5. Porto, Portugal
While you might be tempted to visit nearby Spain, you’d be surprised to hear that Porto, Portugal, is one of the most budget-friendly cities in Western Europe. Its 3-star and 4-star hotels are much cheaper than nearby Spanish and French tourist destinations. Plus, the food in Porto is sublime and just as affordable as its European counterparts. Check out local attractions, like Ribeira in Old Town (for amazing views of the Douro River), São Francisco Church, and don’t forget to visit one of the many Port wine cellars surrounding the city.
There’s no European Backpacker index score for Porto, but comparable estimates put it slightly above Krakow.Back to top