While Western Europe and the Nordic countries are pricey, there are numerous areas in Europe where traveling on a budget is significantly easier. However, some of these locations may not yet be well-known to tourists. Riga, for example, receives far fewer visitors than popular places like Paris and Italy, but these less popular cities are wonderful and inexpensive European places to visit.
Depending on your travel style, the following destinations will allow you to spend less than $50 – $70 per day.
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Krakow, Poland, is a city that should be on everyone’s travel list. It’s similar to Prague, but with fewer tourists and lower prices. Krakow is a favorite destination for many travelers on their trip to Poland because of its big market square, colorful streets, ancient sites, and a plethora of wonderful, budget-friendly restaurants. We spent five days in Krakow and the surrounding area, and this is our list of the top things to do in Krakow.
Krakow is one of Europe’s best towns, a young and energetic city with attractive cobblestone streets in the old town and a vast urban green belt surrounding it. It also includes reasonably priced, high-quality eateries and lodging! The historic city was saved during WWII, but Auschwitz, one of Europe’s most brutal concentration camps, is a must-see while in Krakow.
The average cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £59 ($77).
2. Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia’s capital and largest city, is home to more than a third of the country’s population. The city stands on the Gulf of Riga, with the Daugava River running through it, and is one of the most important administrative, financial, and cultural hubs in the Baltics.
The city has been dominated by everyone from the Swedes and Poles to the Soviet Union throughout its history due to its strategic and scenic location. As a result, the former Hanseatic League member has a fascinating background to explore, with many outstanding historic sights to see.
Aside from its spectacular medieval Old Town, which houses many of the city’s key tourist attractions, the city has the world’s highest concentration of Art Nouveau structures. There are plenty of things to do in Riga, including fashionable pubs, hip cafes, and wonderful restaurants, as well as the adjacent beaches of Jurmala.
The cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £49 ($64).
3. Esk Krumlov, Czech Republic
Esk Krumlov is similar to Prague but without the stag parties. Its baroque streets all lead to the massive castle complex in the city’s heart. It’s lovely in the summer, but the vistas are even better in the winter when it’s snow-covered. You can also warm yourself in one of the numerous quaint cafés or sample traditional fare in one of the live music venues.
The average cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £76 ($99).
If you want to go on a holiday or vacation and need a place to have a good time, Bucharest is the place to try out. There is fun all around, starting from the nightlife to the pubs and also the sky bars. Traditional food is also available at low prices and the popular Caru’ cu Bere is one of the foods most visitors try out during their stay.
The average cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £45 ($59).
Is there a European capital that has experienced greater turmoil than Belgrade? This is one of the continent’s oldest towns, located at the crossroads of empires and the confluence of the mighty Danube and Sava rivers. Few structures in Belgrade are older than a couple of hundred years, owing to the frequent war and turmoil.
Belgrade, on the other hand, is captivating for its turbulent past, combining high culture with a fun-loving attitude. On Skardarlija, the bohemian street, or the splavovi, party boats moored on the Danube and Sava, you can sense this thirst for life. The stronghold of Belgrade dominates the cityscape, while orthodox churches and palaces for Serbian nobility arose following the country’s independence in the nineteenth century.
The once-desolate Savamala district is now home to a booming cultural scene, smoky dive bars and music venues compete for space among old communist architecture. If you’re seeking a little, calm piece of nature, go to Ada Ciganlija, a reclaimed island on the Sava river.
The average cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £39 ($51).
6. Lithuania’s Kaunas
Kaunas is one of the European Capitals of Culture, with over 1,000 activities scheduled to commemorate the occasion. If you can’t make it to any of them, there are plenty of other extremely spectacular exhibition locations, like the Mykolas ilinskas Art Gallery, which is open all year. If you’re looking for something a little stranger, go to the Devil’s Museum.
The average cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £58 ($76).
This city is built for walking, and you will always feel the urge to take a stroll due to the lovely, wide main square that is also a center of attraction. While this will reduce your spending on transport, you will also be opportuned to visit some beautiful places.
The average cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £51 ($66).
8. Argos (Greece)
Argos is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities. It was also controlled by the son of Zeus at one point, according to history. It’s also largely off the beaten road, so you can enjoy the peace and quietness while exploring the remnants of an ancient theatre, a prehistoric castle, and a sixth-century BC Roman Agora.
The average cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £38 ($49).
9. Marsalforn, Malta
If you’re searching for a truly relaxing getaway, head to this charming fishing village. You should also carry along your sunglasses, so you can sit and enjoy the sea breeze while also fishing. There are also a lot of eateries with tons of fresh fish and wonderful ocean views.
The average cost of a one-bed Airbnb is £57 ($74).
Sofia is breathtakingly beautiful, and a fantastic way to begin your time there is by taking one of the free 2-hour walking tours given by the Free Sofia Walking Tour. The Free Sofia Tour runs four times a day during the summer, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. They began to give tours in Spanish, as well as a tour concentrating on the history of the Jewish people in Sofia, in addition to the normal sightseeing tour. The tour is free because it is run by a non-profit, and you are allowed to give a donation to the tour guide at the end.
Average one-bed Airbnb: £46 ($60)
Europe is a fantastic area to visit with so much variety, temperature variances, and culture to experience. The other amazing thing is that getting from one area to another usually just takes a few hours because everything is so close together. Traveling to these locations in the summer is usually more expensive, which comes as no surprise. Travel costs are usually determined by the number of tourists present, as tourists are ready to pay higher prices.