INTEREST in Spanish holiday destinations has fallen this year in favour of other popular sites on the Med.
The Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Ibiza and Menorca have seen fewer internet searches up to July this year, compared to the same period in 2018, according to TravelSupermarket.
The fall contrasts with a surge in popularity for destinations such as Turkey and Tunisia.
Resorts in the Antalya region of Turkey have jumped from 7th to 4th place on the list.
Meanwhile Tunisia has shot up to 23rd position, compared with 75th last year.
According to Thomas Cook, bookings are surging in these two destinations largely due to low costs – beers in Tunisia can cost as little as €1.
It’s also boosted by the fact that the FCO have lifted travel bans against both countries after terror attacks – in Sousse for Tunisia and in Istanbul for Turkey.
Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator for TravelSupermarket, explained that Brits are predominantly looking for value this year.
One example is the Algarve in Portugal, which has moved up in rankings from 4th to 3rd this year.
Emma said: “It is not surprising to see more British interest in Portugal this year.
“Prices are, on the whole, slightly cheaper than in nearby Spain; a beer is likely to cost you £2.70 in Alicante but only around £1.60 in Faro, and a glass of wine around £2.”