction

Morocco is an exotic location holidaymakers can get to without having to travel for hours on end. 

Agadir is a resort destination known for its golf courses, wide crescent beach and seaside walk that is filled with cafes, restaurants and bars. Prices have fallen by up to a fifth this year.

Year-on-year reduction: £62.86 to £49.73 per person, per night

Where: Atlantic Palace Resort B&B (5 stars)

When: Departing 14 May, return 21 May from London Stansted or Manchester

How much: £271 per person (reduced from £541 per person) from Stansted or £275 per person from Manchester

10. Crete, Greece – 2% reduction

Crete is Greece’s largest island and the most populated. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece but again suffered a slow in tourism a few years ago after the Greek’s economic issues. 

Now travellers can stay on the island for just £50.44 per person, per night. Prices are down a smidgen, by up to two per cent.

Year-on-year reduction: £51.32pp to £50.44 per person, per night 

Where: Cretan Sun Hotel & Apartments in Tavronitis (3 stars) 

When: Depart 6 May from London Stansted, returning 13 May or depart 7 May from London Gatwick and return 14 May 

How much: £140 per person (reduced from £179 per person) from Stansted or from £161 per person from Gatwick on 7 May, when two people travel together

Big savings when travelling in Easter holidays 

Travel Supermarket also compiled a list of locations that had dropped up to 24 per cent in price, year on year, for Easter holidays.

The comparison site said some Brexit travel concerns, as well as a renewed interest in destinations including Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, could be why family package holidays this Easter have dropped in price.

Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator from TravelSupermarket, said: ‘If you searched really carefully for Easter holidays last year, there were some deals from under £200 per person but they were few and far between.

‘For this Easter, it is not hard to currently find well-reviewed holiday bargains to family-friendly resorts on the Spanish mainland and in Ibiza and Majorca, Portugal, Malta and Corfu for under £500 in total for a family of four, which is virtually unheard of for the school holidays.’ 

Travel Supermarket found that Costa Brava, Spain, was, again, the most affordable destination for holidaymakers, who can see reductions of up to 24 per cent when going on a seven night package holiday break in Easter in 2019, compared to going away at the same time in 2018.

This is a massive fall from £269.92 per person to £205.73 per person.

According to the median prices put together by the price comparison site, Costa Dorada, Spain, came second on the most affordable list, even though it had no price reduction. 

Corfu, Greece, saw annual reductions of 17 per cent, down from £304.09 per person to £245.63. This put it third on the list of the most affordable destinations. 

Majorca, Spain also saw a reduction in prices year on year of 23 per cent, down from £325.64 per person in Easter 2018 to £252.09 per person in Easter 2019 – putting it fourth on the list of the most affordable destinations.