Everyone wants to venture this summer in search of quaint towns and pristine beaches that don’t break the bank, but with so many tourists flocking to Europe, what’s the best way to narrow it down in terms of cost? Prices in Europe have certainly increased, but sometimes it’s worth exploring local spots.
If you’re on the hunt for sun, sand, beach, and cheap: you’re in luck. Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of areas in Europe to enjoy the seaside life on a budget, according to a recent study by Omio. Wouldn’t you rather visit a different area and indulge a little more because prices are low?
Before you go ahead and book your overpriced beach vacation to Italy or Greece, take a look at these underrated locations if you want the same views at a much lower price point! (I mean look at these pictures; can you get any better than that!?)
Once a popular summer spot of the Egyptian Queen, the cheapest beach in Alanya is none other than Cleopatra Beach. A picturesque resort town located in the Turkish Riviera, pristine beaches and sandy strips sit inside a walled fortress.
Red-roofed buildings and boats create the perfect backdrop for a summer vacation on a budget. A scoop of ice-cream here will cost you under $0.15, and a beach beer is usually under $2.00 – winning!
With Turkey taking the lead, Side Halk Beach is another popular spot with both the views and prices. Quite a unique beach spot in terms of its surroundings, Side sits along the Southern Mediterranean Coast and has all the beach amenities you may need.
A port city, Side is known for its Ancient Ruins and sandy beaches. It’s rare to find a place anywhere in the world with both historic charm and crystal-clear waters on both sides. Learn about Turkey’s past before taking a dip in the ocean.
When we think of beach towns in Turkey, Bodrum typically pops into mind. A more populated and busier area than the previous two, Bodrum is still a lot cheaper than other European beach destinations throughout the continent.
Bays overlooking the Castle, there are numerous beaches to be found in Bodrum: the cheapest being Yahsi Beach. With a laid-back atmosphere, you’ll find many Turkish locals here on vacation. Still relatively unknown amongst tourists, Yahsi Beach keeps its prices low.
Montenegro has slowly been creeping onto people’s radars as a top spot to enjoy a European summer. Along with its vast mountain ranges, blue bays, and charming villages, Montenegro also wins as a budget-friendly location.
A well-known spot for windsurfers, Long Beach (Velika Plaža) is one of the cheapest beaches to visit in Ulcinj: with bottles of beer costing as little as $0.90! As one of the longest beaches on the Adriatic Sea, it’s the ideal spot for an extended beach walk.
A short boat ride from Ibiza, Formentera is a popular alternative if you find the mainland too crowded and pricey. The island is a calming oasis of locals, seafood, and rugged beachscapes.
Picture a white sandbar fully surrounded by varying shades of blue, and you’ve found Playa de Ses Illetes. Often called the paradise of Formentera, if you want a tranquil setting with reasonable prices, then this is the place for you.
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