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Number cruncher

14%
the amount food and drink prices have fallen in Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach


£130
cost of a family meal plus wine and soft drinks in Sorrento


31.3%
the year-on-year fall in basket items in the Algarve

Turkey’s 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 £92.82 and in Ibiza they were 17% lower, at £93.09.


The highest premium was in Nice (£106). However, while prices have risen only 1.8% there, bigger increases were found in Greece and Croatia. Families visiting Crete (£72.68) can expect to spend 13% more, while they are likely to pay 11% more in Croatia’s Porec (£73.56).


Nick Boden, head of Post Office Travel Money, said: “The Beach Barometer reveals how paying for beach items can tip the family holiday budget into the red.”

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