Europe is typically a destination that can be quite pricey. However, you do not have to have a hefty bank account to have a great trip. Believe it or not, there are some destinations in Europe that will not kill your budget. For every expensive city on the continent, there are many that are charming and very much affordable. These cities offer remarkable cuisine, jaw dropping architecture and an abundance of European culture. Read on to discover these six affordable European destinations and plan your trip today.
6 Affordable European Destinations
Visit the Heel of Italy’s Boot
Come and see the trullo in Apulia, Italy. The town of Alberobello contains the largest group of trulli and is a UNESCO protected site. Many trulli are available for rent and it is the best way to live like a local. Trullidea Resort helps you feel like a citizen with one of their wonderful rentals. The cost of this rental is considerably less than a typical tourist hotel in the area. For some time in the sun on the beach, you can go to Gargano Peninsula in Apulia. This beach is popular with the locals but is mostly off the radar for tourists.
See Spectacular Castles in Bavaria
If you want to feel like you are in a fairytale, spend some time in Bavaria. One of Germany’s most popular destinations, Bavaria is known for its distinctive local culture, popular festivals, and spectacular mountain scenery. In Munich, dine on delicious sausages and beer at Hofbräuhaus, a tourist favorite. A must see attraction in Bavaria is Neuschwanstein Castle, the mountain top home of King Ludwig II. Tours of Neuschwanstein Castle are only possible with a guided tour and tickets are only available online.
Stay in Charming Budapest
A trip to Budapest can cost considerably less than the city’s western European counterparts. In Budapest, you can take a stroll or a cruise along the glorious Danube River. The city is also a great place to navigate by bicycle or a guided walking tour. Budapest is known for its considerable nightlife scene with many bars and nightclubs including the popular Boutiq’Bar and Buddha-Bar Lounge. You won’t have to go far here to sample that wonderful Hungarian cuisine. For an exceptional dining experience, try Zincenco Kitchen, voted the best restaurant in Budapest.
See Architectural Masterpieces in Ljubljana
This capital of Slovenia, although it is one of the smallest in Europe, Ljubljana has an appeal to locals and visitors alike. The architecture of this majestic city is in of itself a reason to visit. Renowned architect Joze Plecnik designed many of the structures here such as the Triple Bridge and the embankments of the Ljubljanica River. For a delightful Slovenian meal, dine at Kodila Gourmet. For active people, there are many hiking trails like Bevke Learning Trail, or you can cycle on any of the city’s bicycle routes such as the Green Ljubljana Tour.
Explore the Medieval Streets of Andalusia
This hilltop region near Seville has many whitewashed villages stretching from Arcos de la Frontera all the way to Ronda. In Ronda, walk along the cobblestone streets and marvel at the medieval architecture. Highlights in this region include the Great Mosque of Cordoba, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and the lovely beach resort of Marbella. You can also spend some time in Seville and dine on delicious tapas, watch flamenco dancing, and explore the amazing Alcazar Castle.
Experience Cold War Mystique in Berlin
The city of Berlin is the cultural capital of central Europe. This cosmopolitan city has always been a place that has attracted creative types and savvy travelers. Berlin has a thriving art gallery and restaurant scene that keeps visitors coming back. Feel like you are in the United States at New Berlin Diner, where great American fare is served daily. The best place to start exploring Berlin is the tony Mitte (middle) district that has major tourist sites including the Reichstag and Potsdamer Platz. Take a hop on, hop off bus to take you on a guided tour of this splendid city.
Come and visit one of these affordable European destinations this year!
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Wednesday 21st of July 2021
Cheapest EU destinations are found eastern Europe: Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia for example are much cheaper than any of the western european areas mentioned in this article. You'll find beautiful nature, the friendliest people, old cities with castles and less tourists there too!
Saturday 24th of July 2021
@Beny, sorry, I'm talking about countries in Europe, not in the 'European Union'. However, you can pay with Euros in some of these countries :-).
Thursday 22nd of July 2021
@Elisa, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia are not in the EU 🙈
Thursday 22nd of July 2021
@Elisa, totally agree, Eastern Europe, the Balkan countries or the Baltic’s, that’s where you should be! Greetings from Amsterdam, Rob