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29 Best Cheap Spring Destinations In Europe (2024)

Last Updated on June 12, 2024 by Nicole

Europe offers budget travelers a lot of choices when it comes to amazing destinations for inexpensive spring vacations. Whether you prefer large European cities or small towns, exploring the outdoors, or relaxing on beautiful beaches, there are many affordable places to visit in Europe for your springtime trip in March, April and May. Several of these budget-friendly destinations take you off the beaten path while others take you straight into some of the most popular vacation spots with tips for how to pay less for fantastic experiences. Here are 29 of the best places to visit in Europe for cheap spring holidays.

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Best Affordable Places In Europe For Spring Holidays

Here are 29 of the best places to visit in Europe for a cheap vacation in spring.

For each destination, I have included some of the best inexpensive or free things to do, including summer festivals or annual events. In addition, I have highlighted affordable restaurants or budget friendly areas offering delicious food.

I have set out how best to reach the destination by public transportation and accommodation for budget minded travelers. Finally, I have outlined expected average temperatures so that you can be properly prepared for your amazing European spring getaway.

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Lagos, Portugal (Photo courtesy of Kate from Kate Roams The World)

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal is one of the most beautiful and inexpensive spring beach destinations in all of Europe. Lagos is located in Southern Portugal in the Algarve region on the Atlantic coast. It offers stunning coastline, sea caves, sandy beaches, and a great nightlife, making Lagos a perfect budget friendly getaway. 

The best free thing to do in Lagos in the spring is to head to the beach. There are many amazing beaches around Lagos, such as Praia de Dona Ana, Praia dos Estudantes, and Praia do Camilo.

In addition, there is a beautiful coastal cliff walk to explore that is about 4 miles long. This walk will let you see the coast and its many beaches, natural arches, and grottoes. 

Get out on the water and see the coast from a different perspective by taking a well priced kayaking tour. You will also get to visit caves and snorkel.

Finally, head to the Lagos Museum to learn more about the cultural heritage of the area and see the inside of the ornate church of Igreja de Santo Antonio for just a couple of euros.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Lagos in general is an affordable travel destination so it is not hard to find cheap places to eat or affordable bars. Go to Jukebox Tapas for an amazing dinner of tapas that won’t break the bank. This highly rated restaurant fills up fast, so get there early or make a reservation.

For a cheap and quick lunch, Beats and Burritos has fantastic burritos or bowls with vegan options. 


Average highs range from 64 °F to 70 °F in March, April, and May with evening lows in the mid to high 50s F. You can expect only a sprinkling of rain a few days each month.

Best Way To Reach Destination

If you’re planning a trip to some other stops in Portugal such as Lisbon or Porto, it would be easiest to fly into Lisbon’s International Airport and take the 4 hour bus ride to Lagos.

But if you plan to only visit Lagos and neighboring seaside towns, you can fly into Faro Airport which is about 90 km or 55 miles to Lagos center.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Kate from Kate Roams The World says, “You’ll find plenty of cheap accommodation options in Lagos, whether it be in a hostel, hotel, or a homeshare. 

Safari Beach Guest House is a highly rated hostel walking distance to town and beaches that also has private rooms available. 

Ocean View Lagos is a bed and breakfast a little further from the center of town, but it has a balcony with a gorgeous view and an outdoor pool.”

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Bologna, Italy (Photo courtesy of Claudia from My Adventures Across The World)

Bologna, Italy

Italy isn’t the cheapest country to visit in Europe, but if you pick where to visit wisely you will still be able to enjoy it for a very reasonable price. One place that budget-travelers usually enjoy in spring is Bologna, for it has a great selection of cheap things to do and low cost eateries.

There are plenty of low priced things to do in Bologna. It will cost you just a few Euros to climb up the Torre degli Asinelli, which is the top attraction in the city, and from where you can admire stunning views.

Free things to do include walking along the beautiful porticoes the city is famous for (they provide shelter from the rain in the winter months, and from the fierce sun in the summer months), and taking in the lovely views from the Finestrella, a window overlooking a canal in Via Piella.

The cathedral is also free to visit, in case you want to check out one of the most beautiful churches in the city.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

One of the best restaurants in town that serves great food at moderate prices is Trattoria Da Cesari. It makes the best tagliatelle al ragu in Bologna!

For an even more budget-friendly experience, stand in line for your table at Trattoria dall’Orsa, in the university area. You will be sharing a table with other locals or tourists and feasting on delicious lasagne.

Finally, grab a mortadella sandwich at Mo Mortadella Lab and be amazed at how delicious it was and how little you paid for it.


Bologna is a great place to visit in the spring, when the cold of the winter months is only a memory, but the heat and the humidity of summer have not arrived yet. In April, you can expect sunny days and temperatures around 17°C (62.6°F) during the day. March is a little cooler and in May, you will get average highs of 74 °F.

As for rain, there will be a little each month over a few days.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia Romagna region and very well connected to the rest of Italy (and Europe) by both plane and train. Bologna Airport is served by a number of budget airlines and close to the city, which you can reach by train or bus too.

Bologna is also an easy train ride from many other larger (and more expensive) cities in Italy. You can be there in 40 minutes from Florence, one hour from Milan and 1.5 hours from Venice. 

Inexpensive Accommodation

Claudia from My Adventures Across The World says, “For a cheap place to stay look into the Ghetto Ebraico, Bologna’s Jewish Quarter. Hostel Il Nosadillo is a good option.”

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Budapest, Hungary (Photo courtesy of Tina from Veganderlust)

Budapest, Hungary

You might not guess it due to its grandeur and popularity, but Budapest is actually one of the best cheap cities to visit in Europe and a fantastic spring holiday destination.

The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is split in two by the Danube River, the Buda side of Budapest is on the West side of the river and the Pest side is to the East.

In Hungary, the official currency is the Hungarian Forint. Some restaurants and shops in Budapest accept Euros as well, but they’ll usually give you a bad exchange rate. So it’s best to pay in Forint if you want to save money. 

There are many amazing things to do in Budapest for free. The best free thing to do in springtime is to marvel at the stunning architecture of the Hungarian Parliament Building. It’s located right at the shore of the Danube River, and it’s one of the most beautiful parliament buildings in the world.

Another great free thing to do in Budapest is to walk up Gellért Hill to the Liberty Statue where you will have a panoramic view of the whole city. 

You can also explore the most famous square in Budapest, Heroe’s Square, which is centred around the towering statue of archangel Gabriel. Heroe’s Square is also the gateway to Budapest’s most famous park, simply called City Park.

In the Park, you can spend many hours discovering all of its hidden gems including admiring the most beautiful castle in Budapest, although it’s not the most famous one. The most famous castle is Buda Castle, which used to be the royal palace and is now a museum.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

One of the best economical restaurants to try a traditional Hungarian deep-fried flatbread is Retró Langós Budapest. 


The best time of year to visit Budapest is late spring. In May, the average temperature is a sunny 61°F, so it’s not too hot to walk around and explore. If there is a cooler day, you can always warm up in one of the relatively cheap thermal baths that can be found in Budapest.

March and April sees temperatures in the 40s and 50s Fahrenheit. There will be a little bit of rain each month.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Budapest is easy to reach as it has an international airport and a special bus line connecting the airport and the city centre. There are also many low-priced bus and train connections to neighbouring countries

Inexpensive Accommodation

Tina from Veganderlust says, “A very affordable place to stay is the Metropolis Budapest Hotel. It’s a highly-rated bed and breakfast in a fantastic central location. The perfect accommodation for exploring Budapest in spring.”

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Berlin, Germany (Photo courtesy of Chloe from Travelogue)

Berlin, Germany

Germany is unlikely to ring up as the cheapest place to travel. But you might be surprised to learn that Berlin is one of the most affordable cities in Western Europe while constantly crowned as the hippest capital city in the world. It makes for one of the best reasonably priced spring break getaways in Europe.

