The top 5 city breaks in Europe
European city breaks are more popular than ever, attracting record-breaking numbers of visitors in 2016.
Five of the most popular city breaks in Europe include:
If you like a tipple, you will love Dublin. Temple Bar is one of the best places to visit in the city, and cobbled streets, stylish bars, cafés, art galleries and old street scenes mingle with cultural attractions, and some of the best Irish pubs in town. If you are a fan of the black stuff, make sure you visit one of the local taverns, often with live Irish music in the evenings. For some history and culture, take a trip to Dublin Castle, where you can wander freely around and enjoy the beautiful interior and gardens. The city can easily be explored on foot, and the excellent pub food, including Irish stew, will fill you up without breaking the bank.
Paris is an all-time favourite when it comes to weekend breaks, and the moment you step foot in the city, you will feel the vibrant atmosphere and the sense of timelessness. The world famous Eiffel Tower is a must-see sight for all visitors, as is Napoleon´s L´Arc de Triomphe. If you want to explore the green areas of the city take a trip to the Jardin des Tuileries and Le Jardin du Luxembourg, which are both stunning. The grandeur and opulence of Paris will stay with you for a long time after you leave, and this stylish city is also a food lover´s paradise.
Rome is a fascinating city offering visitors a wealth of historical buildings and monuments, including the amazing Pantheon and Colosseum. The Pantheon looks today almost the same as it did 2,000 years ago, including the marble floors which the Romans walked on. Visit the Roman Forum where Caesar once trod the hallowed cobbles, take a tour of the Vatican City with the help of a knowledgeable tour guide, and see the maze of museums and St. Peter´s Basilica. Even if you´re not a Catholic, you won´t fail to be impressed by Vatican City, which is made all the more interesting if understand what you are looking at. Take a trip to the Colosseum, which is the largest remaining Roman amphitheatre in the world.
Take a trip to Wenceslas Square, which is the largest square in the city, and illustrates much of Prague´s fascinating history, including the Nazi occupation and the communist takeover. The square is now home to shops, cafés and the Museum of Natural History. Prague Castle is also worth a visit, as is Charles Bridge, which spans the Vltava River. Flanked by a series of giant stone statues, the bridge represents religious figures and icons, some of which bring luck to whoever touches them. Prague Cathedral is a beautiful example of Gothic Architecture.
Barcelona is one of Europe´s most popular destinations for a city break, and it enjoys a superb location on the Mediterranean. The vibrant street life along Las Ramblas, probably the people-watching capital of the world, attracts thousands of visitors every year with its street entertainers and flower sellers, and the city is well known for its fabulous food, its Gaudi architecture and its world famous football club. Montjuic is perfect for a stroll, and offers stunning views over the city. Make sure you visit the Sagrada Familia, the incredible cathedral, designed by Gaudi, which looks as though melting wax is dripping down its turrets and facades.
If you are planning a city break, make sure you book a guided gastronomic tour, a city tour, a cultural tour or an adventure tour to make the most of your stay.