In a survey of more than 2,000 British adults, more than a third (39 per cent) said they were planning on taking a city break abroad this year.
But increasingly, they seem to be thinking outside of the box when it comes to where to go. Valencia, Porto and Hamburg all scored highly when considering Google keyword research in 2017 for 30 emerging city break destinations.
Belgrade in Serbia was top of the list of the best value European city for 2018. Tourism is growing in the city, with 808,000 people visiting in 2015. Official figures show demand has grown among foreign tourists by 10 per cent, year on year.
When compared to Krakow in Poland, which welcomes 13 million visitors every year, the Post Office estimates visitors would save 12 per cent on a city break to Belgrade. Considered costs included an evening meal for two with wine, two nights’ accommodation in October, sightseeing and city transport – in Belgrade, these came to £148.70 versus £169.21 in Krakow.
Belgrade is one of Europe’s oldest cities, and is full of old-world charm, art nouveau architecture, and socialist blocks. It’s set alongside two rivers – the Danube and the Sava – which are lined with floating nightclubs and restaurants that contribute to the city’s vibrant nightlife scene. Experts recommend taking euros when travelling there, as the Serbian dinar is a restricted currency.
Prices in Valencia are an estimated 35 per cent less than in Barcelona. It’s less crowded too – around 1.9 million annual visitors versus Barcelona’s 32 million. In 2017, Barcelona passed a law to curb tourism by limiting the number of b on offer in the city and impose a temporary halt on building new hotels.
A spokesperson for Post Office Travel Money, Andrew Brown said: “City breaks are continuing to prove more popular than any other holiday sector … As Europe’s lesser-known capitals and second cities start to invest in tourism, now is the time to consider switching to a city that is likely to be cheaper than long-established favourites.”
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