Travelers looking for affordable vacation options this spring have viable options in several different European cities as well as in Turkey. According to recent research of top vacation sites, the most affordable large cities for romantic breaks include places like Lisbon, Portugal; Krakow, Poland; Istanbul, Turkey; and smaller cities, such as San Sebastian, Spain. All of these cities are highly praised for the romantic nature of their tourist attractions, many of which center around their diverse and fascinating histories.
Lisbon: romantic strolls along the Avenida da Liberdade
The capital of Portugal has been rated as the top value-for-money destination this spring, in part because of the excellent bargains to be had and also because the climate is excellent and the city is quite safe for tourists. One thing that makes Lisbon perfect for romantic breaks for couples is the lush architecture to be found along the Avenida da Liberdade, where couples can see buildings from every major period of European history, right up to post-Modernism.
San Sebastian: romantic restaurants
Situated in the Basque region of northern Spain, San Sebastian demonstrates that small cities are also affordable options for spring travel. A short drive from the French border, San Sebastian lies alongside the picturesque Bay of Biscay. Couples on a romantic break will particularly appreciate the dining opportunities here; San Sebastian has a surprising number of Michelin-starred restaurants dotting the landscape.
Krakow: romance in art
The best travel value in Eastern Europe is to be found in the city of Krakow, located in southern Poland. Here tourists on a budget can enjoy more than 25 different museums, including the Czartoryski Museum, where works by great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt can be admired by couples on a romantic break. The National Art Collection, situated at the Wawel, where three dynasties of Polish kings lived, is a repository of not just paintings but also fine furniture and magnificent Flemish tapestries.
Istanbul: romance by the sea
Affordable city breaks are also available in Istanbul, where couples on vacation will never want for interesting activities both day and night. Known as Constantinople for much of its history, Istanbul was the capital of the eastern half of the Roman Empire, which means ample ruins for couples to explore hand in hand. Spring is a particularly good time to visit Istanbul because the city’s high humidity levels can make the summer season seem too hot for some visitors. In the spring, couples on vacation will enjoy more moderate temperatures, yet the weather is still warm enough to permit a romantic swim in the Sea of Marmara.
Finding the best city break deals
The best way to find affordable travel deals to these and other romantic cities is to search for cheap tickets online. Couples on a budget should also keep in mind that package deals combining accommodations and plane tickets are another way to save money on a fabulous romantic break abroad. Online travel sites will often offer combination packages that make an exciting vacation much more affordable.