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Costa del Sol and Bulgaria named 'value for money' holiday spots

British holiday staple the Costa del Sol and the former eastern bloc state of Bulgaria are the best places for British holidaymakers to get more bang for their buck, according to the Post Office.

In its Travel Money survey, the Post Office found families could get more food, drinks and beach equipment for less cash on the beaches of Spain and Bulgaria than anywhere else in Europe.

Costa del Sol beach near Torremolinos. Credit: PA

European hotspots were up to 31% cheaper overall thanks a strong pound, the Post Office found.

However, they named Italy and France the priciest holiday spots, as items such as buckets and spades, sun cream and insect repellent can be as much as 80% more in some resorts than in others.

Sunny beach is on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast. Credit: Reuters

Some areas have seen the price of a meal drop by 46%, with Sorrento in Italy and the Croatian resort of Porec were two places where dinner had become much cheaper in the last twelve months.

Post Office Travel Money surveyed the price of 15 typical holiday-spend items in 13 popular European resorts as well as Orlando in Florida.

The items included a three-course family meal, beach items and soft and alcoholic drinks.

  • The best-value resort was Sunny Beach in Bulgaria where the items cost just £66.
  • The next-best prices were in the Costa del Sol where the items were £80. followed by Crete (£87).
  • Despite the dip in meal prices, Sorrento was one of the most expensive of the resorts, with the items costing as much as £143.
  • Only Nice on the French Riviera was more pricey - at £148.
  • A bucket and spade cost just £1.63 in Crete but as much £8.17 in Nice, while a portion of chips was 64p in Sunny Beach but £3.27 in Nice.
Crete had the cheapest bucket and spades on sale at £1.63. Credit: PA

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said:

Paying for meals is likely to have the biggest impact on the family budget. Price variations in popular destinations are much greater than you might expect so those who have still to book would be well advised to do some homework to find out where feeding the family will cost least.

For those on a strict budget Sunny Beach and the Costa del Sol look to be unbeatable value. However, competition between restaurants in Sorrento and Porec means that families visiting these resorts will pay a lot less than a year ago.

– Andrew Brown