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Planning a winter holiday? Canary Islands offers the best value getaway this season

So where are you heading to this winter. Fuerteventura in Canary Islands offers the best value winter sun break for Indian families this year.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: November 21, 2014 2:28:49 pm
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So where are you heading to this winter. Fuerteventura in Canary Islands offers the best value winter sun break for Indian families this year, according to an annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study conducted by independent research firm, Ipsos.

Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands offers travellers a choice of almost 180 hotels, over 1,000 holiday rentals, almost 700 restaurants and over 300 attractions.

A week’s holiday for a family of four in Fuerteventura will cost Rs 51,604, which is more than seven times cheaper than the price of the most expensive destination for a winter sun break at Rs 3,88,798 in Turks and Caicos, home to the number one Caribbean island in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Islands Awards, Providenciales.

The results were taken from TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Winter Sun 2014, an annual report that compares the cost of a holiday in 29 winter sun destinations around the world. The study takes into account the cost of a week’s stay in a two bedroom holiday rental, one week’s car hire, basic self-catering groceries and dinner at a restaurant including drinks for a family of four this winter travel season (15 December – 31 March).

The Canary Islands are a clear winner for families this year as three are named in the top 10 most affordable destinations: Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife. The Caribbean emerges as the most expensive part of the world, laying claim to five of the ten most costly destinations.

When it comes to accommodation prices across the popular winter sun destinations, Turks and Caicos has the most expensive average rate for a week’s stay in a two bedroom holiday rental, coming in at Rs 3,88,798. For the price of one week in a holiday rental in Turks and Caicos, a family of four could have over 10 weeks in our very own Goa, with a holiday rental there costing just Rs 34,649 per week.

Tenerife is the cheapest destination to get around as the cost to hire a car for a family of four for one week comes in at Rs 8,782 – around four times less than in St Lucia where hiring a car for a week will set a family back Rs 34,555.

Goa is revealed as the cheapest place for a bite to eat and drink at just RS 2,024 for a dinner out for four, Rs 106 for two soft drinks and Rs 314 for two pints of beer. Dinner in the Cayman Islands is the most expensive at Rs 8,470 while Dubai is priciest for drinks with two beers costing Rs 2,142 and two soft drinks Rs 627.

For families wanting to stock up the holiday rental with some groceries, the best value destination for a loaf of bread is Mauritius, where a family could buy ten loaves at Rs 29 each for the price of one loaf in the most expensive destination, Turks and Caicos, where a loaf of bread costs Rs 306. For a pint of milk, Goa and Gran Canaria offer the best value at Rs 30 while Barbados is the most expensive at Rs 155.

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