The 7 Cheapest destinations for your summer vacation

The time has come when you start thinking about your summer vacation. Your days off from work might be set, but you still find it difficult to find a nice and affordable getaway.

Keep on reading to find out which are the best European destinations that will not break the bank. Instead, you will end up having a great time while spending less money.

 

1. Zante, Greece

When you are about to visit any island in Greece, you know it is bound to be an amazing vacation, with a daily cost of 50 euros. If you choose to visit Zante, prepare yourself for a crazy nightlife. The island is perfect for party animals that want to let loose until the morning.

As for the food, Greece is generally known for its top-notch and delicious cuisine, from gyros to fresh fish and produce. So, the local cuisine is to die for. Most importantly the crystal clear waters, the mesmerizing blue caves and the legendary Navagio Beach, make it the number one cheapest summer destination in Europe.

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2. Ibiza, Spain

Oh yes!! Ibiza may sound tropical and expensive, but the truth is that it is one of the cheapest places you can visit. If you manage to book your trip early and find cheap accommodation and flight, then you are set.

Ibiza is a party city with more than 3 million tourists visiting each summer. Approximately you might spend less than 60 euros per day, depending on where you eat and how much you eat.

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3. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

With spending less than 50 euros per person for a day, Sunny Beach is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe for your summer vacations. Accommodation is so cheap that you can find a room for 25-30 euros per night, even in August, which is known to be the most expensive month when it comes to vacations.

Besides the good hotels, be sure to try the tasty local food, experience the intense nightlife and the beautiful scenery.

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4. Algarve, Portugal

One of the best choices for your summer vacation. Lisbon combines natural beauty, history and good food with affordable accommodation and flights. What makes it even better is the fact that the city is very close to some stunning beaches.

With a great and vibrant nightlife, Lisbon is the place to be. With approximately 70 euros per day, you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

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5. Malta 

Probably the most famous island in the Mediterranean Sea and a very popular summer and European destination with an average daily cost of 80 euros. The warm climate, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the intense nightlife, makes everyone want to visit.

It is the place for you if you want to visit the oldest temples in the world, the Popeye Village and the cleanest beaches in Europe. A big plus is the fact that almost everyone speaks English.

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6. Zadar, Croatia

The ‘entertainment centre of the Adriatic’, was voted as the Best European Destination in 2006. Why? Because it offers exquisite beaches and sunsets, tasty food and breathtaking locations for day trips outside the city.

Most importantly, it is an ideal destination to relax while enjoying a new city with a daily budget of 60 euros. Depending on what your style of entertainment is, you can either explore the Croatian cuisine or simply join the music festivals, which happen constantly in the city.

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7. Majorca, Spain

When the summer comes, everybody has thought of going to Majorca. An incredibly affordable destination with an exotic name, that makes everyone want to go. With the low budget airlines, the tickets are usually very cheap, especially when booked a few months before.

The beaches, the views and the nightlife make it a top destination, especially when you take into consideration that you will spend about 65 euros per day.

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10 Things to do in Budapest for FREE

1. Gellert Hill View

On your way to Citadella, stop at Gellert Hill for the most picturesque view in all of Budapest. Take a moment and embrace the view. This monument will be specifically appreciated by photography lovers.

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2. Margaret Island

A great place to unwind and become one with nature. The perfect time to visit would be during spring, fall or summer when the weather is very good and you can fully enjoy the park.

Inside you can find the Music Fountain, canteens, cafes, bike renters, the city´s zoo, a Japanese and Rose garden and many more sights.

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3. Cross the Bridges

There are 4 gorgeous and big bridges in the centre of the city that unite Buda with Pest. Going towards all the famous sightseeing, you will see all of them and cross them by foot or public transportation. The chain bridge must be walked through during the day and at night.

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4. Free Walking Tour

Who doesn´t love a free tour in a beautiful city? Someone that knows the ropes and history and will be able to give you more insight on the place you have visited.

Visit the official free walking tour website  for all tour options and choose the one that best fits you.

 

5. Museum Lovers

Budapest has numerous interesting museums that are mostly come with a fee. However, during Hungarian national holidays (March 15; August 20; October 23) some of the city´s top museums open their doors for free.

So you might want to consider planning a trip during these dates if you want to take advantage of free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Hungarian National Museum and the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture.

 

6. Budapest by Evening

Budapest is beautiful at all times of the day. But when the evening comes and the sun is about to set, it is truly an amazing time. The view is breathtaking and you get that cosy feeling of warmth.

There are so many people walking along the Danube with the sunset. Everything looks far prettier and it comes to be one of the best moments of being in Budapest.

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7. Parliament Scenery

When was the last time you saw a sight, museum, monument, city that left you in owe. The Hungarian Parliament has that effect on people.

When you visit it in the morning, you can see all the beauty from both its sides and admire the detail in this gorgeous architectural building.

However, at night it can leave you speechless. By many, it is considered to be one of the most stunning things to see in Europe.

