Europe is the world’s second-smallest continent. Europe welcomes more than half of all the tourists worldwide. Not only that, but 7 of the 10 most visited countries in the world are also Europe. 

All of us know that Europe has a well-preserved cultural heritage, rich history, safety, and efficient infrastructure. 

Many people thinking that traveling to Europe will be very expensive. But it is not the truth. You can visit Europe on a budget as well.

Here’s a look at the best tourist spots to visit in Europe at an affordable budget.

Braga, Portugal

If anybody asks me about Braga, I would definitely say that it is a lively city. It is the oldest and third largest city in Portugal. Braga is famous for its historical buildings, monuments, gardens, and fountains. If you are visiting Europe, you should visit Braga, Portugal for a day or two. It will be worth it. 

Well, if you ask me why you should visit thing city, I would definitely say to enjoy the traditional Portuguese food and hospitality.

There are some amazing tourist attractions in Braga. They are

Bom Jesus do Monte

It is the most visited place in Braga, Portugal. Bom Jesus do Monte is Basically a pilgrimage site and this place is attracted by the religious devotees for a long period of time. 

Bom Jesus do Monte is situated at a hilltop. When you are climbing the stairway, you will see some amazing fountains and Baroque sculptures.

Braga Cathedral

Braga Cathedral is the Roman Catholic Church in Braga. It is also known as the most important building of the country due to its culture and heritage.

If you are a student of architecture, you should definitely visit this place. The building has been modified from time to time. Braga Cathedral is made from wood coated with gold and silver-plated copper.

Raio Palace

It is a Baroque-era residence in the urbanized area of the Braga City, Prague. The Raio Palace is such a divine palace since the 1750s. 

Inside this palace, there is a museum where you can see some old medical artifacts. Not only that, but you will also find much information regarding this building. 

Raio Palace is situated next to Braga Hospital.

Garden of Santa Barbara

The Garden of Santa Barbara is simply amazing. If you are visiting Braga City, you should definitely visit this place. You will see colorful flowers in the summer. It also attracts different types of birds.

Biscainhos Museum

Biscainhos Museum was the residence of Biscainhos. It is a former-seigneurial residence located in Braga. This palace was founded in the 17th Century. It was turned into a museum in 1978. 

Biscainhos Museum has a documentary center/library, Auditorium, and Museum editions inside. 

The museum is open for everyone from Tuesday to Sunday. You need to buy tickets to visit the museum. Visitors usually spend 2-3 hours here.

If you are visiting Braga city and does not taste their local food, you will definitely miss something that you could not even expect. Here, I will mention some dishes that you should try at least once while visiting Braga, Prague.

Bacalhau à Narcisa

It is a famous and delicious fish dish in Braga. This dish is popular throughout the city. If you are visiting Prague, you must try this dish in Braga city.  

Papas de Sarrabulho

If you want a warm welcome in Braga city, you should visit Braga, Prague in winter. No, they will definitely welcome you whenever you visit there. But in winter Papas de sarrabulho will make your trip a memorable one.

Pudim à Abade de Priscos

If you are a dessert lover, you should definitely try Pudim à Abade de Priscos. It is something different than a traditional pastry. The outlook of this dish is so mouthwatering. This pudding is surely blessed by God. Don’t forget to taste it.

Arroz de Pica no chão

Arroz de Pica no chão is a part of their history and heritage. If you want to take the flavor of their traditional food you should definitely try this.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey is surely a good place to visit. Istanbul is famous for its culture, history, entertainment, good food, different architecture, and beautiful sights. The people of Istanbul are very friendly.

Many tourists think that visiting Istanbul is quite expensive. But let me tell you that it is not that expensive at all. Besides, it is also safe for female travelers. So, if you do not visit Istanbul, Turkey yet, we would recommend you to visit there at least once in a lifetime.

As you are visiting Istanbul, we would recommend you to stay at Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old City. You will be able to visit Istanbul’s top tourist attractions from here. All the historical places are within walking distance from there. 

We would recommend you to visit some amazing places in Istanbul. 

