Fly to these breathtaking beaches for less than half of a weekly food shop.
Exams are almost over and we know you’re gagging for a trip away. You deserve it, after all.
But, we know being a student comes at a price. You’re not going to have a lot of spare cash to jet away to somewhere tropical and secluded, and spend your time sunbathing on a yacht (we can dream).
Luckily for you, there are some gems in Europe with gorgeous beaches and only a few hours flight from the UK. The best part is that flights to these destinations can cost less than half of the average UK household’s weekly food shop (which is £114).
Here are the slices of paradise you can find in Europe, and the best time to go for cheap flights.
European beaches to visit from the UK
Calo Des Moro — Mallorca, Spain
Situated in the southeast corner of Mallorca, this gorgeous beach hides within a cove of cliffs. Expect turquoise water and tropical vibes. Only a two-and-a-half-hour flight from London Stansted to Palma de Mallorca Airport, and only £22 for a return flight with Ryanair during August.
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Lama Monachile — Bari, Italy
The stunning beach, named after the overhanging Roman-era bridge, is one of Italy’s most famous spots — with it being used for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Flights with Ryanair are available for less than £30 during August, from London Stansted to Bari Airport (only two hours and forty minutes away).
Balos Beach — Crete, Greece
Crystal clear water and wild, natural beauty combined with exotic scenery; can it get any more idyllic? Flights to this Greek gem cost just £44 from Leeds to Chania International Airport in October, perfect for a bit of winter sun.
Cala Tonnarella Dell’uzzo — Sicily, Italy
A spot praised for its tranquillity and scenic views, you’ll find golden sand and crystal clear water at this beach. The ideal place for snorkeling. Take a direct flight with easyJet for £38 in September, from Gatwick to Palermo.
Prasonisi Beach — Rhodes, Greece
A wind surfer’s paradise. Prasonisi Beach has warm water, coastal winds and a beautiful sandy peninsula. You can fly directly from Manchester to Rhodes Airport in October with easyJet, for just £23.
Myrtos Bay — Kefalonia Island, Greece
The magnificent Myrtos Bay beach is surrounded by dramatic marble cliffs that overlook the stunning serene water. A fave with Tripadvisor, you can take a direct easyJet flight from Edinburgh to Kefalonia International Airport for only £27.
Porto Timoni Beach — Corfu, Greece
Two beaches for the price of one, the double-beach of Porto Timoni is famous for its clear waters and luscious greenery. The bay is secluded, so you have to face a steep hike or access it by boat, but it’s well worth it. You can get a direct flight with easyJet from Belfast to Corfu International Airport for just £26 in August.
Glarokavos Beach — Kassandra, Greece
Glarokavos beach has stunning white sand and turquoise waters, with an ‘incredibly clean’ coastline. The sunny paradise can be reached by a direct easyJet flight from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki Airport for £31 — a steal, if you ask us.
Navagio Beach — Zakynthos, Greece
Clearly, Greece has some spectacular beaches. Add one more to your list by visiting Navagio Beach, also known as ‘Shipwreck Beach’. Tucked away in Zakynthos, this beach cove can only be accessed by boat, but is well worth the trip to see the stunning area. Hop on an easyJet flight from Bristol to Zakynthos International Airport for £38 in September.
Zlatni Rat Beach — Brac Island, Croatia
We promise you there are no rats on this beach, contrary to the name. Considered to be Croatia’s best beach, it’s also known as the Golden Horn and has a string of awards celebrating the stunning beach. You can get on a direct flight from London Luton to Split International Airport for £24 with Wizz Air in October.
Mitjaneta Beach — Menorca, Spain
The white sand and shallow water of Mitjaneta Beach makes it one of Menorca’s most beautiful destinations. The sparkling ocean attracts crowds for good reason. You can nab a cheap flight from Nottingham for £28 in September, with Ryanair.
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