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Top 10 cheapest places to visit in Europe

Europe is a fascinating continent to explore, but some of the destinations – such as Italy and France –are notoriously expensive for visitors. If you are travelling Europe on a budget you will want to check out some of the cheaper destinations where your money will go a lot further, such as:

10. Brussels, Belgium

Top_10_cheapest_places_to_visit_in_europe_Brussels_BelgiumPhoto via Alina Zienowic

The lovely city of Brussels in Belgium is a short flight from the UK and the capital of the European Union offers a lot to enjoy.

Flight from London: £50 – £70
Accommodation: £40 – £60
Food: £10 for a nice dinner, £5 for a cheap lunch

What to see and do:

  • Don’t forget to treat yourself to some superb Belgian chocolate!
  • Visit the fascinating Natural Sciences Museum.

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Find out more about Brussels.

9. Crete, Greece

Top_10_cheapest_places_to_visit_in_europe_Crete_GreecePhoto via Marc Ryckaert

The largest of the Greek Islands, this warm Mediterranean paradise offers sun, sand, sea, delicious food and friendly people.

Flight from London: £100 – £200
Accommodation: £25-£50 per night
Food: £15 for a nice dinner, £2 for street food

What to see and do:

  • Admire the treasures at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
  • Linger for hours over lunch at a local Taverna, why not try and find one of the local Greek nights, these involve eating local cuisine, drinking local liqueurs and dancing to local music.

Find out more about Crete.

8. Budapest, Hungary

Top_10_cheapest_places_to_visit_in_europe_Budapest_HungaryPhoto via Heinz Albers

The capital city of Hungary has a lively atmosphere and it is known as the “Paris of the East” because of its culture and historic architecture. It’s an easy city to walk around and the nightlife is fantastic.

Flight from London: £40 – £130
Accommodation: £30 – £100
Food: £6 for a nice dinner, £1.50 for a cheap local lunch

What to see and do:

  • Check out the Ruin Pubs – quirky and atmospheric bars fashioned from abandoned warehouses and industrial buildings.
  • Visit the Hungarian Parliament building, which is the largest building in Hungary. The building is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

Find out more about Budapest.

7. Istanbul, Turkey

Top_10_cheapest_places_to_visit_in_europe_Istanbul_TurkeyPhoto via Benh LIEU SONG 

Straddling both Europe and Asia, Istanbul was once the imperial city of Constantinople and it has a wealth of historic and religious attractions to explore.

Flight from London: £90-£200
Accommodation: £20 – £80
Food: £7 for dinner, £2 for a budget lunch

What to see and do:

  • Admire the stunning Sultan Ahmed Mosque.
  • Get lost in the many stalls of the Grand Bazaar, selling everything from spices to carpets to jewelry, clothing and much more.

Find out more about Istanbul.

6. Fuerteventura, Spain

Top_10_cheapest_places_to_visit_in_europe_Fuerteventura_SpainPhoto via Andy Mitchell

A stunning volcanic island in the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is known for its kite surfing, wind surfing and beautiful beaches.

Flight from London: £70-£190
Accommodation: £20-£70
Food: £10 for dinner, £4 for a cheap local lunch

What to see and do:

Find out more about Fuerteventura.

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Top_10_cheapest_places_to_visit_in_europe_Lisbon_PortugalPhoto via Luca Galuzzi

Lisbon has a hip vibe, so why not get lost in its winding cobblestone alleyways lined with sun-bleached buildings? There is so much history and culture to discover here, as well as a fantastic culinary scene.

Flight from London: £50-£150
Accommodation: £20- £100
Food: £10 for a nice dinner, £5 for a cheap local lunch

What to see and do:

Find out more about Lisbon.

4. Zagrab, Croatia

Top_10_cheapest_places_to_visit_in_europe_Zagreb_CroatiaPhoto via DAVID HOLT

A charming medieval “old city”, the capital of Croatia is packed with art galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas and lovely cafes.

Flight from London: £80-£170
Accommodation: £15-£80
Food: £5 for dinner, £2 for a budget lunch

What to see and do:

Find out more about Zagreb.

3. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague in the Czech RepublicPhoto via Che

A historic city filled with fairy-tale-like medieval architecture, boasting an abundance of culture, art, music and fine dining.

Flight from London: £40-£90.
Accommodation: £20-£80.
Food: £7 for a nice dinner, £3 for a cheap local lunch.

What to see and do:

  • Admire Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world.
  • Stroll along the Charles Bridge and admire the artwork of the local artisans while listening to the music of the buskers.

Find out more about Prague.

2. Krakow, Poland

Top_10_cheapest_places_to_visit_in_europe_Krakow_PolandPhoto via Pko

Krakow is a must for history buffs – it is one of the oldest cities in the country and it as one of the first historic centres to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1978.

Flight from London: £50-£130.
Accommodation: £15 – £75.
Food: £8 for dinner, £1.50 for a cheap local lunch.

What to see and do:

Find out more about Krakow.

1. Sofia, Bulgaria

sofia-bulgariaPhoto via DAVID HOLT

An elegant European capital, Sofia has many beautiful orthodox churches and fascinating ancient ruins. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Flight from London: £60-£150.
Typical accommodation price: £10-£50.
Food: £8 for dinner, £1.25 for a cheap local lunch.

What to see and do:

  • Take a walking tour to learn about the city’s history.
  • Visit the nearby mountain Vitosha, poplar for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Find out more about Sofia.

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