The island of Crete in Greece is the third most affordable European destination for a barometer of family summer holiday items that includes meals, drinks and beach items, according to the 2014 Family Holiday Report by Post Office Travel Money.
The Post Office surveyed the prices of 15 typical holiday-spend items in 14 popular European resorts as well as Orlando in Florida. Items included children’s beach items, sunscreen, sun loungers, soft drinks, bottle of beer, glass of wine, a family meal, etc.
According to the findings, for the fourth year in a row, Sunny Beach in Bulgaria is the most affordable destination for a family of four as the total cost of products and services there reaches some 83 euros.
Sunny Beach is followed by Cost del Sol in Spain where the basket of the same products amounts to 100 euros. Crete is in the third place with the products adding up to some 110 euros. Last year Crete came in eighth on the list.
Crete: Lower meal prices, 15% cheaper than Corfu
“A 24 percent fall in meal prices will make it much cheaper for visitors to Crete. At £87.15 (110 euros), its barometer total has plunged by around 27 percent since last year, making Crete almost 15 percent cheaper than another Greek island, Corfu (£101.98 – 128 euros),” the Post Office said.
Corfu is also one of the 14 destinations on the list and ranks seventh this year. The cost of products and services for a family of four holidaying on Corfu would reach some 128 euros.
In the survey, it is noted that the beach “must haves” of children (a bucket and a spade) were found to cost least in Crete (two euros) – less than a third of the price in France (10 euros), where Nice proved the most expensive overall of the European destinations surveyed (products and services add up to some 186 euros).
|Rank||Country / Destination||Total (in GBP)|
|1||Bulgaria / Sunny Beach||65,97 (83 euros)|
|2||Spain / Costa del Sol||79,69 (100 euros)|
|3||Greece /Crete||87,15 (110 euros)|
|4||Turkey / Marmaris||92,85 (117 euros)|
|5||Portugal / Algarve||98,33 (124 euros)|
|6||Cyprus / Αγία Νάπα||98,55 (124 euros)|
|7||Greece /Corfu||101,98 (128 euros)|
|8||Spain / Costa Blanca||104,47 (131 euros)|
|9||Croatia / Porec||105,25 (132 euros)|
|10||Malta / Silema||110,62 (139 euros)|
|11||USA / Orlando||117,94 (148 euros)|
|12||Spain / Majorca||129,81 (163 euros)|
|13||Italy / Sorrento||142,54 (179 euros)|
|14||France / Nice||147,63 (186 euros)|