Sunny Beach in Bulgaria has been named the best-value family holiday destination in Europe for Brits in a new Post Office Travel Money survey.
The findings show that family holidays to many parts of Europe are up to 31 per cent cheaper this summer, with Spain's Costa del Sol and the Greek island of Crete also providing exceptionally good value for money.
Italy and France are the most expensive spots, although restaurant prices have plunged as much as 46 per cent since last year in some popular Italian destinations, including Sorrento in Italy.
Budget-conscious travellers were warned that typical holiday items such as buckets and spades, sun cream and insect repellent can be as much as 80 per cent more in some resorts than in others.
Post Office Travel Money surveyed the price of 15 typical holiday-spend items in 13 popular European resorts as well as Orlando in Florida.
After Bulgaria, the next-best prices were in the Costa del Sol where the items were £80. followed by Crete (£87).
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The items included a three-course family meal, beach items and soft and alcoholic drinks.
The best-value resort was Sunny Beach in Bulgaria where the items cost just £66.
Despite the dip in meal prices, Sorrento was one of the most expensive of the resorts, with the items costing as much as £143. Only Nice on the French Riviera was more pricey - at £148.
The survey also found that meal prices have soared in Majorca, making it one of the priciest of places to eat out.
A bucket and spade cost just £1.63 in Crete but as much £8.17 in Nice, while a portion of chips was 64p in Sunny Beach but £3.27 in Nice.
Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: "Paying for meals is likely to have the biggest impact on the family budget. Price variations in popular destinations are much greater than you might expect so those who have still to book would be well advised to do some homework to find out where feeding the family will cost least.
"For those on a strict budget Sunny Beach and the Costa del Sol look to be unbeatable value. However, competition between restaurants in Sorrento and Porec in Croatia means that families visiting these resorts will pay a lot less than a year ago."
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