FIVE TIPS FOR FIND­ING A BAR­GAIN

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - LEAVING IT LATE HOLIDAY GUIDE -

1. What’s left? It helps to know what your op­tions are, so I talked to more than a dozen op­er­a­tors and villa agen­cies about their best avail­abil­ity dur­ing school hol­i­days. Thomas Cook gave me the most de­tailed overview – at least as far as sun and sand hol­i­days go.

There is still lots on of­fer in much of Spain and the Ca­naries, in­clud­ing Menorca, Ma­jorca and Tener­ife; but Ibiza, the Costa Blanca and Fuerteven­tura are look­ing tight. But Tui says it does have pack­ages avail­able to Ibiza and Ali­cante, as well as Ma­jorca and Lan­zarote. An­other good op­tion that was high­lighted by Thomas Cook was Turkey (both Dala­man and An­talya), though it does say sales are in­creas­ing.

Over­all, ac­cord­ing to Abta, book­ings to Por­tu­gal have been heavy, as have those to Greece (up by a sharp 11 per cent, with Cyprus up 10 per cent). Greek spe­cial­ist Sunvil says it has gen­eral high-sea­son avail­abil­ity across the is­lands, but some types of ac­com­mo­da­tion are heav­ily booked – for ex­am­ple, apart­ments fea­tur­ing a pool. Io­nian Is­land Hol­i­days says Ke­falo­nia and Le­fkada are best for late book­ings. Villa spe­cial­ist Simp­son points to bet­ter avail­abil­ity in Cor­sica, Ma­jorca, Turkey and Tus­cany. At the top end of the mar­ket, Scott Dunn says Greece is where it has best avail­abil­ity, with strong book­ings to Croa­tia. Fi­nally, tra­di­tional des­ti­na­tions in Italy are look­ing promis­ing. To Tus­cany, for ex­am­ple, still has 273 vil­las and apart­ments avail­able in the last week of Au­gust.

2. Where to book There is no magic short­cut. Your

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