HOLIDAY prices to popular destinations like Crete, Tenerife, Antalya, Majorca and the Algarve have all dropped in comparison to this time last year.

The price drops range from 10 per cent to 54 per cent, due to the lack of Brits booking a foreign holiday so far this year.

Research from price comparison website TravelSupermarket.com shows that package holiday costs are significantly lower for key destinations in comparison to this time last year.

The most popular search for a seven-night summer 2021 holiday is Crete, which has an average package holiday price ten per cent lower than this time last year.

The Algarve is showing the largest drop in price, with a difference of 54 per cent from this time last year.

Those looking to book a summer trip can make the most of the price drops with discounted package holidays to popular destinations.

Some of the best deals are:

  • Seven-night holiday at 3* Hersonissos Sun, Piskopiano, Crete on an all-inclusive basis, departing May from Luton or Gatwick – from £211pp 
  • Seven-night holiday at Ideal Apartments, Heraklion, Crete on aself catering basis, departing June from Manchester – from £299pp
  • Seven-night holiday at 3* Aparthotel Marino Tenerife, Costa del Silencio, Tenerife on a self-catering basis, departing July 29 from Stansted – from £227pp
  • Seven-night holiday at Vigilia Park, Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife on a self-catering basis, departing June 6 from Gatwick – from £255pp
  • Seven-night holiday at 4* Labranda Excelsior Side, Side, Antalya, Turkey on an all-inclusive basis, departing May 3 from Manchester – from £255pp
  • Seven-night holiday at Side Papaya Apart Hotel, Antalya, Turkey on an self catering basis, departing June 14 from Gatwick – from £250pp
  • Seven-night holiday at 4* HSM Sandalo Beach, Magaluf, Majorca on a self-catering basis, departing May 4 from Leeds – from £215pp
  • Seven-night holiday at Playa Moreia, S'Illot, Majorca on a self-catering basis, departing June 8 from Bristol – from £298pp
  • Seven-night holiday at 3* Bayside Salgados, Gale, Algarve on a self-catering basis, departing May 19 from East Midlands – from £156pp
  • Seven-night holiday at Mirachoro, Praia de Rocha, Algarve on a self-catering basis, departing June 8 from Belfast – from £283pp

According to TravelSupermarket.com, most holiday searches and bookings have been for May onwards.

Holiday searches have increased since last week, likely due to a rise in confidence for booking foreign trips, as more vaccine centres are opened and the number of people vaccinated increases.

Sales have increased significantly for older customers, as was also reported by TUI last week.

Tenerife is the second most searched for destination, with average prices 13 per cent lower than last year.

Majorca is the third most popular with prices nine per cent lower than last year, and the Antalya region of Turkey has also proved popular, with a 10 per cent drop in prices.

Many islands feature in the most popular searches, likely due to low virus incidence.

TravelSupermarket's Emma Coulthurst said: “Holiday providers are reducing their prices in an attempt to claw back the business which they lost last year. The competition is fierce for the British tourism pound after a really tumultuous year for travel."

"Many economies such as Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal heavily rely on British visitors to their shores."

“As the vaccination programme gathers pace and there is more certainty of a return to the old normal, demand and prices are likely to pick up. At the moment demand is not what it would normally be so you can also pick up some really low prices."

Though it's not possible to travel abroad at the moment due to the UK lockdown, banning all non-essential travel, you can get a holiday planned for later in the year.

Sandals have up to 45% off far flung holiday destinations and Virgin Atlantic have up to 30% off flights to Orlando, Las Vegas and the Caribbean.

The easyJet sale has up to £300 off holidays and 40 per cent off flights and Jet2's sale includes £100 off holidays and 10 per cent off flights.

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