With flight prices skyrocketing in recent weeks, it seems like you might have to be royalty to afford a holiday abroad over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday. A Greek island getaway to Zakynthos will cost at least £541 while a cultural break to Dubrovnik comes in at an eye-watering £740 – and this is before accommodation is factored in. Meanwhile, flights to classic destinations in Spain and France are similarly extortionate.
However, there are still some bargains to be had if you look carefully. Sticking to Scandinavian countries or the likes of Germany and the Netherlands is inevitably cheaper than the Med, but if you are keen to head for sunnier climes then it is best to explore more under-the-radar locations. And if you are determined to hit popular beach spots why not look into local train networks, which could allow you to reach sandy stretches in under a couple of hours.
Here we round up the European destinations where it’s still possible to book an affordable bank holiday break.
All flight prices are dated from June 2 to 6 and were correct at the time of publication. Hotel prices were checked via Booking.com and property websites.
Return flights: £77
If you veer away from the Med and turn your attention to northern Europe, there are still plenty of bargains to be had this bank holiday. Return flights to German destinations such as Stuttgart, Cologne and Baden Baden (famous for its springs and for being the birthplace of the term Wag back in 2006) can all be found for under £130. However, it’s hard to beat Hamburg for a city break with a twist. The port city has two lakes, plenty of canals to meander beside and waterside bars to stop at. Of course, the Beatles once called the city home and many of the venues the Fab Four played can still be visited.
If you’re still in need of a beach fix, impressive stretches of sand are within easy reach. The four golden miles of beach at Timmendorfer Strand, set in the Bay of Lübeck, can be accessed by train in one hour and 20 minutes. Telegraph Travel’s Germany expert Paul Sullivan says: “The beach offers a slew of attractions including a chic marina, volleyball area and sports club, outdoor concerts at the Strand Arena, a Sea Life aquarium, plus an attractively long pier with panoramic views.”