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Short beach breaks

Is two weeks too much time away from home? Or are you just running low on annual leave? We’ve all been there. Saving the day is a short beach break, though. They’re less manic holiday prep and more ‘let’s get away for a few days.’ This means less shopping for a fortnight’s worth of clothes, and more throwing a few bits into a bag and being done with packing. Sometimes all you need is a little sprinkle of sun. Just enough to tide you over until your next holibob. A few days of lazing on the beach - work emails muted. Plus, how cool would it be to answer ‘I'm off to Spain’ when Carol from the office asks what you’re up to this weekend?

If you're getting away just as a couple or you're bringing the kids along, a cheap deal on a short beach break is an ideal way to escape the drab UK weather and lighten your mood with some sun and good food.

Why choose On the Beach for your next short beach break?

We know our beach holidays. Long-haul. All-inclusive. And short breaks. We love them all. So, when you choose On the Beach, you should know you're choosing flexible payment options with low deposits (terms apply) and a place that is the home of holiday perks. Sound good? We know. We send over 1.5 million people to a beach, whether that's for a weekend or for a fortnight, meaning you can book with confidence with us and get more jolly, less lolly. Now, make sure you pack those swimsuits.

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Top hotels for short beach breaks

We've picked out some of our top hotels to make it easier for you to pick your next short beach break. These combine great locations, fantastic facilities for both adults and the little ones and comfortable rooms to give you that dash of relaxation you deserve. From Tenerife to Lanzarote and beyond, we know you will love what these hotels have to offer. With cheap deals and all-inclusive packages, a short beach holiday never sounded so good.

Top destinations for short beach holidays

Getting the right destination is crucial when heading on a short holiday. It has to be not too far away so the holiday remains worthwhile but to a place offering enough sunshine to get your tan on. That's why we've pulled together some of our top destinations that would be ideal for a short trip away, whether that be as a couple looking for a splash of romance or a family bringing the kids.

Short beach breaks for families

One thing that keeps the whole family happy – a holiday! Whether you and the little ones need some time away or you’re looking to spend quality time under the sun with your grown-up kids, getting away for a few days is the perfect way to bring the family together. With so many warm and wonderful beach destinations only a short flight away, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to family holidays. SpainPortugal, the Balearics and more, these beautiful destinations have what it takes to keep the whole family smiling.

Short beach breaks for couples

Get away with your favourite person and soak up the sun together on a short but sweet couples holiday. Escape day-to-day life and dip your toes in the sea, unwind with cocktails at the poolside and enjoy romantic meals for two. Whether you’re a couple who love exploring charming towns in the Algarve, want to experience the famous buzz of Benidorm beaches or are a ‘rave together, stay together’ pair looking for a non-stop party in Ibiza – we offer short beach breaks for every type of couple.

Short beach breaks for groups

There’s nothing like a mates’ escape, is there? From the first idea of “let’s go on holiday”, to the moment you take off – there’s no excitement like it…and that’s before you’ve even arrived! We all know that a week with the whole group can be a bit much though, which is why we’re a big fan of short group holidays. You can perfectly plan those five days in Spain, go for a relaxing All Inclusive long weekend in Portugal, or head for the Balearics where you can chill out, catch some rays and club the night away with your best mates.


Where can I fly to with the shortest flight time?

For a super-short flight time, gorgeous sandy beaches and plenty of towns to explore, head to the beautiful Balearic Islands. Full of sunshine and tapas, these sun-soaked Spanish islands are perfect for a long weekend away. For something a little further, check out Portugal, Mainland Spain or Greece!

Can I find somewhere that has both a beach and a city?

In a word, yes! There are a number of great city break destinations that come served with a side of beach. Try Barcelona for gorgeous Gothic architecture, the famous Park Guell and the buzzing Barceloneta Beach or head to Lisbon for pretty coastlines and perfect pastel de natas.

What board basis is best for a short break?

It’s best to have a think of what kind of break you’re booking. If you want a flop-and-drop few days away full of poolside drinks and lazy beach days, then an All Inclusive could be great for you. With many hotels offering all the meals, drinks and post-swim ice creams you can consume, you’ll definitely get more bang for your buck here. If you’re heading somewhere to explore the destination then opt for either a Room Only or a Self Catering option. This means you can spend less on a hotel and more on discovering where you are.

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