Portugal best for cheap fags and booze

If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a holiday this year, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s going to be cheaper to buy your suncream/condoms/beer goggles abroad than ever before.


In a bid to attract British holidaymakers and their rampant alcoholism, resorts in the Algarve and Costa Del Sol are lowering prices for everyday items like coffee, beer, soft drinks, cigarettes and meals. Some prices are down by 15 to 20%, according to the Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer (which I like to imagine is operated by Postman Pat wearing Fake Bake and Hawaiian shorts, but probably isn’t.)

Albufeira in the Algarve was the cheapest resort, thanks to its low-priced meals and drinks. The most expensive places in Europe to visit are Tuscany and Sorrento in Italy, but you probably already knew that.

The advice from the Post Office and their super shiny holiday barometer is this: choose your resort wisely this year, and you could save more overall. So despite a lousy exchange rate, you’ll still be able to get so drunk that you can crash into a swimming pool on a moped and then give everyone you encounter a sexual disease.

Happy holidays!


  • _me_
    what bollocks. If you want cheap fags and booze, get yerself a cheap flight to Poland or similar. 200 West, Winston or similar kosher yank brands will set you back around £22. Vodka starts at under £4 a litre. Other spirits are also similarly cheap.
  • Maddie
    I want there once, shan't be going back. Or coming back either.
  • Martin
    Whenever I read an article on here that tries to be funny but isn't, I look at the author and it's always Lucy Sweet.
  • Ben
    Cigarette prices are set by law in Portugal, so that part is nonsense.
  • Kate M.
    It's also great for Tapas over there.
  • Captain.Cretin
    Portugal was cheap BEFORE they joined the EU, even 20% off is a pittance compared to how prices went up when they joined. For example, local "SuperBock" beer went from 7p per bottle to over 50p per bottle, and "Crystal" beer went from 2p to 36p per bottle.

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