WHILE it can sometimes seem impossible to find a cheap city break in Europe, one destination promises to be a paradise that costs big bucks.
A city in Romania that very few Brits have heard of has been named as an affordable alternative.
Timișoara, a city in western Romania, was recently named the cheapest city break in the world by a luggage storage company Bouncewho determined the numbers for 75 popular travel destinations.
City breaks were ranked based on factors such as accommodation, transport costs, meals out and the price of food at the supermarket.
And according to the study, Timișoara was the cheapest.
In the Romanian city, the average price of a hotel room is £82 per night.
But Sun Online Travel has found extremely affordable hotel rooms that cost significantly less.
For example, for a night at the Cosmopolita Boutique Hotel, a four-star hotel, holidaymakers pay just £37 per night per person.
Despite the bargainThere are other cheaper alternatives for your stay, including a twin room at Casa Palace for £17 per night per person.
Food and drink is also cheap in the city: a pint of beer costs just £1.56, while a meal in a mid-range restaurant costs around £5 per person.
Also keep in mind that the country doesn’t use the euro, so your vacation pay will likely go much further.
Wizz Air offers direct flights from London Luton to Timisoara. Flight prices start from £16 one-way.
With a flight time of 2 hours and 55 minutes, holidaymakers can reach the Romanian city in less time than Bucharest, the country’s capital.
If you’re booking a trip, summer is the best time to go, with highs of 31°C in August.
What is there to do in Timișoara?
There is a lot to do in the Romanian city.
Travel experts call the city “Little Vienna” because of its secessionist architecture, so it’s worth exploring some of the main squares, including Victory Square and Unirii Square
To immerse yourself in the city’s history, head straight to Victory Square.
The square is home to some of the city’s most interesting sights, including the Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral, located at the other end.
Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral was built in the early 20th century.
With a height of 63 m, the red and green tiled cathedral dominates the skyline of Timișoara and even has free entry.
The Museum of Fine Arts is now housed in an 18th-century baroque palace on Unirii Square.
Entry to the art museum costs £3.68 for a full-paying adult.
The city is also home to several other museums, including the Museum of the Banat Region, the Village Museum of the Banat Region and the Memorial Museum of the 1989 Revolution.
Other nearby attractions include the Satchinez Bird Reserve, located north of the city, and the Recaș Winery.
What else is there to do in Romania?
Romania is also home to Bran Castle, commonly referred to as Dracula’s Castle.
Located just 29 km from Bucharest, the castle attracts thousands of tourists every year.
In addition to the famous castle, Bucharest is another popular city trip in Romania.
The capital is home to its own major tourist attractions, including the Stavropoleos Monastery, the Parliament Palace and Herăstrau Park.
Other popular attractions throughout Romania include the ancient medieval town of Sighisoara.
What else do I need to know about Timisoara?
The national language in Timișoara is Romanian – although English may be spoken in hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions.
Romania is 2 hours ahead of the UK.
The local currency is the Romanian Leu, also known as RON, with £10 equaling approximately 58 RON.
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There are currently no Covid restrictions and Brits can stay in Romania for up to 90 days without a visa.
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