For many people the idea of a winter break abroad is an absolute dream. When the temperature drops in the UK and the possibility of snow turns into the threat or rain and sleet instead, it is a nice idea to get away to somewhere warmer for a short break. You might worry that it isn’t always practical financially to book a holiday abroad at any time of year, but in the run up to Christmas and into January and February there are some fantastic deals on offer that can get you some of that much needed Winter sun.
In recent years there has been an increase in budget holiday providers and with the way we can all access different aspects of a holiday with ease, without having to rely on a travel agent to book the entire package of travel and hotel in one purchase, we now have more control over the holiday chosen. Budget airlines provide routes to many different parts of Europe at a good price that suits many different types of budgets, and with Air BnB and other online accommodation providers it is easy to find a suitable apartment, hotel or hostel to suit our needs and budgets when booking a winter holiday.
Now you know how to book a winter holiday without spending a fortune, where should you travel? Let’s take a look at a few attractive, and budget-friendly winter city breaks in Europe.
One of the most attractive and popular destinations in the World, the Catalan capital of Barcelona really does offer something for everyone. The mild winter climate makes it a tourist hotspot year-round, but during the winter months you can pick up a bargain in terms of travel and accommodation. In Barcelona you can visit the Camp Nou and witness the majesty of the footballing behemoth of FC Barcelona. Look around and experience the Gaudi architecture throughout the city, take in fantastic views from the top of Park Guell, or ride the cable cars down to the beach and seaside. The Gothic quarter provides the dark and welcoming cobbled backstreets to experience friendly-vibes and wonderful tapas.
Compared with other European capital cities Lisbon is affordable, with great food (buy as many Pastéis de Nata as you can!), beautiful architecture and an exciting nightlife. It has a laid-back vibe that offers a relaxed short city-break and is mild during the winter months. With the waterfront, the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, two large football clubs and a whole host of other attractions, Lisbon is a city to wander around in, get lost on the cobbled streets and make new friends.
Prague offers that scenic winter wonderland, a fairy tale romantic notion of a city. With the magical cobbled streets and extravagant squares, to the Baroque palaces, Prague offers something for everyone. The Old Town is beautiful and has a wide range of designer shops, art galleries and local cuisine, and during the winter months it is perfectly achievable to book a fantastically priced apartment or hotel.
The birthplace of democracy, Athens provides a mild winter getaway with as much history as you are likely to see anywhere else in the world. The streets are filled with historical artefacts and archaeological sites of interest, with the iconic Acropolis the centrepiece of the city that can be viewed from miles away. The people of Athens are very friendly, with art and music in the squares and side streets, the prices are reasonable and the food incredible.
As you can see, there are plenty of enticing, affordable options for winter city breaks on a budget in Europe. Make sure you have a wonderful wintertime, wherever you choose to visit.