THE Costa del Sol has been named one of Europe’s best value for money holiday hotspots.

Buckets and spades, sun cream and insect repellent can cost holidaymakers up to 80% more in some European resorts than in others, according to a Post Office Travel Money survey.

Spain was topped only by Bulgaria, while Italy and France were named as the priciest destinations in Europe.

A three-course family meal, beach items and alcoholic drinks were among the 15 typical holiday-spend items surveyed, in 13 popular European resorts.

The best-value resort was Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, where all 15 items cost just €83.

But the Costa del Sol was hot on its heels, where the items cost €101, followed by Crete at €110.

On the other end of the spectrum, buying a bucket and spade in Nice on the French Riviera – the most expensive resort – will set you back an incredible €10.32