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Europe’s best-value-for-money city has a vibrant culinary scene and rich history

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Travellers looking for a city break that won’t break the bank are in luck, as the best-value European destinations have been revealed.

Summer is coming up, and many European cities have great cultural and culinary wonders to be discovered for pretty cheap.

However, one in particular stands out as the most affordable destination, with decently priced meals and tourist attractions.

According to data collected by The Post Office for the city costs barometer across 37 European cities, the capital of Lithuania has outpaced Lisbon, the previous year’s winner.

The Post Office noted that the pound has strengthened over the past year, helping to maintain stable living costs in many of the nations it surveyed.

The research used April exchange rates to determine the typical cost of various expenses, including two nights’ accommodation at a three-star hotel over the weekend, dinner for two, a selection of drinks, sightseeing fees, and transportation within the city.

The cost for a trip to Vilnius was estimated at £237, making it a relatively affordable destination.

In contrast, Amsterdam emerged as the most expensive city in the study, with a typical cost of £669.

However, The Post Office also identified other locations where tourists might find better value for their money.

Vilnius Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and charming squares.

The main square of Vilnius, Cathedral Square, is dominated by the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral and the bell tower, an iconic symbol of the city, along with the main thoroughfare of Vilnius, Gediminas Avenue, which is lined with landmarks such as the National Drama Theatre and the Museum of Genocide Victims, as well as shops, cafes and restaurants.

In Vilnius’ culinary venues, visitors can savour traditional Lithuanian dishes such as cepelinai (potato dumplings), šaltibarščiai (cold beet soup), and kugelis (potato pudding), as well as international cuisine.

Peronas is located in a former train station and offers a unique atmosphere with outdoor seating and live music. It’s known for its wide selection of craft beers and cocktails.

A must-visit for beer lovers is Alaus Biblioteka, which translates to “Beer Library” and offers over 250 types of beer from Lithuania and around the world.

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