The Best Budget-Conscious European Getaways


Ready to make plans for 2022? Wanting to travel and see some amazing sights? But not willing to break the bank? Join the club.

Luckily, there are plenty of budget-friendly options when it comes to travelling in Europe. It takes a little self-control to stop yourself spending excessively, but it’s definitely possible to save money and have a great time, especially in these destinations.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a popular tourist destination, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only does it have beautiful architecture, but it’s also much more affordable than the majority of big cities.

Budapest. Photo: Ervin Lukacs on Unsplash

Porto, Portugal

This coastal Portuguese city is a great idea for a getaway, especially if you’re a wine lover. Visit in winter months for an even cheaper trip, leaving you with more budget to spend on Port wine!

Porto. Photo: Nick Karvounis on Unsplash

Edinburgh, Scotland

Everyone knows about the wonders of London, but the brilliant city of Edinburgh can be considered the UK’s real hidden gem, and at just a fraction of the price. There’s also the added bonus of feeling like you’re in Harry Potter with the sophisticated layout.

Edinburgh. Photo: Alex Azabache on Unsplash

Krakow, Poland

Have a cracking time in Krakow. A city full of culture, historical landmarks, and the finest Eastern-European food, you definitely get your money’s worth here.

Krakow. Photo: Severinus Dewantara on Unsplash

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

This one is a little less of a stereotypical European city break, meaning you’ll have a holiday not to be forgotten. Dubbed Europe’s best-kept secret, Sarajevo isn’t overrun with tourists, meaning prices haven’t been driven up. Instead you’ll find intriguing markets and quirky nightlife at costs that your bank will thank you for.

Sarajevo. Photo: ADEV on Unsplash

The Peloponnese, Greece

Even the gorgeous Greece has areas to visit at prices you can’t turn down. The Peloponnese is a Peninsula on the mainland, with stunning beaches, pretty towns and medieval sights to be explored. Perfect for people wanting to go off the beaten track of a typical package holiday.

Nafplio. Photo: Despina Galani on Unsplash

Ohrid, Macedonia

It’s hard to believe such a picturesque spot would be an option for those of us who aren’t quite rich yet, but it actually is. You can take in the views by the clear waters of Lake Ohrid, and have a stroll through the old town, all without worrying about huge crowds or huge bills. What could be more relaxing?

Ohrid. Photo: Milana Jovanov on Unsplash

Andalucia, Spain

Get all the sun and sangria for the lowest possible price. Spain is always a winner when it comes to a summery beach holiday, proving that you don’t have to be in one of the major cities to have a good time.

Andalucia. Photo: Amos on Unsplash

Albanian Riviera, Albania

When I say Mediterranean beaches, you say… Albania? You better believe it, because this area is home to some of the most intact seaside spots of the whole continent. Don’t be surprised when you turn up and find it to be a lively spot.

Albanian beach. Photo: Polina Rytova on Unsplash

Kyiv, Ukraine

After seeing substantial tourist development in the past few years, Kyiv has become quite a desirable destination, and just happens to be in one of the cheapest countries in all of Europe. Free attractions include open-air museums and an observatory, so there’s definitely plenty to do if you like an active adventure.

Kyiv. Photo: Viktor Talashuk on Unsplash

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