Self-catering holidays are one of the cheapest and most flexible ways to holiday.
Perfect if you don’t want to be waited on and like to enjoy your own meals at your own pace, there are lots of low-cost self-catering holidays available both in the UK and further afield this summer.
Using popular websites, such as Airbnb and Icellolly.com, here we round up the five cheap self-catering holidays of 2018.
Why should you choose a self-catering holiday?
From self-catering apartments, to flat and cottage holiday rentals, opting for a self-catering holiday often provides a greater feeling of freedom than staying in a hotel or all-inclusive resort where certain or all meals are provided.
Along with potentially shaving significant amounts of money off the total cost of your holiday, self -catering enables you to set your own daily schedule and buy and prepare the food that appeals to you and your family, which is especially helpful if travelling with picky eaters.
Of course, you might still choose to eat out at local restaurants and cafes, but a large part of the appeal of self-catering is that you can easily pop on the kettle to make a cup of tea or prepare a snack, whatever the time of day or night.
Where can you find cheap self-catering holidays?
Self-catering holidays are very varied, with different property types, destinations and price points all on offer – from basic accommodation to luxury lodgings.
Cheap self-catering holidays through Airbnb
For the best value self-catering holidays, check out websites like Airbnb, which lets you book accommodation directly with property owners, known as hosts, via the online community.
Allowing you to explore new parts of the world your way, you can rent out rooms or whole houses and apartments, choosing from over two million places to stay.
Some of the best value self-catering properties currently available on the website, perfect for family trips, include an entire flat in Hvar, Croatia, from just £135 per night for the whole property.
Boasting two bedrooms and a terrace garden with views across to the harbour and neighbouring islands, not only is this self-catering property super cheap but it’s been rated five stars by families on the Airbnb website.
If a Spanish city break is more up your street then this private studio in Madrid is going for a steal at just £67 per night for up to four guests, which works out at an amazing £16.75 each.
Within walking distance of all the major attractions and museums, this light and bright self-catering studio is the perfect place to rest your head when exploring Spain’s intoxicating capital city.
Cheap self-catering holidays with Icelolly
A popular website for cheap holidays, Icelolly offers heaps of self-catering holidays at excellent prices through its various partners.
The top cheap self-catering properties currently on offer are holiday apartments, complete with shared swimming pools at sun-drenched locations such as Tenerife, Lanzarote, Benidorm and Cyprus.
Playamar Apartments in Benidorm in Spain is ideal for families and couples and just a short walk from the beach, where you can bathe, take part in water sports or explore the local cafes and restaurants.
Back at the apartments enjoy the outdoor freshwater pool, sports complex and games room, all from just £34 per person depending on the time of year and room type.
Marion Hotel in sunny Cyprus, meanwhile, is available for booking through Icelolly partner, I love Holidays and is available on a self-catering basis from a super cheap £11 per person, depending on what time of year you travel.
Overlooking the picturesque Chrysochou Bay, this property is set in a truly stunning location with magnificent views and provides a large swimming pool and sun terrace, perfect for soaking up all the lovely Cypriot sun.
Self-catering package holidays
Self-catering holidays can also work our extra cheap when you snap up a package deal that includes flights.
This bargain offer from Icelolly includes accommodation at Hotel Tabaiba Center in Lanzarote, plus flights for just £174.99 for seven nights.
The hotel is in a quiet area and just a short distance away from the beach, but the bright lights of the town centre are a mere 30-minute walk away or accessible by bus.