Summer will be here before we know it and with those endless school holidays, it’s the perfect time to jet off into the sun and enjoy quality time together as a family.
If you still haven’t got a break booked and thought it’s too late to book a summer holiday – don’t panic! Our travel retailers still have fantastic last-minute summer deals to choose.
We’ve discovered the best last-minute destinations to guarantee a happy holiday to suit all budgets. You’ll be on the beach before you know it.
Picturesque beaches, guaranteed hot weather, and plenty of family-friendly beach resorts, the Greek Islands is always a top choice for last-minute summer breaks as there are lots of packages to choose from.
For a family with teenagers, they may prefer Rhodes where there’s plenty to do with water sports and beach-side parties keeping them entertained. Corfu is an affordable Greek Island for young families but just as beautiful, with its rugged mountains and crystal blue seas.
From self-catering apartments to package holiday options at beach-side hotels with swimming pools and water slides to keep younger children occupied, there’s plenty of ways to make the cost of your family holiday manageable in the Greek sunshine.
Thomson (raise up to 1.00%/£20) – Free child places on selected Summer 2017 holidays, this offer only applies to new bookings. T’s and C’s apply.
Thanks to its stunning family-friendly beaches, sultry Spanish heat and fun nightlife, Majorca remains a popular choice for British holiday-makers seeking a relaxing summer holiday in the sun. The flight-time is also short and sweet, which is perfect for families with young children.
You could stay in one of the Balearic island’s many picturesque villages dotted along its coastline, such as Puerto De Soller and Pollença, a beautiful village surrounded by citrus plantations.
For historic sites and lively nightlife, head to the island’s capital Palma which is filled with tapas bars, shops and its famous Moorish Almudaina Royal palace and 13th-century Santa María Cathedral.
The island caters to all ages, tastes and budgets, with plenty of types of accommodation on offer. From small family run hotels to poolside villas by the sea, and there are lots of package holiday options available even at this late stage.
On The Beach (raise up to 3.00% donation) has summer Holidays from £105pp and all-inclusive holidays from £115pp
You can’t beat beautiful Spain when it comes to finding a bargain summer break, and there’s plenty of options still available, whether you want to self-cater or book an all-inclusive.
Spain’s most famous holiday resorts can be found along the coast of the mainland, including the Costa del Sol, which means the Coast of the Sun! The stunning region boasts year-round sunshine and warm temperatures, perfect for sun-seekers who like nothing more than to chill by the pool or on the beach.
If you need a break from the beach, head to Spain’s culture-filled cities for a day out, such as Barcelona and Bunol near Valencia, where you can paint yourself tomato red at La Tomatina festival.
Just a two-hour flight away, Spain is ideal for families with young children who may not have flown before.
Thomas Cook (raise up to 1.25% donation)
Pay monthly from just £70 on summer 2017 all inclusive holidays and last minute Canary Island holidays from £230pp
Jet2 now fly to Portugal which has led to rival companies, such as Monarch, easyjet and Ryanair, dramatically reduce their flight costs to and from Portugal. So this summer is an ideal time to take advantage of the healthy competition.
You can’t beat the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast, for fun family holidays in the sun and that’s why it continues to be one of the most popular destinations for families. Boasting endless golden shores, hidden beaches, caves to explore and family friendly restaurants, it’s no wonder the country is cited as what will be one of the most visited countries in 2017.
There are a variety of options for where to stay and plenty of last-minute deals on all-inclusive packages or self-catering options. Albufeira is a lively resort, perfect for families with teenagers while further down the coast in Alvor it’s a little quieter and ideal for families with young children. To the West is Lagos, a beautiful town boasting a marina, traditional Portuguese architecture and a relaxed vibe.
First Choice (Raise up to £30 donation) – Save an extra £40 per person on summer 2017 holidays to Spain, Portugal and Italy with code HOT40. *Min spend £900 per booking. Plus save up to £400 per couple for your summer 2017 holiday.