A three-course meal for a family of four with coffee, beer, and Coca-Cola costs £44.14
Portugal is the cheapest place to eat and drink out in Europe, according to a new holiday price survey.
A three-course meal for a family of four with coffee, beer, and Coca-Cola costs £44.14, while you would have to pay £114.65 (two-and-a-half times more) if you were on holiday in Italy.
Even Spain, a firm favourite with British holidaymakers for years, could not compete with Portugal on price with the same meal costing £53.51 or 17.5 per cent more.
Debt-ridden Greece charged £55.40 – 26 per cent less than a year ago. In France the bill was £69.09 and in Florida £71.06.
The Post Office Holiday Barometer survey compared costs at six of the top resorts, including Torremolinos in Spain and Albufeira on the Algarve.
A spokeswoman said: “Hard-up families planning a break during the Easter school holidays will find that there’s intense competition to attract British holidaymakers. Portugal is now a lot cheaper than its neighbour Spain which will surprise a lot of people.
“Even hard-pressed Greece is not far behind when it comes to paying for a meal out. Yet it still cannot compete with Portugal on price.”
Post Office head of travel money Andrew Brown said: “A stronger pound against the euro is good news but resort costs can vary dramatically.
“So holidaymakers should look at costs of food and drink before choosing a destination.”