Two sunlounges under a parasol on the beachQ: Where is the cheapest place to go on holiday – we’re fancying somewhere sunny and warm?

A: If you’re about to book your summer holiday and, like, most of us, are on a tight budget, then head to the Costa Del Sol in Spain.

According to the seventh annual Post Office Holiday Money Report, this popular holiday resort has tied with the south west coast of Sri Lanka to be the cheapest place to jet off to in 2013.

The survey compares the average cost of eight essential holiday items in each country, such as a cup of coffee, a bottle of water, sun cream and a three-course evening meal with house wine.

Both Spain and Sri Lanka’s eight items came in at £36.14, well under £60 cheaper than the equivalent in the likes of Mauritius and Dubai.

So, where else would make a reasonably-priced holiday destination? The higher flight costs to the likes of Sri Lanka, Bali, Vietnam and Mexico might rule out the longer-haul destinations that feature in the top 10 cheapest destinations.

So this leaves the likes of Sunny Beach in Bulgaria (£45.10), the Algarve in Portugal (£45.54), and Marmaris in Turkey (£52.89).

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Andrea Ventress, Money Expert


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