A city break can be a good option for anyone looking for cheap holidays. Lisbon is a good choice, with its heritage, beautiful coastline and hills; it is also one of the most affordable short-haul destinations. However, it is essential to remember that the total cost of the flights, which are generally higher to Portugal, are offset by the lower cost of accommodation and dining out. Lisbon also has the advantage that it is an all-year round destination, rarely too cold or too hot.
For people living in the South of England, Normandy and Brittany are good options for a budget holiday. Both regions offer picturesque landscapes and accommodation and dining out are substantially cheaper than in the UK. Both destinations are popular, as their closeness to the south of England makes getting to them easy and relatively cheap. The ferry companies often have special offers, which are worth watching out for.
For anyone who prefers to stay in the UK, Dorset may not be as popular as Devon or Cornwall, but it can be just as picturesque and often there are better deals available for this part of the country. Public transport also tends to be good and it is possible to travel around the whole area by bus. Dorset has a range of stunning landscapes, from the sweeping dunes of Studland to the rugged cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. It also has several blue flag beaches, along with pretty towns and rolling green countryside.
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