10 December 2014

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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A winter mini-break is not only an excellent way to beat the winter blues, but offers wonderful opportunities for holidaymakers to explore the museums without the queues, shop for Christmas presents or for yourself in the winter sales.

Whether you fancy a holiday somewhere warm and sunny, or would like to embrace the winter in a snow-coated place, we've rounded up the most affordable cities in Europe to visit in winter.

Genoa, Italy

Genoa is one of Italy’s most elusive cities and has escaped the enormous price hikes of Rome, Venice and Florence, while offering the mildest winter of any other city in the country.

A city of historical beauty, its key attractions are free to see. The historic centre is full of 16th and 17th century palaces.

The Laterna (lighthouse) is the world's fifth tallest lighthouse, and costs just €6 to climb.

Eating out is affordable too. The small hole in the wall vendors, are mainly filled with locals, and serve the most authentic and flavoursome food at cheap prices.

Lisbon, Portugal

Named the Eurozone’s most affordable city break destination by Post Office, Lisbon also boasts mild winter weather due to its location near the sea and the air temperature is known to reach 17C.

Just a two hour flight from the UK, Lisbon is a great place to enjoy the festive season from now until New Year’s when the city is decorated with Christmas lights and it is cosier than ever.

And if it’s shopping you’re into, there are malls, boutiques and quirky stores to browse.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow offers good value any time of year, but visit during winter and you can see the city covered in snow, explore the Christmas market in the main square and even go ice skating in Blonia Park.

Dining in Krakow is cheap, with a meal and a beer costing around £10 per person, and many attractions and events are either free or cost very little.

Tampere, Finland

With flights from just £65 return from London in December, Tampere is a great short break destination for travellers wanting to ask up some traditional Nordic Christmas spirit without breaking the bank.

In winter, visitors flock to the city to marvel at the Tampere Illuminations, which light up the sky thanks to some 165 light figures consisting of 23,000 led bulbs hung high above the streets.

The Tampere Christmas market takes over the square in December, with traditional stalls selling typical Finnish crafts and seasonal treats.

Budapest, Hungary

Hungary’s capital city offers excellent value, stunning views and hot thermal waters to keep you warm on a winter break.

Some of the top free things to do include a walk across Chain Bridge, a tour of the Parliament Building and a visit to St Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church in Budapest.

Whether you like to spend time inside or outdoors, there are winter festivals, coffee houses and Christmas Markets to enjoy in this affordable city.

Wherever you’re planning on visiting this winter, make sure you get travel insurance with Discount Insurance.