According to the 2013 Global Holiday Costs Barometer prepared by Post Office Travel Money, which analyses the price of ten essential products for tourists in 20 destinations, the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca are positioned as the cheapest Spanish destinations to spend a holiday, due to falling prices in the beach resorts.
The study, which takes into account the price of a cup of coffee, sunscreen, mosquito repellent or a dinner for two, points to Torremolinos (Málaga) as being the Spanish town with the lowest prices, with an average cost of 46.5 pounds Sterling (54.3 euros) for these essential purchases, after experiencing a drop of 19% compared to the previous year.
Similarly, the report notes that Jávea (Alicante) is the second cheapest Spanish destination, with an average cost of 47.14 pounds Sterling (55 euros) to cover a tourist’s basic needs, which is a drop of 20% compared with 2012.
However, according to Diario Sur, the Barometer reveals that of the 20 destinations analysed in the study, Albufeira, in Portugal’s Algarve, is the cheapest overall, with an average cost of 46.34 pounds Sterling (54.1 euros) for these same ten items.
It also places Palma Nova in Mallorca as the fifth cheapest destination, with an average cost of 55.46 pounds Sterling (64.7 euros), a cost which rises to 88.22 pounds Sterling (103 euros) if the tourist chooses to spend their holiday in Mahon (Menorca), which is the fifth most expensive place of the 20 analysed.
Among the most expensive destinations, the analysis highlights that buying these products or services in Jumeirah (Dubai) can reach 103.23 pounds Sterling (120.5 euros), while in Sorrento (Italy) they would cost 101.79 pounds Sterling (118.8 euros).