Cheap destinations in Europe

There are many cheap destinations in Europe that have hardly been discovered so far. We’ll tell you where in Europe it’s best to go for a cheap holiday.

Sometimes, you just want to get away from it all for a short while and get into the adventure! The ingenious thing about it is that you don’t even have to fly far away or spend a lot of money – on the contrary: there are enough destinations in Europe that have hardly been discovered up to now and on top of that are quickly reached for little money. There are so many cool cities and beautiful nature waiting for you, which you can discover even with a small budget.

Cheap destinations in Europe
Europe has a lot to offer, such as medieval Edinburgh in Scotland.

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Overview: Cheap destinations in Europe

What’ll it be? Citytrip or an adventure in nature? There is something for every taste!

Cheap destinations in Europe: City Trips

Belgrade: Little Berlin on the Danube

Belgrade is one of the largest metropolises in Southeast Europe and a city undergoing upheaval. A city that slowly presents itself to the world again after a difficult past. Not everything works smoothly here, not everything is designed for tourists. But this is exactly what makes Belgrade so authentic and interesting.

At the moment Belgrad is still one of the insider tips in Europe: On the streets in the centre tourists are still in the minority and the city looks like Budapest or Berlin 20 years ago. Belgrade is a big city with almost two million inhabitants, but the centre is pleasantly compact, so that you can reach almost all the sights on foot.

Cheap destinations in Europe: Belgrade
Traffic jams and a lot of traffic are part of the Belgrade cityscape, and many people are on the streets even in very cold weather.

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Edinburgh: And a day trip to the Highlands

Our hot tip for a city trip? The beautiful Edinburgh! The capital of Scotland and self-proclaimed festival capital of the world, Edinburgh lies on the Forth River in the Lowlands, surrounded by mountains and sea.

During your time in Edinburgh you should of course walk through the streets of the city. If you are looking for an adventure in nature, there is no way around the Highlands. Rent a car for a day or two and make day trips to the Highlands. You can get a rental car for as little as 10 euros a day and the petrol is not insanely expensive either. If you can spread the costs over several heads, this is hardly noticeable in your travel budget. The Highlands are a cheap, but super ingenious micro-adventure, which is worth it and that you should not miss it at all. Especially as a nature lover and hiking fan you will get your money’s worth – the landscape can easily keep up with the Canadian and New Zealand nature and this also applies to the hiking trails!

Cheap destinations in Europe: Edinburgh
Edinburgh was once called Dùn Èideann, which in Gaelic means „fortress on the hillside“. The city has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century and the seat of the Scottish Parliament since 1999.

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Rīga: Pearl of the Baltic States

Since 2014, Riga has not only been Capital of Culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but is also a member of the EU and therefore has the euro as its currency, which makes travelling to Riga much easier. Riga is one of the most beautiful destinations for a city trip. The city impresses with its beauty and relaxed atmosphere. Most of the sights are within walking distance and you don’t have to worry about public transport. Anyone visiting Riga should not only have seen the famous St. Peter’s Church, but also drive up to the tower and enjoy the fantastic 360 degree view of Riga.

Riga is in all respects a bargain for the travel budget! There are some hotels that offer you comfortable luxury and are guaranteed not to leave a big hole in your wallet.

Cheap destinations in Europe: Riga
Although locals avoid the picturesque old town with its Petri church and cathedral because of the many tourists, there are still streets where Rīga shows an authentic face.

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Moscow: Cheaper than its reputation

Moscow is gigantic and ingenious. Boredom does not arise in the capital of Russia. The choice of activities and sights in Moscow is enormous. But the good thing is, the most important sights are central and easy to reach on foot or simply by metro.

Moscow can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are very cheap alternatives for everything, a trip with the world-famous metro costs the equivalent of 80 cents. You can also take the train to St. Petersburg.

Cheap destinations in Europe: Moscow
The Basilius Cathedral is the symbol of Moscow. If anyone has ever seen a photo of Moscow, it is certainly one of the colored onion towers of Basilius Cathedral.

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Cheap destinations in Europe: Nature adventures

Montenegro: Natural paradise on the Adriatic Sea

While the capital Podgorica itself does not have much to offer, from here you can quickly reach the natural beauty of Montenegro.

The Durmitor National Park is one of the highlights of any trip to Montenegro after the famous Mediterranean coastal towns of Perast and Kotor. The small town of Zabljak is ideal for hikers and individual travellers and offers a wide range of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. Dozens of signposted hiking trails and many excursion possibilities lure.

Cheap destinations in Europe: Montenegro
Although Durmitor National Park is home to a total of 18 glacial lakes, the Black Lake is different from all others. This lake is not only one of the most famous glacial lakes in the region. Crno Jezero is also the largest glacial lake in the National Park.

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Marrakech: Climbing adventure at Ouzoud Falls

Morocco is a great place to escape the cold winter, especially in the winter months and in spring. You can expect temperatures of over 20 degrees, lots of sunshine and some adventures worth flying to North Africa for. Marrakech is an impressive city, where you can immerse yourself in the oriental flair, and also outside, really beautiful nature awaits you!

