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The cheapest countries in Europe for holidays

In the last years many Europeans need to save money and carry a calculator with them in order to enjoy their holidays even on their own continent. The trick to relax is going out of the “euro zone”, where the ratio quality/price is more reasonable. This article will demonstrate to us some countries where you can travel spending not much money; however, they offer a full range of different subjects, such as: art, entertainment, food, etc…

Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria

In this country you can find some of the few deserted beaches remaining in Europe. If you are interested in the architecture, the history or just stroll around unusual places, you can find there from medieval towns as Veliko Tarnovo to nineteenth-century architectural gems as Koprivshtitsa or Muslim villages preserved from the Ottoman Empire. For example, the national forest park of Stranja is a gem that not many people know. Moreover, if you avoid the posh resorts and the boutique hotels you will discover that with the euro you can get amazing prices across the country.

Lithuania

Siauliai Lithuania

It is twice the size of Belgium, however, in Lithuania things cost half price. It has over eighty kilometers of white beaches, which makes it an ideal choice for summer. The novelist Thomas Mann chose a hidden corner of this coastline as his favorite place to rest. The travel agencies are increasingly offering bids to visit it. Also, going on your own is not a bad option. The hidden treasure is Siauliai, the fifth largest city, which has fourteen museums, an attractive selection of bars and it is plenty of architecture of the twenties and thirties.

Poland

Warsaw Poland

Many people identify the country with Krakow but actually there is much more to discover. For example, Warsaw, the capital, is a very interesting city thanks to the contrast of civilizations where the impressive Soviet buildings are mixed with the most modern restaurants. The prices are not the bargain of the past but likewise you can eat in one of the best restaurants of the town for eight euros a dish and in the small provinces the prices remain lower. The most recommended beach is Sopot, also known as “the Monaco of the North” since there was the gathering point of the economic elite of the interwar Europe.

Croatia

Mediterranean Croatia

Known as “The land of a thousand islands” is a favorite destination of the Europeans for years. Since the beginning of the century the prices have increased but also their services and the infrastructure. Paying in “kunas” you take advantage of your money better than in any other similar destination. Its commercial slogan is quite true: “The Mediterranean as it used to be.” In its Adriatic coast can be found the authentic paradise for the enthusiasts of the water sports. Additionally, the nightlife is growing thanks to its variety of clubs and it can be an alternative to the overcrowding of Ibiza.
Dubrovnik is a typical fairy-tale city but there are simpler alternatives such as Trogir, which is also called as “the City Museum” for its high concentration of churches, palaces and towers. In fact, it has the distinction of the World Heritage of UNESCO. Another great attraction is the food such as: fish, risotto and truffles of the highest level.

A beautiful name for an equally beautiful city – Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is a majestic, although at times under-esteemed, Capital which possesses historical worth beyond measure.  Some walls in the city are known to date back to the 7th century BC. Historical relevance is only one of the many aspects of interest adding to Bulgaria travel advantages.

Any traveler who has a passion for ancient times should visit this marvelous and intriguing city. One of the oldest buildings in Sofia is the Church of St. George. This Church has a very unusual construction style which was built by the romans in the 4th century CE. Bright red bricks and incredible frescoes are the main attracting factors of this ancient, well-preserved Church.

Religious edifices hold considerable value to the population of Sophia.  The name behind the Capital City comes from the Hagia Sophia Church, considered one of the most priceless remnants of Early Christian constructions in existence. St Sophia illustrates divine wisdom, and in the interior of this marvelous Church can be seen icons of a woman standing over three other women – called faith, hope, and love. Visitors are often amazed at the beauty and serenity they find in the Churches of Sophia.  St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, another celebrated visit, unveils the largest Orthodox Church in the world. Many people visit annually this outstanding Church, where walking inside opens up a whole new world of color and light very characteristic to Orthodox Churches.

Sofia has many attractive parks such as the Borisova Gradina which provides a perfect walk for anyone who wishes to view superb landscape while enjoying a peaceful moment of reflection.  The famous Boulevard Vitoshast is located in Sophia, rated 22nd among the most expensive trade streets in the world.  Fashion wear and extravagant products are the mainstream in this street and all the shops are geared to satisfy the most excessive desires.

Outside the capital of Bulgaria there is a major world known ski resort, Bansko. Many ski competitions take place in this town situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountains.  The exquisite Valley of Roses is a definite must-see, one of the biggest rose oil production centers in the world.

Other Bulgarian sight-seeing tours include the huge Magura Caves, the world unique phenomenal Stone Forest, and also the self-proclaimed sea resort capital of Bulgaria: Cape Kaliakra and finally the most extraordinary spot in Bulgaria, the Seven Rila Lakes.

Getting cheap flights to Bulgaria can help you save money so that you can afford more tours to interesting places. Be sure to check out different agencies, packages, and special travel offers. For instance, special priced flights can be bought from London to Sofia for £80 ($128).

Hotels in Sofia Bulgaria are easily accessible, offering excellent rooms centrally located for tourist convenience. The Lion Hotel is situated in the center of the city, and has rates starting at 71 BGN ($50). The Hilton five-star Hotel offers a more luxurious environment with high-quality rooms and services which make it renown around the globe. Rates here start at 204 BGN ($144).

Discovering Bulgaria is discovering a lovely country filled with roses, friendly and warm people, and a magnificent Capital – Sofia, a distinguished name for a pleasant place and comely city.