CHEAP EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS YOU MUST VISIT
I LOVE exploring Europe, every new country offers something different, every new city has it’s own gorgeous architecture and history and every new place delivers incredible cuisine. However, Europe can be EXPENSIVE so finding the best CHEAP European destinations is a must! There are some awesome European travel destinations you need to visit in 2019!
Which is exactly why I asked these travel experts what they thought was the best and cheapest countries to visit in Europe. As you are heading to the cheapest destinations in Europe, make sure you are saving money on your European flights too!
There is fabulous hiking through a series of mountain huts, amazing fresh food and superb mountain lakes to explore. Much of Southern Europe swelters in summer, Bansko benefits from hot days and cooler nights, with little rain, but often spectacular thunderstorms. Rent an apartment for US$180 a month and eating out is cheap – – €3 for breakfast, €4 for lunch and €9 for dinner. A large beer will cost you €1.50, a litre of Bulgarian wine is €5.
My favourite time to visit though is the summer in Bansko, which brings the festival season –a host of free festivals in the town square – from the amazing internationally renowned Jazz festival toOpera, Bohemia and Bansko Beat.
Belgrade is a fantastic budget destination. You can enjoy the great restaurant scene, gorgeous architecture, and endless river views for half of what it would cost to visit western Europe. Some of my favourite things to do in Belgrade include visiting the Hotel Moskva for cake, exploring the communist monuments and architecture around the city, and visiting the colourful neighbourhood of Zemun.
You can visit most museums for less than $4 USD, and most even have free days. If you’re trying to travel super low budget, you’ll be happy to know you can find hostel dorm beds for about $10 per night and private rooms for about $30. You can always rely on eating street food, which will cost you about $10 per day. However, if you want to enjoy the amazing restaurant scene, budget $20 per day for food, knowing that you’re going to eat some amazing meals for this price. You can even take taxis almost anywhere in the city for under $4, making it a great place to enjoy a bit of luxury at budget prices.
Latvia is a compelling mix of historic sights, beautiful coast and stunning nature and our road trip brought us to some of the country’s most popular spots. We loved stepping back in time and exploring the maze of streets in the Old Town of Riga, Latvia’s capital city and getting away from it all in the seaside town of Jurmala, famous for its natural mineral spa resorts. Nature and outdoor adventures drew us to Sigulda, where the medieval Turaida Castle and Gutmanis Cave, are among its most popular attractions.
Food and drinks in Latvia are both delicious and cheap. Most of our meals for two were less than €20, with a more formal three-course evening meal with drinks coming in at less than €30. We spent around €2 on a local beer. It was relatively easy to find good quality hotel accommodation for around €80 per night in Riga although there is an abundance of cheaper options in both Riga and throughout Latvia.
Skopje, Macedonia is one of the most underrated capitals in Europe. It might not look too exciting at first but there are actually plenty of things to do in Skopje. While most of the people focus on all the crazy statues in bulk amounts that were thrown around the ccentre or the ancient-looking yet modern architecture the city has much more to offer.
You can find here the second largest bazaar in the Balkans (after Istanbul) where you can spend hours just wandering around, getting lost in the narrow lanes and enjoying the vibrant life that goes by. Skopje is also home to some of the best examples of brutalist architecture in Europe – after the tragic earthquake in 1963 a big part of the city was rebuilt and some concrete masterpieces were created then.
The city is also a great nature getaway as just at the outskirts you can find stunning Matka Canyon or Mount Vodno with some hiking trails. Skopje is also one of the cheapest cities in Europe – a decent accommodation would cost you around €30, the dinner is less than €10 you can expect to pay less than €2 for a really good coffee.
You can enjoy food at a cafeteria for less than $2 or eat at a nice restaurant for less than $5. A glass of wine is usually around $2 and will knock your socks off because it’s so good. Getting around the city is easy on the metro which costs around $.20 per ride, or you can opt for a taxi ride which will be around $1 for a 4-kilometre ride. Hostels are also extremely affordable and you’ll likely not pay more than $5 per night for a bed in the city centre if you plan accordingly.
Getting to Yerevan is easy from Tbilisi and more and more flights are starting to open up to the city… so expect it to be a more commonplace name in the future! But, for now, Yerevan remains a secret to most travellers and it most definitely shouldn’t be!