Cheap holidays: Brits can bag budget breaks to Turkey as pound strengthens against lira

The pound to euro exchange rate is low amid fears of a no-deal Brexit.

Last summer the exchange rate hovered around €1.14 to the pound and this year it has remained even lower at around the €1.12 mark.

This means holidays to popular European destinations like Spain and France are more expensive for Brits.

But if you’re looking for a budget break close to home, Turkey could be your best bet.

Holidays to the destination are cheaper than ever for Brits as the lira hits a record low against the pound.

The Turkish currency has fallen by 34% over the past year meaning tourists travelling from the UK can get more bang for their buck.

Due to the dropping prices, Turkey has experienced a huge boom in tourism this summer.

In fact, Turkey ranked as the third most popular holiday spot in Europe according to figures from TUI.


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Marmaris in Turkey was also named the cheapest beach destination in Europe, in a recent report by Post Office Travel Money.

Other popular Turkish destinations include Antalya, Ölüdeniz and Bodrum.

While Antalya is famous for it sandy beaches and Ölüdeniz is know for it’s stunning Blue Lagoon, Bodrum is a more bustling city and great for those looking for nightlife.

If you’re looking for some more wanderlust inspiration here are five autumn and winter sun destinations less than five hours flight away.

But is Turkey safe to travel to?

Turkey’s tourism has suffered after a string of terrorist attacks in 2016 and 2017.

At the time the Foreign Office advised against all but essential travel to Turkey.

However, the president declared Turkey is no longer in a state of emergency and tourists have started returning to the destination.

As a result of the attacks security has been tightened in the country.

The FCO still advise against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir.

They also advise against all but essential travel to:

  • The remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces
  • The provinces of Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari

For more information see the Foreign Office website.

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