You need a vacation, and chances are, you’ve ignored all the signs pointing you toward a break from the day-to-day. Whether it’s constant negativity, a broken heart, or various other signs, it’s time to take a vacation. Use the summer to plan out your vacations for next year—spring break in Europe, anyone? We’ve laid out some of the best affordable European destinations for your next school year—check them out below!
Best Cities You Can Afford to Visit in Europe
1. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is absolutely beautiful, and it won’t break your budget either. The small city is easy to walk, and a lot of walking is necessary since there are so many sights to see. Go early in the morning and admire the Charles Bridge, and then spend the rest of your day exploring the unique mixture of medieval and Communist history. Many attractions are free to visit, and the accommodations are reasonably—if not frugally—priced.
2. Porto, Portugal
Porto is one of the best places you can go if you hope for an affordable vacation. Several of the top attractions, like the Porto Cathedral and Crystal Palace Gardens, are free to visit. Since it’s a coastal town, you get breathtaking views of the ocean as well. Though the wine is reason enough to visit, head here for the vibrant nightlife, gorgeous architecture, and enticing culture.
3. Brussels, Belgium
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in Belgium, then Brussels is definitely the place to go. Not only is the city a magnificent wonder to explore, but it’s also quite close to other, more expensive European cities (Amsterdam, Paris, London), so you can take some two-day trips. There’s more than enough to catch the eye in the city itself, though. Historic, confident, and showy, the city is a multicultural haven down to its roots.
4. Glasgow, Scotland
The people of Scotland are so welcoming—you’ll never want to leave. It’s one of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic cities and is full of so much to explore. If you’re a nature lover, there’s plenty here to quench your thirst, or if you’re into museums, there’s plenty of them as well. The history behind this country shines through this rugged and beautiful city—for a lovely price you can afford, too.
5. Bansko, Bulgaria
If you want an adventure-filled vacation, then Bansko should be on your list of European travel spots. Much more affordable than Sweden or Norway, Bulgaria gives you the slopes and a nice price tag. Located on the Pirin mountain range, Bansko is scenic, charming, and full of traditional spots found on cobbled alleyways. It’s gorgeous, well-priced, and a trip you’ll never forget.
6. The Pelopennese, Greece
This is where a lot of well-known Greek mythology takes place. It’s where Hercules fought the Nemean lion, where gods walked the earth, where Paris of Troy ran away with Helen, and so much more. The region has tangible traces of many past civilizations, from classical temples to Byzantine cities. Here you’ll experience the beauty of Greece and all its history for a very reasonable price.