The Most Expensive summer destinations in Europe

Updated: August 8, 2017

The cliffside village of Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, famous for attracting the rich and famous over the years, has been revealed as the most expensive place to stay in Europe this summer, according to a new survey.

The survey by compared accommodation prices in popular destinations across the continent during the month of August. For the purposes of the survey, the cheapest available double room during this period was used for comparison. Additionally, only hotels or inns with at least 3 stars and situated near to the beach or the centre were taken into account.

According to the survey results, visitors to Positano this August will have to pay an average rate of £256 per night for the cheapest available double room. The next most expensive destination is Oia, a small town located on the Greek island of Santorini, where holidaymakers can expect to pay a minimum of £221 for a night’s stay. Completing the podium is another exclusive destination, the chic town of St Tropez in the South of France, where the cheapest room is priced at £214.

Other notable destinations to appear in the survey’s findings are Edinburgh in tenth place, where visitors are likely to find rates no cheaper than £183 per night. However, this is primarily due to the fact that the Scottish capital plays host to a major festival, Edinburgh Fringe, throughout the month of August, which leads to accommodation prices soaring due to high demand.

The table below shows the 20 priciest summer destinations in Europe, based on the the average rate for each destination's cheapest available double room, in accommodation rated at least 3 stars, from 1–31 August 2017.

  1. Positano (Italy) £256
  2. Oia (Greece) £221
  3. Saint Tropez (France) £214
  4. Capri (Italy) £206
  5. Santa Eularia (Spain) £204
  6. Sylt (Germany) £204
  7. Imerovigli (Greece) £203
  8. Vilamoura (Portugal) £187
  9. Mykonos Town (Greece) £184
  10. Edinburgh (Scotland) £183
  1. Porto-Vecchio (France) £181
  2. Ibiza Town (Spain) £178
  3. San Sebastian (Spain) £162
  4. Lagos (Portugal) £159
  5. Locarno (Switzerland) £147
  6. San Antonio (Spain) £147
  7. Interlaken (Switzerland) £146
  8. Olbia (Italy) £143
  9. Alcudia (Spain) £141
  10. Sao Miguel (Portugal) £139

About the Methodology

Every European town, city and resort with a minimum of 30 hotels was considered for the survey. For each location, the price for the cheapest available double room was established for ten 3-night periods (Tuesday - Friday or Thursday - Sunday) throughout the month of August 2017. Based on this data, an average price was then calculated for each destination, resulting in the rankings above. Only hotels rated 3 stars or higher and with a TripAdvisor rating of at least "good" were included in the survey. Moreover, only hotels located in, or less than 1km from, the city centre/beach were considered. All prices were established in mid-July using the hotel comparison website Kayak.

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