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Travel warning for Brits planning holidays to Spain, France and Portugal

Things are getting pricy in this spot (Picture: Getty)

For anyone thinking of booking a trip to Spain, France and Portugal this year, you might want to take a closer look at those holiday costs.

That’s because certain European hot spots have increased dramatically in price.

So your summer holiday might set you back more than you anticipated.

The biggest hike seen is for return flights from the UK to Menorca – where average flight prices have shot up from £178 in 2020 to £291 now (a staggering 63% rise).

Prices for Menorca have shot up (Picture: Getty Images)

According to findings by The Mirror, along with flight comparison website Hopper, trips to Barcelona have also been hiked by around 30%, rising from £143 to £187.

Spain on the whole has seen some big price increases, with the likes of Malaga in third place rising 28% to £246 from £129. Ibiza Town is also in the top ten, after increasing 17% from £182 to £213.

Popular spots in Greece also made it onto the list – with Athens and Mykonos ranking fourth and fifth, respectively. Trips to these popular locations tot up to £223 and £340 (up from the previous £182 and £278) highlighting a 23% and 22% jump for our bank balances.

The likes of Faro and Porto, in Portugal, have also increased. Now prices stand at £234 and £182 – up from £196 and £155 previously.

However, it’s not all bad news as some destinations are getting cheaper too.

In Portugal, Funchal is 20% cheaper (down from £259 to £207) while over in Greece, Lesbos and Souda complete the top three – with both showcasing dips of 13%.



Madeira’s capital Funchal offers a natural retreat on the city’s doorstep…

Despite its tiny size, Madeira is criss-crossed by thousands of miles of water channels. As these lavadas run through the Portuguese island, so does life — green and bursting. 

Nature is everywhere in the capital, Funchal. The trees are from all corners of the world, after centuries of the trading hub collecting anything passing by, and the banana plants yield local varieties sweeter than any I have ever tried.

Back in the city, the peaks are still within reach. A cable car, just a ten-minute walk from the hotel, takes us up to rural suburb Monte, where views of the city and the sea open up and visitors can explore tropical gardens.

Find out more about things to do in Funchal here

Likewise, in Spain, Tenerife is down to £296 from £339: a fall of 13%.

So while lots of the popular resorts may have jumped up in price, there are certainly deals to be snapped up – if you know where to look.

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