Europe is full of history, culture and charm, but it can be an expensive place to visit. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the cheaper destinations where your hard-earned cash will go a bit further. These ideas for off the beaten track destinations are amongst the best to visit in Europe.
Budapest – Hungary
The capital of Hungary, Budapest straddles the Danube with the two distinct enclaves of Buda and Pest joining up to form one of the most densely populated cities in Europe. It has been called the world’s second-best city by Conde Nast Traveler and 7th most beautiful city in the world by Forbes. Famed for its spas with natural warm springs which enticed the Romans and Ottomans here are still and you can visit them for €15. A large beer costs around €2 and a local goulash costs around €3-4. Accommodation can be found from around €15 per night.
Ohrid – Macedonia
Ohrid is a Macedonian city that sits on Lake Ohrid, one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes. It was given World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1979. With a population of around 42000, it isn’t the biggest city, but it has a rich cultural heritage with the town once containing 365 churches – one for every day of the year – which led to it being dubbed “The Jerusalem of the Balkans.” The city has various music festivals throughout July and August. You can pick up a bottle of wine for €2.50, a local bean casserole for around €1.50 and accommodation is available from around €10 per night.
Kotor – Montenegro
Kotor is a coastal town on the Adriatic situated in what some call the southernmost fjord in Europe. It is actually a ria, a submerged river canyon. It’s small population of 13500 give it a town-like feel rather than a city type one. It is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic and has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The fortifications and the city walls are the main attraction along with the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. You’ll be able to pick up a beer for around €1, a sarma, a local cabbage roll, for €2.50 and accommodation is available from around €20 per night.
The High Tatras – Slovakia
The Tatras are the jewel in the crown of Slovakia. Visible from space, the mountains are a natural border between Poland and Slovakia. There are various villages around the mountains you can use as a base for exploring. The mountains offer a playground for climbers and cavers as week as tracks and trails for mountain bikers. In the winter months, there is skiing and snowboarding too. A beer is around €2, gnocchi with bacon is around €4 and accommodation can be had from €15 per night.
If you’re looking to book anywhere, there are hundreds of places, but I find that you can pick up cheap accommodation and flights if you shop around.