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Compare typical family holiday item prices

  • Eating out is cheapest in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
  • Sunny Beach and the Algarve cost least for a range of drinks and meals
  • The Post Office Travel Money Beach Barometer rates Paphos in Cyprus as the cheapest resort

This year’s Family Holiday Report from Post Office Travel Money reveals that prices in European resorts are higher than a year ago as a result of the weaker pound. However, the longer term trend is that the costs for meals, drinks and kids’ beach items are now lower in many family favourites than they were in the years 2011-2014. It is only when prices are compared with 2015, when the pound was at a seven-year high, that UK holidaymakers lose out.

Key findings include:

  • Eating out is cheapest in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, but a meal for a family of four also costs under £35 on Portugal’s Algarve, Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.
  • Sunny Beach and the Algarve cost least for a range of drinks and meals – less than half the price for the same items in Ibiza, the most expensive of 14 resorts surveyed.
  • The Post Office Travel Money Beach Barometer– which includes the cost of a bucket & spade, inflatable lilo, swimming goggles and water rides – rates Paphos in Cyprus as the cheapest resort. The Costa del Sol and Limassol, also in Cyprus, are great value too.
  •  Nice in the South of France is twice as expensive as Paphos and the Costa del Sol.

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Compare the prices for typical family holiday items across the Eurozone

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £0.93
Bottle of beer / lager £0.70
Glass of wine  £1.39
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £0.93
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £27.83
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £2.09
Portion of chips / French fries £0.70
TOTAL COSTS £34.57
% +/- 2015-2016 -1.2%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £3.71
Kids jelly shoes £2.32
Bucket & spade £2.78
Inflatable lilo £4.64
Swimming goggles £2.78
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £3.71
Insect repellent (50ml) £2.32
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £1.16
Sun lounger (half day) £2.78
Pedalo £16.23
Banana boat ride £18.55
Kids sun hat / cap £2.32
TOTAL COSTS £63.30


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Algarve, Portugal

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £0.65
Bottle of beer / lager £1.05
Glass of wine  £1.31
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £0.96
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £33.09
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £3.44
Portion of chips / French fries £1.05
TOTAL COSTS £41.55
% +/- 2015-2016 +10.6%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £3.44
Kids jelly shoes £6.09
Bucket & spade £4.88
Inflatable lilo £8.66
Swimming goggles £1.30
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £7.01
Insect repellent (50ml) £4.57
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £1.74
Sun lounger (half day) £6.53
Pedalo £13.06
Banana boat ride £21.77
Kids sun hat / cap £5.22
TOTAL COSTS £84.27


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Costa Blanca, Spain

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.05
Bottle of beer / lager £2.18
Glass of wine  £1.31
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.74
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £34.84
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £5.23
Portion of chips / French fries £2.18
TOTAL COSTS £48.52
% +/- 2015-2016 -10.3%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £4.35
Kids jelly shoes £6.10
Bucket & spade £4.35
Inflatable lilo £3.48
Swimming goggles £4.35
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £6.97
Insect repellent (50ml) £7.40
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £2.61
Sun lounger (half day) £3.48
Pedalo £10.45
Banana boat ride £17.42
Kids sun hat / cap £2.61
TOTAL COSTS £73.57


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Limassol, Cyprus

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £2.53
Bottle of beer / lager £2.18
Glass of wine  £3.05
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.92
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £36.75
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £5.23
Portion of chips / French fries £1.74
TOTAL COSTS £53.40
% +/- 2015-2016 NEW

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £6.53
Kids jelly shoes £4.57
Bucket & spade £3.92
Inflatable lilo £4.27
Swimming goggles £2.18
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £6.09
Insect repellent (50ml) £1.92
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £1.48
Sun lounger (half day) £2.18
Pedalo £17.42
Banana boat ride £8.71
Kids sun hat / cap £3.05
TOTAL COSTS £62.32


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Costa Del Sol, Spain

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.13
Bottle of beer / lager £1.74
Glass of wine  £1.74
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.05
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £34.83
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £4.35
Portion of chips / French fries £1.31
TOTAL COSTS £46.15
% +/- 2015-2016 +19.2%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £7.84
Kids jelly shoes £4.35
Bucket & spade £1.74
Inflatable lilo £6.96
Swimming goggles £1.09
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £4.31
Insect repellent (50ml) £2.39
Ice-cream Mars/Magnum) £1.57
Sun lounger (half day) £2.18
Pedalo £8.71
Banana boat ride £10.45
Kids sun hat/cap £6.92
TOTAL COSTS £58.51


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Crete, Greece

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.92
Bottle of beer / lager £2.18
Glass of wine  £2.61
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.92
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £39.19
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £3.92
Portion of chips / French fries £3.05
TOTAL COSTS £54.79
% +/- 2015-2016 +10.1%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £8.71
Kids jelly shoes £3.48
Bucket & spade £2.61
Inflatable lilo £4.35
Swimming goggles £1.74
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £5.92
Insect repellent (50ml) £1.92
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £2.00
Sun lounger (half day) £5.23
Pedalo £17.42
Banana boat ride £17.42
Kids sun hat / cap £3.05
TOTAL COSTS £73.85


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Paphos, Cyprus

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £2.26
Bottle of beer / lager £2.18
Glass of wine  £2.61
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.70
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £45.28
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £5.14
Portion of chips / French fries £2.35
TOTAL COSTS £61.52
% +/- 2015-2016 +23.0%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £5.44
Kids jelly shoes £3.70
Bucket & spade £3.40
Inflatable lilo £2.53
Swimming goggles £2.09
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £6.09
Insect repellent (50ml) £3.40
Ice-cream Mars/Magnum) £1.48
Sun lounger (half day) £2.18
Pedalo £13.93
Banana boat ride £8.71
Kids sun hat / cap £3.40
TOTAL COSTS £58.51


