Escape the capital with one of our cheap summer getaways to Europe.
London, it’s nothing personal, but sometimes we need a break from you. And since we have paid the steep price for living here, it’s got to be a cheap one. Lucky for you, I’ve been browsing Skyscanner, to round up some fabulous summer getaways that won’t break the bank. Because that way, it counts as “legitimate research” rather than “Alex mucks about with holiday plans instead of actually working”. The twelve cities on this list are offering return flights for less than £45, so have a peep and getting booking, friends.
1. Milan (£26)
Clocking in at a too-good-to-miss £26, Milan will offer you a slice of la dolce vita.
🇮🇹 What to do: The historic Duomo di Milano is reason enough to visit, but you should also check out da Vinci’s Last Supper (sadly, not a supper club). Foodies can split time between historic delicatessen Peck, and upstart newcomer Eataly, set to open in London sometime in 2020. Milan is also very nicely located for a jaunt to the Italian lakes, should you so desire.
📲 Who to follow: @milanodavedere
2. Stockholm (£29)
Stockholm has a reputation for being expensive, but when the flights are this reasonable, you can keep the costs down.
🇸🇪 What to do: Watch the crowds roll by in Gamla Stan, or take a trip out to Djurgården for an intoxicating mix of museums and nature. The waters of Stockholm are clean enough to swim in, so if the weather’s warm you can expect to see locals hopping in for a dip. When the sun goes down, a night at Trädgården will be one to remember.
📲 Who to follow: @viewstockholm
3. Copenhagen (£30)
It’s becoming increasingly popular with tourists, so perhaps now is the chance to hit up Copenhagen before the crowds swamp it.
🇩🇰 What to do: Colourful Nyhavn gets a load of Instagram love for a reason, whilst Copenhagen’s botanical gardens also make a stunning spot for a wander. Charmingly grubby Christiania will certainly make for an interesting day out, and whilst the Little Mermaid statue is a little cliche, it still remains a must-see.
📲 Who to follow: @visitcopenhagen
4. Berlin (£32)
No two ways about it: Berlin had a rough twentieth century. Happily though, recent times have seen it become one of the coolest cities in Europe, and flights remain pretty cheap.
🇩🇪 What to do: Anything to do with the Cold War is fascinating, but if you’re looking for some other historical sights, check out the astounding Ishtar Gate at the Perganonmuseum. Sit in one of the world’s most unusual parks, the green space that used to be Tempelhof Airport. Alternatively, spend time at the city’s quirky coffee shops, or cross your fingers and join the queue for Berghain.
📲 Who to follow: @berlinstagram (and not just because we highly approve of the pun)
5. Bratislava (£33)
Slovakia’s capital has been gaining in popularity in recent years – maybe this is the year you visit?
🇸🇰 What to do: Bratislava’s Old Town is a picturesque spot to spend an afternoon, whilst the Church of St Elizabeth is a lovely place, painted in a fetching shade of blue. Bratislava Castle is quite the sight, whilst cheap nights out also form a big part of the city’s charm.
📲 Who to follow: @bratislava_
6. Gdańsk (£34)
Perched on the edge of the Baltic Sea, Gdańsk is known as the City of Freedom – perfect for a liberating summer break.
🇵🇱 What to do: The city played a major role in world history, as the Solidarność trade union that helped bring about the fall of Communism was formed in Gdańsk shipyard, where the European Solidarity Centre now stands. Meanwhile, the first shots of World War 2 were fired on Dlugi Targ, now a tourist hotspot. It, along with the Royal Way, will no doubt feature in your holiday snaps.
📲 Who to follow: @gdansk_official
7. Venice (£35)
An iconic Italian getaway, Venice in the summer will be bustling and beautiful.
🇮🇹 What to do: A gondola ride of the canals is a firm favourite (even if it is sickeningly pricey), and you must see the Grand Canal. St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge draw the crowds, whilst a plethora of palaces, art galleries, museums, and churches mean that your Venetian experience will be a cultured one.
📲 Who to follow: @seventhsoul
8. Vilnius (£36)
The Baltics are rising in popularity, and whilst nearby Tallinn and Riga steal most of the limelight, Lithuania’s capital shouldn’t be ignored.
🇱🇹 What to do: Thanks to gentrification, Uzupis has gone from the part of town you want to avoid, to the part you need to visit. It’s now filled with street art, cafes, and other hipster staples. Meanwhile, Vilnius Cathedral and its charming Bell Tower should be seen before your return flight.
📲 Who to follow: @vilniusofficial
9. Prague (£37)
After you’ve checked out the deals, you can Czech out one of Europe’s most enchanting cities.
🇨🇿 What to do: Wander along the famous Charles Bridge, climb the Powder Tower for city views, and marvel at Prague’s 600-year old astrological clock. At night, grab a cocktail at Hemingway Bar, sample the insanely cheap beers, or dance the night away at Karlovy Lazne, the biggest nightclub in Central Europe.
📲 Who to follow: @aroundprague
10. Hamburg (£38)
Germany’s port city has been surging up the must-see lists recently, and with return flights from £38, summer 2018 is an excellent time to go see it.
🇩🇪 What to do: See Hamburg’s stunning new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, for a dose of culture. Down the other end of the spectrum, a trip to the red light district of St Pauli will have you feeling naughty in no time. The warehouses of the Speicherstadt are impressive, as is the delicately constructed Miniatur Wunderland, one of the most visited attractions in Germany.
📲 Who to follow: @hamburgahoi
11. Verona (£40)
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, you’ll find a charming Italian summer getaway.
🇮🇹 What to do: Whilst the original statue of Juliet had to be replaced because people got a little too handsy, an exact replica gives you the opportunity to gain luck in the romance department, and check out Juliet’s balcony. Verona is blessed with the Roman-built Verona Arena, whilst a meander through the Piazza delle Erbe or along the riverside paths of the Adige will leave you smitten with the city.
📲 Who to follow: @igers.verona
12. Barcelona (£43)
Join Ed Sheeran and George Ezra in singing Barcelona’s praises, because cheap flights make it a promising option. ¡Viva España!
🇪🇸 What to do: Obviously you’ll need to eat tapas and drink sangria until you lose the ability to move. But apart from that, watch work on La Sagrada Familia inch ever closer to completion, wander down La Rambla, or head to the beach. For more inspiration, have a peep at our sister site, Barcelona Secreta.
📲 Who to follow: @thebarcelonist
Want to visit these spots? We found these prices by checking Skyscanner for the dates June 6th-13th.