Traveling to Europe can cost Americans a pretty penny, but there are some European cities that cost less and offer more bang for the dollar. Choosing a city that offers budget-friendly accommodations, free-admission to attractions and food venues without the high price tag is the savvy way for budget-conscious travelers to save money. Here’s a list of European cities that are the most affordable.
Riga of one of Eastern Europe’s best locales for a bargain. From accommodations and public transport to food and souvenirs, it’s ideal for those traveling on a budget. Plus, it has an Old City vibe with historical monuments and landmarks along with nearby excursions to beachside Jurmala. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old City where there are remnants of 20th century wars, restaurants serving up traditional Latvian fare and shops. Also, the magnificent St. Peter’s Church and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia are located in Old City. There are also free tours to explore this charming district. Other must-sees include the Town Hall Square with the impressive House of Blackheads, the Swedish Gate and the ancient city walls. Although the most popular time to visit Riga is in the summer with its near-perfect weather, the hotel rates are still cheap year-round. For those watching their pennies, there isn’t a no-go season for a trip to Riga.
Nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, this lively Spanish City has prices that are considerably lower than other European coastal cities. Enjoy the savings with budget-friendly hotels, free parks, no-cost golden beaches and low-cost museums. This Spanish city is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the pocketbook. Walk the cobblestone streets lined with fragrant orange trees, swim in the sparkling cerulean waters at the beaches and take in all the green hues at the Old Turia River Bed Gardens. Valencia showcases a blend of Madrid’s history and Barcelona’s contemporary vibe for a fraction of the cost. With the Valencia Tourist Card, you take advantage of the discounts for shops, attractions and major museums. For more savings, dine at the Mercado Central. It offers varied menus along with fantastic tapas at a great price. Other major attractions include the Central Market, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Cathedral and the Albufera Park.