Spain is Europe’s cheapest holiday destination

The Post Office
Report shows Spain is Europe's cheapest

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