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Sliema, Malta

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.05
Bottle of beer / lager £1.92
Glass of wine  £2.18
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.44
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £54.52
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £3.48
Portion of chips / French fries £1.39
TOTAL COSTS £65.98
% +/- 2015-2016 +19.3%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £3.05
Kids jelly shoes £5.18
Bucket & spade £6.09
Inflatable lilo £4.79
Swimming goggles £5.18
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £9.54
Insect repellent (50ml) £3.05
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £2.00
Sun lounger (half day) £4.35
Pedalo £10.45
Banana boat ride £8.71
Kids sun hat / cap £2.48
TOTAL COSTS £64.87


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Porec, Croatia

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.21
Bottle of beer / lager £1.82
Glass of wine  £1.82
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.82
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £53.45
Small pizza/pasta for 1 child £4.86
Portion of chips / French fries £1.82
TOTAL COSTS £66.80
% +/- 2015-2016 +5.6%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £12.15
Kids jelly shoes £5.47
Bucket & spade £3.64
Inflatable lilo £10.93
Swimming goggles £2.43
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £6.68
Insect repellent (50ml) £3.64
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £1.46
Sun lounger (half day) £9.72
Pedalo £7.29
Banana boat ride £9.72
Kids sun hat / cap £4.25
TOTAL COSTS £77.38


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Corfu, Greece

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £2.18
Bottle of beer / lager £2.61
Glass of wine £2.18
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.74
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £52.25
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £4.35
Portion of chips / French fries £2.18
TOTAL COSTS £67.49
% +/- 2015-2016 +5.6%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £6.97
Kids jelly shoes £5.23
Bucket & spade £3.48
Inflatable lilo £9.14
Swimming goggles £5.23
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £7.40
Insect repellent (50ml) £5.23
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £1.74
Sun lounger (half day) £6.10
Pedalo £10.89
Banana boat ride £13.06
Kids sun hat / cap £3.48
TOTAL COSTS £77.95


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Palma Nova, Majorca

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.52
Bottle of beer / lager £1.65
Glass of wine  £1.74
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.65
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £60.96
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £6.10
Portion of chips / French fries £2.09
TOTAL COSTS £75.71
% +/- 2015-2016 +51.4%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £4.35
Kids jelly shoes £6.10
Bucket & spade £4.35
Inflatable lilo £3.48
Swimming goggles £4.35
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £6.97
Insect repellent (50ml) £7.40
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £2.61
Sun lounger (half day) £3.48
Pedalo £10.45
Banana boat ride £17.42
Kids sun hat / cap £2.61
TOTAL COSTS £73.57


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Nice, France

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.74
Bottle of beer / lager £3.48
Glass of wine  £3.70
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £3.05
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £74.02
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £7.84
Portion of chips / French fries £4.35
TOTAL COSTS £98.18
% +/- 2015-2016 +29.6%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £9.14
Kids jelly shoes £8.71
Bucket & spade £5.66
Inflatable lilo £13.93
Swimming goggles £6.10
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £9.14
Insect repellent (50ml) £6.10
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £2.18
Sun lounger (half day) £10.45
Pedalo £8.71
Banana boat ride £26.13
Kids sun hat / cap £6.10
TOTAL COSTS £112.35


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Sliema, Malta

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.05
Bottle of beer / lager £1.92
Glass of wine  £2.18
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1,44
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £54.52
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £3.48
Portion of chips / French fries £1.39
TOTAL COSTS £65.98
% +/- 2015-2016 +19.3%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £3.05
Kids jelly shoes £5.18
Bucket & spade £6.09
Inflatable lilo £4.79
Swimming goggles £5.18
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £9.54
Insect repellent (50ml) £3.05
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £2.00
Sun lounger (half day) £4.35
Pedalo £10.45
Banana boat ride £8.71
Kids sun hat / cap £2.48
TOTAL COSTS £64.97


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Sorrento, Italy

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.74
Bottle of beer / lager £2.18
Glass of wine  £2.18
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £1.74
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £87.09
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £6.97
Portion of chips / French fries £2.18
TOTAL COSTS £104.08
% +/- 2015-2016 +19.5

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £6.97
Kids jelly shoes £6.97
Bucket & spade £4.35
Inflatable lilo £6.97
Swimming goggles £8.71
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £8.71
Insect repellent (50ml) £6.10
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £1.74
Sun lounger (half day) £10.45
Pedalo £13.06
Banana boat ride £13.06
Kids sun hat / cap £5.23
TOTAL COSTS £92.32


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

Various, Ibiza

Food and drink
Cup of coffee (café / bar) £1.48
Bottle of beer / lager £3.14
Glass of wine  £3.14
Bottle / can Coca-Cola £2.09
Family meal (3 courses incl. drinks) £100.15
Small pizza / pasta for 1 child £6.10
Portion of chips / French fries £2.09
TOTAL COSTS £118.19
% +/- 2015-2016 +23.4%

 

Beach barometer
Beach towel £6.10
Kids jelly shoes £6.97
Bucket & spade £2.61
Inflatable lilo £3.48
Swimming goggles £2.61
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £17.62
Insect repellent (50ml) £6.53
Ice-cream Mars / Magnum) £2.18
Sun lounger (half day) £6.97
Pedalo £8.71
Banana boat ride £8.71
Kids sun hat / cap £3.48
TOTAL COSTS £75.77


Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rate on 11 July 2016.
Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays).

 

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