Taking a city break over the summer period isn’t often cheap, but there are still some amazing cities to visit that won’t break the bank.
Here are some of the best value places to consider venturing to from Birmingham this summer…
1. Porto, Portugal
As Portugal’s second largest city, Porto has become increasingly popular among tourists over the past few years.
Whether it’s taking a stroll through the historic Ribeira District, enjoying a short boat cruise along the Douro river, or experiencing a tour of the Port cellars (for which the city is famed for), there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city.
Direct flights from Birmingham Airport start at approx. £29-£37 each way. Flight time 2hr 20min.
2. Bratislava, Slovakia
If you’re looking for a city break without the crowds, then Bratislava may just be the city for you.
Slovakia’s capital is a quaint and historic city filled with charming streets and a vast selection of shops and appetising restaurants. Best of all, it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other cities in Western Europe.
Travel tip: Bratislava is an easy day trip from Vienna by car, bus, train or boat, so it’s perfect for those who want to spend time in Vienna on a tight budget.
Direct flights from Birmingham Airport start at approx. £22-£37 each way. Travel time 2hr 25min.
3. Kraków, Poland
Poland’s former capital boasts a fascinating culture and history. Visited by millions for the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz and Birkenau, the city is also home to Oskar Schindler’s Factory – made famous by Steven Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s List’.
Aside from its notable history, Kraków also has an incredible food scene, with the city’s market square teeming with cafés and bars – all of which are surprisingly affordable.
Don’t miss: An original UNESCO World Heritage site, you can’t leave Kraków without visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine – one of Poland’s largest tourist attractions.
Direct flights from Birmingham Airport start at approx. £23-£32. Flight time 2hr 30min.
4. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest has built a reputation as one of Europe’s most fascinating and affordable cities.
The unique hot springs and thermal baths are some of the city’s most distinct attractions, and are enjoyed by visitors all year round.
In addition to the stunning and diverse architecture, Budapest also offers an incredible nightlife, boasting a plethora of charming pubs, wine bars, craft beer bars and nightclubs.
Direct flights from Birmingham Airport start at approx. £38-£46. Flight time 2hr 30min.
5. Sofia, Bulgaria
Friendly locals, attractive parks and trendy cafés are just some of what you can expect from Sofia.
Walking is the best way to get around, and there are a variety of tours available to see all of the city’s highlights.
Bulgaria’s capital also lies at the foot of popular ski mountain, Vitosha, which is perfect for those who enjoy hiking, climbing or mountain biking.
Direct flights from Birmingham Airport start at approx. £22-£38, although you may want to avoid visiting during the month of July when flights are at their most expensive. Flight time 3hr 15min.
6. Bucharest, Romania
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how far your money will stretch in this beautiful city. In addition to affordable accommodation and travel, entry to the main attractions, food and entertainment are also very cheap.
Take a tour of the Palace of the Parliament (the heaviest building on the planet!), admire the Art Nouveau architecture and rent a boat at Cişmigiu Gardens – this city is not short of unique structures or green spaces!
Direct flights from Birmingham Airport start at approx. £24-£48. Flight time 3hr 20min.