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Holidays: Sun-seekers are snapping up last-minute bargains to islands such as Madeira and Cyprus


Last-minute breaks are really hotting up: Sun-seekers are snapping up bargain holidays, with island destinations especially popular

  • Skyscanner says searches and bookings spike when new travel corridors open
  • Popular islands on the safe travel corridor list include Madeira and Cyprus 
  • Jet2.com has added 70 more flights to Corfu, Kos, Rhodes and Madeira

Sun-seekers are keenly following each government announcement about travelling abroad and then snapping up some bargains.

‘We see searches and bookings spike after news of corridors opening,’ says Jon Thorne, of Skyscanner. 

‘We expect keen travellers to continue to seek out trips within the guidelines.’

The island of Madeira, pictured, is proving especially popular with sun-seekers

The island of Madeira, pictured, is proving especially popular with sun-seekers 

Islands are especially popular, with destinations on the list of safe travel corridors including Madeira and Cyprus.

Several Greek islands were added to the list of destinations that don’t require quarantine on return to the UK, and there are bargains to be had.

‘The average price for travel from London to Greece in October is £170 but deals to Tinos or Serifos, where there is a ferry from Athens, is from £123,’ says Mr Thorne.

Following the spike in demand, Jet2.com has added 70 more flights to Corfu, Kos, Rhodes and Madeira – totalling 13,000 extra seats.

Jet2.com has added 70 more flights to Corfu (pictured), Kos, Rhodes and Madeira – totalling 13,000 extra seats after a spike in demand

Jet2.com has added 70 more flights to Corfu (pictured), Kos, Rhodes and Madeira – totalling 13,000 extra seats after a spike in demand 

Dubbed the ‘floating garden of the Atlantic’, Madeira’s warm climate has been attracting a younger crowd seeking food, wine and hiking. 

BA Holidays offers seven nights at the four-star Four Views Oasis Hotel from £399pp (ba.com/madeira).

TUI says Cuba is hotting up, with all-inclusive seven-night holidays at the Memories Jibacoa Hotel from £775pp (tui.co.uk).

Families seeking island sun for half-term can save up to 35 per cent at the all-suite Carlisle Bay Club in Antigua. 

Seven nights’ B&B costs from £2,039pp (caribtours.co.uk).

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