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6 Affordable European Beach Destinations To Visit This Summer

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Are you looking for an affordable beach getaway in Europe? These are the best budget-friendly destinations for travelers.

Many popular beach destinations in Europe are notoriously pricy during the summer. Places like the French Riviera, the Greek Isles, and Italy's Amalfi Coast are unaffordable for most travelers.

Aerial view of cyprus beach

Fortunately, there are still a number of cheap beach destinations in Europe for the ultimate summer getaway that won't break the bank.

Here are the best affordable European beach destinations to consider this summer:

1. Albania

Albania has made a name for itself as one of the best budget-friendly beach destinations in Europe. After going viral on TikTok, Albania has increased in popularity among travelers, but it still remains highly underrated.

The beaches in Albania are among the most beautiful in Europe, especially Sarande and Ksamil. These are great places to stay if you are looking for an affordable beach getaway this summer.

Luxury hotels are available for under $100 per night, with regular hotels and budget-friendly guesthouses for as little as $30 per night.

Aerial view of a beach in albania

2. Montenegro

Montenegro is another great beach destination in Europe where you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time.

This tiny Balkan country is often overshadowed by its more popular neighbor Croatia. However, Montenegro has a lot to offer to visitors, including beautiful beaches, some on the Adriatic Sea and some on the breathtaking Bay of Kotor. Budva is one of the most popular beach destinations known for its great beaches and nightlife.

Montenegro is also considerably more affordable than Croatia, making this the perfect destination for an affordable beach trip.

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Beach in Montenegro

3. Cyprus

If you're looking for an affordable Mediterranean getaway, look no further than Cyprus. This island in the Mediterranean is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

You can have a vacation in Cyprus for a fraction of the cost of the Greek Isles or another popular destination.

Cyprus is known for having affordable resorts and hotels and gorgeous beaches like Ayia Napa and Paphos. It's also still an underrated destination that hasn't exploded in popularity yet with travelers, making this summer a great time to visit.

A near empty beach in cyprus

4. Türkiye

Türkiye is a fantastic beach destination that offers great value to travelers. The best beaches in Türkiye are located along the Turquoise Coast, also known as the Turkish Riviera.

Along this stretch of beautiful Mediterranean coastline, you'll find charming towns and stunning beaches with crystal-clear turquoise waters.

This is also a very budget-friendly destination, with luxury hotels available for as little as $75 per night and plenty of even more affordable accommodations. If you want to go sailing in the Mediterranean, Türkiye is also the cheapest place to do it.

Turquoise Coast Turkiye

5. Portugal

Portugal has become an extremely popular destination due to its affordable prices, great weather, vibrant cities, and gorgeous beaches.

Although Portugal has become more expensive in recent years, it still remains the cheapest country in Western Europe by far. Beaches in the Algarve region of southern Portugal are known for being the prettiest, and the towns of Lagos and Faro are great bases for exploring the region.

Summer is also the best time of year for beginner surfers to visit Portugal, especially the beaches of Peniche and Ericeira, which are both close to Lisbon.

Aerial View Of Carvoeiro Beach, Algarve, Portugal

6. Spain

While typically more expensive than neighboring Portugal, Spain can still be a budget-friendly beach destination in Europe.

Skip the pricy party destinations like Ibiza and the luxury holiday spots like Marbella, and you can find plenty of beaches in Spain that won't break the bank.

Many of the beaches in southern Spain are affordable, and the Canary Islands (a Spanish territory off the coast of Africa) are even cheaper — and known for their stunning beaches.

view of ocean in spain

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