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Portugal Cheapest Place to Dine in EU: Poll

The UK Post Office’s most recent Holiday Barometer study has found that Portugal is the cheapest place (in Europe) for a family of four to eat and drink out, The Portugal News reports.

According to the 2012 Barometer, a three-course meal in Portugal for a family of four with coffee, beer, and Coca-Cola costs £44.14 (about $70 USD). In Spain, the same meal would cost around 17.5 percent more (£53.51 or about $84.75) while in Italy the bill would be about two-and-a-half times more, ringing in at £114.65 (about $181.60).

The Post Office Holiday Barometer survey compared costs at six top international resorts, including Torremolinos in Spain and Albufeira in the Algarve.  A spokesperson said: “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.

“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.”