Family Holiday Report 2017

  • Turkey offers best value for beach extras
  • Ibiza most expensive report surveyed

This year’s Family Holiday Report from Post Office Travel Money reveals that holidaymakers who want to keep spending on children’s beach extras would be well advised to consider resorts in the Eastern Med or the Balkans where the price tag can be under half the cost in more expensive destinations in the west of Europe.  Prices for 12 typical beach holiday extras were found to vary dramatically in the 15 European resorts surveyed for the report’s Beach Barometer.

Key findings include:

  • The Post Office Beach Barometer, which compares prices for 12 beach items including a bucket & spade, inflatable lilo, swimming goggles and water rides, rates Marmaris in Turkey as the cheapest resort for children’s extras 
  • Others in the Eastern Med and the Balkans offering great value are the Croatian resort of Porec, Limassol in Cyprus, Sunny Beach Bulgaria and Crete
  • The Costa del Sol is best value in the eurozone but Nice in the south of France costs almost twice as much for the 12 Beach Barometer items surveyed
  • The cost of eating out and a range of drinks is cheapest in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria – less than a quarter the price for the same items in Ibiza, the most expensive of 15 resorts surveyed.

Holidaymakers can purchase euro over the counter at more than 10,000 Post Office branches while the Turkish LiraCroatian Kuna and Bulgarian Lev are among 30 currencies available over the counter at 1,600 larger Post Offices. Up to 80 currencies can be pre-ordered at over 11,600 Post Office branches or online for next day branch or home delivery.

Compare prices of 15 beach resorts

Marmaris, Turkey

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.54
Bottle of beer/lager £2.25
Glass of wine £2.73
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £1.57
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £71.08
Snack lunch for family of four £4.54
TOTAL COSTS £83.71

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £2.73
Kids jelly shoes £6.81
Kids sun hat/cap £2.04
Bucket & spade £0.91
Inflatable lilo £2.02
Swimming goggles £5.68
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £7.95
Insect repellent (50ml) £3.46
Ice-cream (Magnum) £0.79
Sun-lounger (half day) £0.00
Pedalo £15.90
Banana boat ride £9.08
TOTAL COSTS £57.37
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 -14.9%

 

Costa del Sol, Spain

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.17
Bottle of beer/lager £1.80
Glass of wine £1.80
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £1.08
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £40.60
Snack lunch for family of four £11.70
TOTAL COSTS £58.15

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £10.79
Kids jelly shoes £4.50
Kids sun hat/cap £7.15
Bucket & spade £1.80
Inflatable lilo £7.18
Swimming goggles £1.12
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £4.45
Insect repellent (50ml) £2.47
Ice-cream (Magnum) £1.62
Sun-lounger (half day) £2.25
Pedalo £8.99
Banana boat ride £10.79
TOTAL COSTS £63.11
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +7.9%

 

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £0.72
Bottle of beer/lager £0.72
Glass of wine £1.20
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £0.96
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £28.77
Snack lunch for family of four £3.36
TOTAL COSTS £35.73

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £3.84
Kids jelly shoes £2.40
Kids sun hat/cap £2.40
Bucket & spade £2.40
Inflatable lilo £4.80
Swimming goggles £2.88
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £2.40
Insect repellent (50ml) £2.40
Ice-cream (Magnum) £1.20
Sun-lounger (half day) £2.88
Pedalo £16.78
Banana boat ride £19.18
TOTAL COSTS £63.56
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 -0.3%

 

Crete, Greece

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £2.25
Bottle of beer/lager £2.25
Glass of wine £2.70
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £2.25
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £58.44
Snack lunch for family of four £13.50
TOTAL COSTS £81.39

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £6.74
Kids jelly shoes £2.70
Kids sun hat/cap £2.70
Bucket & spade £2.70
Inflatable lilo £4.50
Swimming goggles £3.60
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £6.29
Insect repellent (50ml) £1.98
Ice-cream (Magnum) £2.25
Sun-lounger (half day) £4.95
Pedalo £17.98
Banana boat ride £13.49
TOTAL COSTS £69.88
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 -5.4%

 

