Experts Reveal the Best Dates to Book Your Spanish Summer Holiday
As the dark mornings and nights drag on, it is no wonder that January is the busiest month for booking a summer holiday.
But before you start splurging on your summer break, travel experts have revealed the best dates to book the cheapest summer holiday in Spain, and it could save you hundreds on your summer holiday in Spain.
Based on average prices for a week’s self-catering holiday on one of the popular Spanish Costas, for four sharing, holidaymakers can save up to 61 per cent by travelling just a few weeks before or after the peak summer season.
The Holiday Rental Prices Report – Summer 2019 is the latest Travel Trends Report from Spain-Holiday.com. It studies the price variations of holiday rental prices in June, July, August and September 2018.
The report reveals valuable insights for travellers looking to beat the crowds and get a great deal on their summer holiday in Spain.
Flexible travel dates can reap the biggest bargains. According to the Holiday Rental Prices Report published this week by Spain-Holiday.com, just two weeks either side of the peak of high season in August can see prices drop by an average of up to 28%, with massive savings of over 60% to be found during the months of June and September.
The budget travel sweet spot is the “shoulder season” – the time between high season and low season when the weather is still good, the crowds have thinned out, tourist attractions and amenities are still open, but travel and accommodation prices have dropped.
The Holiday Rental Prices Report – Summer 2019 reveals the cheapest and most expensive Costas, the best time to travel, as well as the biggest savings to be made on peak rate prices and when.
“Find the best deals”
Jannich Petersen, CEO of Spain-Holiday.com comments: “With the busiest month for booking holidays underway, we wanted to crunch our latest data to uncover rental price insights that could help travellers find the best deals in 2019”
A week’s self-catering holiday, for four sharing, in summer 2018 for as little as £87 per person per week on the Costa del Azahar.
Bargain hunters should consider the lesser known Costas which offer better value compared to the more popular, well known Costas. For example, the Costa Cálida is 22 per cent cheaper on average than the neighbouring Costa Blanca with the same temperatures, and the Costa del Azahar is an average of £202/week cheaper (15%) than the neighbouring Costa Dorada with the same sunny climate.
The three most expensive beach destinations are Costa de la Luz, Costa Dorada and Costa del Sol with a week’s stay costs on average £1,035 in August.
The best value beach destinations in peak season are Costa Calida, Costa Tropical and Costa de Almeria where a week’s stay for four people costs £722 on average.
“Be flexible on destination”
Here are the 4 top tips on how to get a Spanish summer holiday in the sun for less:
Taking the sting out of the School Holiday Peak Rates
The first rule for booking a budget beach break is normally to avoid travelling in the school holidays. However, if you have school-age children, then holidaying during those pricey summer school holidays is unavoidable.
The latest travel trend report from Spain-Holiday.com shows that even during the high season school summer holidays in July and August, there are still savings to be made of up to 28% off peak travel rates on the Spanish Costas.
Jannich Petersen recommends: “If you can be flexible on destination, there are some great deals on family-friendly beach holiday rental properties, such as on the Costa Dorada, where a week’s stay in mid-July can be found for an average 29% off, compared to peak travel prices in August.”
January and February are the optimum times to book your summer holiday or at the very least to be thinking about it and finalising your arrangements before Easter.
Families with school-aged children already know the dates that you can go away, so the sooner you narrow down your choice of location, you will have the best pick of properties at the best price.
Timing is everything
The off-season traveller often sees the best of a destination. With the high season crowds thinning out, cheaper flights and better deals to be found on accommodation.
Flexible travel dates can reap the biggest bargains. Just one week either side of the peak of high season can see prices drop by an average of up to 12%. Two weeks either side of the peak of high season and those savings go up to an average of 28%.
“The difference of a couple of weeks either side of peak season, and just a few degrees in temperature can add up to as much as 61% savings on peak season rates,” advises Jannich Petersen.
Look further afield
Certain areas are always more popular, having been promoted as tourist destinations to the international market for many decades. However, with a little research, you can find equally stunning locations without looking too far.
The Costa Blanca is one of Spain’s beach destination hotspots and the price reflects this with an average peak travel rate of £875 for a week’s accommodation in high season. However, accommodation on the neighbouring Costa Calida, is an average 25 per cent cheaper, saving more than £205 per week.