Europe's Best-Value Vacation Destinations

From the verdant, rolling hills of Ireland to Turkey's colorful marketplaces, these countries represent Europe's best places to stretch your euros. Whether you're looking for a quick getaway at a beachside inn or an extended stay in a vacation rental, head to these European destinations for high style at a fraction of the price. Some of the top-value spots may surprise you.

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    Spain »


    Spain conjures images of flamenco dancers, café-lined plazas, white hillside villages, and soaring cathedrals. Beyond these traditional associations, this modern country offers top-notch art museums, inventive cuisine, and exciting nightlife. From the... Read more

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    Austria »


    A "blast from the past" is how one recent visitor described her journey through Austria. It remains, she explained, a place where children laugh at marionette shows in the parks, couples linger for hours over pastries at gilt-ceiling cafés, and Lipizzan... Read more

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    Ireland »


    It's a Celtic mystery: how can a country as small as Ireland be packed with so much majestic history, natural beauty, vibrant culture, and, of course, fun? Norman castles overlook wild, empty beaches, Georgian country houses host impromptu traditional... Read more

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    Greece »


    A visit to the land of Homer, Aristotle, and Sophocles is a journey to the dawn of classical civilization, with archaeological splendors from Athens to Crete. The towering monasteries of Meteora and soaring Mt. Olympus inspire awe, while relaxing islands... Read more

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    Belgium »


    Belgium has attractions out of proportion to its diminutive size. From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to forested hills and famous World War I and II battlegrounds for contemplation and remembrance. It's a little country... Read more

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    France »


    It is a fabled land of unmatched food and sublime wine that has inspired many to gasp in satisfied contentment—“We all have two countries—our own and France!” But it is not just a country for those who worship at the altar of gastronomy. The sheer beauty... Read more

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    Turkey »


    In modern Turkey, the legacy of centuries of history coexists with progressive and contemporary culture. Its exciting capital, Istanbul, spans Europe and Asia: here, upscale eateries and swanky nightclubs are squeezed between Byzantine and Ottoman structures... Read more

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    Croatia »


    Croatia’s splendors extend from the deep-blue waters of the Adriatic coastline to the waterfall-laced mountains of the Dinaric Alps and through­out its medieval towns. From Dubrovnik’s walled city where baroque buildings are surrounded by centuries-old... Read more

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    Scotland »


    Scotland has astonishing variety, even within a small area. North Sea to Irish Sea, Highlands to Lowlands, the landscapes of Scotland—lush woodlands, windswept moors, lochs as deep as the imagination—may take your breath away. Edinburgh is a gloriously... Read more

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    Hungary »


    Budapest, an old-world city with a throbbing urban pulse, is a must-stop on any trip to Central Europe. Szentendre and Eger have their own charms, including majestic hilltop castles and cobblestone streets winding among lovely baroque buildings. All this... Read more