The vibrant capital city of Germany offers many inexpensive things to do. So if you are looking for a European city break in spring time, start planning a Berlin itinerary!

Exploring the city’s rich history costs almost nothing. It is free to visit iconic historical landmarks like Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Nazi Book Burning Memorial. Consider a free walking tour (with a gratuity) to learn more about the history of Berlin’s significant WWII and communist past.

Berlin is also known as the art and cultural hub in Europe, attracting artists from all over the world. You can see colorful and artistic murals at the East Side Gallery (Berlin Wall). However, with a quick Google search, you can discover eye-catching street art in the hidden alleys all over the city. Strolling the streets and appreciating the art? Absolutely free! 

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Although Berlin is hardly a foodie capital, delicious street food adds to the city’s budget-friendly experiences. Try Berlin’s unique currywurst, Doner kebab, and Berliner donuts. Maybe chow it down with a refreshing Berliner Weisse beer to quench your thirst.


If you visit Berlin in spring, bring a warm jacket and an umbrella. Spring brings transitional weather from the chilly winter to progressively warmer conditions. The average temperature ranges from 5℃ (41℉) in March to 17℃ (63℉) in May. However, it fluctuates unpredictably with occasional rainfall.

Best Way To Reach Destination

While Berlin is located further east, close to the border of Poland, it is easy to reach. The capital city is well connected with Europe via flight (fly to Berlin Brandenburg Airport) or train. Once you get there, Berlin boasts an excellent public transportation system, making it easy and affordable to navigate the city. 

Inexpensive Accommodation

Chloe from Travelogue says, “With the abundance of affordable accommodation, travelers can also find comfortable and economical options in Berlin. Consider staying in East Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain for the vibrant nightlife and wallet-friendly hotels.”

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Corfu, Greece (Photo courtesy of Karen from Forever Karen)

Corfu, Greece

Located in the Ionian Sea, the Greek Island of Corfu offers a paradise escape with warm weather, sandy beaches, and an old cultural heritage.

If you’re into history, beaches, or shopping, Corfu offers it all. Look no further than the old town of Corfu, a UNESCO World heritage Site to explore its rich history. By touring one of its fortified forts, you’ll appreciate its importance as a defense city.

Head to Achilleon Palace to continue the history tour. Once the summer home of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the Palace exudes opulence with marble, statues, and ornate furnishings. Outside, its grounds are equalling impressive and offer gorgeous vistas of the Ionian Sea. It only costs a few euros to visit.

For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking and exploring Corfu’s coastline provides an inexpensive activity. While some sea caves are only reached by boat, tours to get there are cheap. Canal d’Amour might be Corfu’s most notable landscape, with hidden caves in the “Channel of Love.”

In northwestern Corfu, you’ll find Porto Timoni, and two back-to-back beaches connected by a strip of land. It takes a hike from Afionas to reach it, but it’s so worth the effort. Due it its remote location, you won’t find any services or facilities, but that adds to the area’s charm and affordability.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

The Liston Gastrotheque offers great coffee and a reasonably priced breakfast, and you can enjoy it on the patio soaking up the area’s ambiance.


Expect average high temperatures of between 61 F and 75 F between March, April and May, with little rain. In spring, you can enjoy 14-1/2 hours of daylight. Many enjoying swimming in the ocean although it may be a little cool for others.

There is lots of rain in March, but hardly any in April and May.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Most vacationers arrive at the Corfu cruise port as part of a Mediterranean cruise or fly into Corfu International Airport. From the airport, the town of Corfu is under 2 miles (3 km) away. Alternatively, you can take a ferry from the mainland, but it takes two hours.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Karen from Forever Karen says, “For well priced accommodation, the Grecotel Eva Palace includes breakfast, a private beach, and access to a full-service spa. Its crisp white guest rooms are typical of a Mediterranean theme, and many offer ocean views.”

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Bordeaux, France (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is known as the wine capital of France and sits in the Gironde department in the southwest of the country. It offers beautiful weather in spring.

But it’s not just wine that makes it such a great city to visit. First, comes its proximity to the Dordogne, one of the most historic regions, and the stunning Atlantic coast. Secondly, there’s the food. 

It’s earned a reputation as one of the very best ‘foodie’ cities in the world, which is no mean feat. And there is something for every budget. Accordingly, it is one of the best spring escapes in Europe for budget travelers.

The best way to see Bordeaux is by foot, and the city hosts a few free walking tours where payment is by tips at your discretion. From wine and cheese tasting tours to historical walking tours, these are great for learning more about the city.

If you’re visiting Bordeaux over a weekend, then on the first Sunday of every month, other than July and August, it’s free to visit the museums in Bordeaux. Two you won’t want to miss are Les Bassins des Lumières, a digital art museum in an old World War II Bunker, and Cité du Vin, an architecturally designed wine museum spread over 8 floors with stunning views of the city.

The best way to get around the city is with the Bordeaux City Pass, not only does it give you unlimited access to public transport but free entry into 15 museums.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

When eating out in France, try and find the spots where the locals eat. If you go with the Plat de Jour, a set daily menu, you’ll find it’s the cheapest way to eat and also ensures you get great food. 

A great place to try in Bordeaux is Le Petit Commerce, a favourite with the locals serving great food without breaking the budget.


The weather in spring is good and generally sits at between 60 – 64 F degrees, but you can easily get temperatures of up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit with lots of great sunshine. You can expect around 2″ of rain over 7 days in each of the spring months.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Getting to Bordeaux is easy. The city is served by Bordeaux-Merignac International Airport and is just 8 miles from the city centre. An inexpensive shuttle runs every 30 minutes that takes you to the main train station in Bordeaux.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Kylie from Life In Rural France says, “For a good central hotel that’s well-priced, consider Mama Shelter. It’s fun, colourful and stylish and has 97 rooms designed by Philippe Starck, a renowned French architect. It also happens to have a rooftop bar with the best views over the city.” 

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Prague, Czech Republic (Photo courtesy of Samantha from Undiscovered Path Home)

Prague, Czech Republic

For budget-travelers, there’s no better city to visit in Europe in the spring. Picture cherry blossoms lining historic streets, the start of warmer weather, and lush green returning to the city. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and budget-friendly options, Prague offers an unforgettable experience for low cost prices.

As you wander through the cobbled streets, make sure to set aside time to see Prague’s historic sights. You can’t miss Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square and Klementinum. I always recommend taking a tour in Prague to understand the complex context and history behind these important landmarks. 

Many of the sights offer inexpensive admission, but if you want to stay on budget, one of the best things to do in Prague is simply walk around the city. There’s no better way to see Prague — wander through the cobblestone streets, walk by the water, and experience Prague the way locals do.

Be sure to stop at Letna Beer Garden and grab a cheap pint of beer – some of the best in the world. Pack a picnic and find a cozy spot amidst the park’s lush greenery — the view is simply spectacular. 

My daughter spent a few months in Prague living and going to school. When I visited her, we spent 3 days exploring popular areas of Prague as well as hidden gems where only the locals know to go. This included some fantastic restaurants! For more information about my 3 days in Prague, please see An Epic 3 Day Itinerary In Prague.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Prague, more than most European capital cities, offers fantastic food at an affordable price. Venture to the lively areas around Vinohrady or Holesovice, where you’ll find a plethora of restaurants and local markets offering delectable inexpensive options. Favorites include Paprika, Kantyna or Lasagneria.


If you’re planning to visit the Czech capital, expect mild weather, lots of sunshine, and the occasional shower. Average highs during this time range from 55°F to 64°F (13°C to 18°C).

Best Way To Reach Destination

Visitors can fly into Václav Havel Airport Prague, the city’s main international airport. From there, convenient public transportation options will whisk you to the city center in approximately 30 minutes. You can also arrive by train from neighboring cities like Vienna or Berlin. 

