If there is something that we can not deny is that most of us seek to travel without spending a lot of money, something that many times (more than we think), it is possible to achieve only by following some advice and above all, looking for the perfect trip, that fits in our budget. If you think this is impossible, keep reading. We leave you a selection of 10 destinations for a cheap holiday in Europe.
1. CORDOBA, SPAIN
Houses and palaces, museums, courtyards where you would like to stay and live, Arab baths and its incomparable mosque make Cordoba one of the most irresistible cheap destinations of the peninsula. And, if you like good food, a menu based on salmorejo, serrano flamenquín or oxtail, and Cordoban cake is more than obligatory.
2. NAXOS, GREECE
Despite being the largest of the Cycladic islands, Naxos is one of the least crowded. This white spot between the turquoise blue waters of the Aegean Sea delights at first glance with the representative Apolo Gate, small taverns with dust drying in the sun and beaches where you can contemplate the beautiful sunset.
3. CUENCA, SPAIN
One of the main monumental groups of Spain is ideal for a cheap holiday with your partner, family or friends. When you get tired of walking among such beauty, if that is possible, it is necessary to recover strength with the garlic arriero, morteruelo, zarajos, trout, some of the excellent cheeses of the province and wine from La Mancha.
4. LYON, FRANCE
Located in the east of France, Lyon is the third most populated city in the country and the second university city, which means that its population is mostly young and, thanks to this, fun is guaranteed. From here you can observe the massif of Monte Branco and admire the beauty of the Rhone and Saône rivers. Do not forget to visit the bohemian district of Croix-Rousse and discover the traboules (passages that cross the inner courtyards of several buildings) that were used during the period of the silk trade.
5. BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
In Bucharest, you can take a pleasant walk through its beautiful historic center and contemplate the slots left by wars and natural catastrophes, however, it is a city that resurfaces from its ashes. Today, it has evolved into a modern European capital, with a very good atmosphere, both day and night. We recommend that you go through the Neo-Gothic brewery of 1879, Caru ‘cu bere, near the Byzantine church of Stavropoleos. You will enjoy its spectacular buildings and parks, and as proof of this you can see it in its spectacular Parliament Palace, the incredible Cathedral and Herastrau Park. The Calea Victoriei is another example where you will be delighted with its imposing buildings that rise on the edge of this commercial street.
6. TALLIN, ESTONIA
The picturesque old town of Tallinn is a captivating mix of medieval streets and pinnacles. In addition, being a small city, its tourist areas are safe and easy to explore on foot. We advise you to do with a Tallinn Card, if you plan to use buses and trams; On the other hand, to immerse yourself in the past of Tallinn, visit the Open Air Museum Rocca-al-Mare, where you can get an idea of how rural taverns, windmills and watermills were typical of Estonia. Finally, contemplate the dome of the cathedral dating from 1900 or join the excitement of its historic Town Hall Square.
7. LIUBLIANA, SLOVENIA
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a small city hidden in the mountains. It is fun, economical and has many things to see and do. Our favorite is to watch the sunset from the top of the castle hill. Another essential place is the Zmajski Mos, the Bridge of the Dragons, symbol of the city. If you like the alternative roll you have to get close to Metelkova, an old barracks in the former Yugoslavia that has slowly transformed to become the underground soul of the city, full of urban art, graphite and curious sculptures. If you also have some extra days, do not forget to explore other amazing places in Slovenia, such as Lake Bled or Predjama Castle.
8. SARAJEVO, BOSNIA
Known as the “Jerusalem of Europe”, due to the large number of religions that live in it for centuries, Sarajevo emerged from the ashes as a city in which culture is breathed at every step. Currently it is an intriguing and cosmopolitan song and has all the services to make your vacation a unique experience. Do not miss the Sebilj Fountain, the Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque, the Orthodox Cathedral or the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum, built during the siege of Sarajevo in the 90s and used to escape the bombing.
9. BELGRADE, SERVIA
Probably, Belgrade is not the prettiest city on the list, however, there is no doubt that it is vibrant and full of life. It is perfect to discover cultural trends and appreciate the incredible resurgence of a city that not long ago was punished by war. Currently, many consider it as the new Berlin due to the creative effervescence experienced in the city of the Balkans. Belgrade is the perfect destination for those who want to have fun, since the nightlife of the city is one of the liveliest you can find today.
10. SOFIA, BULGARIA
Sofia is a city where history is breathed in every corner, since the first settlements began more than 2,800 years ago. Located in the heart of the Balkans, it is an excellent starting point to get to know Eastern Europe. The Russian influence can be seen in all corners, mainly in the Orthodox churches built in the Muscovite style. Sofia’s communist past is appreciated in the aesthetics of the buildings that shape the city. Probably, the most representative is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built at the end of s. XIX and whose art gallery houses an impressive collection of paintings.