Portugal among cheaper holidays in Europe for UK travellers

British families heading to several European destinations this summer will find their budgets stretching further, with prices at shops and restaurants in Portugal, Greece and Cyprus at least 20 per cent down on last year.

Portugal Car Hire | Algarve Car HireAccording to the Post Office’s Family Holiday Report, eating and shopping in the majority of popular European destinations will be cheaper in 2010, thanks in part to sterling’s recent rise against the euro.

The study compares the total cost of a dozen beach holiday purchases – including sun cream, a family meal, a bottle of beer and hire of a sun lounger – in 12 European countries.

Portugal, Bulgaria and mainland Spain provided the best value, with the 12 items costing respectively £68.80 (down by 30 per cent compared with 2009), £73.32 (down 4 per cent) and £78.28 (down 9 per cent) respectively.

Turkey, often considered a budget alternative to Eurozone countries, was one of the most expensive destinations, with the items costing £115.47 in the resort of Olu Deniz.

France and Italy, where the 12 items cost £133.80 and £141.08 respectively, were the most expensive.


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