5 Cheap Sunny Destinations for Brits in 2017
Looking for a cheap travel deal to a sunny destination this year? Of course you are! The ninth annual Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer proves that your travel budget will stretch far, in certain favourite European hot spots.
With a breakdown of tourist items, such as dinner, drinks, sunscreen and insect repellent, these cities deliver all the sun, surf and sand you could ask for, as well as great-value.
Golden beaches and charming villages put the Algarve on the UK holiday list, year after year. With the price of a three-course meal for two and a bottle of wine at only £18.27, it remains a highly affordable option. You can also get a beer for £1.04 and a cup of coffee for 65p.
The Algarve, with its limestone cliffs, whitewashed houses, café culture and succulent seafood, offers balmy weather year-round. Albufeira and Vilamoura are two of the most popular beach resorts and former fishing villages offer an authentic atmosphere, including Burgau and Salema. When you’re not soaking up the sun on the beach, visit the Cerro da Villa ruins, vineyards, the Castle of Silves and historic Tavira.
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach, on the Black Sea coast, is best known for its long stretch of sand backed by a lively resort. In the purpose-built tourist town, a three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine will only set you back £23.15. Sunscreen, for just £3.70, will ward off the nasty burns.
Restaurants, bars and rollicking nightclubs reside along the waterfront, for fun after a day at the 8 kilometre, Blue Flag beach. Just a short drive away, visit the UNESCO-listed town of Nessebar. Founded by the Thracians, it sits beautifully on a rocky peninsula, surrounded by the royal blue sea.
Costa del Sol, Spain
The Costa del Sol never fails to impress sun-worshippers and it’s even more attractive for the wallet. You can get a dinner and wine deal for two for an average price of £26.11 and a bottle of water for a mere 33p.
Package travel deals to the Costa del Sol are commonly available, with all-inclusive family deals being among the most popular. Relax on a beach by the Mediterranean, play a round of golf at numerous courses, take the kids to a theme park and buy fresh produce at street markets.
A day in Marmaris, buying sunscreen, insect repellent, coffee, beer, wine, water, soft drink and dinner for two will only set you back £49.74. That should leave room in your budget for all the diving, snorkelling and museum-hopping you’ll want to do, on holiday.
Families will love Icmeler Beach, with its calm waters and super soft sand. Visit Dalyan for river boat cruises and the Carian Rock Tombs. Don’t forget to try a Turkish bath, or Hamman, for the ultimate pampering experience.
Paphos is hailed as one of the best-value sunny destinations to visit in 2017, where a bottle of water will only cost you 26p. Here, you’ll experience ancient Greece in the midst of harbour side restaurants, bars and shops.
The land of Aphrodite offers an old town complete with cobbled streets and café culture. The Blue Flag beach is in the heart of town, with sun lounges and beach bars. Visit the UNESCO-listed Tombs of the Kings and the House of Dionysos, for a fascinating culture fix.