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Bulgaria this summer’s most affordable European family destination as food and drink prices plunge

Bulgarias Sunny Beach is this summers bargain destination for families, according to research by Pos..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Travel , at July 22, 2019

Bulgarias Sunny Beach is this summers bargain destination for families, according to research by Post Office Travel Money.

Food and drink costs in the Black Sea resort were down 14% compared with last summer, making it the best value among 15 destinations surveyed.

At just over £32 for a family meal for four including drinks, together with the cost of a coffee, bottle of beer, glass of wine and soft drink, Sunny Beach was more than a third cheaper than runner-up Marmaris, where the same food and beverages totalled £50.

Over the course of a week, families can expect to spend about £225 on food and drinks in Sunny Beach – more than £100 less than the average. By comparison, prices in Ibiza, Zadar, Nice and Sorrento were more than three times as high, with the same meal and drinks order totalling almost £130 in the Italian resort.

Despite this, Sorrento was one of eight destinations where UK visitors saw food and drink costs fall. Sorrentos prices dropped nearly 6%, but the biggest decline was in the Algarve, where the basket cost has plummeted since last summer by almost a third (31.3%). At less than £51, the Portuguese destination was by far the cheapest of 11 eurozone resorts surveyed.

Prices have also fallen by 9.5% in Majorcas Playa de Palma, which at £75 was sixth cheapest in the food and drinks barometer. Although the Costa del Sol (£66) remained lowest-priced of three Spanish destinations surveyed, it was 30% more expensive than the Algarve.

Number cruncher

the amount food and drink prices have fallen in Bulgarias Sunny Beach

cost of a family meal plus wine and soft drinks in Sorrento

the year-on-year fall in basket items in the Algarve

Turkeys Marmaris swapped places with Sunny Beach as the cheapest destination when it came to a basket of beach purchases, including sun block, a lilo, ice cream and a banana boat ride. At £34.39, down 11% on last year, the price was more than 44% cheaper than in Bulgaria and its next nearest rival, the Costa del Sol.

The report said: “The value available to families visiting Marmaris and other Turkish resorts has been boosted by a sterling surge that makes it worth about 20% more against the Turkish lira than last summer… meaning visitors can expect to receive £83 extra in Turkish lira on a foreign exchange transaction of £500.”

Aside from Marmaris, the biggest falls have been in two of the more expensive resorts. In Sorrento, beach purchase prices fell 12% to £92.Read More – Source

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