Europe presents a tough challenge to every budget traveller, with a beautiful mix of culture and wonderful culinary delights fighting against the ever-increasing costs – making it a tough task when planning your next budget-friendly holiday. Never fear, as LWOS Life has you covered and is bringing you the 5 best places to visit in Europe on a budget in 2023.
Europe on a Budget: 5 Best Places to Visit
Europe on a Budget: The Albanian Coast
Many people are looking for sun, sea and sand for their holidays, but those destinations usually come at a high cost. Europe has a hidden gem – if you head east, you will come across the Albanian coast.
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It’s a rarity in Europe that is seemingly untouched by modern development, with it being one of the cheapest countries on the continent. The coast of Albania is somewhat of an undiscovered gem, with many people not having visited this beautiful coast. The Ionian coast is flanked by stunning ocean and golden sands, making it a picturesque destination. It’s a must-visit location, with beautiful beaches, delicious seafood and a plethora of wonderful photo opportunities.
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An increasingly popular holiday destination is Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Despite being left in ruins after the Soviets left in 1991, Estonia is flourishing and attracts millions of visitors. The main attraction in Estonia is Tallinn, a stunning medieval city, which is a must-visit at Christmas – for their magical Christmas market.
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Despite having an enchanting appeal at Christmas, Tallinn is equally beautiful in the summer, with a range of beaches across the city making it popular with locals and tourists. The capital of Estonia is fast becoming a popular hub for many businesses, with Skype, Transferwise and Bolt based there. It can also act as a base to explore Estonia, with stunning beaches and enchanting national parks, making Tallinn one of the most fascinating and affordable places to visit.
Budapest is fast becoming one of the most popular capitals in Europe. Its enchanting atmosphere, affordable food and drink, and charming atmosphere make it a brilliant holiday destination for many. The pools in the spa and beautiful fountains mean Budapest is a must-visit, especially during Spring (March to May) or Autumn (Sept to Nov) when the climate is more friendly to those of you who will enjoy a swim in one of the popular outdoor pools.
Once the evening comes around, there are a number of bars in District VII which offer cheap local white or rose, which again makes this a great activity in the summer. Budapest is a wonderful choice for those who enjoy outdoor spa days and are partial to a tipple in the evening.
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Portugal‘s second city, Porto, is fast becoming one of the most appealing European city breaks, with its stunning location on the banks of the river Duoro. It’s a wonderful city, offering a more relaxed feel than Lisbon while providing a plethora of no-frills places to eat and drink.
Despite the Dom Luis I Bridge being a beautiful landmark to enjoy dinner and drinks in front of, it is worth heading a few streets away to enjoy delicious seafood and port wine at affordable prices. Porto also offers a stunning selection of parks, with Jardim do Morro offering breathtaking views towards Ribeira and the Arrabida Bridge.
Krakow is one of the cheapest cities in Europe, with its medieval charm and affordable accommodation, drawing plenty of tourists to Poland‘s second-biggest city.
Rynek Głowny is the city’s main market square and the largest medieval square in Europe. It’s a beautiful square, with horse-drawn carriages gliding past the stunning buildings, making it a must-visit. The Wawel Castle is another must-see landmark, with its sheer size and stunning architecture helping make Krakow a perfect destination.
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