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Villa Holidays On A Shoestring


Now that Spring is in full swing, a holiday away is something we’re all looking forward to. But, if like most of us you’re worried about how far you can stretch your funds, we’re here to help you make the most of a villa holiday on a shoestring. From booking a great villa holiday deal to making the most of the money you have, we’ve got you covered. So, grab your bags, start packing, and get ready for a well-deserved break in the sun.

Grab a bargain

With our late deals, we can help you get the holiday of your dreams for an ideal price. As of April 2015, you can snap up a number of great deals, including selected villas with up to 60% off when booked with flights. With these types of savings, you can plan a trip that you’ll love, without having to worry about your bank balance.

Save on food

With a villa holiday, you’ll have your very own kitchen, meaning that you won’t have to splurge on fancy meals out – with the exception of the occasional treat. To save on supermarket bills, visit a local market, where you’re bound to find stalls selling fresh produce, from fish to fruit – just remember to haggle for a great price! On top of saving on the pennies when it comes to food, a wander around your nearest market will enable you to experience the different culture, as well as practise your language skills on the friendly locals.

Shop at the local markets for more affordable dining

Forget about supermarkets, and get to grips with local cuisine

Affordable activities

Having fun with your friends and family doesn’t have to cost the earth, and with the amazing locations of our villas, there are plenty of affordable options too. If you’re located close to the beach, pick up a pair of goggles and a snorkel and head into the sea for an afternoon of sea life exploration. Alternatively, you and the kids can spend some time in your villa’s pool, where you can play a variety of fun pool games.

On land, be sure to strap on a great pair of walking shoes and hike through your destination’s incredible landscape. From the rocky cliffs of Menorca to the rolling hills of Tuscany, there’s so much to see, and it’s all for free! If you do fancy getting around a little faster, check out the nearest bike shop and ask about rental options. Daily rates are usually pretty reasonable, so you’re likely to be on the road and seeing the sights for little cost at all.

A picture of a turtle swimming - what will you discover whilst snorkelling?

What will you discover whilst snorkelling?

Evenings out

One of the best parts of a holiday is often enjoying an evening with a glass of your favourite drink, during the warm, balmy evenings. Generally, if you choose drinks that are locally produced, the cheaper the price. So, if you’re a fan of wine, be sure to explore the local vineyards during the day and sample the many varieties until you find one you like. The same can be applied to the local or national breweries, but if in doubt, look around to see what the locals are drinking, as you can guarantee they’re sipping the tastiest and most affordable beers.

Sample the local produce alongside your delightful evening meal

Sample the local produce alongside your delightful evening meal

If these tips have got you inspired to start planning a great holiday that’s affordable too, be sure to take a look at our incredible destinations and great villa deals and discover where you could be staying next.


Sally is a Digital Acquisition Manager at James Villa Holidays.

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