In a recent survey, Granada came out on top as the most budget-friendly destination in Europe. We break down those figures and find out why being the top budget-friendly destination makes Granada such an exciting potential overseas home.

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The Best Travel Destinations in Europe for Travellers on a Budget


Granada: Europe’s most budget-friendly destination

Discover Europe’s no.1 budget friendly destination.


The travel company, Omio, have released a list of “The Best Travel Destinations in Europe for Travellers on a Budget”. In compiling the list, Omio looked at a wide range criterion: the number of free activities, museums, attractions, affordable guided tours, and more. In your plans to move overseas, you might be hoping to discover a new area and do some sight-seeing. If you are moving with your children or have grandchildren that you’d like to visit, then this list is really useful for choosing a location that has plenty of activities to fill weekends and holidays.

Some of the other criterion that these judgements were based upon are going to come up more in your everyday life. The food and drink criterion are vast, it includes: pubs & night clubs, the cost of a fast food menu, dinner for two, public drinking fountains, and beer.


Spanish locations in the top 10

In the top ten of the list, there are four Spanish locations: Malaga (no.9), Sevilla (no. 8), Valencia (no.4), and right at number one, Granada.

So, how does Granada win the top spot on this list?

In terms of tourist related activities, Granada has: free activities – 112; free museums – 10; free sightseeing attractions – 60; affordable guided tours – 29. When it comes to affordable city tours by bus, Granada is really ahead of anybody else. These tours cost £6. The second cheapest location for guided city bus tours is Edinburgh, offering these tours for £10 (apart from St. Polten which offers them for free but only has two). However, for the most part, these tours are available for closer to £20 or more.

Things to see and do in Granada


Alhambra – this top sight-seeing attraction doesn’t cost a penny to visit.


Possibly the greatest attraction in Granada is Alhambra, a UNSECO world heritage site and Spanish cultural heritage site. It is a palace and fortress complex. It is one of the most famous examples of Islamic architecture worldwide, dating back to 1238. Additionally, it showcases Spanish Renaissance architecture. It includes the opulent, Moorish-style Nasrid Palace. Although there are multiple different tours you can take, actually visiting Granada’s biggest attraction costs nothing.

For Roman Catholic history, there’s the elegant Granada Cathedral to visit too.

Flamenco originates in the Andalucía region, and in Granada, there is a plethora of shows to see this beautiful traditional dance in action.

If you are looking for relaxation after absorbing Granada’s culture, there are Arabian baths to take a breather in at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus.


Beyond tourism

beer and olives

Cheap beer – I’m sold – are you?

Aside from the sunshine, the short distance from the UK, and the kinder pace of life, many people move to Spain for the more affordable cost-of-living. The figures drawn from Omio’s research show just how affordable Granada is. There are 86 pubs & night clubs; a fast-food menu costs £7; and dinner for two costs £44. Aside from Sevilla and Malaga, where dinner for two costs £37, for all the other countries listed in the top ten, dinner for two costs £50+. Beer is an utter steal in Granada, costing just over £2. So, you can expect a fantastic, affordable night scene there.

Furthermore, public transport is cheap in Granada. A 24-hour public transport ticket costs just £1.23. With a travel card, public transport is even cheaper in Granada, at less than a single euro.  In the top ten budget-friendly destinations, only Malaga was cheaper at £1.18. Granada is on Spain’s high-speed train network, so, living there, you would be extremely well-connected at a very affordable price.

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