By Sasha Wood – December 2019 – 6 minute read
Whether it’s a quick city break or a two-week villa-based sojourn, Brits are still in love with the Mediterranean and there are still ‘new’ spots waiting to be discovered.
For many Brits, summer holidays are synonymous with the coveted blue hues and sugar cube villas of the Med and this spiritual home of package holidays has seen an upsurge in popularity of late.
It’s a summer holiday staple, and although the collapse of Thomas Cook was a blow to many resorts in the region, tour operators are scrambling to increase their capacity in these classic destinations as well as increasing tours, offering fresh ways to see familiar places and lesser-known spots.
Greece is the word on many tour operators’ lips, with a flush of new destinations and tours on sale for 2020. Leading the way is the UK’s second-largest tour operator, Jet2holidays, which has put a twist on a timeless classic by adding a handful of less familiar Greek destinations.
According to Head of Trade Sales, Alan Cross, Jet2holidays flights and package holidays to Greece have experienced “phenomenal demand from both customers and independent travel agents alike.”
He added: “On the back of this demand, we have launched four new Greek destinations for Summer 20 – Lesvos, Peloponnese, Skiathos and Preveza. With 12 Greek destinations now on sale, including Corfu, Crete (Heraklion and Chania), Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Halkidiki and Zante, we are offering holidaymakers more choice and flexibility in Greece than ever before.”
In the same vein, TUI Fly has expanded capacity to Greece for summer 2020 with almost every third flight headed to the islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos and Rhodes, accounting for 30% of its total planned seats. It will also add more flights to Santorini and Skiathos from Newcastle and Bournemouth airports.
In fact, TUI still sees the Mediterranean and southern Europe as a region for future growth, commenting: “Greece, Turkey, and the Balearics will all see significant growth in summer 2021, as these beach hotspots continue to grow in popularity and prove to be a big hit with families and couples alike. Hundreds of hotels will be available to choose from, including the Thomas Cook favourites recently added.”
Increased demand for Greek and Turkish destinations has also led British Airways to introduce new routes to Kos and Antalya.
Where to book it
Jet2Holidays offers a seven-night self catering holidays in Lesvos, Greece (one of the operator’s new destinations in the northern Aegean Sea off Turkey) is from £539pp, departing in May 2020, and based on two sharing with flights and a 22kg baggage allowance.