Finding a cheap holiday is a challenge this year. However, new research from the expert team at Post Office Travel Money has found several bargain destinations where Britons can still find a cheap break.
Cheapest cities for a summer holiday
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Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, was crowned this summer’s cheapest city break, beating off strong competition from Vilnius and Krakow.
A weekend break in Lisbon with two nights’ three star accommodation, tourist attractions, a three course meal with house wine and drinks came in at just £224.76.
With prices Britons could only dream of, a cup of coffee came in at just £1.35 in Lisbon while a bottle of local brand beer was just £2.26.
Sightseeing was also extremely reasonably priced in the city with a bus tour coming in at just £18.06. Tourists who want to save even more money could just take one of Lisbon’s plans to see the city through a window.
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Lisbon’s top attractions include the Castelo de San Jorge and the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte viewpoint.
Tourists should make sure to pick up a pasteis de nata, Portugal’s famous custard tart, from one of the city’s bakeries.
Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, was this year’s second best value destination, proving just 25p more expensive than Lisbon for the basic items surveyed.
Vilnius is particularly charming during the summer months when the Old Town’s cafes set up tables in the street.
Tourists can wander the Old Town’s streets or check out the city’s interesting Museum of Illusions.
Krakow was the third cheapest choice for Britons and with beers for just £2.65, it’s not hard to see why.
At the other end of the scale, Amsterdam was the most expensive city break for British travellers at £727.07 for a weekend trip.
Venice, Paris and Dublin were also pricey choices for Britons but Copenhagen had the most expensive meals.
Laura Plunkett, Head of Travel Money at the Post Office said: “This year’s rise in prices makes it even more important for holidaymakers to do their homework before booking a city break.
“The increased price of accommodation could add hundreds of pounds to the overall cost of a holiday so travellers need to budget carefully for this.
“We also advise checking costs for meals, drinks and sightseeing before booking, as these are items that most city break tourists will incur.
“As this year’s barometer shows, there are wide variations in costs between cities and people who are prepared to swap destination can make their pounds stretch much further by choosing a cheaper capital like Lisbon or Vilnius.”
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