5 European destinations made for students

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The summer break is almost upon us, and for people of all ages and from all walks of life, thoughts will no doubt be focused on which activities they’ll be partaking in during the summer months. As well as giving you the time to get a head start on future plans, summer is a popular season to travel to both short and long haul destinations. With Europe just a hop, skip, and a jump over the English Channel and flights to the mainland cheaper than ever, you can understand why tourism across European destinations rose by 8% last year.

For students in particular, Europe provides the variety, excitement, and budget friendliness needed to explore a little further afield. Planning a Eurotrip this summer? Make sure the following top, student friendly destinations are included in your itinerary.


A fascinating city with an equally captivating history, Berlin offers great things to do and to see. You may be surprised to hear that it’s not just the German city’s past that gets millions of tourists visiting each year. Its thriving technology scene has transformed Berlin into a mecca for start-ups and students.


Despite being the capital city of Tuscany, Florence is often overlooked by those looking to visit Italy in favour of cities like Rome, Venice, Milan, and Naples. Home to world class art and gourmet cuisine, Florence is a must visit for students who are interested in Italian culture at its most authentic.

Florence is not only swarming with art galleries – you’ll find the works of Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci here – its vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene provides a memorable experience long after the sun has set. Its markets are also renowned as Girl in Florence describes:

“Whether you love to browse antique goods or prefer organic produce, we have plenty and they are the lifeblood of the city, still. My personal favorites is the flea/antique market at Cascine park every third weekend in piazza vittorio veneto, and that same weekend, and an organic food market in piazza santo spirito. You can pick up seasonal produce, essential oils, aged parmesan and more! This doesn’t even include all of the spontaneous markets that pop-up any given month for a variety of festivals.”


As one of the oldest cities in Poland, it’s Kraków’s exquisite architecture that first hits you upon arrival. Its low prices, particularly when compared to other destinations in France and Spain, are another thing that will be appreciated by students travelling on a budget. Kraków is home to many great and eye opening experiences, just ask the CCSS students who travelled there on our recent Kraków and Wieliczka trip.


An insight into the Catalan culture shouldn’t be missed, and the best place to explore just that is on the coast of the region in Barcelona. A vibrant and lively city, Barcelona may not be the cheapest place to visit but can be explored extensively, even on a budget. Dine at the city’s many pintxo bars, explore one of the many major works of Gaudí by visiting Park Güell, and live like a local by shopping on La Rambla.


Home to legends, a long and exciting history, and a more modern, extremely hip café culture, Athens is considered the historical capital of Europe and is therefore a must-visit. June to August also sees a number of festivals take place throughout the city meaning several fascinating events to explore for visitors and locals alike.

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