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8. Explore Kosponti Vasarcsarnok (central market)

A market which the locals appreciate and visit daily. You can find anything from souvenirs to fresh produce.

As you enter, you will find all the local kiosks, where most Budapest citizen buy their vegetables, fruits and other products every day. However, on the second floor, you will find it filled with tourists, since it is the floor with all the souvenirs.

 

9. Fisherman´s Bastion

One of the top attractions in Budapest. You can access from Buda Castle or by bus. Its unique fortification and lookout towers, provide a stunning view of the city.

A truly unique and gorgeous sight. The architecture is so different from everything else you see in Budapest with hundreds of tourists visiting on a daily basis.

You visit both in the morning and at night. During the night the view of the Parliament across is breathtaking.

 

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10. Palace of Arts

St. Stephen´s Day, is a national Hungarian holiday that occurs on the 20th of August of each year.  This long anticipating festival takes place in Mupa, the city’s biggest concert hall. During the day, you will see jazz concerts and many other performances that end with a firework show.

 

 

 

 

How to tour Krakow in only 1 day

Krakow, as well as most cities in Poland, are a very affordable European destination. Being located in Berlin, visiting Krakow was a no-brainer for me.

With 1 day off from work, the second largest city of Poland is a perfect destination. The tickets only cost 12 euros, so it really was a perfect choice.

It turned out that 1 day was enough to see everything. Since our hotel was in the centre of the city, everything was within walking distance.

Whether you arrive by train or plane, you will arrive at Kraków Główny, the city´s train station. Even though the town´s biggest mall is right on the floors above, I would recommend you leave it at the end when it is darker and you cannot enjoy the sights anymore.

So, from that point on, you can follow the suggested itinerary above to fully explore the city within a few hours.

 

St. Florian´s Gate & The Barbican (30 min)

These two sights are the remaining parts of what used to be a fort. They do not take long to explore and they are worth visiting for a while.

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Slowacki Theatre (Pass by)

After the Barbican, turn back and keep on going towards the castle. There is absolutely no chance that you will miss this grand, beautiful and perfectly preserved theatre.

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Franciscan Church (30 mins)

If you are into unique churches, you should visit this one. Even if visiting a church is not in your to-do-list, just give it a go.

When you enter, it might look like a common church, but if you explore it further you will find some huge, breathtaking, handmade, wooden art pieces. From the doors on the left, you will enter a gallery of incredible paintings and find out more about the history of the church.

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Wavel Castel & Cathedral (1-2  hours)

On your way to the castle, make a stop outside the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, to admire the beautiful architecture.

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This beautiful Gothic castle can either be the beginning or the end of your tour. Visiting the castle and the cathedral is free of charge. Only a few specific parts need a fee. The audio tour of the cathedral is perfect for those interested in the history of the castle and the city. Keep in mind that pictures are not allowed inside the cathedral.

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Even if you don´t wish to visit the museum, you can easily explore the surroundings of the castle. Do not miss the fire-breathing dragon statue, which is one of the most famous sights in town. However, the dragon is only on display between April and October.

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Main Square & Cloth Hall (2-3 hours)

After the Wavel castle, after a 14-minute walking distance, you arrive at the Main Market Square. This is obviously the centre of the city, filled with restaurants, bars and local merchandisers.

Anywhere you choose to go, it will definitely be tasty and cheap. However always check the prices before entering, because you may find yourself in one of the more expensive restaurants.

In the square, the two sights that will instantly catch your attention are the St. Mary’s Basilica, the Cloth Hall and the statue of Eros Bound.

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The Cloth Hall is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the most famous sights, as it used to be a place of international trade with merchandisers.

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The architecture in the heart of Krakow is simply outstanding, leaving you amazed at every move your head makes. Make sure to visit the square both during the day and at night.

 

Galeria Krakowska (2-4 hours)

After you are done with sightseeing, it is time to relax, go around, buy souvenirs, have a hot chocolate or go big. And by big I mean go shopping. The Galeria  Krakowska is a rather large mall, in which you will find all the stores you are looking for and all types of food.

 

 

 

10 Budget destinations in Europe

Travelling is vital for our inner peace and relaxation. Lately, people have been travelling more, while trying to find affordable but still great locations.

Europe relatively has affordable locations, except a few (London, Paris, Copenhagen etc). Below you can find the cheapest European destinations that are more likely to stay affordable most days of the year.

1. Budapest

This beautiful European city is a must. Even 3 days are enough to explore the whole city and enjoy yourself. On average you can spend 20 euros per day, without being really frugal. Everything is extremely affordable, including transportation and food.

As for the museums and thermal baths, you might spend a bit more, depending on what you want. The museums are not something special, but you have to visit at least one thermal bath & spa when visiting.

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2. Riga

Latvia´s capital is best to visit during spring and summer. 2 days are enough for your visit, with average daily cost 15-19 euros. Most restaurants are on the cheap side, while museums are either free or around 1-3 euros.

