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City economic Europeans: low cost destinations in Europe

Whether for a weekend, a long bridge or simply a few days' getaway, Europe offers many possibilities to grab low cost holidays accessible to all types of travelers: whether as a couple, as a family or with a group of friends, in this so varied set of proposals there is the right destination for everyone.
Let's take a look at some of the most popular low cost European capitals.

1 - Krakow, Poland

This wonderful Polish city, second in size and one of the oldest in the country, is located on the banks of the Vistula River. Although it is no longer the political capital of Poland, it continues to be perceived by both the national population and tourists from all over the world as its true and only Polish capital of culture. The annual list of events and festivals is endless and each time of the year brings with it the celebration of theater, art, music, film, dance, literature and, last but not least, food. So if you are passionate about art and culture, whether you are traveling as a couple, alone or with your family, Krakow will leave you speechless.

The best time for a holiday is from early May until the end of July. Pleasant temperatures (up to 20-25 degrees), rarer rains, months full of events and festivals (among all the Wianki, the Crown of Flowers Festival, in late May).




  • Costs for eating and drinking: about € 20,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: transport does not affect much, the city can be explored on foot or by bike. In any case, a 2-day subscription costs € 4,75.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: the Krakow Card is recommended (€ 28,00 for 2 days) which includes all means of transport and important discounts for attractions
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 242,00 per person -

2 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria as well as its largest city; it was founded thousands of years ago and still continues to be expanding since cultural and economic center of the country. Currently the population is around one million inhabitants, attracted to this nerve center also by the strategic position of the city which is located in the western part of the country and is surrounded by the inner slope of Mount Vitosha. One of the main strengths of this city is its interculturality and the coexistence of realities born from different traditions and religions that create a unique atmosphere for those who find themselves visiting it.

The best time for a vacation in Sofia is the months of May-June. You will find mild climate, not very crowded attractions, interesting events (ex: Salon des Arts and SeemeSofia).



  • Costs for eating and drinking: about € 20,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: the center can be visited on foot and in any case the tickets for the means cost € 2,00 for 24 hours.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: Many attractions are free and in any case you will not spend more than € 10,00 per day for admissions
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 38,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 186,00 per person -

3 - Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is the primary center of the country for what concerns political, economic and cultural life. Its administration is managed as an autonomous municipality, so it has a real socio-political skeleton in its own right: it has a population of 1.759.000 inhabitants and is a city in continuous growth.
What it offers both to those who live there and to those who are just passing through for tourist reasons is really full of colors and varied, ranging from attractions of historical interest to a particular architecture, right down to the features healing thermal waters of which the whole city is scattered. For a weekend of pure relaxation or a trip entirely dedicated to art and culture, Budapest will be a great choice.

The best time for a holiday is summer, for climate and events, first of all the Sziget, a renowned international music festival in early August.



  • Costs for eating and drinking: about € 40,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: the city can be explored on foot or by bicycle. In any case, a day ticket for public transport costs € 5,00
  • Costs for activities and attractions: the attractions are almost all paid but with the Budapest Card (€ 33,00 for 48 hours) you will save on admissions and public transport.
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 237,00 -

4 - Valletta, Malta

Capital of the island of Malta, pearl of the Mediterranean, it is defined as "the Most Humble City": always in progress that contains the political and commercial heart of the islands. Its culture and history are steeped in influences dictated by the presence of the Order of the Knights of Malta and its construction was among the fastest among the cities of the Mediterranean, completed in just 15 years.
Valletta is the most modern part of the island and is pervaded by masterpieces of Baroque art, which make it a cultural heritage of humanity. Strolling through its streets you will be able to pass through fascinating historical places, find heraldic coats of arms hidden in the back streets and listen to jazz played live in its quaint cafes.

It is recommended to visit Malta in the months of April, May, June and September. In the low season you can enjoy both the sea and the attractions without the high summer temperatures and crowds.


  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 40,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: Transportation can be expensive especially to move from one island to another. Buses are the best way, a book of 12 rides costs € 15,00.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: the attractions are almost all paid and will affect for about € 20,00 per person per day
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 239,00 -

5 - Athens, Greece

Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a very long history whose first settlements date back to the Neolithic era. In the fifth century BC, the golden age of Pericles, the culmination of the history of Athens acquired a universal significance for its civil and political values, as well as for the depth of its cultural and philosophical tradition. Its infinite and fascinating monuments represent each time the various dominations and conquests suffered by the city, creating a mosaic of cultures and artistic and religious expressions. Most of the historic city center has been converted into a pedestrian zone of 3 km which leads, in its highest part, to the fulcrum of its archaeological sites in their infinite splendor.

It is recommended to visit Athens in spring to find good weather and numerous events (in May the city hosts the Athens Festival).

