DOZY British holidaymakers are confusing Palma in Mallorca with the island of La Palma in the Canaries when booking their holidays, a survey has revealed.

Hopeless map-reading skills mean that a third of tourists do not even know Faro is in Portugal’s Algarve.

Amazingly, over 100,000 hapless tourists realise their mistakes only when they arrive at the wrong destination. A further 1.9 million bring the wrong currency.

Other geographical blunders highlighted by include getting Venice in Italy mixed up with Vienna in Austria and turning up in Lisburn, Ireland rather than Lisbon in Portugal.