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is basically a historic mosque in Istanbul. It attracts a large number of tourists every year. It was built between 1609 and 1618.

The Blue Mosque is also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque because it was a grand architectural gift by him to Istanbul. We must say the entire color effects of the interior make the blue mosque as one of the finest achievements of the Ottoman architecture.

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern is one of the most amazing tourist places in Istanbul, Turkey. The palace is literally huge with 336 columns in 12 rows. 

Basilica Cistern is the largest cisterns among several hundred ancient cisterns in Istanbul. Visitors usually spend 1.5 to 2 hours there.

Istanbul Aquarium

It is a public Aquarium in Istanbul. Istanbul Aquarium is the official member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

Istanbul Aquarium has started in 2011. You can enjoy a variety of fish species there. Not only that, the authority has introduced a geographical route for the travelers that includes 16 themes and 1 rainforest going from the Black Sea towards the Pacific.

St. George’s Cathedral, Istanbul

St. George’s Cathedral is the oldest and the most important place of worship in Istanbul. It is dedicated to the Christian martyr Saint George. 

When you will enter the church, you will see the amazing artifacts including Byzantine mosaics, religious relics, and a wood-and-inlay patriarchal throne. The intricately carved wooden iconostasis will definitely grab your attention.

If you are planning to visit Istanbul for the first time, I should tell you that the foods of Turkey are world-famous. You will definitely miss it if you do not taste their traditional foods. 

If you are thinking to try fast foods there, don’t try this there. No no, what I mean to say is the fast foods are definitely healthy. But as you are visiting a new country, you should try their traditional foods. Otherwise, you will miss the mouth-watering taste of some delicious dishes I have mentioned.

Menemen

Menemen is basically a breakfast dish. It is a Turkish style omelet where Roasted onions and peppers are boiled thoroughly with tomatoes. It is finally mixed with eggs, herbs, parsley, pepper and grounded red pepper.

I must say this dish has an addictive taste. Most of the Turkish people order it for their breakfast.

Kuyu Kebabı / Tandır

It is the specialty of the city of Kastamonu. Kuyu Kebapi got its name for the cooking style obviously. The whole lamp has been slowly cooked without the inner organs and hung on a well-constructed hole over a charcoal fire. For the amazing flavor, Kuyu kebabı will definitely require pine tree branches.

Baklava

If you love dessert, you must taste Baklava. It is the best example of desserts in Istanbul. Baklava has to be fresh and masterfully made. Otherwise, you won’t get the proper taste. We would recommend you to visit Güllüoğlu or Köşkeroğlu for the best taste.

Paris, France

Who doesn’t know about Paris? It is known as the city of love. Paris is undoubtedly a paradise for tourists. If you are a travel addict you must visit Paris once in your lifetime.

Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe’s major centers of fashion, food, science, finance, commerce, and the arts. There are so many tourist spots that you cannot miss while visiting Paris.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower basically needs no description. It is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. When we talk about France, the first thing that strikes our mind is the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower in Paris. It was founded in 1887. You can visit three different levels on the tower. The ticket price for each floor will vary.

There is no doubt that the Eiffel Tower looks stunning at night. we would recommend you to see the amazing view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower during sunset. The moment is spectacular and you should never miss it.

Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum is another icon of Paris. It is the world’s largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. It is the central landmark of the city. 

The Louvre is known as the home to some of the most famous and ancient artworks – including Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. You must pay a visit to this beautiful museum if you are a fan of arts, and even if you’re a normal tourist. 

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It was previously known as de l’Étoile. Arc de Triomphe was built to show respect to the martyrs who died on the battlefields.

Notre Dame Cathedral (Notre Dame de Paris):

Notre Dame Cathedral is actually a Medieval Catholic Cathedral. It is also considered as one of the finest architectures of the French Gothic style. Entry to the Church is free, but you need to buy tickets to visit the tower that costs €7.50.

Disneyland

Disneyland is a childhood dream for all of us. We have lots of memories with the Disneyland characters. If you are traveling with your family, we would highly recommend you to take your children to Disneyland, Paris. It has family-friendly rides, costume characters, shows, hotels and lots more.