Inexpensive Accommodation

Samantha from Undiscovered Path Home says, “Travelers looking to keep to a budget should look to stay outside of the center. The Karlin, Vinohrady and Holesovice neighborhoods tend to be much more reasonably priced than hotels in Old Town. You can also find great deals closer to the center in New Town. The Mosaic House Design Hotel has a great location — and an affordable price tag. “

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West Yorkshire, England (Photo courtesy of Nena from The Seaside Calls)

West Yorkshire, England

While England is usually associated with sights like Big Ben, red double-decker buses, and Buckingham Palace, the country offers so much more for those willing to venture beyond London.

Northern England has an identity that is entirely its own, and West Yorkshire is one of the most historically and culturally significant counties. The rolling green hills, lush moors, and ancient cobblestone streets are home to some of the most quintessentially English attractions and experiences that many visitors to the UK don’t even know they’re missing. In addition, in spring, the weather is mild and inviting.

From major cities like Leeds and Bradford, to small countryside villages like Haworth and Hebden Bridge, there are many interesting things to do in West Yorkshire. You can expect to find many affordable museums and historic ruins as well as free attractions like parks and gorgeous hiking trails. All in all, it is one of the best inexpensive holidays in Europe in spring.

Literature fans will want to pay a visit to the Brontë Pasonage Museum in the village of Haworth. This is the home where the Brontë sisters spent their entire lives, and where they wrote Wuthering HeightsJane Eyre, and all their other works.

Venture into town for lunch or some light shopping, or enjoy one of the gorgeous hikes and walks in the area. Take a casual 2¾ mile walk to the Brontë Waterfall, or, for advanced hikers, the 10.3-mile trail through Keighley Moor.

For something a little more fast-paced, the city of Leeds offers many activities perfect for both individuals and families. The Leeds City Centre is a bustling business district broken into several historic quarters packed with shops and restaurants. Just a 15 minute drive away is the iconic ruin of Kirkstall Abbey, which dates back to 1152! 

The neighboring city of Bradford, once called “the wool capital of the world”, was hugely significant during the Industrial Revolution. To learn more about the fascinating innovative history of Bradford, you’ll want to visit the Bradford Industrial Museum, the Salts Mill, and East Riddelsen Hall. 

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

When you get hungry, there are many restaurants and markets to explore in the area. The Corn Exchange building located in the Leeds City Centre is home to a variety of unique eateries, with something for everyone!

Walkers Little Pie Shop in Bradford is my go-to for traditional English meat pies at affordable prices, although they also have soups, sandwiches, and more.


Summer is typically when most tourists visit West Yorkshire, hoping to catch the gorgeous heather in bloom, but it can get quite hot and muggy during the summer months. Spring is a great time to visit as there are less tourists and the weather is more mild, typically ranging from the mid 40s to high 60s. While there are a lot of warm, sunny days in spring, there’s always a chance of light rain.

Best Way To Reach Destination

While you could easily spend several days exploring all that West Yorkshire has to offer, if you get an early enough start, it can also work as a day trip from London or Manchester.

If you’re flying directly to West Yorkshire, the Leeds Bradford (LBA) Ariport is the closest, and the Manchester Airport is just over an hour away by car. While public transportation is available in the cities, I recommend renting a car so you can easily explore the charming nearby villages as well. 

Inexpensive Accommodation

Nena from The Seaside Calls says, “Ashmount House in Haworth is perfect if you prefer something a little more peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.”

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Sofia, Bulgaria (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is an excellent budget travel vacation destination in Europe and a top recommendation, especially for spring. With its historical landmarks, inexpensive activities and excursions, affordable dining options, mild weather, and convenient, low-cost transportation, Sofia offers a fulfilling yet affordable travel experience.

Located in the Balkans, Sofia offers a unique blend of old and new, and Eastern and Western influences. There are so many amazing things to do in Sofia. In addition, Sofia offers many free or very inexpensive activities.

The city boasts a variety of historical sites, such as the impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the ancient Roman ruins of Serdica.

Walking through the streets of Sofia, visitors can enjoy the lively atmosphere and discover many treasures like the Banya Bashi Mosque, the St. George Rotunda Church and Sveta Nedelya Church. Thanks to its relatively small size, the most beautiful places are easily accessible on foot.

The sprawling National Palace of Culture Park is a tranquil oasis in the middle of the city, ideal for picnics, leisurely walks or even renting bicycles to explore the green spaces.

Free city tours, led by knowledgeable guides, provide an excellent introduction to the city’s history and culture.

Visiting a wide variety of museums, such as the Central Mineral Bath, the Earth and People National Museum and the National Archaeological Museum, can also be an enjoyable low cost experience.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Downtown Sofia is home to many affordable restaurants and local markets where visitors can enjoy delicious cheap Bulgarian cuisine.

The Central Market Hall near Serdika metro station offers a range of fresh produce, local delicacies and souvenirs at reasonable prices. Nearby Vitoshka Street is known for its good and reasonably priced cafes and restaurants, offering plenty of options for the budget-conscious traveler.


In spring, Sofia enjoys mild temperatures, with average temperatures ranging from 50°F to 68°F. The weather is generally pleasant and sunny, although occasional showers may occur. Of course, there are no weather guarantees, so be prepared for changing weather conditions.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Travelers can fly into Sofia Airport. From the airport you can easily reach the city center by metro in 35 minutes or by shuttle bus or taxi in 10 minutes. The surrounding area of Sofia is also easily accessible by public transportation.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Martina from Placesofjuma says, “Sofia offers a number of budget accommodation options, including hostels, guesthouses and budget hotels. It’s best to find them right in the center, not far from the sights. One recommendation is the beautiful Art ‘Otel, which has great prices and a great location.”

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Porto, Portugal (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Porto, Portugal

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and a favourite place of many. The river Douro separates the city, and the ancient city centre is fabulous to explore. Porto is a great budget friendly getaway all year round, but in spring, you can also expect the first rays of the sun after a long winter and many flowers to blossom.

The Stock Exchange Palace is an absolute must-see in Porto. Be sure to make a inexpensive reservation to discover the many beautiful rooms in Palácio da Bolsa.

Afterwards, you can enjoy the view from Ponte Luis I Bridge or even enjoy a reasonably priced boat ride along the six stunning bridges in the city.

If you don’t mind a climb, visit the many miradouros or viewpoints you’ll discover in Porto. The views are stunning and totally free.

A visit to the neighbourhood of Ribeira is another must during your stay. It’s the oldest area in Porto, and you’ll easily get lost in the many tiny streets. So turn off your online maps and explore the beautiful streets full of colour and historical sights.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

If it’s time to grab a bite to eat, try a local speciality in Porto. Francesinha is similar to a steak sandwich with several types of meat between two thick layers of bread. On top, you’ll often find a fried egg, melted cheese and the sandwich is covered in gravy. It’s served with fries, and the meal is cheap and one for the champions.

Another speciality to try is, of course, the famous Port wine. Head over to the south side of the city, Vila Nova de Gaia, where you’ll discover many well-known Port houses. Many offer wine tastings and even free guided tours in the cellars. Espaço Porto Cruz is a very affordable place to try some amazing Port wines.


Average high temperatures range from 61 °F to 68 °F in March, April and May with about 2″-3″ of rain over 8 days per month.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Porto has its own airport, and the city is easily accessed by international airports worldwide. The metro will take you to the city centre, and Line E (Purple) departs every 20 to 30 minutes.

You can also use the STCP and Resende bus services or take a taxi. The journey takes between 15 minutes to one hour, depending on your transportation preference. 

Inexpensive Accommodation

Marga from Discover Portugal says, “You can enjoy a quiet night at The Poets Inn when it’s time for some shut-eye. They offer private rooms, of which some have shared bathrooms, and is reasonably priced. Best Guest Porto Hostel and Being Porto Hostel are other great options for budget travelers.

