Want a romantic holiday on a budget? Feel like bask on a stunning beach somewhere hot? Or fancy exploring a new city with your partner? Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered! You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy an unforgettable holiday for two in these gorgeous destinations. From sophisticated cities to enchanting seaside towns, we’ve picked out our favourite affordable holiday hotspots for couples. Check out our top 8 cheap holiday destinations for couples and get loved-up for less!
In Budapest, you can get lost in the cobbled lanes of hilltop Buda, soak in gorgeous Art Nouveau outdoor thermal baths, check out the famous Ruin pubs and stroll along the banks of the River Vistula. What could be more romantic? Plus, Budapest is one of the cheapest places in Europe for a city break, according to the Post Office Money’s Holiday Costs Barometer! What are you waiting for? Book your Budapest city break and soak up all the romance at prices that won’t break the bank.
Croatia is one of the hottest destinations for 2018, partly thanks to the huge popularity of the Game of Thrones series, which is filmed in Dubrovnik and other seaside locations. If you want a picture-postcard seaside town, enchanting beaches and coves where you can picnic in peace, then Porec on the Istrian Riviera is for you! Prices for this beautiful town are surprisingly affordable, and it’s famous across the country for its wonderful wines and traditional restaurants. It’s perfect for couples who want to get off the beaten track.
Paphos is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, making it the ideal destination for couples! The main town is now a lively resort, with plenty of shops, bars and cafés, but it’s got plenty more to offer besides sun, sea and sand. Fascinating ancient ruins are strewn across the town, some of which are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and there are gorgeous, intimate coves and unspoilt virgin beaches just a stone’s throw away if you want some seclusion.
Icmeler has one of the loveliest beaches on the Turkish Mediterranean, a fabulous expanse of soft, golden sand. It’s close to the lively nightlife mecca of Marmaris if you want some fun after the sun goes down, but retains plenty of authentic charm if you’re just looking to relax. There are lots of fabulous activities, from outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving to colourful bazaars. And what could be more romantic than a sunset sail in a traditional sailing boat? And all this comes at a very affordable price – perfect for couples on a budget!
Costa del Sol, Spain
The Spanish Costa del Sol also makes it on to the list of cheap holiday destinations in Post Office Money’s annual Holiday Costs Barometer! What could be better than a little sun, sea and sangria? Our top pick for a romantic holiday is Nerja, a former fishing village that has oodles of authentic charm. After a lazy day soaking up the sun on the beaches, you can amble hand-in-hand through the narrow whitewashed streets in search of the perfect tavern for a candle-lit dinner. This is the perfect affordable destination for couples looking for a laid-back romantic break in the sun!
The Algarve, Portugal
Nature provides a spectacular backdrop for romance in the Algarve, which is home to some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find anywhere. Endless golden strands backed by dramatic, ochre cliffs that have been shaped over centuries into stacks and caves. Some of the best beaches are found near Lagos, which is another ideal destination for couples looking for the perfect beach holiday on a budget. The historic heart of Lagos is a romantic tangle of whitewashed lanes wrapped in ancient walls, perfect for an evening stroll. If you’re looking for nightlife, you’ll be spoilt for choice, or you could simply linger on a cobbled square as the sun sets.
Palma is the stylish little capital of the Balearic Islands and one of our favourite destinations for a romantic city break. The historic centre is a miniature time capsule of narrow lanes and Gothic palaces crowned by a beautiful cathedral. Boutiques, cafés and bars are clustered on the charming squares, and fishing boats rub shoulders with glossy yachts in the marina. And all this comes at a bargain price: Palma also makes it onto the list of Europe’s cheapest city break destinations according to Post Office Money’s Holiday Costs Barometer
Krakow feels like a city from the pages of a fairy tale, with its cobbled streets and enormous market square. If you’re looking for a city break with a difference, come and soak up the romance of Poland’s historic capital. Check out the arty cafés and vintage stores of Kazimierz, the city’s historic Jewish quarter, explore the hilltop Royal Castle, and relax on sunny afternoons in one of the famous beer gardens.