Like most of the UK, you’re probably on more of a budget this year than you have been previously. You’re also likely to want to escape endless talk of Brexit, increasing student debt and whatever ludicrous policy Donald Trump has decided to throw out there on Twitter by turning your phone off and leaving the country on holiday.
The Maldives might be off, but there are some incredible places in Europe (go there while you can) you can visit for next to nothing. Here are the top five best value holiday destinations to run and hide in this winter, according to research conducted on behalf of Telegraph Travel.
The approximate prices indicated below are based on stays in December. They include a two-night stay in a three-star hotel, a 48-hour travel card, bus tour, three course meal for two with a bottle of wine, entrance into top art gallery, museum and local attraction, an additional glass of wine, beer, soft drink and a cup of coffee. Transfer from the airport to the city centre is also included.
8) ATHENS, GREECE
Approx £206.12 Total Cost
Culture, great weather, amazing history and delicious food, the capital city of Greece is an excellent all-round city break that would suit all manner of interests.
7) BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Approx £197.16 Total Cost
Budapest offers a great combination of history and culture both historic and modern. One of it’s biggest attractions is Szechenyi Baths which has an impressive 15 indoor baths and three outdoor pools of varying temperates, offering a great place to relax in the city. Eating out in Budapest is very cheap meaning you can dine out every night.
6) LISBON, PORTUGAL
Approx £196.81 Total Cost
For excellent nightlife, beach life, food life and frivolities, head to the Portuguese capital for a wonderful short holiday.
5) KRAKOW, POLAND
Approx £182.96 Total Cost
It might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a relaxing city break, but for the stunning architecture, history and nightlife, Poland’s second city is a must visit for culture vultures.
4) PAPHOS, CYPRUS
Approx £178.08 Total Cost
With 326 sunshiny days per year on average, Paphos is ideal for a relaxing break with sea, sand and sun. If you’re a big fan of culture, Paphos is filled with ancient ruins and mythical settings.
3) WARSAW, POLAND
Approx £169.95 Total Cost
The Polish capital might not sound like the sexiest place to visit on holiday, what with all its rather uninviting Cold War history, but we urge you to reconsider. Not only is it the most reasonably priced of the list, but it’s brimming with fascinating museums – including the moving Museum of the History of Polish Jews – a new wave of great restaurant openings, low cost hotels and the medieval Old Town. It also boasts the best nightlife in the region.
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2) RIGA, LATVIA
Approx £167.15 Total Cost
Head to Riga if you’re into art, history, high culture, theatre or opera. Latvia’s capital also boasts great bars, cheap food and lovely beaches nearby if you don’t mind cold water. It’s definitely one to visit in the warmer months as Riga’s average February temperature is -5C.
CHEAPEST ) VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Approx £150.94 Total Cost
Vilnius is one of the largest medieval towns in Europe, and as such boasts incredible history, impressive architecture and a chance to immerse yourself in eastern European culture. There a café’s-a-plenty to while away time during the day, and a non-stop party circuit to keep you occupied into the early hours.