Europe: Our 2019 Budget Friendly City Break Bucket List

Europe: Our 2019 Budget Friendly City Break Bucket List

We love European city breaks and try to take as many as possible each year. We are lucky to have a number of budget airlines operating from England and love grabbing ourselves a bargain, chucking our stuff in our carry on and exploring a new city. Over the past two years, the majority of our spare cash has been ploughed into our house – new kitchen, a wet room, redesigned family bathroom and more recently a dining/day room extension. With the exception of a couple of tins of paint and maybe a rug, we think we are done….for now. We have also got a return trip to New York in January and a return trip to Dubai in February to look forward to.

Needless to say, we are going to have to watch the pennies when it comes to the rest of our trips in 2019. So, we made a list of places we would like to visit and did our research to see which one(s) are doable based on price. Following on from that, we have put together our 2019 budget friendly city break bucket list. We hope to tick as many off as possible during the upcoming year.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Having visited Gdansk in early 2018, a return trip to Poland has since been on the cards. So many people have recommended Krakow, therefore it now seems like the logical choice. Especially as both flights (from the UK) and accommodation are extremely reasonably priced. It looks like there are lots of things to see and do in Krakow including the Kazimierz Neighbourhood with its unique character, the colourful St Francis’ Basilica, Wawel Castle and not forgetting the amazing street art. Also, ever since our visit we have been daydreaming about pierogi (filled Polish dumpling) – yum! The only decision left to make is whether to visit in Summer to take advantage of al fresco dining or wait until winter and enjoy the Christmas markets.

Central Old Town 3-star hotels start from £31 per night and 4-star hotels start from £68 per night

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania

We had a 4 day trip to Vilnius planned at the beginning of 2018 as we have a love of the Baltic states. However, due to a member of the family becoming seriously ill, we had to cancel the trip at the last minute. Therefore, we are desperate to get another city break planned to Vilnius as soon as possible. It is a city that we have heard great things about and one that will not break the bank to get to or while there. With an Unesco-listed Old Town which is full of history and charm, the best view of it is from the Three Crosses, a monument on top of Bleak Hill. We also can’t wait to try the local craft beer and indulge in two famous local delicacies – cepelinai (stuffed potato dumplings) and kibinai (pastries filled with meat and onion).

Central Old Town 3-star hotels start from £30 per night and 4-star hotels start from £60 per night

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Greece is a country that we have both visited independently and only together once. Yet neither of us have visited Athens. It is somewhere I have always wanted to visit since learning about Greek mythology (especially the tale of Athena coming out of Zeus’ head!) yet have never got round to. Ideally, I would like to build Athens into a longer Greek trip and incorporate some island hopping, beach lounging and meze eating, preferably in the summer months when the days are long and hot. The Acropolis, Parthenon and Temple of Olympian Zeus (amongst many other amazing monuments) are all calling our names very loudly. As architecture, culture and history lovers, it is somewhere we need to tick off as soon as possible. Hopefully, 2019 will be the year.

Central City Centre 3-star hotels start from £25 per night and 4-star hotels start from £50 per night

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

As I (Vicky) have never visited Portugal and Mr ESLT has only visited once, it is very high on our list. Having looked at all the options in Portugal, we have narrowed in town to three places we would love to visit soon, with Lisbon being the top right now. We know a lot of people who have visited Lisbon and we have never heard a bad word said about, therefore fueling our desire to visit as soon as possible. Known as a city popular with culture vultures, we would love to visit for ourselves and see what it has to offer. From art galleries and museums to the award-winning restaurants, we think Lisbon would be right up our street. We have recently found a lot of reasonably priced flights (from the UK), we guess we just have to bite the bullet and book them and finally take the trip.

Central Old Town 3-star hotels start from £27 per night and 4-star hotels start from £43 per night

Nice, France

Nice, France

France is not often considered budget friendly. However, there are always deals to be had when it comes to Nice in the south of the country. We did have flights booked to visit this New Year. Unfortunately, we had to cancel them last minute because of unfinished home renovations (basically our house just wasn’t secure enough to leave it unoccupied while we went galivanting). Therefore, we are eager to rebook the flights and take the trip as soon as possible. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise and it will not allow us to visit during the summer months and take advantage of the beach? Another thing that we were looking forward to and will definitely add to our itinerary when we finally get the opportunity to visit is to take a short train ride to neighbouring Monaco, specifically Monte Carlo.

Central City Centre 3-star hotels start from £51 per night and 4-star hotels start from £66 per night

Have you visited any of the places on our 2019 budget friendly bucket list? If so, please feel free to drop links in the comments section for us to read. We love a bit of inspiration. Also, do you have any city breaks booked or at least planned for 2019? Let us know.

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