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Eating out in Portugal is cheap

Portugal is the cheapest place to eat and drink out in the whole of Europe, according to a new holiday price survey.

Six of the top European holiday destinations, including Torremolinos in Spain and Albufeira in the Algarve, were compared by the Post Office Holiday Barometer survey.

A spokeswoman told the Mirror newspaper: “Hard-up families planning a break during the Easter school holidays will find that there’s intense competition to attract British holidaymakers. Portugal is now a lot cheaper than its neighbour Spain, which will surprise a lot of people.”

She added: “Even hard-pressed Greece is not far behind when it comes to paying for a meal out. Yet it still cannot compete with Portugal on price.”

Andrew Brown, Post Office head of travel money, said: “A stronger Pound against the Euro is good news but resort costs can vary dramatically. So holidaymakers should look at costs of food and drink before choosing a destination.”

Portugal’s survey statistics showed that a three-course meal for a family of four with coffee, beer and a soft drink would cost £44.14.

At other destinations such as Italy the same meal would cost £114.65, a whooping two and a half times more, and Greece charged £55.40, 26% more.

Spain also could not compete with Portugal’s pricing, with the same meal costing 17.5% more at £53.51 and in France costing £69.09.

On an international scale, Florida did also not compare, with a price of £71.06.