Five advantageous short-haul plans – Which one?
Krakow dominated our study of European cities with its Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches on every corner, not to mention the open-air cafes dotted around the cobblestone streets.
But the best? Krakow continues to resist the urge to rock visitors with sky-high prices. The preferred city in Eastern Europe was the only city in our survey to obtain five stars for value for money.
Not only does the average hotel room cost just £ 63 per night, dining out is a steal as well. Avoid the scams in the main square and you’ll get a good meal for under a ten and a pint of beer for £ 2.
Often overlooked by tourists planning their Italian itineraries, beautiful Bologna is a cheap stay.
Served by cheap flights and home to Europe’s oldest university, the city is designed to meet the needs of its student body. Here, affable locals flock to affordable bars tucked away in century-old alleys lined with medieval architecture.
The real highlight is its food. Bologna is the birthplace of tortellini, mortadella (spicy pork sausage) and al ragù tagliatelle (don’t try to order our second-rate copy, spaghetti bolognese) with restaurants, delis and markets offering a of the finest cuisines from all over the country. Italy. So go ahead and indulge in the mouth-watering dishes of the Emilia Romagna region without the exorbitant prices of Rome, Florence or Venice.
Straddling the Danube, Budapest is a favorite with Which? Travel readers – scoring an impressive 89% in our survey of European cities, and rightly so.
Budapest offers plenty of free activities, such as taking a stroll along the picturesque banks of the river and admiring its turn-of-the-century mansions and imperial architecture. Its large cafes and trendy bars (literally built into the ruins of abandoned buildings) are also reasonably priced, with a glass of wine starting at £ 2.50.
An undisputed highlight of any trip to Budapest is the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. Open since 1913, this lavish spa is one of the largest in Europe and takes opulence to another level with its columns of wedding cakes and sun terraces, dotted with 16 picturesque swimming pools each heated to a different temperature. Admission is just £ 14 for the whole day, while a relaxing massage will cost you £ 32 for 45 minutes – good value for money given the salubrious neo-baroque setting.
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Located in the Atlantic Ocean some 1,000 km from mainland Portugal, Madeira Island has attracted British visitors for hundreds of years. It’s popular with Which? members too, who gave it a city score of 85%.
The hilly capital is a beautiful base for exploring both the city and the island itself, with its many hiking trails.
Our readers have given it a very respectable four-star rating for its value for money, no doubt because of the island’s many free attractions – including the cathedral, beaches, museums, churches, parks and gardens. municipal. Better yet, a pint of beer will set you back just £ 1.65, while a three-course dinner for two, including wine, will set you back £ 40. Now that should really be fun in Funchal.
One of the European Capitals of Culture in 2018, Valletta may be compact, but it’s packed with architecture and historic attractions. Which? the members, who came to admire its 16th century facades, gave the city a score of 83%.
Being such a small city, Valletta is just the right size for a long weekend – and it’s also just the right price. The average evening will cost you 20% less than in London, with transport 60% cheaper as well.
Some of the city’s most beloved attractions are its public gardens, which you can explore for free: Upper Barrakka Gardens are a must-see due to their impressive views of the Grand Harbor.
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