"Explore Europe on a Budget: Discover the 11 Most Affordable Destinations"

2023-05-21 00:22:48 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of Vytravels.com, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Looking for a quick getaway that won't break the bank? Whether you're in need of a change of scenery or simply want to indulge, you don't have to spend a fortune. Fortunately, there's no need to fret about soaring prices, as there are plenty of incredible and wallet-friendly options for travel to some of the cheapest places to visit in Europe.

Let's face it, no matter your financial situation, there's always a budget to keep in mind. Even the wealthiest among us can't deny that fact, although their spending limit may be exponentially higher than ours. 😅

To be honest, your budget is entirely dependent on your unique needs. This is especially true when it comes to planning your journey. Luckily, traveling across Europe is a feasible option, without having to suffer from the usual high costs. So why not take advantage of the many affordable and beautiful destinations the continent has to offer?

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Flying to Europe on a budget may seem like a feasible option to some, though there are individuals out there who prefer to hire a Lear jet encrusted in diamonds and powered by unicorns as their idea of a budget-friendly trip. Regardless of the size of your purse, there is absolutely no shame in acknowledging your financial limit and making the best of it. This is the principal reason why I am sharing some of the most economical destinations to visit in Europe. Some of these locations comprise the stunning Italian cities, while others make up the gorgeous Greek Islands. In any case, there is an abundance of places to discover.

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Here are some of the most affordable places to visit in Europe:

  • 1.) Budapest, Hungary 

Budapest can easily be regarded as one of the grandest cities in Hungary and is a magnificent place to visit. Despite its majestic architecture, it is also one of the cheapest cities to tour in Europe. From its opulent buildings, gothic architecture, and beautiful baths, Budapest has plenty of wonderful sights that can be explored, all at a fraction of the cost that global cities demand.

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Embarking on a European adventure this coming year? Be sure to add these stunning destinations to your bucket list. But if Budapest and Nimes aren't yet on your radar, take notes on what to see and do with our curated list of experience-oriented activities.

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Looking to delve into the rich history, culture and charm of Budapest? Check out our own guide of the top twelve must-see attractions. From scenic views to awe-inspiring architecture, you'll find it all in Hungary's cosmopolitan capital.

For those seeking the quaint ambience of a French town, Nimes is a hidden gem well worth exploring. With Roman ruins and culture abound, it's a fraction of the cost of other South of France cities such as Cannes. When you’re here, make sure to visit the old town, check out the city’s famous amber jewels and take a day trip to the spa town of Sopot (about 20-minutes away). Make your stay extra comfortable by booking in at the Appart City Hotel, located near the iconic Nimes Arena.

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Make your European travels unforgettable with these must-see destinations, and discover the magic that awaits you across the continent.

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If you're looking for a European city to explore that isn't overrun by tourists, consider Graz, Austria. This often-overlooked gem is the country's second-largest city and boasts a rich history that is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. While Vienna may get all the attention, there are plenty of other beautiful places to discover in Austria, and Graz is definitely one of them.

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One of the most stunning sites in Graz is the Rathaus, a beautiful piece of architecture that is sure to impress. Additionally, make sure to take a quick trip to Schloss Eggenberg while you're in the area.

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Graz is also known for its dining and nightlife scenes, both of which are made affordable by the city's numerous universities. So if you're looking for a lively and affordable destination, Graz is definitely worth considering.

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Meanwhile, the charming city of Bratislava, Slovakia is another less-traveled European gem worth exploring. With plenty of stunning architecture, historical landmarks, and cultural experiences to be had, this city is sure to delight visitors looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

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Thoroughly worth a visit, the charming city of Bratislava lies nestled in Slovakia, and it won't break the bank like some of its pricier counterparts. In fact, it's a great option for those looking to save on a weekend trip without sacrificing beauty or wonder.

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For me, Bratislava is a top pick when it comes to affordable European getaways, especially over a few-day span. You shouldn't miss out on Devin Castle, the historic downtown core, and, of course, the indulgent Laskonky pastry - but watch out, they're addictively delicious.

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Interred between Greece's more well-known capital city, Athens, lies Thessaloniki - Greece's second largest urban center. Despite often being overshadowed, Thessaloniki is rich in culture and attractions, all at a fraction of the cost you'd find at Athens.

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Compared to their capital counterparts, regional cities are often much cheaper yet still offer unique and fascinating experiences. Thessaloniki is no exception and is worth exploring for those looking to be budget-conscious.

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Discover even more about Thessaloniki and other potential European destinations in this list of 11 stunning places to see in the upcoming year.

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant Greek culture by paying a visit to the iconic White Tower and indulging in some traditional Tiropita with a shot of Ouzo.

For more mouth-watering Greek delicacies, check out our guide on the best Greek food to eat.

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Travel to one of Italy's hidden gems and discover the charm of Bergamo, a city often overlooked by tourists. Situated in the north of the country, Bergamo offers a budget-friendly alternative to neighboring cities like Milan and Lake Como, making it an ideal stop for travelers on a budget. Explore the enchanting old town and experience the authentic Italian culture that surrounds.

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For more suggestions on the top Italian cities to visit, check out our guide on the best Italian cities to visit.

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Split, Croatia: A Destination Filled with History and Beauty

If you're looking for a Mediterranean trip fused with history, look no further than Split, Croatia

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Split is a magnificent destination overflowing with historical charm, stunning architecture, and some of Europe's most breathtaking beaches. As one of the most cherished locations in Croatia, Split is an idyllic destination that is sure to captivate even the most discerning traveler.

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Take a stroll through the city’s charming streets and explore Diocletian’s Palace, a breath-taking ancient palace that has stood for centuries. Or venture out to the nearby Croatian islands, offering some of the most picturesque destinations in the world. For adventure-seekers, the dramatic national parks that tower over the region are ideal.

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One of the best things about Split is its affordable prices, which make it an attractive destination for budget-conscious travelers. So why wait? Book your trip to Split today and embark on an unforgettable journey filled with beauty and history.

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If you are planning a European trip, but concerned about expenses, the good news is that there are many affordable options to explore the continent. Here are some of the cheapest places to visit in Europe that you don't want to miss:

  • 9.) Sofia, Bulgaria

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Located in the west of Bulgaria, Sofia is a budget-friendly option with a wealth of cultural influences, including Ottoman, Roman, Greek, and Soviet architecture. You can find affordable eating options, transportation, and accommodation, making it an excellent choice for exploring.

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Make sure to visit the Rila Monastery and sample some of the hearty Bulgarian cuisine.

10.) Samos, Greece 

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Samos, a beautiful Greek island located off the coast of Turkey, is an affordable alternative to the pricier Greek islands. It has a rich history as the home of famed mathematician Pythagoras, which can be explored at an affordable cost.

11.) Ronda, Spain 

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If you want a city break filled with history, delicious Spanish food, and stunning scenery, then Ronda is the perfect spot. This charming city is much more affordable and less crowded than other Spanish cities, and accommodation is cheaper than the coastal towns.

Make sure to check out some of the must-see historic sites in Ronda.

If you're looking for budget-friendly European travel, these options are some of the best. Start planning your trip to these cheapest places to visit in Europe and have an unforgettable adventure!

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