New figures released by the Post Office show that Spain has overtaken Portugal to become Europe’s cheapest holiday destination, narrowly beating the Czech Republic and Bulgaria and over a third cheaper than Turkey.
The Post Office’s “Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer 2012” shows that Spain has the cheapest in-resort costs in Europe and is only second worldwide, behind Sri Lanka.
The report looks at the costs of eight everyday items that are common holiday purchases. These include a cup of coffee, a packet of cigarettes and a three course evening meal for two adults.
The total cost of the items in Spain was £37.72 (€45.59) narrowly beating Prague in the Czech Republic with £39.57 (€47.87) and Sunny Beach in Bulgaria with £39.65 (€47.92).
The most expensive in Europe was Sorrento in Italy where the items total cost was a staggering £89.03 (€107.60) while Brisbane, Australia, was the most expensive worldwide with a total of £115.60 (€139.72) for the items.
Spain’s winning prices were as follows: Cup of coffee – £1.09 (€1.31), bottle of local beer/lager – £1.82 (€2.20), bottle/can of Coca Cola – £1.09 (€1.31), 1.5l bottle of mineral water – £0.35 (€0.42), suncream – £4.50 (€5.44), insect repellent – £2.50 (€3.02), a pack of 20 Marlboro Lights cigarettes – £3.64 (€4.39), a 3-course evening meal for 2 adults (incl. bottle house wine) – £22.73 (€27.47) – giving a total of £37.72.
Download the Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer 2012