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Top 5 Christmas markets in Europe
Purple Pick: The Best Ruin Bars Budapest
In pictures: Europes cheapest cities
Purple 10: Badass Hotel Waterslides
New Years Resolution, holiday for less

Top 5 Christmas markets in Europe

Christmas is coming and along with all the cosiness there is also the dreaded Christmas shop. Give something different this year and give yourself a present at the same time. Why not head off on your travels and stock up on traditional European goods from a foreign christmas market and soak up the incredible atmosphere.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s Christkindlmaerkt is one of the most famous, and long running in Europe and Vienna makes the perfect setting for this European Christmas Market. A lot of effort goes into the magical decorations and atmosphere and it attracts people from all over the world. Held in front of the town hall, visitors flock to Vienna to grab photos with the famous Christmas decorations, listen to the seasonal music, pick up traditional gifts and of course overindulge on sweet chestnuts. The city also offers the chance to see the glorious Schonbrunn and Imperial palaces and to stuff yourself silly with all the great cakes at the coffee houses.

Open: November 17th – December 24th

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Purple Pick: The Best Ruin Bars Budapest

A beer for under £2, a balmy evening and crumbling, atmospheric surroundings. Is this the perfect place ever for a bar? Welcome to the “Ruin Bars” of Budapest. Formerly a semi-legal set up, nowadays the Drinking District is one of the top must-dos on your next city break to Budapest.

Legend has it these bars first came into existence in the early 2000s, when a group of young guys were on the hunt for cheap places to drink and these homemade bars were first brought into existence. This is more or less how it works: derelict buildings are transformed with mismatched chairs. Gardens provide sunny terraces in the summer, with odd bits and pieces doubling up as furniture – one bar has a car instead of a table. Donated art gatecrashes the walls and a healthy dose of cigarette smoke and ten foot tall graffiti stains the walls; this is the real deal.

There’s a real community spirit around the Ruin Bars and the patrons range from retirees stopping by for a coffee, to university students on the hunt for a great bar. Here’s our pick of the best ruin bars Budapest. If you’ve got any more suggestions, we’d love to hear them in comments!

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In pictures: Europes cheapest cities

Purple 10: Europe’s cheapest cities… as tracked by the European Backpacker Index

It’s official,  the list of Europes cheapest cities has just been announced. These 10 cities definitely won’t break the bank, and a combo of cheap flights, transport, hotels and things to see and do, mean the likes of Bucharest, Krakow and Zagreb should feature for your next city break.


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1. Bucharest, Romania


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Purple 10: Badass Hotel Waterslides

Purple 10 hotel water slides. Looking to impress the kids, while relaxing in a luxury hotel? Look no further than this selection of hotel waterslides – the hotel part for you, the waterslide for the kids!

Hard rock hotel Kuta Bali

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1.       Hard Rock Bali, Kuta, Bali

Being the first Hard Rock hotel in Bali, Kuta beach, this property has been decorated in a 50’ style. Note, that the hotel features the biggest swimming pool all over Bali, 22 suites and a wide selection of waterslides to keep youngsters busy!


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2.       Atlantis, The Palm- Dubai, UAE

Arm yourself with courage in case you wish to try a high-speed drive in the infamous “Poseidon’s Tower” waterslide, diving 9 floors down ending up in an underwater aquarium-tube with sharks and stingrays.

orlando mariott

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New Years Resolution, holiday for less

If you’ve made a resolution to spend a little less money this year then listen up. Here are the 21 cheapest places to holiday, according to blogger and all round travel whiz kid, Tim Leffel.

After travelling around the world with his wife three times, on a tiny budget, he’s put together some advice on where to have a holiday with more bang for your buck. His new book is set to be released in a few weeks, but here is a sneak preview of where you should be thinking of holiday this year. Let us know if you think there’s any place missing!

 21 cheapest holiday destinations


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1. Thailand
2. Cambodia
3. Indonesia
4. Malyasia
5. Laos
6. Vietnam
7. India
8. Nepal
9. Morocco
10. Egypt
11. Jordan
12. Slovakia
13. Bulgaria
14. Hungary
15. Romania
16. Guatemala
17. Nicaragua
18. Bolivia
19. Peru
20. Ecuador
21. Honduras

Find the best cheap holidays to destinations all over the world from PurpleTravel.co.uk.

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