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Nine cheap holiday destinations from Manchester Airport with beach resorts and pints from 60p

By Vaseline May26,2024

Traveling abroad doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money if you’re willing to consider less traditional vacation destinations. If you’re planning a summer holiday this year, Manchester Airport offers a range of affordable alternatives.

Despite the cost of living crisis, a foreign holiday is still possible for those smart enough to look for deals. A recent survey by the European Travel Commission shows that, despite ongoing financial pressures, almost three-quarters of Britons plan to travel in the next six months.

There are proven ways to cut costs, such as traveling outside peak hours for lower airfares and hotel rates. But choosing lesser-known destinations can also make a big difference to what is possible.

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For those who can fly from Manchester Airport, there is plenty of choice. Below are some of the cheaper destinations served directly from Manchester and which hope to challenge old favorites such as Spain, France and Greece, as reported by the Echo. Although many holiday destinations are up and coming, some are more well known but are included because they offer good value for money.


Often touted as the ‘next Croatia’, Albania has the same Adriatic coastline and similar attractions for holidaymakers: pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters, set against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and cliffs. Furthermore, it has not experienced the same price increase as popular Croatian resorts such as Dubrovnik, making it one of the most budget-friendly destinations in Europe.

Eating out typically costs around £5 per person, while a pint of draft beer costs just 60-70p. The seaside resorts of Sarande and Ksamil are among the most visited, and although these are more than 270 kilometers from the capital Tirana, where there are flights from Manchester, they are only a half-hour ferry ride from the Greek island of Corfu, which also offers direct flights from Manchester.


Poland may not come to mind when you think of sun, sea and sand destinations, but during the height of summer temperatures along the country’s Baltic coast regularly reach the mid-twenties. The weather is often clear and sunny, and the coastal strip between Gdynia and Gdansk has earned the nickname ‘Polish Riviera’.

Along this coastline, Sopot is the main attraction, with the longest wooden pier in Europe. It was once a favorite retreat for Hollywood star Greta Garbo. The North Wales Live WhatsApp community for top stories and breaking news is now live. Here’s how to sign up


Hop on a Ryanair flight from Manchester to Bucharest and in just over two hours you can be in Romania’s favorite seaside resort, Constanta. It offers everything from a charming old town and eight kilometers of white sand on Mamaia Beach. There’s also a huge water park for families and a vibrant live music and festival scene.

It’s also incredibly budget-friendly, with family hotel rooms available for under £100 per night, even during school holidays, draft beer from £1.50 and restaurant meals from £7 per person. For those seeking adventure, head in the opposite direction of Bucharest to explore the breathtaking Carpathians, including Bran Castle, Dracula’s claimed lair.

Slanchev Bryag (Sunny Beach) is a large seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, about 35 km north of Burgas(Image: Getty)


Bulgaria’s Black Sea beach resorts are among the most popular in Eastern Europe, and also among the most affordable. The average price of a pint is still just over £1, and that has attracted a young crowd to destinations such as Sunny Beach, where a string of beach bars, nightclubs and theme parks line the coast.

For a more cultural experience, head along the coast to Nessebar, which also has great beaches but combines them with a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, where winding medieval streets hide small, family-run restaurants serving locally caught fish and serve Bulgarian wine.

Travelers from Manchester can fly to Burgas Airport, which is less than 30 miles from Sunny Beach and Nessebar, with a choice of four airlines this summer: BH Air, easyJet, and TUI.


Located between Croatia and Albania on the Adriatic coast, Montenegro (particularly the maze-like port city of Kotor) is a common stop on the itineraries of Mediterranean cruises. Increasingly, however, tourists are coming here for more than just a passing visit, and enjoying more of what this small country has to offer.

About half an hour south of Kotor, Budva boasts sandy beaches, a quaint cafe culture and breathtaking landscapes in the Biogradska Gora National Park. And best of all, a trip to Montenegro won’t break the wallet: you’ll find restaurant meals in some of the most picturesque tourist hotspots for under £5 per person.


Tunisia has long been a favorite destination for those looking for winter sun, but it has plenty to offer all year round. Visitors can often find accommodation in the capital Tunis for less than £100 per night, even during the peak of the school holidays.

A three-course menu for two people costs only €15 in total. Both easyJet and TUI operate flights to EnfidhaHammamet International Airport all year round. Sign up for the North Wales Live newsletter, sent to your inbox twice a day


Turkey has always been a favorite holiday destination for Brits, but its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. Many are attracted by the idyllic Aegean coast.

Both the Antalya and Dalaman regions boast beautiful beaches, crystal clear seas and breathtaking landscapes, each offering a unique mix of off-beach attractions. Dalaman is an ideal spot for adventure lovers and adrenaline junkies, with experiences such as paragliding from Babadag Mountain over the Oludeniz Blue Lagoon, while history buffs will be fascinated by Antalya’s ancient Greek towns of Side and Termessos.

Even better for British tourists, the strength of Sterling against the Turkish Lira has increased over the past five years, meaning you can find entire villas from as little as £500 per week and enjoy a three-course meal in a restaurant for less than £10.

North Macedonia

North Macedonia, a landlocked country, is an unexpected choice for a beach vacation. However, it is the lake, and not the sea, that attracts tourists.

The charming town of Ohrid, with its cobbled streets decorated with vibrant flowers in early summer, sits on a steep hill descending into Lake Ohrid. The town and lake together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

The shale beaches of Lake Ohrid lead to clear water, perfect for swimming on a warm summer day. Visitors can also admire the city walls, the old fortress and a 2,300-year-old ruined amphitheater.

The Bay of the Bones Museum offers an intriguing reconstruction of a local Bronze Age village, with wooden huts on stilts above the lake, all for just around £1.40 per ticket. A pint of local beer on tap costs around the same, while a meal in a restaurant typically costs between £3 and £7 per person, depending on the establishment.


If you’re a fan of Spain but find the costs of popular holiday destinations like Marbella and Mallorca a bit high, why not consider its nearest neighbour? Portugal has long been one of the most affordable destinations in Western Europe, offering a wide range of holiday experiences.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday with delicious local cuisine, the Algarve has what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something a bit more lively, Albufeira has a burgeoning party scene.

In the north, the Douro Valley near Porto is known as the birthplace of Port wine and offers some of the country’s most stunning scenery, with vineyard tours and river cruises.

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