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This is officially the cheapest destination in Europe right now

Based on free attractions, food and drink prices and public transport costs, these are the most affordable cities in Europe

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

As the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, many can’t afford to splash the cash on luxuries like holidays – and even those that are still looking to get away might be on the hunt for cheaper destinations.

If you’re wondering where the continent's most affordable place is to travel to right now, a new study from journey planner site Omio might be able to help. Omio compared 100 popular travel spots all across Europe when it comes to stuff like free attractions, drink prices, the cost of sightseeing tours and the price of public transport to find the continent’s cheapest destinations.

Crowned the most affordable destination was the southern Spanish city of Granada. According to Omio, Granada has a whopping 112 free attractions, while beers cost an average of just €2.50 (£2.20, $2.60) and the price of a local 24-hour bus ticket is a measly €1.40 (£1.20, $1.45).

And Granada isn’t just cheap – it’s one of Spain’s most fascinating destinations. From the stunning grandeur of the Alhambra palace and the city’s magnificent cathedral to its easy access to the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is more than worth a visit.

Next up in the list came Bruges in Belgium, largely thanks to free attractions, followed by Venice which, despite having a spenny reputation, apparently also has a bunch of free museums and loads of public drinking fountains.

Here are the top ten cheapest destinations in Europe, according to Omio’s study.

  1. Granada, Spain
  2. Bruges, Belgium
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. Valencia, Spain
  5. Edinburgh, UK
  6. Innsbruck, Austria
  7. Cambridge, UK
  8. Seville, Spain
  9. Màlaga, Spain
  10. Florence, Italy 

If you’d like to find out more, you can read Omio’s full study for yourself here – which has loads of proof that, even when times are tough, there are plenty of places you can travel without breaking the bank.

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