Five budget friendly European holiday spots perfect for a summer getaway

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to bring out the passports. Are you looking for a cheeky weekend getaway that won’t make your bank account hate you? Well, look no further.

Whether you’re craving sunshine and sand, or a stroll around some of the most beautiful and historic streets of Europe, we’ve got something in here for you that you can enjoy on a budget.

Zagreb, Croatia

We don’t know about you, but we’re a sucker for pretty buildings and good coffee. If you’re the same, we highly recommend you check out the underrated city of Zagreb.

Bursting with markets, food, art and unique cafés, the Croatian capital offers travellers a real sense of local culture on a low budget.

Gdansk, Poland

Situated on the Baltic coast of Poland, Gdansk is known for its quaint pastel townhouses, but there is so much more to this stunning little city.

A weekend in Gdansk is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in rich history, gorgeous beaches and vibrant nightlife. Poland is full of affordable holiday spots, but if you’re looking to sit back and just enjoy the vibes, Gdansk is the place for you.


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Riga, Latvia

The city of Riga has something for everyone. Seriously, you will never be bored. Feeling artsy? The city boasts a number of intricate art galleries and beautiful architecture. Hungry? No problem, why not grab a bite at the Central Market, one of the largest and oldest markets in Europe.

Take a stroll around the Old Town at the heart of the city, and finish the night off absorbed in the vibrant and playful nightlife and culture. 

Vilnius, Lithuania

The hidden gem that is Vilnius is the perfect combination of rich history and vibrant youth. The city offers a range of historic sites, beautiful structures, natural parks and quirky neighbourhoods.

Wander around the Uzupis area in the heart of the city, full of music, colourful shops and hip cafés. Sit down and relax in the Bernardine Gardens, or spend the day in Trakai, a cute historic town located just outside the city. 

Porto, Portugal

For all the wine enthusiasts out there, if you haven’t been to Porto yet, what are you waiting for? This edgy city is famous for its wine production and culture. If you’re looking into a fun wine tour on your trip, the options in Porto are endless.

If wine isn’t your thing, don’t worry! There’s still plenty to do. Start your day off with a tasty pastel de nata and a view of the entire city at the Torre dos Clérigos. Relax on the beach, or immerse yourself in the bustling and trendy nightlife that usually doesn’t start until midnight!

Words by Aicha Chalouche

Images via Pexels 


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