Finding a cheap beach holiday in 2023 is a challenge. However, there are a few European destinations which are still a bargain for British tourists, including an incredible spot in Italy.
According to research from the expert travel team at Bounce, there’s an Italian destination where the average price of a hotel room in summer is just £103.
Naples, Italy’s third largest city and the regional capital of Campania, is the country’s bargain beach hotspot.
The bustling city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the world’s first-ever pizzeria.
Naples is close to some stunning beaches and tourists will want to check out The Gaiola Underwater Park.
The stunning park is a Marine Protected Area and is a fantastic place to spot wildlife and relax.
Tourists can see ancient Roman ruins underwater either by snorkelling or taking a glass-bottom boat tour.
A tourist ‘Nils E’ wrote on Tripadvisor: “Such a beautiful place. We took our snorkels and explored the area. Crystal clear water with at least 10 metres visibility.”
Another visitor ‘Maps819444’ said: “Lovely place for a day out. You can swim safely from the beach and if you take a snorkel, go around and explore the ancient Roman ruins.”
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But Naples is more than just a beach destination and tourists will find plenty to discover in the city.
Via San Gregorio Armeno is Naples’ top-rated destination on Tripadvisor and a fantastic way to get to the heart of the city.
The picturesque alleyway is known for its artisan shops which are famous for making the city’s “presepi”.
“Presepi” are unique Nativity scenes which often include famous figures or unexpected characters.
A tourist ‘egwanderlust’ wrote on Tripadvisor: “This street is a must visit when in the city. The atmosphere is beautiful.”
Another visitor ‘Samantha Loveday’ wrote: “Lovely place to wander. Would highly recommend wandering around all the streets of the Old Town.”
As the home of pizza, a trip to Naples wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the city’s delicacies.
Tourists should sample a fried pizza or the classic Neapolitan style. For dessert, don’t miss sfogliatelle, a flaky pastry often filled with ricotta.
Britons can reach Naples with a direct flight from several of the UK’s major airports or could take a cheaper connecting flight.
Direct return flights are currently available on Skyscanner for £151 from London in August and £153 from Edinburgh.
Direct returns for under £200 are also available from Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham and the flight takes around three hours.
Tourists could combine a trip to Naples with the Amalfi Coast or explore the incredible preserved ruins at Pompeii.
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