While finding a cheap city break in Europe can sometimes seem impossible, one destination promises to be an expensive getaway.
A town in Romania that very few Britons have ever heard of has been named as an affordable alternative.
The city of Timisoara, located in western Romania, was recently crowned the world’s cheapest holiday by a luggage storage company. bounce, reboundwhich crunched the numbers for 75 popular destinations.
City breaks are ranked based on factors such as accommodation, transportation costs, meals out and supermarket grocery prices.
According to the research, Timisoara came out on top as the cheapest.
In the Roman city, the average price of a hotel room is £82 per night.
But Sun Online Travel found very affordable hotel rooms at a much lower cost.
For example, a night at the Cosmopolita Boutique Hotel, a four-star hotel, will cost at least £37 per night per person.
Despite the dealWhen staying, there are also other cheaper alternatives, including a double room at Casa Palace for £17 per night per person.
Food and drink in the city is also cheap, with a pint of beer costing less than £1.56, while a meal in a mid-range restaurant will cost around £5 per person.
It’s also worth noting that the country doesn’t use the euro, so your holiday money will likely go much further.
Wizz Air operates direct flights from London Luton to Timisoara, with fares starting from £16 one way.
With a flight time of 2 hours and 55 minutes, holidaymakers will reach the Romanian city in less time than it takes to reach Bucharest – the country’s capital.
When booking a trip, summer is the best time to visit, with maximum temperatures reaching 31°C in August.
What are the things to do in Timisoara?
There are lots of things to do in the Roman city.
Travel experts have dubbed the city “Little Vienna” thanks to its separatist architecture, so it’s worth exploring some of the main squares, including Victory Square and Unirii Square.
To delve into the city’s history, head straight to Victory Square.
The square is home to some of the city’s most interesting attractions including the Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral located at the far end.
Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral was built in the early 1900s.
The 63-metre-high red-and-green-tiled cathedral dominates Timisoara’s skyline, and admission is free.
Meanwhile, the Museum of Fine Arts is located inside an 18th-century Baroque palace on Piazza Unirii.
Entry to the Art Museum costs £3.68 per adult paying full fees.
The city is also home to several other museums, including the Banat District Museum, the Banat District Village Museum, and the 1989 Revolution Memorial Museum.
Other nearby attractions include the Satchinez Bird Reserve located north of the city and the Recaă Winery.
What is there to do in Romania?
Romania is also home to Bran Castle, more commonly referred to as Dracula’s Castle.
Located just 18 miles from Bucharest, the castle attracts thousands of tourists every year.
In addition to the famous castle, Bucharest is another famous city in Romania.
The capital is home to its main tourist attractions, including the Stavropoleos Monastery, Palace of Parliament, and Herastrau Park.
Other popular attractions throughout Romania include the medieval Old Town of Sighisoara.
What else should I know about Timisoara?
The local language in Timisoara is Romanian – although people may speak English in hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions.
Romania is two hours ahead of the United Kingdom.
The local currency is the Romanian leu, also known as the Rhone, with £10 worth around 58 Ron.
There are currently no coronavirus restrictions and Britons can stay in Romania for up to 90 days without a visa.
Meanwhile, Bulgaria is home to another cheap city break, where beer costs just 80p and temperatures reach 28C in summer.