Limassol, Cyprus

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £3.24
Bottle of beer/lager £2.70
Glass of wine £4.32
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £2.11
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £53.95
Snack lunch for family of four £15.74
TOTAL COSTS £82.06

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £6.25
Kids jelly shoes £9.85
Kids sun hat/cap £3.60
Bucket & spade £5.35
Inflatable lilo £6.28
Swimming goggles £3.59
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £5.84
Insect repellent (50ml) £2.61
Ice-cream (Magnum) £1.80
Sun-lounger (half day) £2.25
Pedalo £13.49
Banana boat ride £8.99
TOTAL COSTS £69.90
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +12.2%

 

Porec, Croatia

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.38
Bottle of beer/lager £2.27
Glass of wine £2.52
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £2.14
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £57.90
Snack lunch for family of four £14.34
TOTAL COSTS £80.55

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £13.84
Kids jelly shoes £2.52
Kids sun hat/cap £5.41
Bucket & spade £6.29
Inflatable lilo £7.55
Swimming goggles £3.78
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £7.55
Insect repellent (50ml) £4.91
Ice-cream (Magnum) £1.76
Sun-lounger (half day) £3.78
Pedalo £6.29
Banana boat ride £10.07
TOTAL COSTS £73.75
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 -4.7%

 

 

Palma Nova, Majorca

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.98
Bottle of beer/lager £2.70
Glass of wine £1.80
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £2.25
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £77.77
Snack lunch for family of four £14.20
TOTAL COSTS £100.70

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £4.05
Kids jelly shoes £4.41
Kids sun hat/cap £5.35
Bucket & spade £5.84
Inflatable lilo £3.59
Swimming goggles £5.84
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £10.70
Insect repellent (50ml) £5.84
Ice-cream (Magnum) £2.25
Sun-lounger (half day) £4.05
Pedalo £13.49
Banana boat ride £8.99
TOTAL COSTS £74.40
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +8.5%

 

Sliema, Malta

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.35
Bottle of beer/lager £2.25
Glass of wine £3.15
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £1.66
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £57.05
Snack lunch for family of four £13.94
TOTAL COSTS £79.40

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £4.05
Kids jelly shoes

£10.79

Kids sun hat/cap £4.14
Bucket & spade £5.35
Inflatable lilo £7.64
Swimming goggles £2.65
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £11.33
Insect repellent (50ml) £3.22
Ice-cream (Magnum) £2.47
Sun-lounger (half day) £4.50
Pedalo £11.69
Banana boat ride £7.19
TOTAL COSTS £75.02
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +15.6%

 

 

Costa Blanca, Spain

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.17
Bottle of beer/lager £2.25
Glass of wine £1.80
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £1.44
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £53.77
Snack lunch for family of four £17.98
TOTAL COSTS £78.41

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £7.19
Kids jelly shoes £4.49
Kids sun hat/cap £7.15
Bucket & spade £4.49
Inflatable lilo £3.55
Swimming goggles £2.69
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £13.17
Insect repellent (50ml) £5.62
Ice-cream (Magnum) £1.79
Sun-lounger (half day) £3.60
Pedalo £10.79
Banana boat ride £10.79
TOTAL COSTS £75.32
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 -0.6%

 

Source: Post Office Family Holiday Report Food & Drink Barometer 2017: Prices were supplied by national and regional tourist offices of participating countries except Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays) and Majorca (Monarch Holidays).

Paphos, Cyprus

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.80
Bottle of beer/lager £2.25
Glass of wine £4.05
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £2.25
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £62.80
Snack lunch for family of four £15.20
TOTAL COSTS £88.35

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £6.82
Kids jelly shoes £2.69
Kids sun hat/cap £1.79
Bucket & spade £5.03
Inflatable lilo £6.47
Swimming goggles £2.16
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £7.06
Insect repellent (50ml) £4.67
Ice-cream (Magnum) £1.98
Sun-lounger (half day) £2.25
Pedalo £22.48
Banana boat ride £13.49
TOTAL COSTS £76.89
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +36.5%

 

Source: Post Office Family Holiday Report Food & Drink Barometer 2017: Prices were supplied by national and regional tourist offices of participating countries except Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays) and Majorca (Monarch Holidays).