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Ohrid, North Macedonia (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Ohrid, North Macedonia

The town of Ohrid lies in the southwest of North Macedonia. It is best known for its stunning lake which borders North Macedonia and Albania, and for its UNESCO listed old town. It is also an ideal cheap European escape in spring with many free or very inexpensive activities.

Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes. It is home to over 200 endemic species and is perfect for swimming or for kayaking. Visitors can take day-long, inexpensive boat trips to various locations around the lake such as the scenic 17th century Sveti Naum Monastery and the recreated floating village museum of The Bay Of Bones. 

There is a long wide promenade around the lake edge which is ideal for walking, jogging or just watching the world go by. Bike hire is cheap in Ohrid and cycling the promenade is popular with locals and visitors alike. 

Ohrid’s old town is a maze of narrow, cobbled streets lined with historic buildings and is home to 365 churches of all sizes. Don’t miss the impressive 10th century Church of St Sophia or the stunning frescoes in the Church of the Holy Mother of God. 

Visitors can discover how Ohrid old town residents lived in the past by visiting the Robevi House, a museum which was once a family home.

Climb the hill behind the old town to explore the imposing Fortress of Tsar Samuel. After visiting the fortress, follow the woodland path to one of the best viewpoints in Ohrid above the Church of St. John at Kaneo. The view of the tiny terracotta church set against the pure blue Lake Ohrid is not to be missed.  

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

From the old town, take the seafront boardwalk past small coves and affordable family run restaurants back to the centre of Ohrid. This is a good spot to pick up groceries from the food market or to dine on tavce gravce, beans baked in a rich, spicy sauce or a fresh Shopska salad. 


Average highs in springtime in Ohrid varies between 50 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit with around two inches of rain per spring month. 

Best Way To Reach Destination

Visitors can fly into the tiny St. Paul the Apostle airport just outside Ohrid. It is a short 20-minute taxi ride to the centre of town.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Sinead from Map Made Memories says, “There are lots of affordable accommodation options to choose from but it is worth squeezing the budget to stay somewhere with a view of the lake such as the self-catering apartments at Hotel Jordan.”

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Rome, Italy (Photo courtesy of Sara from In Search of Sarah)

Rome, Italy

Rome is a fantastic budget-friendly city to visit in Europe in spring – contrary to popular belief! Italy’s capital is brimming with history, amazing scenery, incredible places to eat, and a number of ways to experience the Eternal City for cheap.

Weather during spring in Rome can vary – it can range from cool and rainy to warm and sunny by the minute. However, that’s why visiting Rome during spring is a good idea. Accommodations are cheaper, and there are less tourists. As long as you’re prepared for the unpredictable weather, you’re in for a bargain of a visit.

There are a number of free things to do in Rome, so visitors can visit the city and get the best of what’s on offer without having to spend a fortune. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, marvel at the architecture at the Pantheon, soak in the ornate St Peter’s Basilica, and take a stroll up the Spanish Steps – they’re all free to visit and experience! There are also lots of free or inexpensive things to do in Rome at night.

Try to plan your trip to include the first Sunday of each month. The city offers free admission to many top sights including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Borghese Gallery and more. Similarly, the Vatican Museums offer free entry on the last Sunday of each month.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

For affordable places to eat, there are a number of bakeries scattered throughout the city that offer takeaway sandwiches, pastries, and gelato if you’re up for a meal on the go or want to sit and relax in a piazza or park, like the Borghese Gardens. 

It’s typical to drink your coffee or cappuccino standing up at a counter. Expect to pay only a dollar for coffee and a little more for pastries, so breakfast is quite cheap! Tazza d’Oro, located right by the Pantheon, has been featured in the movie Eat, Pray, Love and is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists for great cheap food.

Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed for under $15 USD per person, including house wine.  Some favourite spots include Da Tonino, Trattoria Tritone 1884, or Impiccetta. 

Rome is a city full of high quality food bargains – and with Aperol Spritz cocktails-to-go for $5 USD – you don’t have to spend your whole budget on food and drinks! The trick is to dine away from major landmarks and tourist attractions to get a more authentic Roman experience.


Average highs are 60 °F in March, 66 °F in April and 74 °F in May. Expect a couple inches of rain over 7-8 days in each spring month.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Most travellers land in Rome Fiumicino Airport. It’s quite easy to get to Rome’s historic city centre from the airport. The cheapest way is by taking the shuttle bus to Termini Station. The journey takes 50 minutes and runs every hour. Alternatively, the Leonardo Express train costs a little more and runs every 15 minutes.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Sara from In Search of Sarah says, “There are cheap accommodations in Rome, but be sure to book early for the best selection. Hotel Hiberia, Relais San Pietro, Baboon House, and Hotel Adriatic all offer comfortable accommodations, some of which include breakfast, close to popular sights and attractions.”

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Biarritz, France (Photo courtesy of Kristin from Global Travel Escapades)

Biarritz, France

Another fabulous affordable destination to visit for a spring break is the small town of Biarritz, which is located along the western coast of France.

There are plenty of inexpensive activities. For example, visitors can explore the area around Phare de Biarritz. Here, you’ll find the city’s lighthouse standing tall and winding trails with benches that are perfect for admiring the stunning views of the ocean or watching the vibrant sunsets.

Of course, no trip to Biarritz is complete without spending some quality time at their lovely beaches. One of the most popular beaches is La Grand Plage, which is a couple minutes’ walk from the downtown area. Visitors can soak up the sun, boogie board, swim in the ocean, or just take in the scenic views.

Along the coastline, you’ll also find lots of lookout points that are made out of a mixture of natural rock formations and man-made structures. For instance, one viewpoint that offers gorgeous views is Rocher de la Vierge.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

In terms of places to find a cheap bite to eat, consider exploring Les Halles Market. This is where you’ll find lots of local stalls selling everything from cured meats, fish, fresh produce, and delicious desserts.


During the springtime, the city experiences an average high temperature of 63°F, an average low temperature of 48°F, and has a good mix of sunny days and rainy days.

Best Way To Reach Destination

For those interested in vacationing in Biarritz, you’ll want to fly into an international airport in France, such as Charles de Gaulle in Paris. Then, you can take the train to Biarritz or fly directly to the Biarritz regional airport.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Kristin from Global Travel Escapades says, “Consider staying at Hôtel et Résidence Parc Mazon-Biarritz, an affordable hotel that’s located near downtown Biarritz!”

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Bucharest, Romania (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest makes a great low cost city break to visit in springtime in Europe. The city is just coming back to life, after a harsh winter with lots of snow.

The arrival of spring is highly celebrated all over Romania with the Martisor celebrations between the 1st and the 8th of March. The trees in the parks are starting to blossom, and it’s a pleasure to walk among them. In addition, the nice mild weather is wonderful when visiting the city’s attractions.

Bucharest has some lovely parks that can be explored during spring. Herastrau Park, the largest in Bucharest, is home to the inexpensive village museum, where you can stroll between historic 19th – 20th century houses from different parts of the country. The entrance fee to the Village Museum is only a few Euros.

If you want to relax, go to Therme, the biggest spa in Europe. It features a range of mineral pools, waterslides, saunas & an indoor botanical garden. There are several different kinds of tickets that you can purchase, some of which fit into a tight budget. 

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

In the old historical center, you will find great inexpensive restaurants and cafes serving traditional Romanian food. You shouldn’t miss treating yourself with a Sarmale and Papanasi dinner at Caru cu Bere restaurant. Their papanasi recipe is the best in town. 


