Many of us would love to experience the best of Europe but it’s the most expensive continent to visit. But how can you travel there while spending less? Well, this has to do with choosing to travel to the less frequented places which offer exciting experiences more than the most popular travel destinations around Europe.

So traveling isn’t only for the big spenders and in case you’re short of the needed cash to travel to the most popular destinations then you just have to choose your destinations wisely. Let’s talk about how you can enjoy the best of Europe without spending much.

Tapas, a Spanish delicacy which you can have at only €1.50
Tapas, a Spanish delicacy which you can have at only €1.50

Some of us are food tourists who yearn to taste different cuisines. For the best culinary adventures, then head to León where you’ll find very delicious Spanish cuisines some of which are for free! Just ask for directions to the barrios next to León’s cathedral where you’ll enjoy free delicious tapas served with a sweet drink. You can also have a glass of the local Rioja drink accompanied by a few delicious snacks at only €1.50. Try out the piquant Sopa de ajo which is a Castilian garlic soup, the hearty morcilla which is a blood sausage stew or the finejamon – cecina which is cured ham or beef piled on crusty bread. And you’ll call it a day!

Jala Beach in Vlora, Albanian Rivera
Jala Beach in Vlora, Albanian Rivera

Do you want to spend some good time refreshing on a beach? Albania invites you to experience its gorgeous Mediterranean coastline in the southern region of Riviera. The place has gorgeous beaches bordered by the impressive mountains and high-rise cliffs. This would be the perfect place to unwind unlike the pricier beaches of the neighboring Croatia and Greece. Just take a bus from Vlorë that rides along the Llogara Pass, which winds through the spectacular mountain ranges and then down to the turquoise bays of the Ionian Sea.

Or perhaps you want to have some nightlife fun? Krakow in Poland never falls short of cheap nightclubs for you to hook up with your buddies while sipping a good number of drinks. You’ll enjoy hopping from one bar to the other. Look out for The Old Town and Kazimierz where you’ll find vivacious drinking clubs where different vodka brands flow cheaply. As you enjoy the drinks, listen to the live acentric music that plays until dawn.

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Are you a cultural tourist? Germany has plenty of world-renowned cultural destinations that are significant in the history of both Germany and Europe. If you travel to Berlin, look out for The Brandenburg Gate which is an 18th-century neoclassical monument, visit other several art galleries, theaters of contemporary art, independent museums, art galleries and so much more. Some of these places are cheaper to visit such as the Museum island, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and Daniel Libeskind’s extraordinary Jewish Museum.

If you feel like you need to bask yourself in warm sunshine, no matter the time of the year, then you’d do well to travel to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. You’ll enjoy the all-year-round warm sunshine temperatures even when the rest of Europe is struggling with the uncomfortable weather. Take advantage of the various budget airlines that fly to the islands and it is through them that you can book a budget-friendly deal. You’ll sunbathe while sightseeing the surrounding spectacular volcanic mountains.

Santa Cruz beach, Tenerife
Santa Cruz beach, Tenerife

If you want to see some European wildlife, then the cheapest place to find them is the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. They form part of the Carpathian mountain ranges that stretches across central Europe. Here you will find brown bears, wolves, lynx, wild boar and the golden eagles that inhabit the pine trees. You will also enjoy the nice landscape that includes granite peaks, glacial lakes, pristine meadows and alpine forests.

A panoramic view of Tatra mountains
A panoramic view of Tatra mountains

And if you want to enjoy inexpensive skiing, then Bulgaria offers budget deals for that. There are many ski resorts like Bansko, Borovets, and Pamporovo which are all perfect for beginners while the pistes are in abundance to excite advanced skiers. You’ll also bargain for the low-priced food and beer to enjoy after a ski session.

You may not want to ignore Portugal which is said to be Western Europe’s cheapest country with a variety of outdoor fun activities for a little-spender to enjoy. Enjoy a variety of watersports on the country’s western coastline especially in Algarve. Learn to Kitesurf, parasail, practice jet ski or just simply play around with the surf. Lisbon also offers you unique urban street artwork that is very inspiring and imaginative.

Other outdoor activities can be cheaply enjoyed in Transylvania, Romania. With the region’s diverse landscape, there’s plenty to do in the Transylvanian Alps which are the ideal place for hiking, horse-riding, rock-climbing, river rafting and wild camping. Visit some huge caves on the base of the mountain ranges.

The geothermal baths of Széchenyi, Budapest
The geothermal baths of Széchenyi, Budapest

Finally, unwind your European tour with a magical spa session in Budapest, Hungary. Enjoy soaking yourself in the natural geothermal springs whose spas are budget friendly. Visit the ancient bathhouses especially the Széchenyi steamy pool bath. You can also visit the 16th century Császár Baths or the stylish Gellert Baths for Art Nouveau luxury. All at a very small cost.

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