Portugal back in best value top ten

2009-05-01

Bulgaria is the cheapest place to have a holiday out of 18 destinations surveyed by Post Office Travel Services. Its annual Holiday Costs Barometer shows prices have risen steeply in last year’s cheapest trio of Thailand, South Africa and Egypt.Thailand is still, however, the cheapest long-haul option, while Turkey and Croatia join Bulgaria as the best value in Europe.The barometer compares the costs of ten holiday items including drinks and meals, and found the total in Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach resort came to ?42, two and a half times cheaper than Antigua, the most expensive destination surveyed.It also reveals that many eurozone countries are cheaper than expected. Prices have plummeted in the Algarve, putting the Portuguese destination back into the top ten cheapest for the first time in two years.Spain was the cheapest destination in the eurozone and France and Cyprus the most expensive, with a basket of selected items costing 16.7% more than in Spain. Sarah Munro, Post Office head of travel services, said: ‘The eurozone has taken a bashing this year but our survey suggests that tourist outlets in many resorts are taking dramatic steps to encourage tourists.