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Bulgaria and Turkey: cheap holidays with 45p beer and £33 flights

The cost of everything seems to be climbing this year, from gas prices to taxes — and vacations are no different.

Countries in Europe are likely to feel more expensive for Brits this year, especially as we all try to save money where we can.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t great deals to be found.

And, some countries are much cheaper than others when it comes to the “hidden” food and drink costs that we often overlook when looking for cheap accommodation.

After all, you won’t save much if you find a cheap Airbnb somewhere only to find it costs £6 a pint and £100 for each dinner.

La Poste has published its latest Vacation Money Report in March which examines the different cost of common tourist items.

And the cheapest places for the British were the beautiful sunny countries of Turkey and Bulgaria.

The sunny beach reaches lovely warm temperatures

The report noted that the cost of eight items in Marmaris in Turkey was £26.13, while the same in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria would cost you just £26.19.

That’s a massive drop from the third-cheapest destination, Algarve, Portugal, which costs £44.39 for the same items.

And that’s a monumental difference from the more expensive places in Reykjavik, Iceland, which cost £158.16, and Bridgetown, Barbados, which cost £156.74!

The cost of holidays in Turkey has also fallen since 2021 by 36.8%, while costs in Bulgaria have fallen by 22.4% since 2020.

You can get a beer for just over £1 in Turkey
You can get a beer for just over £1 in Turkey

Items reviewed included:

  • Cup of filter coffee
  • Bottle of local beer/lager
  • Bottle/can of Coca-cola/Pepsi
  • A glass of wine
  • 1.5 bottle of mineral water
  • Solar cream
  • insect repellent
  • Three-course dinner for two

And some results are surprising.

For example, you can grab a bottle of beer for just 45p in Bulgaria while it’s a bit more expensive at £1.54 and wine is £1.12 in Sunny Beach compared to £1.84 in Marmaris.

Meanwhile, a cup of coffee will cost you 59p in Turkey and 58p in Bulgaria, meaning they’re about the same.

A can of coke in Marmaris, Turkey will cost 61p and 58p in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria.

But, mineral water was much cheaper in Turkey at only 8p compared to 36p in Bulgaria.

Some of the most expensive items on the list included sunscreen at an average of £4.21 in Turkey and £2.24 in Bulgaria.

Although most of us tend to take sunscreen and insect repellent – which cost £1.14 in Turkey and £1.35 in Bulgaria – at home.

A full meal for two with wine will cost under £20 at both destinations
A full meal for two with wine will cost under £20 at both destinations

The biggest difference from the cost of a vacation is food.

And, you can eat a three-course dinner for two including a bottle of wine for a miniscule £16.02 in Turkey.

That’s less than the same price at Wetherspoons in the UK!

In Bulgaria you can get the same meal for £19.51 which is still impressive, especially compared to popular destinations like the Costa Del Sol where it costs £41.90 or Corfu where the total was £48, £08.

So if you’re looking to fly somewhere cheap this year, check out what’s on offer in Sunny Beach or Marmaris for a budget vaycay.

The average high temperature reaches a pleasant 29 degrees in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria in July, while in Marmaris, Turkey it soars to 35 degrees in July and August.

And, flights won’t break the bank either, as flights from London to Bourgas (near Sunny Beach) can be found on Skyscanner for as little as £33 in July.

While one from London to Dalaman (near Marmaris) in the same month costs from £63.