Written by Meghan Zuvelek,
9th November 2017

Dreading the UK’s winter gloom? Within a three-hour flight of UK airports, these holiday-home destinations are calling you.

As winter begins creeping in, many of us begin to dream about holiday homes in warmer climates surrounded by stunning beaches and intriguing culture. We’re spoilt in the UK, having so many amazing holiday destinations so close. Owning a holiday home is an excellent way to save on accommodation when taking frequent trips away from the cold. If you’re looking to spend your winters somewhere warmer, here are five seaside holiday home destinations within a three-hour flight of the UK.

Affordable real estate, stunning weather and friendly people are some of the many reasons British choose to spend their winters in Portugal.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is the perfect combination of city life and beachside bliss, making it a top pick for holiday home owners in the UK. Soak up the sun all morning long and enjoy the cosmopolitan culture, incredible dining scene and world-class shopping in the afternoon. The flight from London to Barcelona is just two hours and there are cheap flights that can have you there for under £50. A two-bedroom apartment in Barcelona is about £400,000 to buy.


Leave your office at 5pm and arrive in time for sunset in Nice


Nice, France

Fancy nipping down to your holiday home on the Cote d’Azur whenever you want? Nice boasts beautiful weather year-round, some of France’s best coastline, fascinating culture and delicious Nicoise cuisine. With about eight flights a day to Nice and a travel time of under two hours, your seaside two-bedroom holiday home with water views will cost about £500,000.

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Sardinia, Italy

A cheaper option, retreat to the sandy shores of Sardinia for your winter escape. In under three hours you can depart dreary London for the beauty and culture of the second largest island in the Mediterranean. Sardinia has a lot more than just beautiful beaches for you to spend your days enjoying. The mountainous interior features a network of hiking trails, and ruins and architecture will inspire wonder and curiosity. Buy a two-bedroom apartment in Sardinia for as little as £200,000 and be the most popular member of your social circle, attracting a steady stream of visitors year-round.


Cape Sounion, easy to reach from Athens Airport


The Algarve, Portugal

Less than three hours from London, Algarve ticks all the boxes when it comes to the perfect holiday home destination. Affordable real estate, stunning weather and friendly people are some of the many reasons the British choose to spend their winters in Portugal. There is no shortage of things to see and do in the Algarve. Explore the breath-taking cliffs, dance the night away at one of the many discos, or explore castles (the real and the sand variety). You can purchase a two-bedroom holiday home from £150,000.

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Athenian Riviera, Greece

The Greek islands are popular holiday home destinations that have attracted the British for decades. Trouble is, they’re harder to reach in winter, involving unreliable winter ferries or local flights. So how about Attica, the region around Athens? Flights into Athens are cheap and plentiful all winter, and transfer times can be quick. The Athenian Riviera begins just ten miles from the city, yet it has mountains, sandy beaches, fishing villages. Check out the seaside towns between Glyfada and Cape Sounion.

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