A peninsular region of Eurasia makes up Europe, the second smallest of the world’s continents. It occupies nearly one-fifth of the world’s total land area. On the west, the Atlantic Ocean borders it, while on the south (west to east) it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Kuma-Manych Depression, and the Caspian Sea. Europe has so much to explore, that’s why we have compiled the top 10 Best Places to Visit in Europe.
Are you ready to travel and discover Europe? These are the Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Europe.
1. The Albanian coast
Don’t have the funds to travel to Capri or the Côte d’Azur, but would love to soak up Mediterranean sun and sand? The beaches found further east are sun-drenched and undisturbed by modern development. Albanians are among the cheapest in Europe but remain largely unexplored by tourists. The Ionian coast features steep grey mountains framing azure seas and golden sands.
Sarande is near Corfu and is a convenient entry point from Greece. Ksamil and nearby islands are accessible from here. Isolated ruins, warm waters, and a smattering of Ottoman towns make for the perfect European holiday.
2. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Sarajevo remains scarred from being under siege in the past. The museums display remnants of mortar shell explosions covered in red resin to create “Sarajevo Roses”, and they show the horrors of Sniper Alley.
Nowadays, it is Europe’s cheapest country and one of the liveliest cities. One of the most welcoming capitals in Europe, its central district of Baščaršija is a delight to wander through. Explore the bazaar of Ottoman times or savor Bosnian coffee. There are several tucked-away drinking holes and a club scene that never ceases to evolve after hours.
3. Bansko, Bulgaria
Skiing on a budget can be tricky. Especially when the most expensive countries in the world are also home to the main Alpine ski resorts! Nevertheless, eastern Europe has some interesting skiing spots, such as Bulgaria’s Bansko in the Pirin mountains.
Beginner and intermediate runs are available at the country’s main ski resort. With a decent selection of shared and private accommodations to choose from, Bansko is one of the best places to visit in Europe with friends. There are several old pubs and traditional restaurants hidden away down the cobblestone alleyways of the town.
4. Czechia (Czech Republic)
Czechia (Czech Republic) is a great independent travel destination, and Prague, the country’s most popular destination, isn’t quite as cheap as it once was. Several of the world’s best beers are popular in Pilsner’s homeland, and prices are quite reasonable.
The city is also one of the best places to visit in Europe for many other reasons. In Prague, there are beer halls, taverns, and newer microbreweries to choose from. Explore the lesser-known sights in the Czech Republic, including charming Olomouc, a pint-sized Prague without tourists.
5. Estonia’s Baltic coast
Small and beautiful Estonia, known for its popular city break destination of Tallinn, also offers stunning stretches of coastline, a scattering of islands, and forested national parks along its long Baltic coastline. This country is perhaps the cheapest in Europe since a lot of its attractions revolve around the outdoors.
It is best to explore Lahemaa National Park by bicycle, which is an hour from Tallinn. It features windswept beaches, rugged coves, and fishing villages, as well as hay bales on a farm. If you venture further west, Pärnu sports great beaches, while Saaremaa has gorgeous countryside and a very affordable spa.
6. Leipzig, Germany
Berlin stands out among European travel destinations. Compared to the national average, its cost of living is one of the lowest in the country. Nevertheless, former East Germany is still significantly cheaper than western centers such as Frankfurt and Munich, a legacy of the country’s former division. Even as Berlin prices rise, other eastern cities, including buzzing Leipzig, offer more affordable housing.
This city that was the catalyst for the 1989 unification protests has always prided itself on being fiercely independent. It has also gained quite a reputation in recent years as an area with thriving artists’ enclaves and thrilling nightlife. In the city’s culture scene, old industrial buildings are being converted to contemporary spaces, such as the former cotton mill Spinnerei.
7. London, England
Budget and London are not normally associated. In London, you can find more world-class attractions for free than anywhere else in Europe. The British Museum, with its treasure trove to satisfy the most curious history hunters. The vast Tate Modern, with breathtaking views and ever-changing exhibitions.
There’s no substitute for open spaces; spend a day walking through Hampstead Heath, another traversing the South Bank, or perusing East End markets and you’ll gain a greater sense of city life than standing in line for overpriced attractions. When it comes to food, you’ll save money by going to popular street markets – you’ll even have money left for an overpriced pint.
8. The Peloponnese, Greece
Greece is still associated with island-hopping, sleeping on a ferry deck, or camping on the beach when you think about budget travel. Travel on the islands takes a long time, and the popular resorts drive up the price.
Let’s look at the peninsula of Greece, which has many fingers. In addition to the ancient ruins of Epidaurus and Olympia, it offers some fine beaches – less developed than those on the main islands. Those who look beyond package vacations can find medieval villages, spectacular rack-railway rides, and fascinating Byzantine towns.
9. Budapest, Hungary
The twin enclaves of Buda and Pest, which straddle the Danube, are one of Europe’s most captivating capitals. This makes it one of the most affordable places to travel.
Enjoy the spa’s pools, take a dip whenever you feel like it, cool off under the fountains, and watch old men play chess by the water. The neighborhood’s colorful “ruin-bars” come alive at night – weird, idiosyncratic bars hidden in its streets. Summertime is perfect for a cheap white or rosé grown locally, drunk long as a spritzer.
Budapest is one of the best places to visit in Europe in the Spring (March to May) or Autumn (September to November) when the weather is at its most pleasant – ideal for outdoor spa days and walking barefoot.
10. Palermo, Sicily, Italy
In any grand European tour, you’ll see a string of beautiful Italian cities: elegant Florence, seductive Rome, and glamorous Venice. Although they are certainly charming, they are well-established tourist attractions, which results in higher prices, especially during the high season.
The capital of Sicily, Palermo, is both a city reminiscent of an earlier era in Italy and – if you ask – a country apart. Even if the city is run down at times, there are many surprises to be found here. Mosaic churches line the streets and cluttered neighborhood markets are filled with street fare like arancini (rice balls) and panelle (chickpea fritters).