If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a vacation in Europe but put off by the cost, you might be surprised to know that there are plenty of places that you can visit without breaking the bank. It’s all about choosing your destinations wisely. Sure, there are some pricey places in Europe, but there are also quite a few fantastic hot spots that have all the appeal of a European vacation without the hefty price tag.
So, when it comes to making plans for your next family vacation, why not throw some of these incredible destinations into the mix?
For guaranteed sunshine, fascinating culture and breathtaking natural wonders, it doesn’t get much better than Croatia. Famed for its 1,800 kilometers of aquamarine coastline, the beaches, coves, bays and islands here are worth it alone. Croatia is also home to a stunning array of architecture, from Roman ruins and Gothic cathedrals to limestone bell towers and medieval buildings. Depending on where you decide to stay, accommodations can set you back around $40 a night while a two-course meal for two costs around $20.
Its endless summer days and balmy Baltic breeze make Lithuania quite an appealing option for sunseekers. The golden beaches here are strewn with chunks of amber while the gorgeous woodlands surrounding the towns are full of fascinating demonic statues. Lithuania is ideal for anyone who loves history, as medieval-style mead and crafts are still favorites of the locals.
One of the most stunning islands in Europe, Malta has the benefit of year-round sunshine as well as a super interesting culture and history. Previously thought of as a destination for those looking for an upmarket all-inclusive resort, Malta has quickly gained a reputation among the traveler community as having plenty of budget-friendly options. Accommodations in the capital of Valletta starts at around $15 a night for a hostel while private lettings through Airbnb can cost upward of $40 a night. It isn’t hard to find somewhere cheap to eat in Malta, especially if you head to the seaside town of St. Julian’s, which is full of reasonably priced restaurants and mouth-watering fresh local cuisine.
Bulgaria features highly on most lists when it comes to visiting Europe on a budget, but there is much more to this Eastern European country than its budget-friendly options. Its perfect location along the Black Sea coast means that it has a wealth of cheerful coastal towns and golden, sandy beaches to explore. But it’s stunning natural beauty doesn’t end there, as it is home to a picturesque range of mountains that provide jaw-dropping views of the spectacular countryside. Two-course lunch for two people in Bulgaria will set you back an average of $10 while two nights’ accommodations for two costs around $115.
Despite its central location, incredible beaches and agreeable climate, Portugal still reigns as one of the cheapest places to visit in Europe. It is ideal for those who long to explore neighboring Spain while avoiding the crowds of the big cities and resorts. The Algarve might appeal to some but try heading to the Alentejo coast for super cheap, fresh seafood and the cool city of Lisbon instead. Accommodations in Lisbon starts from around $40 a night in a B&B while a three-course meal for two will set you back around $60.
A firm favorite of many bachelor parties, the Czech Republic has a reputation for being party central. But don’t let that put you off! There are several stunning medieval cities to visit in this gorgeous country, all of which steeped in a rich history and culture. The fairy-tale architecture of the Czech Republic will make you feel as though you have transported back in time, making it an ideal spot for romantic vacations. Two nights’ accommodations in Prague starts from $40 a night, and a three-course meal for two will cost around $50.
As you can see, a trip to Europe may well be more realistic than you thought! Remember to stick to your budget, and you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time without a huge bill.