European getaways are often associated with high costs, and when you’re talking about cities like London, Madrid, or Paris, that is often true. However, if you stay away from the traditional European hot spots, you can find destinations that are much friendlier on your wallet while still providing that old world European charm. Many of these places give even the best budget destinations in the world a run for their money.
Though you can find bargains all over the continent, Eastern and Central Europe, in particular, provide a lot of bang for your buck. These regions also have many lesser known, and therefore less busy, destinations just waiting to be discovered.
*All costs have been estimated using Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, and hotel booking site Booking.com.
1. Sofia, Bulgaria
The majority of visitors to Bulgaria head to the popular coastal regions, but the country’s historic capital is worth spending a few days in.