Paradise Found: Best Island Holidays

If you’re after a low-cost trip to paradise this year, somewhere with that delectable mix of sun, sea and sand, knockout scenery, cheerful resorts and plenty of adventure on standby, then look no further than our very own European shores. There’s no point paying a small fortune to jet off to the Caribbean or forking out for a lavish trip to the Maldives when you can have your own piece of paradise within just a few hours’ flight.

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Take cheap holidays in Greece for instance. Take your pick from any one of dozens, even hundreds of different holiday experiences. From loud and lively resorts to romantic retreats, activity-laden family breaks to quiet rural getaways, you’ll find everything here you could ever wish for, and then some. And don’t worry if you’re on a tight budget. Thanks to the many different late deals and regular special offers available from package tour operators, you’re never short of a serious bargain when it comes to great Greek getaways.

But if you don’t fancy going Greek, there are plenty more island escapes to tempt you away, each one with its own unique and alluring charm. The Canary Islands, Spain’s Balearics, Italy’s isle of Sicily: they’re all within a hop, skip and a jump of the UK and are refreshingly easy and economical to reach.

The island of Malta is an eternal favourite and what’s more, you’ll find plenty of cheap Malta package holidays all year round. One of the great things about this island is its size. Just 122 square miles, everything is within easy reach whether you choose to go by foot, bike or bus. And what diversity! Malta is home to rugged landscapes and spectacular scenery that were just made for hiking; crumbling Roman ruins and historic military forts; and quaint cobbled streets lined with cafes and chic boutiques.

There’s a world of choice and diversity right here in our own backyard. The only problem is deciding where to start…