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 35,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: the best combination to visit Athens is on foot + bus or tram. Day tickets cost between € 3,50 and € 4,50.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: Attractions cost a little, you could spend around € 20,00 per person per day. With the Athens City Pass (from € 32,00) you can have discounts, free admissions and all transport included
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 25,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 167,00 -

6 - Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, the Romanian capital, is not only the most populous city in the country with its almost 2 million inhabitants, but also the sixth most populous of all the capitals of the European Union. It rises on the Dambovita River and is surrounded by the Ilfov district, but at the administrative level the metropolitan area of ​​Bucharest is a district in itself.
This city with many centuries of history today it represents the largest industrial and commercial center in Romania, and carries with it in its tradition the imprint of the various historical periods in which it has seen its development. From its birth in the fifteenth century until the Belle Epoque period where it was awarded the nickname of "Little Paris", exploring its villages and its attractions you can touch all the steps of its growth as a city and as a unique reality in Europe.

Between late March and early April you will find a pleasant climate with average temperatures. During the Easter period and on the occasion of the beginning of spring, the city hosts the Martisor Festival, one of the most significant and engaging events of the Romanian tradition.

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 20,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: the center can be explored on foot and in any case transport is very cheap. The single ride costs € 0,40 while the 10-ride booklet costs € 1,70
  • Costs for activities and attractions: Many attractions are free and paid ones hardly exceed € 5,00. You will not spend more than € 7,00 per day
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 44,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 202,00 -

7 - Bratislava, Slovakia

The capital of the Slovak Republic, also called "beauty on the Danube", not only brings with it an interesting historical heritage but is currently located in the center of the most developing region of Central Europe. With its population of around 425.000 inhabitants, Bratislava represents a small but intense European reality located between the Danube and the inner slope of the Little Carpathian mountain range. It is precisely its geographical position that has always made it an excellent shopping center and today, despite its long history, it can boast of being one of the youngest capitals in the world, as well as its population.

The spring period is the best for a holiday in Bratislava, especially in May for the flowering season and evenings full of events, art and music.

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 20,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: the city can be explored on foot, it is almost entirely pedestrianized. A 48-hour ticket for bus and tram costs € 8,30, a single ride € 0,70.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: attractions are often free or have a negligible cost, you will not spend more than € 5,00 per day
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 34,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 174,00 -

8 - Paris, France

Among our proposals for a low budget holiday, there is also a not exactly low cost destination like Paris.
To save money, just book a stay in the months between February and April, choose a hostel or a small apartment in the center, eat in the boulangerie or in the many fabulous pastry shops, and you can enjoy a romantic 4-day holiday for less than € 300,00. per person.

The French capital, known throughout the world as the "City of Lights", is celebrated for its impeccable urban planning, architecture, museums, cathedrals, parks and lush boulevards. It was founded about 2000 years ago by a small island in the middle of the Seine, the current Ile de la Cité, but it soon spread to both banks: the right side became and still is the commercial heart of the city while the side left, seat of the University of Paris, is the fulcrum of its artistic and intellectual component.
Whether for a romantic weekend or a family outing, Paris retains a magical element for anyone visiting it.

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 50,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner). To save money, choose an apartment with a kitchen and prepare your meals at home, or eat quickly in the boulangeries
  • Costs to move: Paris is big, it's certainly not easy to get around it just on foot for three days. A day ticket for the metro, trains and buses costs around € 7,50.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: attractions have a lot of impact (at least € 30,00 per day per person). An idea to save is the Paris City Pass, with free admissions and all public transport included or the Museum Pass
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 300,00 -

9 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana represents the political and cultural epicenter of the Slovenian region, as well as the hub from the point of view of trade, transport and culture of the whole nation. Its inhabitants define it as "the friendly city" as despite being a small-medium sized European capital, it offers visitors everything they would expect from a real big metropolis, while maintaining the open and friendly character towards the neighbor that characterizes a small town.

The best period is between April and May and between September and October. The climate is pleasant, the accommodation prices are affordable and the attractions are not very crowded.

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 25,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: the historic center is pedestrianized, public transport has very little impact (€ 1,20 single ride)
  • Costs for activities and attractions: the attractions are mostly free, you will not spend more than € 5,00 per day. For bus tours and guided tours, the Ljubljana Card is convenient, which also includes unlimited transport
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 238,00 -

10 - Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the spectacular capital of Portugal, one of the liveliest and most vibrant cities in Europe. Inside it manages to bring together an ancient historical-cultural heritage with a fervent modernism that is perceived in all corners of the city. As a destination for travelers, Lisbon offers not only a favorable climate all year round, but above all it offers an incredible variety of activities and attractions possible for the tourist to experience and visit. For this reason the city lends itself easily to all types of holidays: whether it is for a cultural trip, or for a holiday dedicated to fun and nightlife with a group of friends, or for a relaxing weekend in the city as a couple. or with the family.

The best time to visit is spring and autumn. Mild climate, accessible flights and accommodation. The Out Jazz Festival is held every weekend in May. By sea and beaches, obviously better in June and early September.

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 30,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: Lisbon is around by public transport, so buses and trams are essential. The incidence is about € 6,00 per day for unlimited rides.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: the paid attractions are few but with tickets around € 10,00, so the Lisbon Card is recommended, which includes admissions, reductions and public transport
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 277,00 -

11 - Berlin, Germany

Berlin is also not exactly a low-budget destination, but it is so full of opportunities that it easily adapts to any type of tourist. Especially if you are young accommodating, you can sleep in a hostel in the center for around € 20,00 per night.

