Whether it’s a country or a single city, Europe is the most popular continent in the world. As wanderlust passes quickly from generation to generation, millennials are eager to explore the world around them, but there is only one problem: money. Not everyone has the opportunity to find a decent amount to spend a month in European capitals, but there is always the opportunity to find an alternative option. You can save some money and go to any of these budget destinations in Europe.
Poland is a culturally diverse country, offering travelers countless options for entertainment and attractions at a very affordable price. Stop in the capital city of Warsaw and explore the magnificent architecture before heading into the nearby countryside and mountains for panoramic views. All this will not cost you a dime. And if hiking isn’t your thing, head to Krakow or Gdansk, where there are plenty of interesting places to immerse yourself in Polish history. In the list of the cheapest cities in Europe, Warsaw occupies a leading position for a reason.
Then we stay in Eastern Europe, because Bulgaria is next on the list of the best budget destinations. Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and one of the most interesting and cheap cities in Europe. The reason for this is the perfect combination of the charm of the old city and modern architectural designs. If you happen to be here in the winter, you can also ski in the surrounding mountains, which is much cheaper compared to the more popular ski destinations in Europe.
It is not the country, or the city as such, but the sensational 1,000 kilometers of pristine Mediterranean coastline that make Croatia so attractive. In general, the country is not expensive, and if you travel frequently, you know that the closer you get to the coastline, the more expensive everyday goods can be. Fortunately, this is not the case in Croatia. From Dubrovnik in the south to Split and Rijeka in the north and everywhere in between, the Croatian coast has something to suit all budgets, whether it’s staying in a world-class seaside hotel to eat simply great Croatian cuisine or discovering hundreds of years of medieval history.
If you’re looking for a budget travel destination along an impressive coastline, you’ll want to put Porto at the top of your list. After visiting many museums and the Ponti de Don Luis I bridge, head to the beach and relax while taking in the views of the Atlantic. If you are not a beach person, then do not worry — here you can always go for a tasting of local wines in Portugal. Oh, and one little secret — admission to museums and other attractions is free on Sundays, so plan your trip to Porto for a day off.
A perfect combination of Western and Eastern Europe, Budapest is located on the banks of the Danube River and is the capital of Hungary. Air travel is cheap both to and from Budapest, along with public transport and taxis. The city is also full of good and cheap hotels, so you will definitely stay within your small budget. Once in Budapest, you will discover many original eateries that offer traditional Hungarian cuisine (including the famous goulash). There will be a wide range of options on the entertainment list, from thermal baths to nightclubs. You can also visit Buda Castle where you will learn about the origin of the name Budapest.
Berlin may be one of the few capitals in the world where the cost of living is below average, but prices are slowly rising. With that in mind, after visiting the German capital, it was time to head south for a few hours to Leipzig. The city is best known for its culture and art, which has been constantly changing over the past few decades. There are many free galleries to visit, and a thriving quirky nightlife. It really is a city in its own little world and much cheaper than most other cities in Germany like Munich and Frankfurt.
Prague, Czech Republic
Eastern Europe is revealed in Prague in all its glory. Prague is full of endless sights and historical sites. Even though most of Prague’s sights will set you back a few dollars, be sure to visit them to understand why this city is the gem of Eastern Europe. Don’t worry, you’ll save money elsewhere, like tasting the famous Czech beer in restaurants for around 1 euro. The city was founded around 870 AD and it is the preservation of history that is the most unusual aspect of the Czech capital. Prague offers very cheap accommodation, food and drink, ranking among the top budget destinations in Europe.
It may sound surprising to many, but Florence is the perfect place for the budget traveler. According to authoritative ratings, Florence ranks second among the best tourist destinations in Italy and ninth among the cheapest destinations in Europe, and a leader in the list of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city has absorbed centuries of history with Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi, who called Florence their home. Here you will find excellent local cuisine and wine, as well as the romantic charm of the city, along with some of the lowest prices in Europe. It’s easy to get lost in one of the narrow cobbled streets, or spend a few hours in the many cafes near the Duomo.
This Maritime country is located directly south of Croatia and is a must if you are in the region. Kotor and Budva are extensions of the Croatian coast but offer lower prices. In Kotor, you will find yourself in the middle of high, frightening mountains, exiled by the walls of the old city. If you have just arrived from Dubrovnik, you will find many similarities. Stroll through the castle of St. John, which is located on a mountain top overlooking the beautiful city and the Mediterranean coast, or immerse yourself in the local culture at the night festival in Bok, which takes place in August. Here you can get under $15 per person for food and other entertainment, which is pretty budget-friendly. You can read about the sights of Montenegro in a separate selection.
If you’re worried about hotel prices, head to Seville. Many decent hotels cost less than $100 per night per night. That being said, you will have plenty of entertainment options when it comes to immersing yourself in traditional Spanish culture. Seville is famous for flamenco dancing, the classic bullfighting siesta, which is still very common in the city. This is Spain’s world-famous culinary scene, which, along with amazing parks and gardens, will give you a great budget holiday at an affordable price.