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Ten Affordable Luxury Destinations for Autumn

18/09/2014 17:03 BST | Updated 18/11/2014 10:59 GMT

Looking for an affordable yet luxurious hotel stay in Europe this autumn? Based on the prices of four and five star hotels, these 10 destinations offer excellent value for money and won't break the bank. Ranging from the mountains of Andorra to the shores of the Albanian Riviera, these hidden gems are slightly off the beaten track and perfect for an autumn getaway.

1) Bansko, Bulgaria

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Source: Ramón, Flickr

Located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains in Southwestern Bulgaria, Bansko is growing in popularity as both a summer and winter destination. Highlights include hiking (or skiing) in the mountains or visiting the thermal mineral springs in nearby Banya.

2) Saranda, Albania

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Source: Michael Button, Flickr

The heart of the Albanian Riviera, Saranda is an important town and tourist resort on the Ionian coast. Located less than 10 miles from Corfu, Saranda shares the same hot Mediterranean climate. Just outside the city you'll find the ruins of the Roman city of Butrint - now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

3) Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

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Another UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Ohrid lies on the shores of the beautiful lake Ohrid in Southern Macedonia. Known as the Balkan Jerusalem for its religious significance, the town is home to many beautiful ancient churches. The city's picturesque old town is influenced by years of Ottoman rule.

4) Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Source: Dennis Jarvis, Flickr

Bulgaria's second-biggest city, Plovdiv is a bustling Balkan metropolis. Famed for its surviving Roman architecture, including the largely intact Roman theatre, Plovdiv is great choice for anyone looking for a historic city break off the beaten track.

5) Murcia, Spain

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Source: Shaun Dunphy, Flickr

Found in the South-East of Spain, Murcia is a charming city in a great location. Known as the 'Orchard of Europe', the surrounding area produces a lot of fruit - and the city itself is less than an hour from the beach. The city's most famous landmark is the beautiful Cathedral of Murcia.

6) Braga, Portugal

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Source: Arian Zwegers, Flickr

Portugal's largest inland city, Braga is a lively student town with a lot of history. An important settlement since the Roman times, the city boasts a number of ancient buildings from different eras, including the remnants of a castle.

7) Timișoara, Romania

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Source: Panoramas, Flickr

Regarded as the capital of Western Romania, Timişoara is known for its culture and the arts. One of the region's most multicultural cities, Timişoara is close to country borders with both Serbia and Hungary and boasts surviving architecture from the Austrian Empire, giving the city a unique feel.

8) Zaragoza, Spain

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Source: Marc, Flickr

Found in Spain's northern Aragon region, the city of Zaragoza is known for its unique Islamic Mudejar architecture, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Landmarks in the city include the Basilica-Cathedral of our Lady of the Pillar, the Puente de Piedra bridge and the city's Roman ruins.

9) Les Escaldes, Andorra

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Source: Maria Rosa Ferre, Flickr

Not far from this tiny mountain country's capital, Les Escaldes is an area known for its hot springs - some of which are as warm as 66°C. As such, the area is home to many spas and wellness centres.

10) Pilsen/Plzen, Czech Republic

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Source: Andrew Crump, Flickr

European Capital of Culture for 2015, Plzen is a historic centre in Western Bohemia. Highlights of a visit to the city include the Gothic St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, the Grand Synagogue, as well as the city's expansive network of underground tunnels and cellars, which can be explored by tourists.