With global Google searches for ‘European city breaks’ increasing by 100 percent in the past month, Uswitch.com/mortgages were curious to uncover which world famous landmarks have the cheapest Airbnb’s within walking distance. By analysing 45,573 Airbnb listings and 2,5 million user ratings, Uswitch.com/mortgages can now reveal all.
This research is part of a wider study into the global landmarks with the cheapest Airbnb options. The European landmark with the cheapest Airbnb options less than a 30-minute walk away is the ancient ruins of Pompeii. A stay in proximity to the city demolished by volcanic ash in 79 AD is the cheapest in Europe and the fourth cheapest in the world at EUR56,60 per night. This makes it 58 percent more affordable than a stay near the Spanish Steps in Rome (EUR135.22), and 83 percent cheaper than the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles (EUR555.50).
Athens’ Acropolis is the second cheapest European landmark to stay in proximity to, averaging just EUR66.47 a night. The Airbnbs surrounding this ancient landmark have been ranked the best in the world, thanks to their low price and high Airbnb rating (4.82/5), which considers guest reviews and accommodation amenities.
Spain’s Alhambra, situated in the city of Granada comes in third. Recently crowned one of the world’s most Instagrammable castles by chartered surveyors Stokemont, the palace has the sixth highest amount of Airbnb's situated within a 2 km radius, with a total of 628. The average price is just two percent more than a stay near the Acropolis (Greece), at just EUR67.82 per night.
Rome’s Colosseum is in fourth place. With over 1.5 million hashtags on Instagram, it is Italy’s most snapped landmark, and a stay nearby will only set you back EUR82.43. For those who wish to join others in uploading their pictures to Instagram, 98% of the 662 Airbnb options close to this ancient gladiatorial theatre offer WiFi - over double the amount that Pompeii offers (325).
The world-famous Taj Mahal is the landmark with the cheapest Airbnb options within a 2 km radius. Situated within the city of Agra, India, the cost to stay a night in the surrounding area of the Islamic Mosque and tomb is EUR29,61- 94 percent cheaper than an Airbnb within the same walking distance of the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles (ERUR555.50) in last place. However, when it comes to the quality of the accommodations, the 53 listings near the Taj Mahal placed sixth from the bottom, with an average Airbnb rating of 4.61/5.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World comes in second place: the Giza Pyramid Complex in Egypt. A stay near this Cairo landmark will only set you back EUR39,13 per night. Those who can’t disconnect when travelling will be spoilt for choice for a stay close to these ancient ruins, as 93 percent of the 122 listings offer WiFi - over two times more than the listings offering WiFi in proximity to Christ the Redeemer, Brazil (49/52).