Each year the Post Office produces a Holiday Barometer, which looks at the cost of eight popular items for tourists, in different holiday destinations.
This year it is brilliant news for those looking to make their budgets stretch further, as in over half of the 44 resorts they surveyed, prices have dropped compared to last year!
We have already told you about destinations that we think are hot-picks for 2016, but here are some examples of great holidays that are not only wonderful places to visit, but that are also kind on the wallet too!
The eight items the Post Office get prices for are: a bottle of beer, a can of cola, a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, a three-course meal for two (including bottle of wine), a bottle of mineral water, sun cream and cigarettes.
So the Algarve is sizzling right now (and we don’t mean the temperature) – it seems to be on everyone’s list of places to go in 2016!
It topped our ‘Where’s Hot for 2016’ guide above, and is now also in the number one spot in the Post Office’s Holiday Barometer – looking at the the eight items priced, the Algarve came in cheapest at £29.32 for all eight! Which is £9.72 cheaper than last year! It has also risen from second place, to number one for 2016.
It seems it has everything going for it as a holiday destination – well-known for its incredible beaches and climate, along with great food, diverse scenery and nature and very friendly locals, it now has the added benefit of being the most affordable holiday destination.
Stay at the, Pestana Viking Beach and Spa Resort , one of the most magnificent hotels in Algarve with its wonderful view over the Atlantic ocean,and landscaped gardens and grounds, it’s ideal for a family walk. This 4 star hotel in Algarve, provides unique leisure and relaxation moments, being only 200m from the beach and with a high quality service,
For more inspiration on why to visit the Algarve – 5 reasons why the Algarve should be on your map for 2016
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Another riser on the list is Sunny Beach, a stunning seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, which has moved up in the affordability stakes, from third last year to second place for 2016. Here you can get all eight items for £29.49 (only 17p more than in the Algarve), and a nice cold refreshing bottle of beer for 60p.
Sunny Beach is, as its name suggests, all about the beach and the sunshine. The biggest resort in Bulgaria with a long golden sandy strip backed with glorious sand dunes, the resort proclaims to be the “sunniest resort for the sunniest people!” However, there are lots of things to do when visiting Sunny Beach, other than lying on a sun lounger, with many nearby historic towns and villages to visit.
Take a look at the beautiful 5 star Melia Grand Hermitage, which is right only a 100m from Sunny Beach itself, and combines luxury accommodation with fantastic services – fine Bulgarian and international cuisine is served in the Melia’s restaurants for a delicious slice of local life.
Number nine on the Post Office’s barometer, with the eight items coming in at £41.58, Paphos has stayed in the same position as last year yet come down in price, with the same eight items costing £43.71 last year – this is great news for those who frequently visit, as this year they will notice their money going further!
Paphos makes for a beach holiday with added luuurvve – supposedly the birth place of Aphrodite, no wonder it is a place for romantics, dotted with castles, churches, monasteries, mosaics, white-sand beaches and the bluest of seas. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site – visit amazing examples of mosaics and archaeological sites too!
The Almyra Hotel is set in eight acres of landscaped gardens on the Mediterranean shoreline of Paphos and is a fabulous seafront resort, offering contemporary luxury and a relaxing getaway for all kinds of travellers – great for couples or families, the hotel caters well for both, with adult only areas (with seriously amazing spas!) and great children’s facilities.
Cape Town, South Africa
Rising up five places from eighth to third, in Cape Town it will cost only £34.55 for the eight items reviewed by the Post Office. With a glass of wine costing just £1.45 – and we all know that South Africa makes good wine!
Cape Town is a great all-rounder, as it provides some breath-taking scenery, the most famous being Table Mountain and its beaches, and it has a city vibe too, The V&A Waterfront is also a must see, where you can enjoy the city’s harbour with its many shops and entertainment.
The One & Only Cape Town Hotel, is a stunning luxury hotel which offers the most breathtaking views of Table Mountain, enjoyed from open terraces. An air of understated elegance embodies this luxuriously appointed hotel.
Hungary’s capital city, nestled between the river Danube and the hilly Buda district, is a cultural haven, yet also has a unique, youthful atmosphere, where a world-class classical music scene collides with an electric night life! Coming sixth overall on the Post Office’s barometer, it is the top scoring city break destination. Here all eight items cost £39.40, with a glass of wine costing a mere 91p!
Take a look at this stunning refurbished boutique hotel, that was a historic building but is now a luxury hotel, on one of the most beautiful avenues in the city! Called Hotel Moments, we certainly think it will live up to its name. Built by a wealthy tobacco merchant in 1800-1802, its based on the plans of the famous Hungarian architect Adolf Feszty – look at this simply stunning ceiling in the foyer!
Prague, Czech Republic
Sitting just after Budapest, Prague has actually fallen in the list this year from last years number one spot! But overall it is still the second most affordable city break destination on the list. £40.19 will buy you all eight items, with a bottle of water costing just 26p.
Prague is an interesting city, as it is perhaps the most compelling transformation of new Europe. It’s easy to forget that just 20 years ago, Czechoslovakia emerged from the dissolution of the Soviet Union! Now it is all, gleaming modern offices, designer fashion shops and contemporary restaurants, squeezed in amongst the Baroque architecture and cobbled lanes of old town.
And for your very own slice of Prague Baroque fairy-tale charm, take a look at the Alchymist Grand Hotel And Spa, just a few steps away from Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, amidst the picturesque, higgledy piggledy streets of Prague Lesser Town.
So now you know where your money will go furthest, you just have to make your choice – will it be beach or city, cheap wine or coffee?