Brit tourists reveal ‘insane’ cheap prices in Turkey after currency crash – with pints just £1.22

Turkey’s currency might be stuffed but the collapse of the Lira has meant prices are brilliant for visiting Brits.

Prices are now equivalent to 1990 levels in the UK so families have been feeling flush on trips to the popular destination.

The slump means a pint of beer has plunged to just £1.22, a large white wine is less than £3 and some items of clothing can be picked up for as little as just 60p.

Mirror sub editor Kay Harrison has just returned from a trip to the Thomas Cook Sunconnect Grand Ideal Premium in Marmaris (below), Turkey.

And she was amazed by the low cost of virtually everything.

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“Prices were ridiculous,” she said. “You had to do a double take when you realised how much something was!

“In restaurants and cafes, burgers and pizza slices were coming in at around 15 lira (under £2) and everyone seemed really pleased and grateful for your tourist cash.

“We ducked into one spot off the harbour and ordered a large beer, giant wine, two cakes for the kids and an orange juice. The bill came in at 70 lira – around £8.”


Mirror writer Kay and her family were among the bargain-hungry Brits flocking to Turkey.

Her son Bryce, 5, was recently recruited as a junior travel reporter by Thomas Cook to report on the trip to the Thomas Cook Sunconnect Grand Ideal Premium in Marmaris.

And he told us how his holiday spending money lasted a lot longer than usual thanks to the currency crash.

The schoolboy said: “My grandparents gave me £20 to spend and I got loads of great stuff.

“I really wanted a giant teddy and she cost 80 lira and I got free sweets with her. One tasted really weird.

“I bought a Super Mario t-shirt and wore it straight away – I love it

“I came home with a teddy, sweets, water blaster, t-shirt and golden bangle for my girlfriend Olivia. I love Turkey.”

The bargains aren’t limited to food and drink either – with clothing, soaps and more slashed in price.

“Off the side streets, you could get some insane deals,” she added. “I bought three chunky olive soaps for 10 lira (£1.30) and a traditional Turkish hat for five lira (60p).

“I also bought some beautiful cotton throws for 19 lira each (less than £2.50) to take back as gifts.

Kay said the bazaars were packed with crazy bargains – and if there were no price tags it was an open invitation to haggle

“I didn’t have to think twice about treating my son Bryce to a treat and always seemed to have folding money in my purse – an unusual feeling.”

Kay also found prices at the hotel’s spa were lower than at home. She explained: ” I had a facial, nibbly fish tickly foot spa and Indian head massage – plus a child chocolate spa treatment – for around £50. It was so much cheaper than in Britain.”

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