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Last chance saloon to escape the Olympic madness!

23rd July 2012

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In Trafalgar Square the Olympic countdown clock is now showing only four days before the games begin which leaves you just enough time to escape the forthcoming chaos.

It's not too late to pack your suitcases and get to the nearest airport, but don't take the first flight out the UK without looking at this summer's cheapest deals.

According to the Post Office, the Greek island of Crete is the most expensive destination this summer, whereas Bulgaria is the most affordable.

The reason Crete is the dearest place for a break this summer isn't surprising when considering the cost of beach holiday extras such as suncream, insect repellent, drinks and meals out in a popular paradise for Brits and foreigners alike.

The wise choice would be to head south east Europe but bypass Greece to a more affordable Bulgaria.

Other destinations on the cheap end of the getaway spectrum are the more traditionally popular hotspots of the Costa del Sol and Turkey.

A report for Post Office Travel Money found that ten standard items associated with beach holidays cost on average £110.17 in Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, £121.11 in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol and £129.29 in Marmaris, Turkey.

However the same items cost a staggering £189.15 in Crete which is 72% more than its cheaper neighbouring countries.

And if you've really scrapped your pennies together to avoid the Games, you may be keen to know there are also variations in prices found within countries this summer. For example if you head to Spain and choose to stay in Majorca you could end up paying 30% more than in the Costa del Sol.

And to be really specific you may be interested to hear that drinks such as a can of Coca-Cola cost least in Portugal’s Algarve, where it costs just 86p, compared to £1.75 in Bournemouth, £1.95 in Turkey, £1.94 in Corfu, £2.16 in France and £2.24 in Crete!

If you live in the Capital and want to escape but stay in the country then Bournemouth in Dorset is a good destination as the Post Office showed the seaside resort was one of the more reasonably-priced resorts in the survey, costing an average of £147.23.

A notice may seem too short for a great escape but overall if you do choose to hop over the British Isles before the Games begin, you'll have the advantage when it comes to last minute deals in Europe - spending money will go 11.5% further due to the strength of the sterling against the Euro, with rates at their highest so far in July.

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