The weather in Bucharest in spring is mild, with daytime temperatures from 52 °F° to 77°F. There should only be a few days of rainfall in March, April and May.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Bucharest has its own airport which is very well connected to the city by both bus and train. The bus stops right in the centre of the city, in Unirii and Universitate Squares, whilst the train arrives at the North Train Station, which is half an hour walk from the central Victoria Square.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Joanna from The Romanian Cookbook says, “A good affordable hotel to stay in when visiting Bucharest in spring is Duke Hotel, centrally located in Romana Square.”

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Nerja, Spain (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Nerja, Spain

Nerja is a lovely coastal town in southern Spain famous for its crystal-clear water and pristine beaches. It is one of the best cheap beach destinations in Europe in spring.

Kayaking in Nerja is one of the most popular activities and in spring, there will be fewer crowds than in the summer months. You will pass secluded beaches, sea caves, and waterfalls cascading into the sea. While spring is before the swimming season officially starts, you might be lucky and encounter really hot days, and then it is wonderful to dip into the water as well.

You might also want to visit Nerja Caves, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Spain. The pre-historic cave can be visited on a self-guided tour and the highlight is the world’s largest stalagmite, towering 105 feet (32 meters) high.

Spring is also a great time of the year to go hiking in the mountains towering behind Nerja. You can take on Pico del Cielo for the most impressive 360 views of the coast and the mountains, but be aware that the last couple of hundred meters are very steep.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Eating out in Nerja is generally affordable. If you like Indian food, Mom Nerja is an amazing place, otherwise, there are also kebab joints where you can grab something on a budget. But if you really want to save some cash, head to the Tuesday market where you can find fresh produce.


Nerja is usually sunny in spring with temperatures around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there might be rainy days too, though typical spring rain often takes place at night and clears up in the daytime.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The closest airport is Malaga International Airport (AGP) and there are buses from Malaga to Nerja that only take an hour and a half by bus and 50 minutes by car.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Linn from Amused by Andalucia says, “Hostal Andalucia is a great budget friendly place to stay in the center of Nerja.”

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Amsterdam, Netherlands (Photo courtesy of Sydney from A World In Reach)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The vibrant and picturesque city of Amsterdam is at its best during the spring months. And, despite being a popular capital city, this European city can easily be visited on the cheap.

Amsterdam, the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, is known for its charming canals, historic architecture, and progressive attitudes. The city (and the Netherlands as a whole) is also known for its tulips. The brightly colored tulips begin popping up in late March and are in full-bloom by mid-April – perfect for a spring visit!

There are so many things to add to your Amsterdam bucket list before your visit. Taking a canal cruise is a must when visiting Amsterdam. The canals are one of the city’s most famous attractions, and cruising on one lets you see the city from a unique perspective all the while learning more about Amsterdam’s history.

There are dozens of canal cruises from which to choose, including budget-friendly daytime sightseeing cruises to pricier options that serve dinner and champagne.

Amsterdam has a rich history, and one of the most important historical sights in town is the Anne Frank House. During your visit, you’ll be able to see the actual secret annex where the Frank family hid during World War II.

The experience is somber, but it’s something you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re visiting the city. Admission to the Anne Frank House isn’t free, but adult tickets are a reasonable price in light of the experience. It is well worth adding it to your travel budget. Make sure to book your tickets well in advance of your visit as they always sell out.

For a nearly free way to see Amsterdam, take a free walking tour. Freedam Tours, the best tour company in the city, offers free guided walking tours that visit tons of Amsterdam’s top attractions and landmarks like the Royal Palace, Dam Square, the Red Light District, and more.

Not only are you getting to see the sights, but your guide will also tell stories about the sights. You will learn about Amsterdam history as well as what it’s like living in the city. Keep in mind that while tours are free, the guides do work for tips – make sure to budget a few euros for your guide.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Amsterdam’s food scene ranges from Dutch specialties (think pancakes, bitterballen, and raw herring) to Indonesian cuisine, with everything in between. If you want to try a bit of everything without spending a lot, head to the Albert Cuyp Market. The market is open Monday-Saturday and is home to vendors selling homemade stroopwafels, fresh poffertjes (mini pancakes), raw herring, and more.


The weather in Amsterdam can vary greatly during the spring months. In March, high temperatures average around 49° (lows around 36°). April temperatures warm up a bit with highs around 56° (lows of 40°), and May temperatures are the warmest of the spring months with highs in the low 60s and lows in the high 40s. Make sure to pack a warm coat and dress in layers so that you’re prepared for changing temperatures throughout the day.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Schiphol Airport (AMS), Amsterdam’s international airport, is a major gateway into Europe and many US-based airlines have non-stop flights to AMS. From the airport, the Amsterdam Centraal station in the city center is just a 20-minute train ride.

If you’re taking the train into Amsterdam from another European city, you’ll probably also arrive at Amsterdam Centraal. From there, you can easily walk or take the metro or tram to your accommodation.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Sydney from A World In Reach says, “Hotels in Amsterdam can be a bit pricey, but there are still several affordable options. For the best combination of budget-friendly yet private, consider getting a private room at a hostel. Many hostels, like ClinkNOORD, have private rooms that rival those in a boutique hotel, but at a much cheaper price.”

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Ksamil, Albania

Ksamil, Albania

Ksamil is one of the most up-and-coming locations in the Balkans. Located in the southern end of Albania, this is an inexpensive European destination that you’ll want to visit in spring before the summer crowds. Between the white sandy beaches, clear waters, and endless activities, it should be no surprise why this destination is now termed the “Maldives of Europe.”

One of the best things to do in Ksamil is island hop between its four uninhabited islands. While this is better enjoyed in the later spring months, it’s one activity you won’t want to miss. You can take an inexpensive boat taxi, official tour, or jet ski to reach the islands.

In addition to island hopping, a must-see while in the area is Butrint National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains scenic ruins, landscapes, and an unique history. The entrance cost is still only a few dollars which is quite a steal for such a popular site.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Like most things in Albania, dining out is reasonably priced. You can eat comfortably for less than $15 USD in Ksamil with drinks and your main course included. Some budget-friendly restaurants in the area include Veranda By Apollonia, Bella Vista Ksamil, and Fresh Fish Clean & Grill.


The weather in Ksamil is generally favorable all year. During spring, temperatures can reach upwards of the high 50s (°F) in March, mid-60s (°F) in April, and mid-70s (°F)in May. While there is a chance of a few rainy days, most days will be sunny, and only some with cloud cover.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Regarding getting to Ksamil, Albania’s only international airport is in its capital, Tirana. To journey to Ksamil while in Albania, you have several options from the airport. These include taking a taxi, bus, or rental car, with the bus being the most popular option.

Each transportation option will take between 4-5 hours. If you choose the bus, you must first go to Saranda and then take a separate bus from Saranda to Ksamil, which will be around 20 minutes. 

Alternatively, if you’re coming from Corfu, you can take the one-hour ferry from Corfu to Saranda and then take the bus to Ksamil. 

Inexpensive Accommodation

Tamara from My Elated Odyssey says, “For lodging, there are several different budget-friendly options in Ksamil, some that won’t even cost more than $50 USD per night. Ksamil is small, with most accommodations located around the center and coast, the two best areas to stay. Some great options include Vila Mario, Vila Vasiliu Ksamil, and Golden Hill Ksamil.”

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Bruges, Belgium (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Bruges, Belgium

A great affordable and interesting place to visit in Europe in spring is Bruges in Belgium. Located in West Flanders, Bruges offers unbelievable architecture and charming culture.

One of the best things you can do is just wander around this quaint city, or even take a free walking tour. The charm is in the city itself.

However, if you are looking for something more organized to add to your Bruges itinerary take a boat ride down the canals. This will allow you to learn more about Bruges and get to see the city from a different perspective. It is relatively cheap to do.

After, visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood which is a gorgeous Roman Catholic church that has a relic of Christ’s blood. This is free to visit and, for a few Euros, you can also visit the museum.