Built on the banks of the River Spree, Berlin has always been one of the most influential European companies from an economic point of view, cultural and political (both for better and for worse) since its origins dating back to the thirteenth century. It is therefore an ancient capital that still shows the signs of all its history in its monuments and buildings, but without ever losing the touch of modernity that makes it a real great metropolis. Hundreds of thousands of visitors all year round are attracted to this city for its unique style, for its exceptional museums with an international flair, and above all for the numerous historical and cultural attractions.

The best period is between May and September. The temperatures are pleasant and there are the most important events of the year (among them the "Carnival of Cultures" between late May and early June).

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 40,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: it is difficult to get around only on foot, but public transport is super efficient and the daily bus, tram, metro and ferry costs € 5,80.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: many are free, museums will record for about € 15,00 per day. A good solution can be the Berlin WelcomeCard which includes entrance to numerous attractions and use of public transport
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 231,00 -

12 - Island of Pag, Croatia

The second longest island in the Adriatic, Pag covers an area of ​​approximately 284 sq km and 63 km in length. Due to the strong influence of the bora wind, the vegetation is not very widespread and the landscape is almost completely uncontaminated; the enchanting beaches and the charm of the island in general have made it one in recent years popular destination for summer holidays among the youngest.
What makes Pag an even more attractive destination is the famous Novalia resort, north of the island, currently considered one of the most important centers of leisure and entertainment in all of Croatia with its open-air discos and numerous summer music festivals.
Pag is a very affordable destination, but to save even more, book in June and September.

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 35,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: on the island you can go around on foot.
  • Costs for activities and attractions: the highest costs concern beaches, discos, aperitifs and drinks, even if the prices are reasonable (cocktail € 6,00, free disco admission until midnight, about € 15,00 in case of events)
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 270,00 -

13 - Lloret de Mar, Spain

To date this famous seaside resort located on the Costa Brava is confirmed as coveted destination for summer holidays especially among young people looking for fun. Despite this, however, Lloret de Mar can boast a very long history that sees its origins as early as 300 BC. C., as witnessed by the numerous archaeological sites of the area, as it has been considered one of the most delicious ports in the Mediterranean since the early years of its foundation. It currently welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists every year and its tourist infrastructure is among the most popular of Spain's many coastal destinations.

Like all seaside destinations, May, June and September are the periods with the best price / climate ratio. But in principle the costs are also accessible in high season (July and August).

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 35,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: you can get around on foot or with the shuttles provided by the hotels. For transfers by taxi you will not spend more than € 10,00 per day
  • Costs for activities and attractions: the highest costs concern beaches, discos, aperitifs and drinks, even if the prices are reasonable (admission to the disco with a drink from € 5,00 to max € 30,00)
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 222,00 -

14 - Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the capital of Albania, is located 27 km east of the Adriatic coast and rises on the banks of the Ishm River, at the end of a fertile valley. It was founded in the 1900th century by a Turkish general and gradually developed as the economic and commercial hub of the region thanks to its particularly strategic position. In the early s it was rebuilt according to the plans of a group of Italian architects, so walking through its streets and admiring its buildings we could perceive the sensation of being in an almost familiar place.
This destination lends itself to various types of holidays: the center is full of attractions for those looking for art and culture to discover, but moving a little along the coast Albania also offers wonderful beaches in which to enjoy a few days at sea.

The most eventful period is summer, which is also ideal for seaside tourism. The Albanian coasts are quite quiet and are not affected by particular overcrowding even in high season.

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 20,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Costs to move: the city can be explored on foot, but in any case the means of transport have very little impact (single ride € 0,30). Taxis are also cheap for longer trips
  • Costs for activities and attractions: the attractions are mostly free or very cheap, you will not spend more than € 5,00 per day
  • Costs for sleeping: Hotel and b & b starting from € 25,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 280,00 -

15 - Prague, Czech Republic

Located in the real beating heart of Europe, Prague is one of the most sophisticated cities on the continent and the major economic and cultural center of the Czech Republic. The city shows in its structure two distant faces that coexist harmoniously: on the one hand the the oldest architectural, artistic and cultural heritage rich in Boheme influences, on the other an urban and modern touch that distinguish it.
Seen from above, all its small churches topped by towers offer a unique perspective, which is why Prague is also known as "the city of a hundred spiers" and has been declared by UNESCO World Heritage.

The best time to visit is late spring and early autumn (June and September). Temperatures are around 20 degrees and summer overcrowding is avoided. Suggestive, but more expensive, the Christmas period.

  • Costs for eating and drinking: from € 40,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Cost of getting around: Prague must be seen on foot. In any case, a day pass for bus and metro costs around € 4,00, for 3 days around € 12,00
  • Costs for activities and attractions: many attractions are subject to charges, the cost incidence is about € 20,00 per day. For access to museums and attractions, we recommend the Prague Card which allows you to take advantage of discounts and free admissions
  • Costs for sleeping sleep: Hotel and b & b starting from € 38,00 per room -
  • AR flight + 4 days / 3 nights stay from € 246,00 -
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