Last-minute deals may be scrapped this year as Brits scramble for “safe” Spanish holidays over crisis-hit countries like Tunisia and Egypt

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Summer Holiday Season Begins And Tourists Flock To The Beaches In Spain
British tourists have gone berserk for Spanish holidays (Source: Getty)

Scrambling for a last minute deal to save cash on a flight to Spain may not be an option this year: demand for European holidays has surged, with British tourists avoiding more exotic destinations because of security fears.

TravelSupermarket "expert" Bob Atkinson warned late deals are "unlikely to exist for Spain this year”, after searches for bookings to the European suntrap rose 42.8 per cent, with interest in Portugal up 32.2 per cent.

Atkinson said: “We’ve seen massive changes in searches year on year and this is putting increasing pressure on finding the holiday that you want…we are turning our backs on some of the beach areas that have been firm and rising favourites in recent years.”

Meanwhile, months after Islamist gunmen opened fire on tourists in Tunisia, Brits consider the country “out of bounds”, Atkinson said.

Interest in the country has plummeted by 88.5 per cent this year, figures from TravelSupermarket show, while searches for Egypt are down by 80.4 per cent.

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