You’ll have to order a typical mint tea from one of the many cafés. A day trip to the Ouzoud Falls will provide some variety. With 110 meters they are the highest waterfalls of Morocco and very spectacular to look at – not for nothing they are also called the Moroccan Niagara Falls!

Cheap destinations in Europe: Marrakech
Your micro-adventure in Morocco simply includes strolling through the oriental markets and sampling the delicious smelling spices and fruits.

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Georgia: Hiking in the Caucasus

What should not be missing on a trip to Georgia is a hike in the Caucasus Mountains. From Tbilisi you can undertake day or multi-day tours to Stepanzminda, the perfect starting point for hikes and to enjoy the mountain panorama with all your senses.

The beauty of the partly untouched mountain world in the mix with turbulent city beauties like Tiflis or Batumi slowly but surely gets around, which is why your trip to Georgia is worthwhile sooner rather than later. As the icing on the cake, you can dine in Georgia like God in France, without overburdening your travel budget – and order a plate of Chinkali more than you can actually eat in case of doubt.

Cheap destinations in Europe: Georgia
The summit of Kasbegi rises imposingly. At 5047 metres, it is one of the highest mountains in the Caucasus. In wonderful sunshine, the rugged mountains are quite tame.

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Macedonia: Hilly hiking wonderland

The hilly Macedonia is known for its numerous hiking possibilities. The Matka Gorge in Macedonia is a real travel secret tip and next to the Ohrid Lake one of the most important sights in Macedonia. The gorge, deeply carved into the mountains, lies in the west of the Macedonian capital Skopje and is a popular local recreation area of the Macedonian capital next to its local mountain Vodno. Many Macedonians use the area for hiking, visiting monasteries or boating on the river – and climbing. The steep slopes of the canyon are popular with climbing enthusiasts from all over the world.

Another good hiking spot is Mavrovo National Park. With 731 square kilometres, the national park is the largest of the three Macedonian national parks and is located in the northwest of the small Balkan republic.

Macedonia
Lake Ohrid is the second largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula and one of the oldest in the world.

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Cheap destinations in Europe: Beach Holidays

Bulgaria: Sunny beach

The beautiful beach itself is between 100 and 150 meters wide, very long and still very crowded in summer, but there are (water) sports of all kinds and also yoga or meditation. The atmosphere is cheerful: Between a few typical communist concrete buildings you can get a beer, fresh fish from the Black Sea and Shopska salad for a few Euros, a typical Bulgarian salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta.

If you want to experience even more, you can book one of the many tours that start from here. For example a jeep safari or even a two-day trip to Istanbul, 380 kilometres away – an extra visa is not necessary.

Cheap destinations in Europe: Bulgaria
The sunny beach is guaranteed not to be boring: there are endless cafés, bars and restaurants.

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Portugal: Algarve

If you feel fine sand between your toes, a fresh breeze of Atlantic air is blowing around your nose, the sound of the sea is the only thing you hear and you simply flow through absolute serenity – then you are standing on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve in Portugal!

The Portuguese Algarve has more than 100 beaches to offer. From impressive cliffs to gently sloping sandy beaches, paradises for surfers and secluded bays. Portugal’s southern Atlantic coast will enchant you with its beautiful bays, romantic dunes and rugged ochre rock faces.

The southern coast of the Algarve is divided into two sections: On the western beaches from Sagres to Faro, Atlantic winds blow along the rugged cliffs. Here you’ll find picturesque coves hidden between rock faces, often difficult to reach. On the eastern coast, from Faro to high up in Spain, you will find miles of shallow sandy beaches.

Algarve
Tiles on the house facades, endlessly long wooden stairs to the most beautiful beaches, rock formations where my mouth remains open, and small white houses with blue shutters – that’s Portugal. This is the Algarve.

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Spain: Costa del Sol

The southern coast of Spain around Malaga scores next to the rich Marbella with a few relaxed insider tips and incredible 300 days of sunshine a year. For all sun worshippers and beach lovers, the Costa del Sol of course has numerous beaches up its sleeve. One of the most famous beaches is certainly La Malagueta – the city beach of Málaga. It is not quiet here, life pulsates here. But the beach is definitely worth a visit – especially as the chic harbour area with numerous restaurants and shops next door invites you to stroll, eat and drink.

Cheap destinations in Europe: Costa del Sol
Of course, there are no white Caribbean beaches here, but the long beaches of Andalusia have their own charm.

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Cyprus: Paphos

The city of Paphos is located in the Greek speaking part of the Republic of Cyprus on the southwest coast. Paphos is a place steeped in history and legends that has also become a popular centre of tourism. In and around Paphos you can enjoy the many historical sights and mythological sites as well as the beautiful beaches and numerous leisure activities.

Cyprus: Paphos
Observe the hustle and bustle of the lively promenade, learn the stories of the gods in exciting excavation sites, visit the monks in the mountains and explore the unique nature.

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If you liked this article, you might also be interested in our tips for the best weekend trips in Europe.

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