LOOKING for the best value holiday destinations for 2023? Then head to the bargain Balkans!
As the cost of living crisis bites, Brits desperate to make their precious holiday pounds go further need to consider some alternatives to our traditional Mediterranean favourites.
Bulgaria has always proved itself as a bargain beach spot with low prices for breaks on its stunning Black Sea coastline.
Huge investment in recent years has seen the standard of accommodation go up even as prices go down compared to its Mediterranean neighbours.
Online agent LoveHolidays has week-long half-board stays in Bulgaria at 4* hotels from just £158pp.
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But there are also some great value alternatives newer to the tourist scene worth considering.
Albania’s beautiful beaches rival its Italian and Greek neighbours with stunning Adriatic coastline for a fraction of the price.
With cocktails from £3 and delicious seafood pasta from just £5 – food in restaurants is around a third of the price of Italy or Greece.
And you won’t be compromising on the views – turquoise blue waters identical to near neighbours on Corfu or the Amalfi coast are fringed by sand and pebble beaches but are quieter and unspoilt.
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If you fancy visiting, there are direct flights from London for as little as £35 with Wizz Air.
And while Croatia has become a holiday hotspot with Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Riviera a huge hit – even more so after its starring role in the Game of Thrones saga – neighbouring Montenegro is proving a rival without the high prices.
TUI, the UK’s largest tour operator, has expanded its Montenegro programme for 2023 and it's easy to see why.
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Cheaper than Croatia, it’s a beach-lovers paradise with 117 beaches stretching 73km along its coastline.
Budva is known as the Montenegrin-Miami for its winning combination of beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife.
And specialist Balkan Holidays has a week half board in a 4* hotel from just £376pp.
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