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3. Warsaw

Also one of the cheapest countries in Europe. The city is ideal for visiting for a couple of days. Poland, in general, is great for shopping and trying polish dishes. The prices are very low, making it perfect for a quick and cheap get-away.

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4. Prague

Prague is one of the most visited destinations in Europe. The reason why? It is a gorgeous city that you can explore within a day or two and extremely cheap. Most sightseeing, if not all, are within walking distance, so it is a great way to cut on your travel costs and skip the transportation tickets.

On average 20 euros per day are enough, considering that in a day, you will have lunch and dinner, coffee and snacks. Of course, visiting any museums or buying souvenirs, is extra.

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5. Berlin

Berlin is best to visit for 3-4 days and you must calculate in your budget approximately 30 euros per day. Berlin is a city with great architecture, incredible nightlife and endless food options. Beer and sausages are very cheap and something you have to try when in Germany.

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6. Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is ideal to visit during the summer months, so you can also go to the beach, relax and have a great time. Of course, during these months the prices might be higher. Nonetheless, 30-40 euros daily is what you should expect to spend.

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7. Madrid

Staying in Madrid for 3-4 days, you can combine famous sights with local favourites. The capital of Spain is a true gem that you must visit for sure. The breathtaking architecture and the delicious food, along with the extremely easy and affordable transportation, make it a perfect destination. On average, be prepared to spend 30 euros per day on average.

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8. Rome

Rome is ideal to visit all year long. No matter when you decide to do so, be prepared for a lot of tourists anywhere you go. 3 days is perfect for Rome with a budget of 35 euros per day and per person.

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9. Vienna

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe since it combines perfectly great architecture with high living standards. It is perfect to visit for 3-4 days with a daily budget of approximately 30 euros. What makes the city a great travel choice is the fact that if not all, most museums are for free.

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10. Porto

For a strong European temperament, head towards Porto. The city wins people over in an instant, with most travellers preferring it instead of Lisbon. Porto has everything to offer. Great food and wine, amazing architecture, great nightlife and beautiful beaches. Of course, it is best to visit during spring, summer and fall. 4 days would be ideal for a budget of 31 euros per day.

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5 European destinations for your Easter holidays

1.Budapest

If you want to relax during your Easter holidays, then visit Budapest. Besides the beautiful buildings all around the city, you can visit the Széchenyi or Gellért Thermal Baths. The city is known for its thermal baths and during the night you can even party in some of them.

Where to go: Parliament, Széchenyi Baths, Chain Bridge, Danube Cruise

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2. Berlin

The weather is getting warmer in Berlin, and it is ideal for someone to explore this beautiful city by foot without freezing. You can explore the parks, walk around town and of course go shopping. At night, you can visit the local bars or restaurants, as well as the clubs. Berlin is famous for its unique and all-style clubs. But before visiting, check the entry requirements.

Where to go: Reichstag, Museum Island, Berliner Dom, Berlin Wall

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3. London

Similar to Berlin, London is such a big city with so many things to see, that is better to visit during warmer months. It is probably the best time to visit, since the pound has dropped and everything is a bit more affordable. Prepare your tour plan carefully, so you do not end up going in circles, as I did.

Where to go: Warner Bros Studio Tour, Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, Big Ben, Kensington Gardens

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4. Prague

A gorgeous historical city for a weekend. The incredible architecture, along with the castles and palaces, will give you a fairytale vibe. The Old Town is not particularly big, so in order to fully enjoy it, you should explore it by foot.

Where to go: Charle’s Bridge, Old Town, Astronomical Clock, Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem

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5. Amsterdam

I can give you so many reasons to visit Amsterdam, but you are probably already convinced. Besides the great weather all year long, Amsterdam will amaze you with its unique culture and artistic vibe.

Where to go: Red Light District, the Canals, the Van Gogh Museum, the Royal Palace

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Most Romantic European City

 

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Prague is one of the cheapest, most beautiful and romantic destinations in Europe. You can visit by train, plane, car or bus. Try to stay close to the old town, since everything is within walking distance.

The city is not very big, which gives you the opportunity to go around and easily visit all the sights. Most of them are included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, such as the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square among others.

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Prague Castle

The main sights are separated into two areas by the Vltava River, which are connected through Charles Bridge. On one side you have the Prague castle and Lesser Town and on the other, you have the Old Town, Jewish Quarter and the New Town.

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Prague has both fairytale and bohemian characteristics. It is a romantic destination for a great weekend with your other half. Try the Czech cuisine, go on walks, learn about the city’s history and buy souvenirs.

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It is definitely a country and city everyone must visit. It is a city with breathtaking scenery and great, especially for couples.However,  you can also enjoy Prague with friends.

I feel that Prague is a city everyone must visit at least once in their lives. Lately, from all the people I know and keep meeting, the ones interested in travelling have already been there or plan to go in the near future.