It’s good news for sun-seekers, as Portugal’s Algarve region has been named the most affordable holiday destination for 2017 by the annual Post Office Money Report. The prize, which compares the average cost of a meal for two, drinks, suncream and other items, found the Algarve was the cheapest out of 44 popular holiday destinations. And it’s not just great value that Portugal offers, there’s tonnes to do, too. Why not use your extra savings for a wallet-friendly excursion, like the Albufeira open-top bus tour, where you’ll soak up some of the Algarve’s top landmarks with a knowledgeable guide in tow. You can hop on and off the bus as often as you like for 24 hours, meaning you can really make the most of seeing all that the Algarve has to offer, all for under £15 per person. And if you have been worried about the pound to euro rate recently, there’s no need to fret as it is set to increase after the Bank of England’s recent announcement, so it means your spending money will go even further, too.
Bulgaria has always been well known for its cheap and cheerful prices, appearing on ‘best value holiday destination’ lists every year. And with Bulgarian Lev being quite low against the pound right now, it means even bigger bargains for us. We’re talking nabbing a local bottle of beer for as little as 69p or a bottle of water for 42p. Head to popular resort Sunny Beach where you’ll find everything from UNESCO-certified landmarks to 8km of Blue Flag-awarded sands, to loads of restaurants and bars to snap up some cheap eats. We’d also recommend a day at Bulgaria's Action Aquapark Sunny Beach to whiz down the water slides, including a 146-metre-long rafting river or adrenaline-pumping Kamikaze which has a drop of more than 20m, for less than £20.
South Africa’s currency has been in the news a lot lately, with many reports on its low value. But what is bad news for the South African Rand is great news for us, as it means we get more for our money when exchanging the pound. And with prices of 78p for a short taxi ride, to a mid-range bottle of wine costing about £2.50, it’s not hard to see why it scooped the best-value long-haul destination gong from the Post Office. With award-winning beaches, whale-watching and endless vineyards, you’ll bag loads of experiences for your buck, too. Cape Town was also recently voted the best city in the world by Telegraph Travel readers.
Mexico is the third cheapest long-haul destination, according to the Post Office’s report. Interestingly, Mexican Peso is currently the only currency weaker against the pound than it was a year ago, meaning UK tourists have about 3% more money to spend while holidaying there. But just because it’s easy on the pocket doesn’t mean you can’t have a luxury experience. Hotels on the doorsteps of some of the palm-lined beaches, gated resorts with their own 18-hole championship golf course and stylish shopping malls are just a few treats on offer here. Plus, Mexican food is famously delicious, so get a real taste of Mexico by sampling the tacos, enchiladas and tamales without breaking the bank.
Turkey is another place featured on the Post Office’s Money Report top 12 list, coming 4th and beating destinations like Cyprus and Hungary. And it’s not just prices like £30 for a dinner for two with wine that keeps holidaymakers flocking to Turkey, the Dalaman area has attracted tourists like Greek god Apollo since the ancient times. You can also expect 12 hours of sunshine during the summer months, nature's best spa treatments and UNESCO World Heritage spectacles like Cotton Castle in Pamukkale.
And if you’d like to stretch your holiday money even further, why not try one of our All Inclusive holidays? You pay one cost up front and get your flights, transfers, hotel, food and drink all included.
Or, why not opt for a holiday which gives you little extras thrown in. Head to Iceland, and you’ll get the famous Northern Lights and Golden Circle tour included too.
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Author: Abi Payne-Humphries
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The puts you in the heart of the action in Cape Town. Restaurant-lined Long Street is 10 minutes’ walk away, while there’s a free shuttle bus to the V&A Waterfront.
The Grand Azur Marmaris lines up the full Turkish bath experience, as part of its long list of massages and beauty treatments.
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