The Post Office has released its annual summer travel report to help tourists find the European destinations 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 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.
1. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
This Black Sea resort is one of 14 beach destinations where prices have plummeted since last spring. At £38.86 for the Post Office's nine tourist staples, prices are 10.7% lower in Sunny Beach than they were last year.
2. 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 (£143), the most expensive destination surveyed.
3. 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.
4. Torremolinos, Spain
At £66 for nine holiday items, prices have fallen over 8% on 2018 levels and are just half those in Ibiza (19th, £132), the highest-priced Spanish destination.
5. 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 £37.
6. Crete, Greece
There are big cost variations between the Greek resorts. Crete is sixth in the table and is the cheapest at £81 for the tourist staples.
7. Paphos, Cyprus
This ancient city is even more affordable than in 2018, with prices coming in at 5% cheaper this year.
8. 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 £90.
9. Limassol, Cyprus
The Post Office found that prices in this city on Cyprus' southern coast have dropped 20% since last year.
10. 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 £95.