The best cities in Europe for traveling on a small budget

The best cities in Europe for traveling on a small budget

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The term "tourism" first appeared in the XVIII century in England. At that time, this concept referred to the so-called grand tour, a year-long trip of young British aristocrats around Europe.

In 1838, the English term "tourism" was translated into French by the writer Stendhal and began to refer to trips abroad for purposes other than commerce or religious proselytism.

Cheap to Europe

Europe's big cities are traditionally popular tourist destinations, but they have a reputation for being expensive.

You can travel across the European continent on a limited budget by using affordable public transport and visiting inexpensive establishments.

The German tour operator Omio has selected the 100 most popular urban destinations among middle-income people for travel in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland.

All cities were analyzed based on indicators to determine whether they are suitable for trips with a limited budget. In total, twelve indicators were selected in three areas: tourist attractions, restaurant services and social infrastructure. Travel and accommodation expenses were not taken into account.

As a result, Granada, Bruges and Venice entered the top 3, despite the fact that this city is considered the most expensive city after Rome and Milan.

Granada (Spain)

After a detailed assessment of 100 European cities and their tourist offers, Granada in southern Spain was recognized as the best destination for budget travelers. Experienced tourists will be able to plan a trip to this Andalusian city based on 112 free offers.

Among them is a visit to the Moorish fortress–the Alhambra Palace, which is one of the ten main museums in the city. The classic tour of Granada is relatively affordable compared to other European megacities and costs only about 7 euros.

The nightlife of Granada also allows you to pamper yourself: here you will find 86 bars and nightclubs, and beer will cost you only 2.50 euros or so.

Bruges (Belgium)

The medieval Flemish city of Bruges is definitely worth a visit, and it has a lot to offer, especially for tourists on a tight budget. In addition to 42 free tourist attractions, travelers have the opportunity to take an inexpensive guided tour of the city.

Bruges is considered the world capital of chocolate, and many excursions are dedicated to the culture and craftsmanship of Belgian chocolatiers.

Venice (Italy)

It is quite possible to stay in Venice without burdening yourself with large expenses. Far-sighted travelers only need to follow a few simple but effective tips to turn even an expensive destination into a dream trip at a low price.

Firstly, some of the most interesting sights of the city can be visited for free. These include 136 tourist sites, such as St. Mark's Square or the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Not counting the 22 museums also available for free.

Instead of buying bottled water at exorbitantly high prices, sometimes for a few euros per liter, Venice has an extensive network of 186 public fountains where you can fill your flask for free at any time. The authorities guarantee the water quality.

More sun

When it comes to choosing a place to relax, sunshine is often the key criterion. Europe is full of sun-drenched cities with mild climates and bright days all year round.

The sunniest cities in Europe offer ideal places for sun lovers. Four cities stand out for the warmth of their sunlight:

Malaga (Spain)

Located on the beautiful coast of the Costa del Sol, the city is famous for its sunny climate throughout the year. With over 300 sunny days and an average sunshine duration of over 2,800 hours, Malaga consistently attracts lovers of warmth and Mediterranean splendor all year round.

Impressive beaches, a lively historical center with picturesque streets, delicious gastronomy and fascinating museums, including the famous Picasso Museum, make Malaga an unforgettable place in Europe, bathed in the sun.

Lisbon (Portugal)

The capital of Portugal is a city that also has a lot of sunlight. With more than 2,800 hours of sunshine per year, travelers can enjoy its charming cobbled streets, panoramic views and rich historical heritage.

Famous neighborhoods, attractions and delicious culinary delights make Lisbon a bright and sunny place.

Athens (Greece)

In the Greek capital, thanks to more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, tourists can enjoy a pleasant Mediterranean climate and magnificent beaches.

Athens is famous for its rich historical heritage. Tourist guides offer travelers to visit the ruins of the Agora, the city square of ancient Athens, as well as visit many fascinating museums.

Palermo (Italy)

This sunny and charming city, located in Sicily, offers about 2,700 hours of sunshine per year. Palermo attracts visitors with its unique mix of cultures and traditions.

The city is full of architectural treasures, luxurious palaces, lively places and vibrant markets such as the famous Ballaro Market.

In addition to the opportunity to explore the historical heritage of Palermo, the picturesque beaches provide tourists with the opportunity to relax and soak up the Sicilian sun.

All four sun-drenched European cities offer the perfect combination of bright days and rich cultural heritage. Whether it's relaxing on the beaches, walking along the historical streets, exploring the gastronomic culture or architectural sights – all these are unique opportunities for travelers to enjoy the bright sunlight and plunge into the warm atmosphere of Europe.