Algarve, Portugal

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £0.63
Bottle of beer/lager £0.99
Glass of wine £1.12
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £1.17
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £48.73
Snack lunch for family of four £8.98
TOTAL COSTS £61.62
   

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £7.15
Kids jelly shoes £3.55
Kids sun hat/cap £2.25
Bucket & spade £4.45
Inflatable lilo £8.05
Swimming goggles £1.43
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £3.86
Insect repellent (50ml) £5.21
Ice-cream (Magnum) £1.71
Sun-lounger (half day) £6.74
Pedalo £13.49
Banana boat ride £22.48
TOTAL COSTS £80.37
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 -4.6%

 

Source: Post Office Family Holiday Report Food & Drink Barometer 2017: Prices were supplied by national and regional tourist offices of participating countries except Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays) and Majorca (Monarch Holidays).

Corfu, Greece

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £2.70
Bottle of beer/lager £3.15
Glass of wine £2.70
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £2.25
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £89.91
Snack lunch for family of four £16.20
TOTAL COSTS £116.91
   

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £5.39
Kids jelly shoes £5.39
Kids sun hat/cap £4.50
Bucket & spade £3.60
Inflatable lilo £7.19
Swimming goggles £4.50
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £8.09
Insect repellent (50ml) £7.19
Ice-cream (Magnum) £2.70
Sun-lounger (half day) £2.70
Pedalo £13.49
Banana boat ride £22.48
TOTAL COSTS £87.22
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +11.9%

 

Source: Post Office Family Holiday Report Food & Drink Barometer 2017: Prices were supplied by national and regional tourist offices of participating countries except Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays) and Majorca (Monarch Holidays).

Ibiza, Spain

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.44
Bottle of beer/lager £3.15
Glass of wine £4.05
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £2.25
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £112.39
Snack lunch for family of four £21.58
TOTAL COSTS £144.86
   

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £7.19
Kids jelly shoes £3.60
Kids sun hat/cap £3.60
Bucket & spade £2.70
Inflatable lilo £10.79
Swimming goggles £2.80
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £16.18
Insect repellent (50ml) £7.65
Ice-cream (Magnum) £2.25
Sun-lounger (half day) £13.49
Pedalo £13.49
Banana boat ride £13.49
TOTAL COSTS £97.12
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +28.2%

 

Source: Post Office Family Holiday Report Food & Drink Barometer 2017: Prices were supplied by national and regional tourist offices of participating countries except Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays) and Majorca (Monarch Holidays).

Sorrento, Italy

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.80
Bottle of beer/lager £2.25
Glass of wine £2.70
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £1.80
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £133.07
Snack lunch for family of four £21.58
TOTAL COSTS £163.20
   

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £7.19
Kids jelly shoes £7.19
Kids sun hat/cap £5.39
Bucket & spade £5.39
Inflatable lilo £6.29
Swimming goggles £8.99
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £8.99
Insect repellent (50ml) £7.19
Ice-cream (Magnum) £1.80
Sun-lounger (half day) £10.79
Pedalo £14.39
Banana boat ride £30.57
TOTAL COSTS £114.17
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +23.7%

 

Nice, France

Food and Drink

Cup of Coffee £1.62
Bottle of beer/lager £4.05
Glass of wine £4.95
Bottle/can Coca-Cola £3.42
3 course evening meal for two adults/two children incl. bottle of house wine and soft drinks £97.11
Snack lunch for family of four £26.98
TOTAL COSTS £138.13
   

 

Beach Barometer

Beach towel £10.79
Kids jelly shoes £5.39
Kids sun hat/cap £8.99
Bucket & spade £5.84
Inflatable lilo £13.49
Swimming goggles £2.70
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £10.79
Insect repellent (50ml) £6.29
Ice-cream (Magnum) £2.25
Sun-lounger (half day) £13.49
Pedalo £10.79
Banana boat ride £26.97
TOTAL COSTS £117.78
% +/- 2017 vs 2016 +4.8%

 

 

Source: Post Office. Data relates to exchange rates on 14 July 2017. Prices supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays) and Majorca (Monarch Holidays).

 

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