Wanderlusters, Ahoy: These Are Europe’s Cheapest City Breaks For Spring

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by Anna Brech |

Grab a pair of flip-flops and have your passport handy, because Europe's cheapest European spring city breaks have been revealed in a new survey.

The Post Office's annual [City Costs Barometer](http://City Costs Barometer) took the measure of 36 sunny destinations across Europe, in a bid to find out which ones offer the most bang for your buck this spring.

The results show Eastern Europe romping into the lead, with four out of the top five most bargainous breaks located there.

The Post Office used figures from local tourist offices and central city room rates from hotels.com to calculate the cost of a two-night break for each city - with all expenses included.

The weaker pound means travel prices will creep up for UK tourists this year, so your wallet will thank you to do a little prep on more affordable destinations.

Take a look at Europe's top five cheapest and sunniest champions for a weekend break this year, below, and get booking that city escape pronto.

1. Paphos, Cyprus

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Paphos, on the southwest tip of Cyprus, is home to palm tree-lined seafronts and treasures aplenty, from its dreamy Mediterranean harbour to catacombs, ancient monasteries and the world-famous Paphos Archaeological Park. It's also been named European City of Culture for 2017.

Estimated cost for a two-night break: £138.40

Average cost of a cup of coffee: £2.57

Average cost of a glass of wine £2.83

Average cost of a meal for two: £33.64

Average cost of a 48-hour travel card: £8.85

Average cost of a top museum: £2.66

Average cost for a two-night hotel room for two: £62

2. Vilnius, Lithuania

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We defy visitors not to be seduced by the charmer that is Vilnius, Lithuania's whimsical capital. Its cobbled alleyways, red-roofed old town and hidden pockets of greenery - not to mention some spectacular hill views - make for a gorgeous afternoon stroll. Local artisans specialise in top notch coffee and sweet cakes, so there's plenty of fuel on offer for your wanderings.

Estimated cost for a two-night break: £139.48

Average cost of a cup of coffee: £1.33

Average cost of a glass of wine: £2.12

Average cost of a meal for two: £43.38

Average cost of a 48-hour travel card: £6.16

Average cost of a top museum: £3.10

Average cost for a two-night hotel room for two: £67

3. Riga, Latvia

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Riga in Latvia boasts a glorious blend of architecture, from gothic spires to colourful Baroque townhouses. Romantic types are drawn to its air of faded grandeur and old-meets-new energy, with wooden warehouses revamped to house art galleries, cinemas, restaurants and vast canal-side food markets.

Estimated cost for a two-night break: £150.24

Average cost of a cup of coffee: £2.66

Average cost of a glass of wine: £3.10

Average cost of a meal for two: £53.12

Average cost of a 48-hour travel card: £8.85

Average cost of a top museum: £3.10

Average cost for a two-night hotel room for two: £54

4. Warsaw, Poland

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Poland's sprawling capital is known as "mini Berlin" in a nod to its dynamic nightlife and thriving arts scene. Up-and-coming bar venues include a converted barge on the river Vistula and a drinking den filled with retro memorabilia and graffiti. A new generation of independent boutiques and hip design stores will sate those in need of a little retail therapy.

Estimated cost for a two-night break: £153.54

Average cost of a cup of coffee: £2.15

Average cost of a glass of wine: £3.22

Average cost of a meal for two: £32.24

Average cost of a 48-hour travel card: £5.16

Average cost of a top museum: £4.30

Average cost for a two-night hotel room for two: £79

5. Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest, a city bursting with architectural riches and show-stopping scenery, promises to beguile and delight all who visit her. Drink excellent Hungarian wine as you soak in the ambience of Budapest's hazy pavement cafes, squares and gardens. Head to the many magnificent bridges to drink in the cityscape. And don't forget to spend some time kicking back in one of the Hungarian capital's world-famous hot springs.

Estimated cost for a two-night break: £156.82

Average cost of a cup of coffee: £1.66

Average cost of a glass of wine: £3.63

Average cost of a meal for two: £34.80

Average cost of a 48-hour travel card: £9.99

Average cost of a top museum: £4.84

Average cost for a two-night hotel room for two: £68

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