The Pound Sterling is getting weaker by the day against currencies like the Euro, and with many of us are preparing to jet off for a summer holiday, the timing couldn't be worse. With the volatility set to continue, it's important to choose holiday destinations where you'll be able to compensate by spending less money while in the resort.
Luckily, if we think about both the exchange rate and the local cost of items, there are still some destinations where your pound can stretch further this summer than it did last year.
Topping our list is Sunny Beach, a lively spot on the Black Sea Coast that really lives up to its name. With 300 days of sun a year, 8km of golden sand and an abundance of restaurants, bars and clubs on the waterfront, Sunny Beach is the perfect place for all ages to enjoy a holiday.
Although the Pound to Bulgarian Lev exchange rate is flat compared to last year, the in-resort prices are considerably cheaper than many other holiday destinations. For instance, here you'll be able to buy sun cream for £2.42, enjoy time on the beach with water rides, buckets and spades, mask & snorkel sets and ice creams for less than £50, or get a three-course evening meal for two (complete with a bottle of wine) for just £22.32.
The Algarve, a sunseekers paradise in Portugal, is home to white sand beaches, rocky coves and golf courses aplenty.
Local prices in the Algarve, which was 2017s winner, have fallen again. Although not as cheap as Bulgaria overall, you can still get a bargain on food and drink, with the average price of a three-course evening meal for two, including a bottle of house wine, being £29.37.
With its palm-fringed promenade and yacht-filled marina, Marmaris is the ultimate holiday destination on the Turquoise Coast.
Summer 2019 has seen a revival in the number of people returning to Turkey as the value of Sterling increasing by 20% versus the Lira compared to this time last year. Although local prices are becoming more expensive overall, beach lovers can still relax on a free sun lounger or enjoy a wild ride on a banana boat for an astoundingly cheap £5.81 while explorers can meander around the historic old town.
Torremolinos is the original Costa del Sol holiday resort that's been a firm favourite with Brits looking for a bit of sun and sangria since the late 1950s. It's close to Malaga airport, meaning cheap transfers, and the Prices here are among the lowest in Spain, although Benidorm is closing in.
What are you waiting for? Grab your £2.27 bucket and spade, the cheapest out of all destinations tested, and enjoy the best beach in the Andalusia region.
Zadar is one of Croatia’s hidden gems that is rich in history and natural beauty. The port city is known for its delicious catch of the day and for being a stone's throw away from Saharun, one of the country's best beaches.
Croatia is becoming more and more popular so it's no surprise that demand is making the in-resort costs increase. However, the current exchange rate still makes it a great value destination, more so if you choose to buy currency when you get there.
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