Families considering an Easter holiday or break are being advised that the Algarve currently represents particularly good value – although Europe as a whole is a good proposition given sterling’s rise of 17% against the euro in the last year.
New research by the Post Office shows that the best value for money this Easter will be traditional family destinations such as Portugal and Spain.
Prices in the Algarve have fallen by 20% since last year on food and drink plus other typical holiday expenses. As an example, a three-course family meal with drinks cost £36.36 on average in 2014 and is now £29.87, a cup of coffee has dropped from 87p to 52p, and a glass of wine has dropped from £1.73 to £1.11.
Similarly, in Spain’s Costa del Sol and in other family holiday favourites such as Tenerife and Cyprus, prices have fallen almost 15% since this time last year. In Tenerife, a family of four can eat out for £38.57 – compared with £6.71 less than a year ago.
Commented the Post Office’s Andrew Brown: "Although holidaymakers will get far more travel cash for their pounds in the eurozone, prices vary significantly between resorts, so the best advice is for canny travellers to cherry pick and book a resort where prices are cheapest. It will be hard to beat Portugal and Spain but, as the weather warms up, Greece is shaping up to be great value too.” He added that further afield the family favourite Orlando remains good value too.
See our family-friendly destination guide to the Algarve.