10 of Europe’s least expensive places to visit on a tight budget. People, travel is definitely back. Travelers are essentially being pushed into the once-hectic towns of Europe as covid testing for visitors is being eliminated generally. But the reality is that, even after two years of uncertainty, many of us still struggle with money problems.
The good news is that you can visit many fascinating and reasonably priced places on the Continent without going broke. Additionally, many of them are off the usual path, so you won’t have to navigate people to get to the great parts.
First, Kraków, Poland
In Kraków, the festival atmosphere mix with ancient history. We advise visiting as many medieval sites as you can before heading out for a fun evening. Try to time your visit around one of the city’s several events, which vary from the well-known (such as the Summer Jazz Festival and the Kraków Film Festival) to the less well-known, like the International Soup Festival. Yum.
It’s all about the art nouveau in Riga. There is a tremendous, vibrant creative community and some genuinely lovely buildings. Visit Putti, a cutting-edge gallery and events venue, or Rgas Bira for a more formal setting. Looking for a less polished option? Since alcohol is so inexpensive here, the Old Town is where you should go if you want to have a good time
The Czech Republic’s esk Krumlov
Krumlov is comparable to Prague but without the stag parties. All of its winding, baroque streets finally lead to the enormous castle complex in the middle. Although it’s lovely in the summer, go in the winter when it’s covered in snow for the most magnificent vistas. Try traditional meals at one of the live music venues or stay warm in one of the numerous cozy cafés. There were no boisterous groups of men in sight.
Bucharest is fantastic if you want to have a good time. Don’t ignore the nightlife; instead, head to one of the sky bars and avoid the overrated clubs in the city center. You may also a sample (wonderful, filling) traditional meals for much less money. We advise ordering the grilled pork and a side of sauerkraut at the storied Caru’ cu Bere restaurant.
Belgrade is anything from a peaceful vacation destination; it’s chaotic, dirty, crowded, and incredibly inexpensive. Old communist buildings house smoky dive bars and concert venues that vie for space in the formerly barren Savamala neighborhood, which is now the center of a bustling cultural scene. If you’re searching for a modest, serene corner of nature, head to Ada Ciganlija, a reclaimed island on the Sava river.
In Lithuania, Kaunas
This year will be a momentous one for Kaunas. One thousand fantastic activities are planned to commemorate it as one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2022. If you are unable to visit any of them, there are many more year-round exhibition venues that are equally as stunning, such as the Mykolas Ilinskas Art Gallery. And if you’re looking for something even stranger, visit the eerily bizarre Devil’s Museum.
We advise you to explore the entire city on foot, starting with the stunning, expansive main plaza and stopping at pretty much every attraction. That will keep expenses down and increase your exposure to breathtaking vistas. But if you must get your transportation fix, take the funicular up the hill for unmatched vistas. Or simply relax at one of the several hip cafés.
One of the world’s oldest cities that has always been inhabited is Argos. This is Greece as you see it, right here in the Peloponnese: mild Mediterranean sunshine, breathtaking archaeological beauty that stretches as far as the eye can reach. Legend has it that at one point, the son of Zeus actually controlled it. Additionally, it is entirely off the beaten tourist track, allowing you to privately explore the old theatre remains, prehistoric fortress, and Roman Agora from the sixth century BC.
If you want a truly peaceful getaway, go to this charming fishing village. Marshalforn isn’t a porthole-windows and artfully-placed-lobster-crate scenario, it’s the actual deal. We advise you to bring a book, put on your sunglasses, and soak in the sea breeze at one of the eateries since they have plenty of fresh seafood and beautiful ocean views.
In Bulgaria, Sofia
Sofia is so beautiful. The ornate mosques, Soviet monuments, and opulent galleries, as well as the numerous dome churches and domed churches scattered across the city, will be a hit on your Instagram. You won’t feel crowded as you roam because most tourists ignore it in favor of Bulgaria’s ski slopes and beaches.