Venice on a budget

Venice is undoubtedly beautiful, romantic and generally a brilliant place to be but is not considered by many to be a budget destination. However, combine cheap flights, cheap accommodation and free activities and you can have a short stay holiday for practically pennies.

First the flights. This morning opodo were offering flights from London for £25 each. Easy jet goes for about £50 as a regular starting price, so it might be that getting from your home to the departure airport could be the most expensive element of the journey.

Once in Venice, the water busses go everywhere, including the island of Giudecca, where a fantastically swish hostel has opened, offering private rooms from 18 Euros per night. “The Generator” is as the name implies built in the shell of an old power station, but don’t let that put you off. It has a funky charm, is well kept and is perfectly positioned for exploring the islands.

While you are in Venice, just wander. Get lost, enjoy the beauty of the streets, canals and churches. Don’t miss the churches. The interiors are full to bursting with Renaissance masterpieces. Instead of a sightseeing tour, hop on the Vaporetto (water bus) that goes around the island and right up the middle of the grand canal. A spectacular way to see the city for a pittance.

Eating also gets cheaper as soon as you leave the central tourist area around St Mark’s square, so what are you waiting for. Book a cultural, romantic short break in Venice and it really doesn’t have to cost a lot.