1. Sardinia from £40
Sardinia is a bit of a holiday playground of the rich and famous. But with a choice of cheap flights, you don’t have to be a celeb to soak up the sun on this gorgeous Italian island. Fly to Alghero, or to Olbia for easy access to glamorous hotspot the Costa Smerelda. Explore the idyllic Isla Mortoria, an island that can only be reached by boat with heavenly beaches, and barely a celeb in sight.
2. Menorca from £62
Menorca has a well-deserved reputation for reliable family-friendly sun, sea and sand holidays. It is far quieter than neighbouring Ibiza and Majorca so you won't be disturbed by all-night discos. It’s only two hours from the UK, and shorter is better when it comes to flying with kids! Make sure you have a paddle at lovely Binibeca Nou.
3. Malaga, Spain from £62
Take yourself and the family (if you must!) to the hot, sunny Costa del Sol, always a safe bet for summer holidays. With lots of flights from the UK, you should be able to find a cheap deal. If you’re not just flying and flopping, but want to see a bit of the region, Malaga is a convenient start point for exploring Andalucia, although you may get no further than the beach.
4. Nice, France from £74
Do the French Riviera in style, on a budget. Flights are very reasonable, and being a pretty big city, there is an accordingly affordable range of accommodation. Although not up there with some beaches on the Riviera, Nice’s beach, backed by the iconic Promenade des Anglais, offers the perfect excuse to flop after a day’s sightseeing.
5. Tenerife from £109
Tenerife is hot, hot, hot in summer. It’s no surprise that loads of Brits flock to busy resorts like Playa de las Americas with good beaches and all the amenities you need. For something a bit different, take a break from the beach to explore the stark lunar scenery of the island’s volcano, El Teide - the third largest in the world.
6. Crete from £126
Renowned for its natural beauty, this sun-caressed Greek Island boasts a lot more than bars and discos in resorts like Rethymnon, Hersonissos and Malia. There are beaches by the bucket and spade load, but also spectacular mountain ranges and palm forests. Plus, the island has many historical attractions from Minoan temples, Venetian fortresses to Byzantine monasteries.
Want a bargain? Don’t dawdle! Flight prizes are correct at time of going to press (20 May 2013) but are subject to change as people snap up the best deals!