With a distinctly Eastern European flavour, our bargains this week include a city on the sunny shores of Croatia, an unexplored Romanian gem and a city nestled on the banks of the mighty Danube River. At these prices who could resist?
Lord Byron declared Dubrovnik to be the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ and it isn’t hard to see why. Dubrovnik glistens by day in the bright sunshine while by night the city’s thick stone walls sparkle with hundreds of lights. Once inside the city’s walls you are enveloped in baroque architecture that lines the marble streets, while cafes, shops, museums and markets fill it with a lively energy. Look out for the many ornate and beautiful carvings covering the ancient churches and monasteries. Outside Dubrovnik you will fall instantly in love with the beaches, thick forests and island dotted, dazzling blue seas. Find flights to Dubrovnik.
Bucharest is Romania’s capital and not to be confused with Budapest, the capital of Hungary. An eclectic mix of medieval, Soviet, French baroque and 21st century architecture, Bucharest is a quirky and exciting city to visit. If you love museums then you’ll be in your element in Bucharest as it is home to some of the largest in Romania. A sizeable student population means that the city is lively by day and night, with cafés, bars and restaurants overflowing with people tucking in to hearty food and potent spirits. Take the opportunity to dress up and take in theatre and opera or simply lounge around in lush green parks and enjoy this lovely unexplored corner of Eastern Europe. Find flights to Bucharest.
Beautiful Budapest on the mighty Danube can’t help but thrill and surprise. In two parts, Buda is the leafier, greener and more peaceful sister to Pest, the vibrant, buzzing heart of the city. You can enjoy both simply by crossing one of the many stunning bridges across the river. Packed with shops, markets, cafes and restaurants on every cobbled street and busy road, there is always somewhere to stop for tea and a slice of famous dobros dort (caramel layered cake) while Budapest’s incredible steaming, Turkish thermal baths are perfect for winding down after a hard day of exploring. Be sure to climb Gellert Hill and take in the views of this grand and elegant city from above, before heading back to Pest for some lively Hungarian nightlife. Find flights to Budapest.