Budget vacations in Europe in winter: where to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank
Vacations in Europe don't have to be expensive, even on the eve of the winter holidays. Find out in which countries you can really relax without spending a month's salary
The winter season in Europe offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the holidays, plunge into the atmosphere of Christmas and New Year, without breaking your wallet. If you dream of an exciting holiday in Europe, but value your budget, consider a few countries where you can create magical memories without losing your financial stability.
Poland reveals its beauty in full splendour during the winter season. Main cities such as Warsaw and Krakow turn into fairytale places with Christmas markets decorated with garlands and lights. Holidays in Poland are affordable - here you can enjoy the atmosphere of the holidays without overpaying.
There are also ski resorts in this country, which are located in the south of the state. The Polish Tatras are a great place for a winter holiday with the family.
If you are not a fan of the winter season and you like snowy weather, we suggest you consider celebrating Christmas in a warm environment off the Atlantic coast.
Portugal attracts with its unique combination of tradition and warm climate. Lisbon and Porto are filled with festive spirit during the winter holidays. You'll find Christmas markets, traditional treats and cultural events, while holiday prices remain quite friendly to the traveller's budget.
Bulgarian ski resorts such as Bansko offer a great opportunity for a winter activity holiday without overpaying. Here you can enjoy quality ski slopes, immerse yourself in the cosiness of après-ski and feel the warm hospitality of this Balkan country.
For example, accommodation in Bansko will cost a tourist from budget options (35 euros per night) to luxury apartments (for 180 euros).
Also Bulgaria will interest travellers with its capital Sofia, which in winter turns into a fabulous place for walks and other entertainment.
Hungary during the winter holidays is wrapped in a special atmosphere due to the famous Christmas markets.
Budapest and other Hungarian cities come alive in winter with shopping outlets and festive locations. Open theatres, concerts and festive decorations create a unique atmosphere.
Hungary provides excellent opportunities to enjoy beautiful holidays at an affordable price.
This country is a true winter romance in the centre of Europe.
With its fairytale cities such as Prague, the Czech Republic attracts tourists with its unique architecture and Christmas fairs. Favourable prices for services and entertainment make the Czech Republic an excellent choice for those who dream of a budget but magical holiday.
And for lovers of winter nature, a trip to the Czech Switzerland National Park will suit you.
Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will give you real winter wonders on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Located in the heart of the Baltic region, the countries offer a unique winter experience. Christmas fairs, traditional customs and pleasant prices will make your holiday inexpensive and memorable.
For example, winter travellers to Latvia can enjoy exploring Riga's rich cultural heritage, including Riga Cathedral and magical streets. The Old Town is an ideal location for a winter stroll.
And in Estonia, tourists will be welcomed by Medieval Tallinn, cosy cafes and the country's unique infrastructure.
If you decide to go abroad for the New Year holidays, do not forget about an integral part of your trip - an insurance policy. In case of unforeseen circumstances, insurance will provide you with substantial support, be it illness or other unexpected situations in another country.
It is easy and quick to take out an insurance policy on our website at this link.
Also, those who are going to travel abroad with their own car should remember the importance of having a Green Card. This document is mandatory for free movement in the European Union and other countries. You can obtain a Green Card by visiting our website at the link provided.
In addition, now on the Visit Ukraine website there is a promotion:
● if you get a Green Card from 1 month you get a certificate for 5 litres of fuel as a gift;
● at registration of Green Card from 6 months you get +15 days of validity of the policy as a gift.
We remind you! Winter and winter holidays are always associated with spending time with family. In Europe, Christmas and New Year are among the main holidays that citizens spend at home. Therefore, most retail outlets are not open on these days. Here you can find out what days are on holidays in shops and supermarkets in Europe this winter season.
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