If you’re already feeling a bit down that the summer is drawing to a close it could be time to plan a short break. The Telegraph has recently picked out the 20 cheapest cities to visit for a short break in Europe, which could give you the inspiration you need to book a flight, arrange coach hire from Bucks to the airport, and head off on an adventure.
Using information collated by the Post Office about the cost of various aspects of a holiday, the newspaper pulled together its list.
In at the top is Lithuania’s Vilnius, where you can get two nights away, including meals out, sightseeing, transport to and from the local airport and entry to a heritage attraction for a very reasonable £150.94.
According to Hugh Morris of Telegraph Travel, one of the highlights of Vilnius is its medieval old town, which is the largest in Western Europe, while the neighbourhood of Uzupis is worth a visit as the area is “awash with trendy bars, shops (conceptual shoe shop anyone?) and restaurants”.
Number two on the list is Riga, Latvia’s capital, where a two-night break will set you back in the region of £167.15. The highlights here are the art nouveau architecture, lively bars and Unesco-listed old town.
Rounding off the top five were Warsaw, Paphos and Krakow, all of which offer a two-night stay for under £200.
It seems more and more of us are opting for short breaks rather than longer holidays, with data from the Office for National Statistics showing that we’re taking considerably more trips lasting two, three or four nights than we did 20 years ago, while the number of two-week holidays we jet off on has fallen in the same period.