Crete is the most popular destination Brits are hoping to visit for a post-lockdown holiday, according to new research from TravelSupermarket.

The price comparison site looked at searches in January for holidays between May 1 and October 31, and found that the Greek Island was the most searched for hotspot by Brits, especially for seven-night getaways.

There's good news for holidaymakers too as currently package holiday prices are 10% lower compared to last January (the caveat of course is that this time last year, the coronavirus pandemic had not yet begun to impact our daily lives, nor our holiday plans).

Tenerife was the second most popular spot, while the Maldives took the bronze trophy.

Colorful HDR image of the beautiful old Venetian Harbour of the city of Chania with boats and yachts on cloudy blue sky and turquoise water, Crete, Greece
The beautiful old Venetian Harbour of the city of Chania

Of course at the moment there are ongoing travel restrictions and national lockdowns in the UK that mean a holiday isn't on the cards for Brits.

It's not yet clear when restrictions could be lifted - or what travel will look like during the summer months - but the TravelSupermarket research shows that Brits are still hopeful that a getaway could be on the cards.

No doubt the roll out of coronavirus vaccines has also offered a glimmer of hope; it's already caused a surge in over-50s booking holidays.

The pink sands and turquoise ocean waters at Elafonissi Beach in Crete
Elafonissi Beach

It's no surprise that Crete has been on Brits' radars either. As well as boasting some incredible beaches and turquoise lagoon, the island has plenty of fascinating cultural spots and historical sites, from the Knossos ruins to monasteries. Oh, and foodies won't be disappointed either thanks to the delicious local fare to be found.

(If you're tempted by the Greek Islands but not sure which one to choose, our Greek Islands guide includes the key information you need to know depending on what holiday type you're after).

10 most popular destinations

  1. Crete
  2. Tenerife
  3. Maldives
  4. Majorca
  5. Dubai
  6. Barbados
  7. Paris/Disneyland Paris
  8. Santorini
  9. Cancun
  10. Las Vegas

You can compare holiday prices in 2021 on TravelSupermarket.com.