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Paphos in Cyprus tops list of bargain city breaks

UK travellers wanting a bargain city break should head to Cyprus, a study has found.

Paphos, on the south-west coast of the Mediterranean island, is the cheapest out of 36 European cities included in the Post Office Travel Money report.

The research took into account a dozen typical city break costs including accommodation for two nights, transport between the airport and the city centre, an evening meal for two and entrance fees for top attractions.

This totalled just £138 in Paphos, which was followed by Vilnius, Lithuania (£139); Riga, Latvia (£150) and Warsaw, Poland (£154).

Paphos is one of four sunshine destinations to make it into the top 10.

Lisbon in Portugal, w estern Europe's cheapest capital city, is at number seven (£162), while Athens, Greece, is at nine (£191) followed by Palma, Majorca (£196).

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: "This is the first time since we started surveying tourist costs in European cities eight years ago that we have seen so many Western capitals provide the low prices usually associated with Prague, Budapest and other eastern European cities.

"City breaks have emerged as the most popular type of holiday for UK tourists in the past three years and, with ongoing uncertainty about sterling, there is good reason for people planning trips to do their homework carefully and check where the pound will give them more for their money.

"This year the sunshine cities that have made it into our top 10 look great value, with the promise of a sunny climate as well as low prices."

:: Here are the top 10 cheapest European city break destinations for UK travellers, according to Post Office Travel Money:

1. Paphos, Cyprus

2. Vilnius, Lithuania

3. Riga, Latvia

4. Warsaw, Poland

5. Budapest, Hungary

6. Krakow, Poland

7. Lisbon, Portugal

8. Prague, Czech Republic

9. Athens, Greece

10. Palma, Majorca

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