Those who thought that credit-crunch-busting holidays were something of a myth should look no further than the holiday discounts offered by Pierre & Vacances.
From as little as £43 per person per week, travellers can enjoy a spot of autumn sun to destinations including the South of France, the Ardèche, the Atlantic Coast, Picardy, Brittany and the Costa del Sol in Spain.
For ultimate convenience, the Pierre & Vacances apartments and Holiday Villages are self-catering, letting families enjoy a home cooked meal with a continental twist (hopefully not all cooked by Mum!).
If families want a night or day off from cooking, delivery services for breakfast, bakeries, groceries and delicatessens are also available. Many apartments also come with a dining area and garden furniture on the balcony or terrace.
The deals below are valid for Pierre & Vacances holidays taken between September and November, which can be booked at pierreetvacances.co.uk.
Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Cap Esterel, French Riviera
Travellers can fly to Nice Airport from 16 UK departure points to enjoy the stunning surrounds of the 210-hectare village which is perched on a red rock hillside and has views out to the Mediterranean Sea.
Just 30 minutes away from the white sandy beaches of Cannes, the village also has a number of onsite facilities to keep families entertained, including horse riding, spa treatments and three large swimming pools with wave machines. The region is also surrounded by a purpose-built golf course and gardens.
A sea view studio sleeping up to four people from September 15-22 is discounted from £488 to £342, or £85.50 per person.
Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Moliets, France
Holidaymakers can fly to Biarritz Airport from three UK departure points, for a stay in a car-free holiday village.
The village’s setting in a picturesque pine forest gives travellers the ultimate excuse to kick back and relax, and the village is also within easy reach of sandy beaches and the vibrant beach resort of Biarritz.
Facilities on offer include four adult pools, bicycle hire, tennis, local sailing and surfing schools. A studio sleeping up to four people from September 15-22 is discounted from £276 to £221, or £55.25 per person.
Pierre & Vacances Residence Roquetas de Mar, Andalucia
Travellers can fly to Almeria Airport from five UK airports, to stay in apartments at this newly built residence.
The residence offers views of the sea or the Playa Serena golf course, and the sandy Cerrillos beach is just 450m away and the Punta Entinas-Sabinar nature reserve is just 300m away.
A two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six people from October 6-13 is discounted from £376 to £263, or just £43.84 per person.