27 Aug

Crete and Mallorca are top picks for this year’s August Bank Holiday getaway

Members of ABTA – The Travel Association are reporting that holidaymakers have been primarily booking Mediterranean beach breaks for this bank holiday weekend (28-30 August), with the vibrant island of Crete in Greece and the balmy island of Mallorca in Spain proving the most popular destinations.

These are followed closely by other Mediterranean hotspots of Croatia, Malta, Rhodes (Greece) and Cyprus, as families enjoy a last-minute break before the end of the school holidays and couples make the most of the long weekend.

While the weather in most of the UK has been unstable for the past couple of weeks, holidaymakers visiting the Mediterranean this bank holiday are forecast to enjoy sunshine and temperatures in the low 30s.

ABTA says it’s not too late to book an overseas break this summer, with great package deals still to be had. Examples include a seven-night self-catering holiday in Crete, with return transfers and flights departing on 28 August, from just £253 per person. Those looking to take a shorter break could enjoy a trip to Mallorca with flights and three-nights’ accommodation in self-catering apartments, departing on 28 August, starting from £242.

ABTA is providing updated advice and information for holidaymakers travelling abroad this year at abta.com/readysteadytravel, including a blog on a testing for travel (www.abta.com/testsfortravel) and an FAQ page to answer the most common questions about travelling during the pandemic (www.abta.com/covid19faq).

ABTA’s Director of Industry Relations, Susan Deer, said:

“The August bank holiday weekend is a great opportunity for holidaymakers to enjoy some very welcome sunshine abroad. For anyone keen to book a last-minute break this summer, we recommend booking a flexible package holiday with an ABTA Member, who will find the best holiday to suit you, take care of you every step of the way and keep you up to date on the latest travel advice.”

As well as booking a package holiday through an ABTA Member, ABTA’s top tips for holidaymakers travelling abroad this summer include taking out comprehensive travel insurance and regularly checking the Foreign Office travel advice for the country they intend to visit. For more information and advice, visit abta.com/readysteadytravel.  

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ABTA has been a trusted travel brand for over 70 years. Our purpose is to help our Members to grow their businesses successfully and sustainably, and to help their customers travel with confidence.
The ABTA brand stands for support, protection and expertise. This means consumers have confidence in ABTA and a strong trust in ABTA Members. These qualities are core to us as they ensure that holidaymakers remain confident in the holiday products that they buy from our Members.
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