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A family of four can spend a week in Cyprus for £1,130

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February half-term: This is the cheapest destination for families

Cyprus is the cheapest destination for UK families booking a half-term sunshine trip, a study has found.

A family of four can enjoy a week's holiday in Paphos for £1,130, according to Post Office Travel Money.

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The study of prices in 10 popular winter sun spots during the February half-term break found that Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, was runner-up at £1,663.

A package holiday in Cancun, Mexico, at £2,106 was found to be cheaper than some destinations closer to home, such as Sliema, Malta (£2,113) and another Canary Island, Tenerife (£2,147).

Mexico's peso is the only currency weaker against the pound than a year ago, meaning UK tourists have around 3% more cash to spend than in early 2016.

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The most expensive location included in the research was Jumeirah, Dubai, at £3,266, which was driven by the high cost of food and drink.

It was followed by Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (£2,791) and Penang, Malaysia (£2,382).

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: "Sterling's recent rally means that holidaymakers will not have to dig quite so far into their pockets as they would have had to do a few weeks ago.

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"However, there are big differences in prices among winter sun resorts

and these can really have an impact on the overall holiday budget.

"Bargain-hunters will be well advised to add the cost of meals and drinks in resorts to the price of a holiday package to find the destination that will give them the best overall value. In places like Dubai where meal and drinks prices are high, booking all-inclusive packages will keep their costs down."

The research combines the cost of a one-week holiday package, based on four sharing, with a daily family meal, range of drinks, suncream and insect repellent.

Paphos is well equipped to welcome tourists as 2017's joint European Capital of Culture.

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