Multi-Centre Trips for Less

2nd August 2016

Money, Travel

People often assume that multi-centre holidays are either for those who are wanting to travel the world, or for those who have plenty of disposable income.

In reality, a multi-centre holiday simply means visiting a minimum of two different destinations in one trip. For example, you could start your holiday in Spain with a city break in Madrid before heading to Majorca for a beach holiday.

Over the years, multi-centre holidays have failed to compete with the iconic package holiday, which have been available to holidaymakers since the 1960s.

Although the travel industry has evolved beyond recognition since the early 60s, the package holiday still remains a popular option for holiday makers. For some families, a package booking is convenient because the stress of organising the intricate parts of the trip is down to someone else.

Whilst lots of tour operators offer multi-centre package holidays, organising your own trip tends to be cheaper because you can be far more flexible with your travel dates. Plus you get to pick and choose the different elements to your holiday.

If you enjoy visiting popular holiday destinations such as Portugal, Spain or Greece, then multi-centre holidays have never been cheaper, as you can book low-cost flights, transfers and hotels at the click of a button. Trips that involve city breaks are often the cheapest as there are so many accommodation options to choose from.

To show you how cheap and simple it is to book your dream multi-centre holiday, we’ve taken a look at the price of a trip to Madrid and Majorca for a family of four in August*.


Using Sky Scanner, you can fly from numerous airports throughout the UK for a similar price. The cheapest flights to Madrid in August will be around £24 per person (£96 for a family of four).

Internal flights from Madrid to Palma will roughly cost £27 per person (£108 for a family of four) and the cheapest airline tends to be Ryanair.

Return flights back to the UK at the end of August will be double the cost of your outbound flight, with prices starting from approximately £70 each. The cheapest flights back to the UK tend to have a number of stops, so it might be worth paying a little extra money to ensure your flight home is a direct one.

To receive full ATOL protection, which protects people who have booked a package holiday or flights from a tour operator, make sure you book your hotel or car hire within 24 hours from the same travel website (not airline) that you used to book your flights.


Through using hotel comparison sites like Trivago, you will find quality accommodation at an affordable price. For example, in Madrid, you can stay at the Forever Apartments from £32 per night. Rated 5* on Trip Advisor, each apartment includes a kitchen with a microwave, a fridge, an oven, a stove, a dishwasher and a toaster, so you can prepare your own meals to save additional money.

You will find a wide variety of shops, tapas bars and restaurants in the streets around the apartments and an airport shuttle bus is also available, meaning you don’t necessarily require a car. The apartments are approximately 650 yards from Puerta del Sol.

Rated 4* on Trip Advisor, you can stay at the Playa Moreia Apartments in Majorca from £72 per night. Located just three kilometres from the vibrant resort of Sa Coma, the apartments are set in a beautiful location in front of a quiet beach. The resort centre is only 500 metres away, where you will find a whole host of restaurants, bars and shops.

Car Hire

With excellent transport links available, you can visit Madrid without requiring your own vehicle. However, if you would like to hire a car from Madrid Airport, it will cost you roughly £10 per day for a family sized vehicle.

Outside Palma Airport, busses and taxis will take you to your accommodation for a fee. Although, it may be cheaper to hire a vehicle from the airport as car rental prices start from just £3.66 per day for a small/medium size car.

If you’re considering hiring a vehicle on your holiday, please read the latest driving abroad guidelines before you travel.

If you like the sound of a multi-centre holiday, check out the latest foreign exchange rates  for the destinations you’re considering to visit.


*The above costs are provided for indicative purposes only and are based on a 10-night stay for a family of four, travelling from Birmingham Airport to Madrid, then Madrid to Majorca, with return flights from Majorca in late August 2016. Price of holiday, including additional costs of accommodation and car hire, may vary.

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