5 destinations you can still visit this Bank Holiday weekend for under £100 return

Aug 23, 2021

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This weekend is a Bank Holiday long weekend, and traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

With an extra day off work, no school and travellers eager to take advantage of those final fading days of summer, you can expect a busy weekend with lots of Brits heading abroad for some sun and relaxation.

Many Brits booked their trips for this weekend many months in advance so, as you might have guessed, some of the most popular destinations only have very expensive flights remaining: flights to Crete in Greece for example, start at £272 per person, return.

However, there are still bargains to be found to a handful of popular, lesser-known destinations.

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The cheapest flights are to those destinations that are not allowing Brits entry for tourism reasons, like Sweden and Hungary, so I have excluded those destinations from this list.

Flights to Italy are also very cheap for this Bank Holiday weekend, though Italy has a tough quarantine on entry requirement, even if you are fully vaccinated, so I’ve also excluded Italy from this list as it’s unlikely you’ll want to spend your whole trip indoors.

Related: Which European countries are allowing UK tourists entry, and under what conditions?

To minimise your time off work, these flights all depart on Friday 27 August and return on Monday 30 August. If you are willing to fly outside of these peak dates, the flights are likely to be even cheaper.

Here are five destinations you can fly to this Bank Holiday weekend for under £100 return, per person from London.

  • Alicante, Spain (ALC) from £93 return with Ryanair and EasyJet. The gateway to the popular Costa Blanca, Alicante has long been a popular summer beach destination with its cheap and cheerful accommodation and dining options.

  • Menorca, Spain (MAH) from £69 return on TUI. Majorca’s lesser-known neighbouring Balearic island has everything you can expect from the popular Majorca (endless sunshine, beautiful secluded beaches and great seafood). Compared with Majorca you can expect fewer crowds and more peace and quiet, making Menorca a great option for a summer holiday, especially for families.

Related: Ibiza, Majorca or Menorca: How to choose the right Balearic Island for your holiday

  • Reykjavík, Iceland (KEF) from £97 return on Play, Iceland’s newest airline. For something a little different, why not Iceland? Home to some of the world’s most spectacular natural scenery, you’ll find an erupting volcano, gushing waterfalls and you might even spot an iceberg or two.

Related: Play vs Icelandair: Comparing Iceland’s newest and oldest airlines

  • Tenerife, Spain (TFS) from £86 return. You’re guaranteed year-round sunshine down in the Canary Islands and Tenerife is one of the most popular destinations in Spain for British travellers. It may be a more than four-hour flight to get there but you’ll be rewarded with consistently warm weather, natural scenery and plenty of affordable accommodations.

Related: Your holiday guide to Tenerife, Canary Islands

  • Aarhus, Denmark (AAR) from £99 with Ryanair. This might not be your first choice for a summer holiday but the city known as Copenhagen’s cool little sister is a great long weekend destination. It boasts some of the most impressive architecture in all of Denmark and it’s the perfect size for a short break like this Bank Holiday.

Related: Second Cities: Destinations to add onto a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark

Bottom line

Normally, you would struggle to find a flight to anywhere for under £100 just five days before one of the busiest travel periods of the year. But 2021 continues to be unusual and there are certainly some bargains to be had.

If you’re looking to flop on a beach and soak up some sun after this most disappointing of British summers, you can’t go wrong with these Spanish options.

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