Cheapest cities in Europe
Traveling around Europe can be expensive, especially if you don’t know which cities offer the best options for on-budget travelers. You can go on holiday even if you don’t have that much money. In this article we have chosen the top 10 cheapest cities in Europe which are also great travel destinations for leisure and sightseeing.
Sofia is the largest city and the capital of Bulgaria. It is located in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula between the Adriatic and Black Sea at the bottom of the Vitosha Mountain. Most popular points of interest include St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Eastern Orthodox Cathedral), the National Historical Museum (with over 650000 exhibits) and Vitosha Boulevard (a popular pedestrian zone with cafes, boutiques and more). In Sofia you can get a decent hotel room for around $35 and eat lunch for $7.
Cracow is located in the south of Poland by the Vistula River and at the bottom of the Carpathian Mountains. Cracow’s Historic Centre is on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The most popular points of interest include the Cloth Hall (which are called ‘Sukiennice’ in Polish) in the Main Market Square, Wawel (an architectural complex on Wawel Hill including a gothic castle and a cathedral as well as other buildings and fortifications). In Kraków you can find a place to stay in for about $50 and eat lunch for $6.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is the biggest city and the capital of Czech Republic. It is located in the north-western part of the country by the Vltava River. The main points of interest include Charles Bridge (historic bridge which cross the Vltava River), Old Town Square, Prague Astronomical Clock (over 600-year-old clock, now on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall) and St. Vitus Cathedral (Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral). Good accommodation in Prague can be found from around $30 and you can grab a meal for under $6.
Vilnius is the largest city and the capital of Lithuania. It is located in the south-eastern part of the country at the meeting point of two rivers Vilnia and Neris. The most popular points of interest include the Gate of Dawn (a religious, cultural and historical monument), Gediminas’ Tower (part of the Vilnius Castle Complex) andthe Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Roman Catholic church). In Vilnius you can find a hotel room for about $40 and get lunch for $6.
Porto is located by the Atlantic Ocean and along the estuary of River Douro in northern Portugal. View the city’s stunning skyline from Cais De Gaia, taste Port in Porto, the home of this sweet wine, explore the Serralves Museum of Modern Art and visit São Francisco Church. You can find accommodation in Oporto for $45 and eat lunch for $8.
Split is the second largest city of Croatia and it is located in on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. Two ridges surround the city – Kozjak and MosorPoints of interest include the Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Archeological Museum, The Croation National Theatre and the Split Science Museum and Zoo. In Split you can find a place to stay in for about $50 and grab lunch for $12.
Alicante is a city and port on the Costa Blanca of Spain. It is one of the major Spanish ports on the Mediterranean Sea. Points of interest include the Castle of Santa Barbara, Guadalest Valley and Explanade de Espana (walkway). In Alicante you can get a hotel room for $40 and have lunch for $11.
Thessaloniki is located in the northern part of continental Greece. Because it is the second economic, commercial and political centre it is often referred to as co-capital by the Greeks. Points of interest include Museum of Byzantine Culture, Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum and the Ruins of the Roman Forum. Thessaloniki offers places to stay for $40 and lunch meals from $16.
Palermo is an Italian city located in the north-western part of Sicily. Palermo is surrounded by a mountain range named after the city. Must-sees include Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (La Martorana), Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina and Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria). You can find a nice hotel room in Palermo for about $50 and grab lunch for $15.
Valletta is the capital of Malta and is located in the central-eastern part of the island. City of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Points of interest include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Lascaris War Rooms and Upper Barrakka Gardens. You can find a decent place to stay in Valletta for around $100 and eat lunch for $16.
Cheapest cities chosen on the basis of Expatistan Cost of Living Index.
Accommodation prices compared at trivago.com.
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