Croatian beaches and foreign exchange rates continue to lure UK holidaymakers

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Post Office foreign exchange research reveals Croatia as a cost-effective destination

The tremendous summer increases recorded for the Croatian kuna provide clear evidence that not all UK holidaymakers deserted Europe or the Med for a staycation this year. Although the pound is weak against the euro, UK tourists who shop carefully could find that they get more than expected in their foreign currency exchange.

According to the Post Office Holiday Cost Barometer, the gorgeous beaches of Croatia are one of the cheapest options for a bargain break in Europe due to a good foreign currency exchange rate. Hordes of UK holidaymakers are not allowing the recession to curb their fun and are stretching their foreign currency for a value vacation in Croatia.

Croatia's foreign currency - the kuna - continues to beat other types of short-haul European destination foreign currency year on year. Many UK holidaymakers have snubbed the 'staycation' and opted for sunnier locations abroad. With the value of the pound so low, choosing countries where sterling is strong against the local currency, and there is a low cost of living, can be a reasonable alternative.

Post Office Foreign Currency Exchange has reported that the Croatian kuna made it into the top ten fastest-growing types of foreign currency purchased by UK holidaymakers this summer. Croatia was the only short-haul resort to make the top ten, along with Turkey.

The cost of everyday items such as sun cream, cigarettes, alcohol and food is significantly cheaper in Croatia for UK holidaymakers than either Spain or Portugal. It's easy to see why the cost effectiveness of the foreign currency exchange is enticing them to the fabulous beaches and amazing culture.

Sarah Munro, Post Office Head of Travel Services, said: "The tremendous summer increases recorded for the Croatian kuna provide clear evidence that not all UK holidaymakers deserted Europe or the Med for a staycation this year. Although the pound is weak against the euro, UK tourists who shop carefully could find that they get more than expected in their foreign currency exchange."

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