If you want an escape from the city centre, take a walk to Minnewater (Lake of Love) for peaceful canal views, ducks, and swans.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

While walking around Bruges, be enamored by the 16th-century architecture in Grote Markt and grab a Belgian waffle at Chez Albert, which is one of the most popular places to enjoy this inexpensive treat in the city.


Expect Bruges to be slightly on the cooler side in spring with temperatures that start at 49 °F in March, 54 °F in April, and 64 °F in May. Therefore, packing layers is important. Bruges is known to have sprinkles of rain in the spring months, but the sun usually comes out at some point during the day.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The closest airport is the International Airport Ostend-Bruges, however, it is usually better to fly into Brussels Airport. From Brussels airport, you can take the train to Bruges. The train ride is around one hour and very easy to do.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Sam from Find Love & Travel says, “A fairly affordable hotel that is highly rated is the Hotel Ter Brughe which is eight minutes away from the market square.”

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Istanbul, Turkey (Photo courtesy of Luda from Lets Travel To Turkiye)

Istanbul, Turkey

As the only city that spans two continents, Istanbul has a lot going for it, from bustling bazaars to colorful streets, a hodgepodge of culture, and 2,500 years of history. You definitely get the best of both Europe and Asia here!

Located in northwestern Turkey, Istanbul is the most populous city, and the cultural, financial, and culinary capital of the country … but not the actual capital. (That honor goes to Ankara). 

Spring is the best time to visit Turkey thanks to its low prices, pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and blooming scenery. Spring is also when Istanbul welcomes the Tulip Festival, where thousands of colorful tulips bloom in parks across the city — Don’t miss it!

To get you excited, here are three of the best budget-friendly things to do in Istanbul.

First, enjoy a relaxing ferry ride. No need to take a Bosphorous tourist trap tour! Just hop on an official ferry run by the city (called Şehir Hatları), and enjoy seeing the landscapes of Istanbul pass by your window — all for less than the price of a latte.

Favorite ferry lines include the Halic Line (that goes through the Golden Horn), Kadikoy to Fener (this line goes to the colorful houses of Balat), and the Adalar Line (which goes to the Prince’s Islands). 

Second, stroll across the Galata Bridge. Connecting Sultanahmet to Beyoglu, this bridge offers excellent views of both sides, and is an especially wonderful spot to watch the sunset. For extra effect, buy a simit (a Turkish-style bagel) and admire the dozens of fisherman that gather on both sides. 

Third, visit the Pera Museum. One of the best museums in Istanbul, the Pera Museum is an interesting mix of Turkey’s history, art, and culture spread across five floors. You can see one of the most famous paintings in Turkey, called The Tortoise Trainer. Best of all, it’s free every Friday evening.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

For tons of budget-friendly restaurants and excellent street food stalls head to Osmanaga or Yeldegirmeni area of Kadikoy (they’re within walking distance of each other). 

Cafe Çakmak in Kadikoy is a fantastic place to get Turkish breakfast, as it’s a sweet family-run place with authentic flavors (the owners cook everything themselves) at affordable prices.


You can expect temperatures around 46 F in March (albeit, with the possibility of snow!), a sunny 54 F in April, and a pleasant 64 F in May.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Istanbul is extremely well-connected to the rest of the world, and is also a popular layover destination. You’ll most likely fly into the main Istanbul airport (IST), although there’s also Sabiha Gokcen (SAW), which is a hub for domestic and budget airline flights. From the airports, you can take a budget-friendly airport bus or metro (about 1 to 2 hours), or a taxi.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Luda from Lets Travel To Turkiye says, “When choosing an accommodation, we highly recommend avoiding Sultanahmet, which is the most touristy and overpriced area. There are tons of options that are much lighter on your wallet!

For budget-friendly areas, Kadikoy and Cihangir are excellent. You can also choose Beyoglu, which is fantastic if you want to be close to Sultanahmet but with fewer tourist traps.

Some fantastic hotel options include The Havana Residence and House of Tulpan in Beyoglu, or The Marist in Kadikoy.”

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Lake Bled, Slovenia (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Bled, Slovenia

Bled is the gateway to the Julian Alps of Slovenia. This region of the country offers magical landscapes, whimsical afternoons by the water, fairytale architecture and, for those who want it, extreme outdoor adventures. It’s not only one of the most stunning regions in Europe, but one of the most underrated and affordable when it comes to spring travel in Europe. 

Bled is, in itself, a super cheap destination, especially for Europe. Being on the border with other Alpine countries, Slovenia feels much more like a forgotten section of the Alps than a relic of Yugoslavia. With that in mind, it’s easy to find plenty to do here for either free or budget friendly prices. 

Bled Castle is the star attraction. Overlooking the lake this ancient fortress dates back to 1004 and provides not only the perfect viewpoint but an interesting look into the history of the town too. 

Renting out a boat and setting sail for The Church of the Assumption on Lake Bled Island is a must-do when visiting. It’s the perfect way to take in your entire surroundings as well as an opportunity to learn some of the local folklore surrounding the church.

Just outside of town, a short bike ride will take you to the majestic emerald-green waters of Vintgar Gorge. For a mere few Euros, you’ll be transported into a wonderland of crystal clear trickling waters and towering granite cliffs. 

I went to Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Postojona Cave, Predjama Castle, and Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia with my husband and two teen/young adult daughters. It was an extraordinary trip and we loved all of these experiences. What was particularly great was that none of these destinations were far from each other. For more information, please see Ljubljana Old Town, Slovenia: 7 Of My Favourite Things and Postojna Cave and Lake Bled, Slovenia: An Epic One Day Roadtrip.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Bled is a small town with a good selection of places to eat. A favorite is Pizzeria Rustika for its affordable and high-quality food (remember, Slovenia borders Italy!). They don’t only offer pizza either, the local Balkan meal of “Cevapcici” (grilled sausage) is particularly tasty here. 


The weather in spring in Bled is somewhat unpredictable being in an Alpine region. However, this offers the opportunity to experience some amazing conditions in just a few days. In April you can have blazing sun and blue skies one day and wake up to a winter wonderland of fresh snow the next.

In terms of temperature, it can range from anywhere between 31-49F in March and 47-66F in May, so pack accordingly. 

Best Way To Reach Destination

Fly into Ljubljana Airport and pick up a rental car or taxi for the 30 minute drive. Alternatively, you can take a bus with one transfer that will take you about an hour.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Nic from the Roaming Renegades says, “For moderately priced accommodation, we highly recommend Ribno Alpine Hotel. This Alpine-style chalet with mountain views really sets the vibe for the trip. The cozy wood-panelled en-suite rooms come with garden access, a terrace and even a sauna. So it’s the perfect place to warm up if the temperature does drop!”

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Ios, Greece (Greek Islands)

Ios, Greece

One of the best affordable low cost beach getaway in Europe in spring is Ios Island. With turquoise waters, intimate beaches and cute white washed towns, Ios Island is one of the most romantic islands in Greece. 

In Ios, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You can spend your days soaking up the sun and diving into the crystal-clear waters of beautiful Ios beaches like Kolitsani Beach and Loretzana Beach. These beaches offer perfect opportunities for snorkeling and relaxing by the shore. They are also easily as they are just a few minutes from Ios Chora.

Another thing to do is take a stroll through the charming streets of Ios Chora, with its small winding alleys, picturesque blue dome churches, and delightful boutique shops.

If you love archaeology and history, Ios Island is home to archaeological sites such as Homer’s tomb, where you can explore ancient ruins and connect with the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

During spring, there are quite a few cafes and restaurants already open on the island. You can find a range of cheaper restaurants by the port on Yialos Beach. They serve lots of different local dishes from gyros to seafood. In spring, the island is more quiet so you shouldn’t have an issue finding space at any restaurants.


