Simon Calder shares Spain’s beautiful budget destination | Travel news | trip

Spain is arguably Britain’s best holiday destination and despite anti-tourism protests in some top hotspots such as Tenerife, millions of Brits are expected to holiday there this year.

Travel expert Simon Calder joined the team on ITV’s This Morning to explain why a beautiful coastal region is the cheapest place in the country this year.

Watch which one? In travel research into Europe’s cheapest destinations, Simon said: “The research highlighted the Costa Brava.

“This is where package tourism to the Mediterranean actually started. It was the first place we went to, you couldn’t really fly there and you had to fly to France and get on a bus.

“This was the past and now it’s just beautiful. So everywhere on the Costa Brava there is just a beautiful coastline, you have beaches or you have a beautiful coast.”

The Costa Brava is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia and starts about 60 km northeast of Barcelona and extends as far as France.

Top destinations include Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and Calella de Palafrugell, all coastal towns on the Costa Brava.

Simon added: “You have Cadaques, that’s where Salvador Dali comes from. And it’s all just a bit crazy and wild. Costa Brava means the ‘Wild Coast’.

“There is also the city of Girona, which some people say is actually preferable to Barcelona.”

Known for its medieval history, walled district and Roman ruins, Girona is much quieter than neighboring Barcelona.

British tourists can fly to Girona or book a flight to Barcelona with a slightly longer connection for the Costa Brava.

Which? found that the average cost of a holiday to the Costa Brava was £952 per person for a seven-night stay.

Greece was the cheapest destination for a package holiday, with the small island of Kalymnos coming out on top.

However, Simon Calder said his first choice in Greece would be Thassos, the second cheapest destination on the list.