MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, March 31st 2023 - 11:57 UTC



Strong sterling and UK prices have vacation Britons fleeing to the continent

Tuesday, April 24th 2012 - 21:25 UTC
Full article 7 comments
Bulgaria and Turkey best bargains for vacations Bulgaria and Turkey best bargains for vacations

Soaring sterling rates are giving Britons and Gibraltarians as much as 14% more cash for their summer 2012 trips to Euro Europe compared with last year, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Bulgaria is the best bargain country for Britons, the cost index from Post Office Travel Money showed. But for those shunning Europe and taking a holiday at home, Brighton was found to be the most expensive of the 15 destinations surveyed.

While a basket of 10 typical holiday costs, including a three-course meal, was just £42.79 in Bulgaria, the same items cost £79.25 in Brighton.

The second least-expensive destination was Turkey where the items at the resort of Marmaris cost just £54.22 - a dip of 22% compared with 2011 prices.

Prices on Spain’s Costa del Sol have risen 35% since last year, with the 10 items now costing £56.84. Portugal costs have also gone up - by 10% - but prices have gone down in most of the destinations surveyed.

Of the non-Euro-zone destinations, Croatia was the most expensive, with the items costing £73.65.

Post Office Travel Money head Andrew Brown said: “Resort prices and currency exchange rates are always changing, so it is worth doing some research to check the latest position before booking a holiday. It is also worth considering how you plan to spend your holiday cash.

“Our index includes the price of one meal but, if you eat out every night, the difference in cost between destinations can be quite marked.

“For example, according to our research, eating out for seven nights in either Bulgaria or Portugal will cost less than £175 but over £280 in Spain, France or Malta.

Categories: Economy, Tourism, International.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • Xect

    UK in strong currency shocker!

    This isn't much of a story except to show how highly valued the UK currency is as per usual......

    Apr 24th, 2012 - 09:37 pm 0
  • BritishguyfromLondon

    This is kind of a middle finger in the face to all of the Argie posters (Malvinero1 I'm looking at you) who claim that Britain is finished and our economy is going down the toilet... YEAH RIGHT!!! Britain's currency is strong, and our economy is recovering, quite unlike the Peso and the Argentine economy, which is so far down the toilet that it's screams can't even be heard anymore...

    Apr 24th, 2012 - 09:53 pm 0
  • briton

    No no its not true,
    malvino says we are bankrupt,
    The Argies say we are bankrupt, and CFK think we are finished,
    Still, the truth always did benefit us, while shaming the fools, did it not .

    Apr 24th, 2012 - 10:13 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!