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Top 10 Budget Friendly Trips to Europe

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Budget Friendly trips to Europe

Vacation time is approaching, and you are looking for your next destination. No need to go to the ends of the world to get a change of scenery, Europe has it all: varied cultures, wild landscapes, and exciting European capitals. But the budget can quickly climb in the trendiest European destinations. So, where can you travel affordably to in Europe? Well, we have prepared a selection of inexpensive destinations in Europe, perfect for small budgets and beautiful vacations!

1. Croatia

‌Let’s start this top budget friendly European destination with Croatia which is renowned for being one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, while remaining one of the least expensive! Nicknamed “the sea of ​​a thousand islands”, Croatia opened up to tourism only ten years ago and quickly won the hearts of travelers. We understand why: heavenly beaches, and breathtaking wild landscapes, but also picturesque villages, and dynamic cities rich in history such as Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, and even Zadar.

Croatia
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For nature lovers, don’t miss exploring the Plitvice National Park: a natural wonder that is home to 16 lakes and more than 90 dizzying waterfalls! Guaranteed to fall in love with this park of great beauty. A word of advice: choose the low season and arrive early to enjoy the show in peace. Another alternative, a little less known and therefore less frequented: is the Krka National Park.

2. Andalusia

Andalusia is one of the best destinations for affordable travel in Europe. Unlike other very touristy destinations like Palma de Mallorca or even Barcelona which have high prices for Spain, Andalusia is one of the affordable regions of the country. You can land in Seville, Malaga, or Granada to enjoy beautiful sunshine all year round and discover a region rich from a cultural and natural point of view! Indeed, in addition to its attractive prices, Andalusia offers a varied palette of landscapes: fine sandy beaches, lakes, villages in the mountains, green fields, rock formations, etc.

But Andalusia is also a warm culture, a rich historical heritage, delicious gastronomy, a gentle way of life, and traditions that endure like flamenco! In short, Andalusia is a summary of the best of Spain at meager prices!

3. Bulgaria

Now we’re heading to a slightly more confidential destination: Bulgaria! If you don’t know much about this destination, you should know that Bulgaria is home to many natural and heritage treasures and is known for being one of the budget friendly countries in Europe. The cost of living there is almost half as high as in France: enough to travel without depriving yourself! But then, what to see and what to do in Bulgaria? Surrounded by Romania, Turkey, and Greece, Bulgaria also has a coast on the Black Sea and is crossed by the Balkan Mountains.

So, in Bulgaria, there is something for everyone: mountainous landscapes, heavenly beaches, and coves, but also cities with impressive historical heritage like Sofia, the capital. Bulgaria is also the opportunity to experience a real change of scenery, in less than 3 hours of flight, by discovering a rich culture with customs and traditions imbued with different Slavic, Greek, Persian, and Ottoman influences!

4. The Algarve

Portugal is a destination known for being relatively inexpensive, and the Algarve is no exception! Exploring the Algarve is a guarantee of exploring breathtaking landscapes under brilliant sunshine, and without breaking the bank! Located in the very southwest of Europe, the Algarve region can be visited all year round thanks to its warm and sunny climate. To benefit from the most advantageous rates, it is still advisable to avoid the high season (July – August) because the beauty of this region attracts many tourists and thus drives up prices in summer.

So, what to expect when you go on vacation to the Algarve? On the nature side, you will enjoy golden sand beaches worthy of the most beautiful postcards, rocky cliffs, and other impressive wild landscapes. As for culture and heritage, you can get lost in the streets of white and picturesque villages, such as Faro, Portimao, or Albufeira. Finally, gourmets will delight in local gastronomic specialties, mainly based on fish and seafood!

The Algarve
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5. Poland

We are now heading towards a country sometimes neglected in the choice of vacation destinations, and yet Poland has a lot to offer travelers! This Eastern European country has many attractions, whether you are looking for history, heritage, medieval architecture, large green spaces, or the beach! Among the must-see visits during a trip to Poland, we of course find beautiful Warsaw and its vibrant culture, as well as Krakow, the ancient Polish capital which has a rich history and exceptional heritage.

On the nature side, explore the Białowieża National Park, which is home to free-ranging bison in the heart of a magnificent primary forest. We must also not forget the superb Baltic coastline and many other wonders! Finally, note that Poland is very well served with 5 airports from France. With advantageous prices on plane tickets and a very affordable cost of living there, Poland is a good idea for an inexpensive destination in Europe!

6. Prague

Visit one of the most beautiful European cities without breaking the bank: it’s possible in Prague! The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is known for its magnificent historical monuments and breathtaking architecture. During your visit, don’t miss Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, or even St. Vitus Cathedral. In addition to its assets in terms of history and heritage, Prague is a city where life is good. It is indeed very pleasant to stroll through its streets to soak up its very particular atmosphere, with its medieval feel, and local life.

Beer lovers won’t be left out either, with the city’s many traditional beer bars. Living there is very affordable if you avoid the most touristy areas. As a couple, with family or friends, Prague is one of the best destinations for a budget friendly trip in Europe!

Prague - Budget Friendly trips to Europe
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7. Budapest

In addition to being one of the budget friendly European destinations, Budapest is also among the most beautiful capitals in Europe! Budapest perfectly represents all the riches that Hungary has to offer. Nicknamed the “Hungarian Versailles,” the city impresses with its architecture and historical monuments, such as Buda Castle, Saint Matthias Basilica, the Hungarian National Opera, and many others.

Budapest is also known for its magnificent thermal baths, such as the Gellért Baths or the Széchenyi Baths, as well as its panorama of the Danube which runs along the city. Besides, why not let yourself be tempted by a peaceful boat trip to discover the city differently? Budapest is a low-cost destination ideal for relaxation, but also for partying! The Hungarian capital can be discovered at night with its many inexpensive bars and its unmissable festive atmosphere. It is, therefore, an ideal getaway for travelers looking for heritage, relaxation, a change of scenery, and fun, all without breaking the bank!

8. Lithuania

If you are still wondering where to travel affordably in Europe, why not give Lithuania a try? Located in the northeast of Europe and still little frequented by tourists, Lithuania is undeniably one of the inexpensive destinations to consider for your next vacation. So, what to do and what to see in Lithuania? This Baltic country is home to a large number of architectural wonders and will delight history lovers with its tumultuous past.

The capital, Vilnius, is a must-see with its pretty cobbled streets, medieval and Gothic buildings, and vibrant ambiance. Without forgetting the town of Trakai with its castle on the water. Lithuania also delights hikers with lakes and forests as far as the eye can see, but also the Curonian Spit National Park and its dunes and lagoons. In short, a stay off the beaten track, exotic, and at a low price!

Conclusion

Travelers can immerse themselves in the charm of these European destinations without draining their wallets. Whether seeking tranquil landscapes, vibrant city life, or a combination of both, these affordable options cater to diverse interests.

By opting for less-explored regions and embracing the off-peak seasons, one can unlock the true potential of these destinations, enjoying not only cost savings but also a more authentic and less crowded experience. And no matter which location you choose, always remember to Travel Till You Drop!

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