I always say that if you are visiting Paris, eat like the locals. The foods of Paris is simply mouthwatering. If you are planning to visit Paris, don’t forget to try the following foods. 

Baguettes

Baguette is a delicious piece of French Culture. It is a long loaf of bread which has been made in France for a long period of time. For the last 100 years, the taste is still the same.

Macarons

If you are a bread or pastry lover, visiting Paris for you is a must. Paris is a dream place for those who loves pastries. There are so many macarons shops around Paris. 

Whenever you visit a macarons shop you will find colorful macarons and they are actually super tasty. Every bite is luxurious. The flavor is something that cannot be described in words.

Falafel

Falafel Sandwich is compared to the ham sandwich for the French people. It may not be considered as traditional French food. But the taste is great. 

This is not the end. There are so many foods that I could not even describe in words. They are just awesome. Some of them are Couscous, Steak Frites, Duck confit, French cheese, Oysters, etc.

Geneva, Switzerland

Whenever I think about Geneva, Switzerland I become speechless. The country is so beautiful and it is surrounded by mountains. Switzerland is the safest country in Europe. So. you can visit there without any worries. 

The best tourist attraction in Geneva is that you can see Mont Blanc mountain from here. There are so many tourist spots available in Geneva. I will mention a few here.

Another thing that Geneva, Switzerland is famous for is that you can explore the five senses of chocolate experience.

Geneva Water Fountain

The Geneva fountain is the most famous landmark in the city. It is also known as the large fountain in Geneva. The height of the Geneva fountain is 140 meters. The fountain is open for all. It looks stunning at night.

L’horloge Fleurie

In the 16th Century, Geneva has become the birthplace of watchmaking. To remember this, Geneva introduces L’horloge Fleurie. Here, approximately 6,500+ flowering plants and shrubs are used for creating the clock face. The best part is plants are changed as the season change.

Museums

Geneva, Switzerland is also known as the Mecca of culture. There are 36 museums with Permanent collections and 50+ commercial galleries. All the museums will represent the culture and history of Geneva, Switzerland.

Santorini, Greece

If you are planning your honeymoon or a vacation with your girlfriend, partner or wife, the only place we can recommend is Santorini, Greece. Santorini is famous for its dramatic views and amazing sunsets. 

It is a volcanic island in the Greek islands. It is completely safe to visit Santorini. If you are thinking about the budget, let me tell you that if you are looking for a view it will be costly. You can have a budget trip to Santorini as well.

Firá

Firá is the capital of Santorini, Greece. It is famous for the whitewashed cubic houses and terraces, winding lanes, little squares, and the amazing blue-domed churches on the cliffs. 

Oia

Oia is known for the beautiful sunset. We must say it is a lifetime experience. If you are in Santorini, never ever miss the beautiful sunset in Oia.

Every year thousands of tourists visit Santorini to enjoy the stunning sunset.

Caldera

Caldera is known for the massive volcanic explosion that blew the center out of the island some 3,600 years ago. It is still the home for the volcanic activities.

There are some agencies that are offering a day excursion tour to this place. We would suggest you visit this historic place in Santorini.

Pyrgos

Before Firá, Pyrgos was the capital of Santorini. It is located in the middle of Santorini, Greece. Pyrgos is a tiny small village and it is also known for the whitewashed Cycladic cottages built around the ruins of a medieval hilltop castle.

Since 2004, Pyrgos has started creating restaurants, boutique hotels, for the tourists.

Santorini is a dream paradise for travelers. This is the only place where you can have a stress-free vacation and enjoy colorful houses, delicious foods, and a stunning sunset. 

Santorini is undoubtedly an all-in-one package for travelers. Coming back to the point, the traditional foods of Santorini is too delicious. According to our research and previous experiences, you can try Fava me Koukia (Mashed up fava beans), Tomato Gefthedes (Tomato fritters), Greek Salad, Roasted Greek lamb. These are our topmost recommendations. You can also try Spanakopita – Spinach pie, Spanakopita – Spinach pie, Moussaka, etc.

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