Sometimes the best places to travel to in Europe offer luxe accommodations without the luxe price tag. If you know where to go and the European travel deals to look for, budget breaks in Europe are there for the taking. Here’s our lowdown on how to find style on a shoestring.
Languedoc-Roussillon: The Historic Heavyweight in Europe
Why go Fill your bags at the famous Saturday market in the medieval duchy of Uzès, France: fresh-cut sunflowers, fish and seafood stalls, farm produce and ostrich eggs, local olive oils, honeys and cheeses, salami and cured meats from the mountains, linens and Provençal fabrics . . .
Where to stay Stunningly sleek chambre d’hôte, Monte-Arena (from $93/night), a 15th-century building packed with fragrant lavender, stone fireplaces, and hidden walkways.
Berlin: Edgy Exclusivity in Europe for Less
Why go Liberal, fun-loving Berlin is perhaps Europe’s most fascinating city. Bars and clubs blaring out rock, techno, and everything in between dot the streets. Art galleries fill almost every vacant warehouse space, and awe-inspiring buildings such as the Reichstag add iconic design to the cityscape.
Where to stay At member’s club hotel Soho House Berlin (from $121/night), an edgy, chic boutique stay in Mitte with a buzzing bistro, pampering spa, private cinema, and a wealth of contemporary art on its walls.
Wales: Mountains and Marshes and Travel Deals
Why go There are beaches offering Atlantic surf and retro charm, a great big peak for hikers, scenic strolls down the English Marches, Victorian spa towns, the world capital of second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye, and a growing gastro scene, showcasing the region’s famed salt-marsh lamb.
Where to stay Antique-filled Escape (from $124/night) is a glamorous B&B in Llandudno, where the owners’ passion for design is reflected in every corner.
Ronda: A European Cultural Countryside
Why go Check out southern Spain’s rural, gorge-enhanced scenery: slumbering pueblos blancos, valleys of fruit orchards, olive groves and vineyards, and ancient forests of cork oak trees. The whitewashed houses and winding streets of Ronda reveal a land little changed since the Moors ruled these mountains.
Where to stay Sandy-stone cottage cluster, Finca Naranja (from $135/night), is a four-room rustic retreat with a splash of Indonesian style.
Aeolian Islands, Sicily: The Best Volcanic Travel Adventure
Why go Near the town of Pollara, you’ll find the most magical bay in the Aeolian archipelago, famed as the backdrop to Il Postino. Descend a few hundred steps, and you can dive off the rocks into the deep plunge pools. Arrange a boat excursion around Salina and to the other islands, go snorkeling and diving, or escape in a fisherman’s boat à deux. Back on dry land, head up into the magnificent mountains and explore.
Where to stay Family-run Aeolian farmhouse Hotel Signum (from $158/night) is set around a series of stepped terraces bursting with scented lime trees, bougainvillea, and honeysuckle, with light and airy rooms.
For a city, sea, and mountain vacation, read about PageDaily founding editor Melissa Meyers’ trip through Spain and France.