We all want something different from our holidays – and of course we all have different budgets too. So we’ve been talking to our friends at NOVASOL (it seems appropriate, seeing as we’re currently running a competition to win a £350 voucher for one of their holidays) and trawling their website, to see if we can spot the best bargain (and the most fabulous spendy blow-the-budget option too) for some of this years top family sunshine spots.
(we’ve compared each property for the price of a week’s family holiday in August, or as close to peak season as we can get; obviously off-season things get much cheaper)
Bargain option – Apartment in Catalonia, £611
Fantastic view over trees and rooftops to the sea, this fantastic holiday apartment is amazing. The modern furnishings and the large windows keep it light and airy, and it’s just 600 meters to the sea. Sleeps six in two bedrooms (using a sofa bed too), and there’s a communal pool too.
Blow the budget – Villa in Majorca, £2910
This is a dream holiday home nestled on the highest point of Majorca like an eagle’s nest. The 3 bedroomed home has a crystal-clear infinity pool with an astonishing view – and although you are so quiet and secluded, the sleep village of Gaililea has a wonderful restaurant and excellent local beer, and Palma is only about 10 km away.
Bargain option – Apartment in Tuscany, £606
Lovely apartments in this pretty Italian hamlet – this one sleeps SIX in three bedrooms. Each apartment has its own kitchen, and there’s a communal lounge which has a satellite TV. The huge swimming pool with the fabulous view of the rolling Tuscan countryside is shared by the 13 apartments.
Blow the budget – Villa in Umbria, £2015
This beautiful villa is set on a hill with broad, beautiful views of the countryside and hills. Spend your days lounging by that amazing pool, get active on the tennis court and then spend the long hot evenings dining out of doors. The well-equipped accommodation sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms, and is perfectly placed for cycling and kayaking on adventurous days, or simply lounging by the pool on the hot quiet ones.
Bargain Option – House in Cote d’Azur, £729
Wonderfully located in the heart of the medieval town of Cagnes sur Mer, this charming holiday home is a wonderful place on the Côte d’Azur. Sleeping six in two bedrooms (one sleeps 4), this holiday home is less than 2km from the Mediterranean Sea and just an hour along the coast from the Mercantour Mountain National Park.
Blow the budget – Villa in Provence, £2865
This beautiful air-conditioned holiday villa in Frejus sleeps 8 in 5 bedrooms. The fabulous private pool enjoys views of the surrounding countryside, and sits on a quiet private estate. Just 20km from both Cannes and the Mediterranean.
Bargain Option –Apartment in Pula, £540
This lovely holiday apartment is located on the second floor of a residential building in Pula, not far away from the historic centre. Sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms, the bright and spacious apartment is tastefully decorated. Nearby are the market, shops and restaurants, and the beautiful beaches are only 2km away.
Blow the budget – House in Istria, £2460
What a dream holiday property! Sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms, this amazing contemporary holiday house has that fabulous pool in the grounds; and there’s also and indoor pool with a sauna, and a games room with table tennis and darts. Discover the gastronomy of Zminj and visit the popular destinations Rovinj and Porec, and then retreat to the peace of your rural tranquillity.