Temperatures average around 60 F to 73 F in the spring during the day. This is warm enough to enjoy the beach and for some, go snorkelling. At night, temperatures tend to drop and the wind tends to rise, so you’ll want to bring a light sweater with you. These spring temperatures are great for exploreing the island without turning into a sweaty mess like you do in summer!

Best Way To Reach Destination

The easiest way to get to Ios is to fly to Santorini and then take a ferry to the island as there is no airport on Ios.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Mary from Be Right Back By Mary says, “There are a few hotels on the island. One of the best ones is Liostasi Hotel and Suites. There are also cheaper ones in Ios Chora.”

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Belgrade, Serbia (Photo courtesy of Dejan Aleksic from Unsplash)

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is a lovely, economical and lively city in almost any season you visit, but definitely, visiting it in spring makes it a bit more special. Belgrade is a fun city. It doesn’t matter what day of the week or your interests, you will always find something to do in the city.

If you want to cut loose, some of the things to do in Belgrade are clubbing in the splavs, which are boats on the Danube River where you can drink, dance and listen to all different music styles. 

If you are more into landmarks, you shouldn’t miss the Kalemegdan Fortress, where you’ll find some of the best sights in the city.

Saint Sava Cathedral is one of the most majestic Christian Orthodox churches in the world that you should spend some time exploring.

In addition, you should visit the Nikola Tesla Museum. He was a famous inventor whose inventions contributed to the creation of the modern day remote control, neon and fluorescent lights, wireless transmission, computers, smartphones, laser beams, x-rays, and robotics. The entrance fee is only a few dollars.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

When it comes to the best restaurants in Belgrade, the most authentic food for an affordable price are Tri Sesira and Zavicaj. If you like cozy bars, visit Blaznavac and try the traditional Rakija, which is Serbian brandy. 


Average highs in March are 54 °F, in April are 64 °F and in May are 72 °F. You should expect around 2″ of rain over 7-8 days in each of the spring months.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Once you arrive at the Nikola Tesla International Airport, getting to the center of the city is easy either using a taxi or public bus. If you take a taxi, the ride takes around 20 minutes from the airport to the city center. On the bus, it takes a bit more than an hour with the stops.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Brenda from Traveleira says, “In the city, you will find accommodations for all budgets. Some of the best hotels in Belgrade include Mama Shelter if you are looking for budget accommodation.

If you can afford a little bit more, consider the Hotel Majestic, a historic hotel in the center of Belgrade with a great location.”

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Pico Island, Portugal (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Pico Island, Portugal (Azores)

Part of the Azores archipelago in Portugal, Pico Island is a spectacular destination in Europe for nature lovers that can be visited by budget minded travelers.

You will enjoy breathtaking landscapes, volcanic formations, and diverse marine life.

You can explore the island affordably if you plan your visit during the shoulder season (April, May, or September) when the climate is still decent, prices are still low and there are fewer crowds.

However, you must consider renting a car because it will allow you to explore the island and reach its best attractions without depending on tours which can be more expensive. 

In fact, public transportation is limited, making a car rental in the Azores the most cost-effective choice.

While on Pico Island, you can actually enjoy numerous free activities. Just drive around and stop by the incredible panoramic views from various lookout points.

Dive into the refreshing natural pools found along the coastline, where you can swim and sunbathe amidst the stunning rural backdrop. 

Pico Island also boasts historic villages like São Roque do Pico and Lajes do Pico, where you can leisurely stroll through charming streets, admire the traditional Azorean architecture, visit local churches, and interact with friendly locals—all without spending a penny.

For marine enthusiasts, consider a whale and dolphin-watching tour if your budget permits. This adventure allows you to witness the remarkable marine wildlife surrounding Pico Island. 

Remember to check the weather conditions before booking to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. The main tour company will cancel tours if the sea conditions aren’t favorable, but still, you want the best weather possible to enjoy your trip.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

While there are a few interesting but slightly pricey restaurants on the island, you can savor affordable and delicious local cuisine at cafes (pastelarias) offering a variety of cheap food options. Make sure you try the famous pastel de nata if you have a sweet tooth.

If you’re seeking an affordable restaurant experience, you can try Comme Ci Comme Ça in the charming town of Lajes. 


Expect consistent average highs of 66 °F in spring with around 2″ of rain over 7-8 days.

Best Way To Reach Destination

To reach Pico Island, first fly into Ponta Delgada Airport on São Miguel Island, the largest of the Azores. From there, catch a domestic flight to Pico Island’s airport for a convenient and efficient transfer.

If you want to explore the other islands, you can take the ferry from Pico to Sao Jorge and Faial.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Isabella from Boundless Roads says, “If you opt for accommodation away from the main villages you can find low price apartments that also allow you to cook to save money.”

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Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland is a great cheap European holiday destination for springtime. You can enjoy small crowds and its most infamous landmarks and experiences without issue.

First, a visit to Wawel Castle is a must and tickets only cost a few dollars. This is one of the most important monuments in Poland, with tombs of kings in its underground crypt, as well as beautiful gardens on the outside. Located right above the Wisla River, it is one of the top things to see and do in Krakow.

Krakow Old Town should be a stop on everyone’s list. It is Europe’s largest central square, with hundreds of cafes and restaurants surrounding the square. The center has a cloth hall, Sukiennice, which is currently used as a shopping area, with booths lining both sides as you enter.

In Old Town, you will also see St. Mary’s Basilica, and surrounding fountains and statues as well. It is a great place to spend a few hours without spending any money. However, it can be even better sitting in one of the cafes, enjoying a cafe and treat, so you can people watch.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is one of the most visited spots in Poland, and there are plenty of tours from Krakow to Auschwitz that will take you there. It is free to enter, however, entry times are limited after a specific time for tourists, so a tour from Krakow is your best bet.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

When it comes to affordable dining, Kazimierz district is a fantastic choice. There are a number of budget-friendly restaurants serving traditional Polish cuisine. A local tip to get cheap Polish food is to find “bar mleczy,” low cost Polish dining spots that locals frequent.


In the spring, Krakow experiences mild and pleasant weather, making it an ideal time to visit. The average temperature ranges from 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. However, Poland’s climate is temperamental so it may rain during your visit. Be sure to bring a rain jacket.

Best Way To Reach Destination

To reach Krakow, you’ll most likely fly into John Paul II International Airport, located about 7.5 miles west of the city center. From the airport, it’s super easy to get a taxi (and quite inexpensive).

Alternatively, you can take the train or bus directly to Krakow’s main train station, which is well-connected to the city’s public transportation network.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Diana from Travels In Poland says, “Krakow has plenty of accommodation options for various budgets. Two great affordable options include Hotel Stary or The Bonerowski Palace.”

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Cagliari, Italy (Photo courtesy of Claudia from Strictly Sardinia)

Cagliari, Italy (Sardinia)

Cagliari, the capital of the island of Sardinia, is a lovely, budget friendly spring escape in Italy, easy to reach via budget flights from a number of cities in Europe.

This is one of the most underrated cities in Italy, but it has an incredible amount of things to do, attractions, and budget friendly restaurants and accommodation options. 

The main attractions in town are all located in the four historic districts. Castello is where you will find the Cathedral, which is free to visit, and the annexed tower, which you can access for a small fee. Also located in the Castello district you will find the well curated archeology museum. 

The beautiful Stampace is home to the Roman Amphitheatre. You can admire it for free from the hill of Viale Sant’Ignazio. Not far from it, the Botanical Gardens are a must see too.

Plan to also walk around the Villanova and Marina district to get lost in the maze of colorful streets.

When you are done, head towards Calamosca beach (it’s an easy bus ride from Piazza Matteotti) and find the trailhead to the Sella del Diavolo, from where you can admire stunning views of the gulf and Poetto beach below. It’s a moderate hike and the trail is easy to follow.

