Rob Frische - Rhino Travel Editor:
A Skyscanner survey has just found Cyprus to be the cheapest holiday destination in Europe, while France
is the most expensive.
As a resident of Cyprus I find this extremely troubling. Prices here are absolutely exorbitant – if you want to get a 60 km taxi journey it costs 70 Euros while I recently read of someone being charged 17 Euros for a hamburger and chips at Paphos Airport. However, I live in the capital city where a pint of beer will set you back 4.60 Euros (that’s worse than London), while if you go to the tourist resorts such as Ayia Napa you can get a pint for as little as 2 Euros.
The problem is that Cyprus seems to be hard to place price wise. I just booked a two bedroom holiday apartment near Larnaca airport for my family.
With a communal pool, cooking facilities and central location it was a bargain at 285 Euros for the week. But if you go to the supermarket here it costs at least 120 Euros for two people and you come back with barely enough food to last the week and little in the way of treats of alcohol.
Yet the website Skyscanner, which compares the cost of worldwide airplane flights, looked at various items including meals, drinks, accommodation in a Marriott hotel and hiring a car and found Cyprus to be the cheapest.
The next cheapest were Greece
followed by South Africa
. The top three most expensive holiday destinations, and places to hire a car, were France, Switzerland
. The survey also showed that people’s perceptions were often way wide of the mark. Most people assumed that the Scandinavian countries and places like Dubai
would be the most expensive. Skyscanner did not take the cost of the flights into the equation when working out which country was the priciest.
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