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10 of the cheapest beach holidays in Europe this summer

PoikeGetty Images The Post Office has released its annual summer travel report[1] to help tourists find the European destinations[2] offering the best value for the holiday season ahead. The list compares the average cost of nine travel staples, including a range of drinks, snacks and an evening meal for two, in 20 resorts.

When it comes to the cheapest beach holiday in Europe, Sunny Beach in Bulgaria[3] has taken the top spot once again. "Europe remains the number one overseas destination for British holidaymakers and this research highlights the amazing value on offer in so many of our holiday favourites," said Victoria Bacon, from the Association of British Travel Agents. "The relative weakness of sterling against the Euro has also meant that increasingly customers are looking for good value in other destinations and ABTA Members are reporting significant interest in travel to Bulgaria and Turkey." Here are the top 10 cheapest beach destinations in Europe for this summer, along with the Post Office's costings for the holiday items.

It's worth noting, these prices don't include travel or accommodation. We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.

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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria This Black Sea resort is one of 14 beach destinations where prices have plummeted since last spring. At GBP38.86 for the Post Office's nine tourist staples, prices are 10.7% lower in Sunny Beach than they were last year.

FIND HOTELS[4] 22. Algarve, Portugal

A price fall of 16.2% has made the Algarve runner-up. The Portuguese hotspot is easily the cheapest of 16 eurozone resorts and is less than half the price of Sorrento (GBP143), the most expensive destination surveyed. FIND FLIGHTS[5]

33. Marmaris, Turkey Although local costs have risen, sterling's strength against the Turkish lira easily outweighs those price rises in Marmaris.

As a result, the cost of meals, drinks and other staples here are down 8% this year, says the Post Office. FIND HOLIDAYS[6] 44.

Torremolinos, Spain At GBP66 for nine holiday items, prices have fallen over 8% on 2018 levels and are just half those in Ibiza (19th, GBP132), the highest-priced Spanish destination. FIND HOLIDAYS[7]

55. Benidorm, Spain Known for its sun-soaked beach and lively night life, Benidorm also offers excellent value.

A three course evening meal for two comes in at just over GBP37. FIND HOTELS [8] 66.

Crete, Greece There are big cost variations between the Greek resorts. Crete is sixth in the table and is the cheapest at GBP81 for the tourist staples.

FIND HOLIDAYS[9] 77. Paphos, Cyprus

This ancient city is even more affordable than in 2018, with prices coming in at 5% cheaper this year. FIND FLIGHTS[10] 88.

Sliema, Malta This seaside resort is packed with shops, bars and restaurants and it's well worth considering if travelling on a budget. The total costings came in here at just under GBP90.

FIND HOTELS[11] 99. Limassol, Cyprus

The Post Office found that prices in this city on Cyprus' southern coast have dropped 20% since last year. FIND HOTELS[12] 1010.

Alicante, Spain If you're visiting the Costa Blanca, this port city is one of the most affordable spots. The total costs here came in at just over GBP95.


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  1. ^ summer travel report (www.postoffice.co.uk)
  2. ^ European destinations (www.countryliving.com)
  3. ^ Sunny Beach in Bulgaria (www.countryliving.com)
  4. ^ FIND HOTELS (www.expedia.co.uk)
  5. ^ FIND FLIGHTS (www.expedia.co.uk)
  6. ^ FIND HOLIDAYS (www.loveholidays.com)
  7. ^ FIND HOLIDAYS (www.loveholidays.com)
  8. ^ FIND HOTELS (www.expedia.co.uk)
  9. ^ FIND HOLIDAYS (www.olympicholidays.com)
  10. ^ FIND FLIGHTS (www.easyjet.com)
  11. ^ FIND HOTELS (www.expedia.co.uk)
  12. ^ FIND HOTELS (www.onthebeach.co.uk)
  13. ^ FIND FLIGHTS (www.expedia.co.uk)

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