Finally, if you visit in the spring, you should not miss the chance of going for a walk in Molentargius Nature Reserve. You can access it from Poetto beach (the main gate is close to the Ospedale Marino bus stop). It’s free to visit and you can admire its’ pink flamingos.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

Budget travelers will appreciate the incredible choice of easy going eateries in town. A mere $22 USD will get you a gourmet pizza and a craft beer at Framento, one of the best pizzerias in Italy. You can also have a delicious burger at Bombas, which prepares gourmet burgers using strictly local ingredients. 


Spring is a great time to visit. The temperatures are mild and there are lower chances of rain. If you visit in March, April or May, you can expect sunny days and temperatures between 15°C and 23°C (that’s between 59°F and 73.5°F) during the day.

Best Way To Reach Destination

From Cagliari airport, it is an easy 7 minutes train ride to the center of town. 

Inexpensive Accommodation

Claudia from Strictly Sardinia says, “Stay in the historic center to have easy access to all the attractions. Stampace is usually a safe bet as it is close to all the bars and restaurants but nicely tucked away from all the chaos. You can opt to stay at La Dolce Cagliari, a nice locally run guest house.

Alternatively, Hostel Marina in the Marina district, is another great option for budget travelers.”

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Photo courtesy of Adrienn from Travel Tip Zone)

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, is perhaps one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. For good reason, as Mostar and its’ surroundings offer a wide range of amazing sights and the prices are well below the European average. Mostar is therefore a perfect European springtime escape for a trip on a low budget.

Mostar’s most famous landmark is the Stari Most or Mostar Old Bridge, a centuries-old stone bridge connecting the two banks of the beautiful Neretva River. The bridge was originally built in the 16th century, commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman. Stari Most regularly hosts events when young men accept challenges and jump off the bridge into the Neretva River.

The area around Stari Most is also full of local vendors and restaurants serving specialities of Balkan cuisine, so it’s worth spending more time there.

Another famous attraction in Mostar is the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, which is located not far from Stari Most. The mosque is the oldest mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina and from the minaret you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city of Mostar.

Not only is the city centre of Mostar stunning, but there are also plenty of beautiful places to visit in the surrounding area. If you visit Mostar, take time to visit the Buna Spring and Dervish House in the nearby village of Blagaj, and the Kravica Waterfall in Studenci.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

When in Mostar, don’t miss the Bosnian specialities, which are very similar to other Balkan dishes. Restaurant Šadrvan, for example, is close to the attractions and offers very tasty Bosnian dishes at good prices. Or try the URBAN taste of orient for spectacular dishes with a perfect Mostar view from its terrace. 


In spring, the weather in Mostar can be unpredictable, but it is generally pleasant. It is mostly sunny with occasional rain or wind. March can still be a bit cold, with daytime temperatures around 55-60°F, but April and May are a great with temperatures between 65-80°F. 

Best Way To Reach Destination

Mostar is most easily accessible by car, but public transport is also available. You can take a bus to Mostar if your flight arrives in Dubrovnik airport. The journey takes around 3 hours.

If you arrive at Sarajevo airport, there is a train service from Sarajevo to Mostar that takes approximately 2 and a half hours.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Adrienn from Travel Tip Zone says, “Even if you want to stay in Mostar, there are plenty of very good quality hotels available at incredibly good prices. Among the cheapest hotels we recommend is Shangri La Mansion. Even four star hotels such as Hotel Carpe Diem or HA Hotel Mostar can also be booked at very cheap rates.”

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Nice, France (Photo courtesy of Sarah from CosmopoliClan)

Nice, France

The French Riviera may be known as a luxury destination but it can actually be pretty affordable. Nice is the perfect example of that. It’s one of the biggest cities on the French Mediterranean coast and has a variety of accommodation types to fit any budget. 

One of the best free things to do in Nice is to climb Castle Hill, a hillside park where the military citadel used to be located. Follow the monumental staircase and you’ll arrive at the first viewpoint, overlooking the Promenade des Anglais. It’s the iconic palm-fringed boulevard that lines the beach in Nice and stretches out for miles. The easternmost viewpoint on Castle Hill overlooks Port Lympia, the picturesque harbor.

Another popular free activity is exploring the Old Town of Nice, called Vieux Nice. This maze of cobbled streets lined by pastel-hued houses is home to some of the best landmarks in the city, such as the Sun Fountain at Place Masséna and the Sainte-Réparate Cathedral at the idyllic Place Rossetti.

Nice is also known for its prestigious art museums. For a very reasonable price, you can get a 4-day ticket to all municipal museums and galleries. This includes the Beaux-Arts Museum, the Matisse Museum and the Archeological Site of Cimiez.

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

The most popular hangout in Vieux-Nice is the lively Cours Saleya. It hosts a picture-perfect daily flower market and a daily antique market. But you can also find well priced fruits, veggies and local delicacies making it an excellent place to stock up on picnic supplies.


Average highs in springtime are around 62 °F, although it is slightly colder in March and warmer in May. You can expect a little bit of rain each month.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Nice has its own international airport which is located along the Promenade des Anglais. It only takes a 10-minute drive by taxi or tram to reach the heart of town.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Sarah from CosmopoliClan says, “Some of the best places to stay in Nice in terms of affordability are the Gambetta and Libération districts. But there are also budget options to be found in or near Vieux Nice.

Hôtel Rossetti is a minimalistic-styled hotel and Le Dortoir Boutique Suites offers beautiful and spacious suites at a very affordable rate. Hôtel de la Fontaine in Gambetta is another excellent option.”

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Cordoba, Spain (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Cordoba, Spain

Despite being one of the prettiest cities in Spain, Cordoba doesn’t see as many visitors as places like Granada and Malaga, which means it can be a bit cheaper to visit. Located on the Guadalquivir River, Cordoba sits in the heart of Andalusia, and can easily be combined with trips to nearby Seville and Jaén.

In the first couple of weeks of May each year, the Cordoba Patios Festival is held in the historic centre. This is when local residents open up their flower-filled courtyards to the public, and you can stroll around visiting dozens of beautiful patios. It’s free, although donations are always appreciated.

Other cheap things to do include seeing the expert riders putting the famous thoroughbred horses through their paces at Caballerizas Reales, and visiting the Casa Andalusí to explore a traditional Cordovan house.  

Budget-Friendly Food And Restaurants

When it comes to eating out, the Bodegas Mezquita is inexpensive and delicious. They have four premises in the old town, with a huge range of traditional tapas and local delicacies to try.

For a cheap and tasty breakfast, head to the cafeteria Don Pepe near the Convento de Capuchinas. They do some of the best churros in town.


Spring is the ultimate time to go, as the weather is sunny, and you’ll avoid the intense summer heat which is just around the corner. Average daily temperatures are 69°F, and rainfall is low, which is perfect for city sightseeing. If it does get hot, there are lots of charming cafés in the old city that serve up refreshing glasses of sangria.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The easiest way to get to Cordoba from overseas is to fly into Malaga and then take the train. There are several rail departures a day with direct journeys lasting around an hour. Trains in Spain are generally comfortable and efficient, and you’ll see some of the beautiful Andalusian countryside during your ride.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Heather from Conversant Traveller says, “When it comes to accommodation, you have a lot of choice in Cordoba. In addition, there are plenty of affordable options if you’re keeping an eye on your budget.

Popular places include Patio de la Plateria, Hostal Palacio del Corregidor and Hotel Riad Lineros 38. All are cheap yet have bags of style to get you into the Cordovan spirit.”

Last Word

Europe offers a vast array of cheap spring vacation spots for every kind of traveler. Whether you are seeking a city break, some time on the beach or in nature, or you love to explore small towns and villages, there are budget friendly destinations waiting for you. All offer free or inexpensive attractions, affordable restaurant options, and well priced accommodation choices.

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