City break holidays fall by 39 per cent with Sofia boom of 251 per cent | Travel News | Travel

City breaks can be a great way to spend a holiday with culture and history combined.

With the weak pound, it seems many Brits have decided to stay in the UK this year with staycation holidays on the rise.

However new research by TravelSupermarket has found that the price of a break in a foreign city has dropped by as much as 39 per cent year on year.

It is great news for any British travellers wanting to find a holiday that isn’t suffering from the weak pound.

One surprising country has made the top spot as the cheapest city break, with Sofia in Bulgaria offering the lowest price.

The research analysed two nights in a hotel and a return flight from the UK and found Eastern European cities offered the best value for the holiday.

The Bulgarian city has reported a whopping 251 per cent increase in interest from travellers, in light of new routes being available from Britain.

Coming in at just under £70 a head for the city break, it certainly offers a bargain break, especially compared to prices last year that exceeded £100.

Emma Coulthurst, TravelSupermarket’s travel expert, explained: 

“Following the Brexit vote last year, there are continuing concerns that the household budget is being squeezed and that the price of holidays may go up in future. 

“But, our data, which compares the price of holidays across the travel market, shows that the price of going on a city break has actually gone down, for many destinations, quite significantly this autumn

“With destinations and airlines competing with each other, it means ever lowering prices for consumers. 

“If flight prices go down, so do holiday package prices.”

Warsaw came close second, and as “local beer costs less than £2”, Emma explains it is just as good value for a cheap trip abroad.

Those wanting to stay closer to home could also head to Cologne and Naples, which have dropped in price by 35 per cent and 39 per cent year on year respectively.

Coulthurst stated: “When demand drops, prices tend to follow suit, in the hope of encouraging people back.”

Popular destinations such as Amsterdam, one that many Britons choose, is a rubbish 77th cheapest for TravelSupermarket which doesn’t bode well for travellers trying to save the pennies.

One place to avoid, however, is Spain as holidays are set to increase by 10 per cent by next year.

As one of the countries that the British frequent every year, the combination of the weak pound and high demand has mean hoteliers are upping their prices.

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