Best City Breaks in Europe
Looking for the best city breaks in Europe, the best places in Europe for a weekend getaway, a romantic getaway, a shopping city break or a cultural city break? Here is your list of the 10 best destinations for a City Break in Europe.
Choose between a green capital like Ljubljana, which you voted the best city break in Europe, a fashion capital like Paris, a Christmas capital like Riga and its illuminations ranked among the most beautiful in Europe or cultural and sunny destinations like Madrid, Florence, Malaga, San Sebastian, Lisbon or Copenhagen the capital of slow fashion and gastronomy.
You voted it the best city break in Europe. Recognized as the Best Green Capital in Europe, rewarded by the European Commission and UNESCO but also by travellers from all over the world who elected it Best European Destination, Ljubljana is definitely THE destination to put at the top of your travel Wishlist in 2023.
A trendy but also safe, welcoming, open-minded, family-friendly, green cultural destination, Ljubljana is the City Break destination that we all dream of visiting. Every street corner will blow up your Instagram account, independent shops, cafes, restaurants with terraces on the waterfront are a place of exchanges, meetings, sharing and discoveries.
Ljubljana is a city for curious and adventurous souls, a treasure trove of exciting secrets and natural joys. The proud green capital of Slovenia invites all vagabonds who are hungry for culture, art, entertainment and large green areas which provide a relaxed atmosphere.
Earlier than other European destinations, Ljubljana opted for a pedestrianized historic centre. Imagine yourself strolling from a trendy boutique to an authentic store, a trendy restaurant or a trendy café all the while accompanied by delightful birdsongs.
Colourful history and natural heritage adorn the great heart of Ljubljana. Your first visit will definitely not be your last. Ljubljana’s authentic charm is most enjoyed by faithful travellers in search of wonderful culture, cuisine and varied city life.
How to get there: Book your flights to Ljubljana.
Where to stay: "Hotel Heritage“ situated in the real heart of Ljubljana.
One of the trendiest capitals in Europe awaits you this year. Come and see for yourself: the thrift stores, independent boutiques, the Tivoli Garden ranked among the best amusement parks in Europe (book your admission ticket here), Copenhagen’s legendary canal with its romantic cruises and of course the "Copenhagen Hidden Gems".
There are a thousand activities and experiences to enjoy in Copenhagen. Feeling hungry? Treat yourself to a "Copenhagen Culinary Experience Tour" and taste the local specialties and find out why Copenhagen is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. Fancy a nice drink? Copenhagen is the centre of Craft Beer! Do you have ants in your pants? Book your tours and activities such as a "From Copenhagen: Lund & Malmö: Guided Tour of 2 Countries in One Day".
Book your flights to Copenhagen, your accommodation in Copenhagen as well as your activities and tours and discover one of the best City break destination in Europe. Do not miss a visit to the "little mermaid".
Where to stay: "Motel One Copenhagen" is an intimate Danish design hotel inspired by the 50's & 60's fashion.
Grumpy people may say “Lisbon is no longer Lisbon”. Not true! Lisbon is as beautiful as it has always been, cosmopolitan, multicultural and simply dazzling. This city built on 7 hills, like Rome, leaves no one indifferent.
Its emblematic monuments such as the Cristo Rei (like in Rio), the "25 de Abril" Bridge (like in San Francisco), the Sao Jorge Castle, the tower of Belèm, the pasteis, the sublime seaside resorts that surround Lisbon such as Cascais and Estoril or the sublime city of Sintra which even seduced Madonna are magnets that attract thousands of travellers.
Book your flights to Lisbon, your accommodation in Lisbon as well as your activities and tours in Lisbon such as a "From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour".
Where to stay: The spectacular "Torel Palace Lisbon" located on a hill in the heart of Lisbon.
The charm of Riga is irresistible. It is probably one of the most beautiful human-sized capitals in Europe. Historically, Riga has always been a crossroads of various nations and cultures, but the aura in this city of more than 600,000 inhabitants is probably the Daugava River and the Gulf of Riga.
The city has always lived in close cooperation with nature and it is still an important part of its residents’ daily lives, with its many public parks, forests, squares, lakes and city canal. Riga has hills and islands as well as beaches. Nesting birds and even beavers call the city home. In addition, considering the relatively compactness of the city, many of its sites are within walking distance: special urban pulse points and green relaxation zones, a dynamic city atmosphere and the romance of rural idylls.
Are you planning to stay in Riga in winter? Do not miss its Christmas market ranked among the Best Christmas Markets in Europe and its Christmas Lights Trail which make Riga one of the Best Christmas Lights destination in Europe.
Where to stay: "Hestia Hotel Jugend" is located in the Art-Nouveau district of Riga.
Perfect for a cultural city break, Florence is also a top pick for a romantic getaway. It is here that you can admire the famous statue of David or Botticelli’s Venus and incredible palaces and monuments, straight out of fairy tales.
Hundreds of cultural, sightseeing and gastronomic activities await you in Florence: indulge in a "From Florence: Day Trip to Pisa & Siena with Lunch", or a "From Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting", and of course, book your "Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo's David" or “Skip-the-Line Guided tour of Uffizi Gallery”.
Where to stay: "Hotel Bernini Palace" set in a 15th-century building, a 5-minute walk from the Ponte-Vecchio.
The Capital of France with its monuments such as the Eiffel Tower ranked among the seven wonders of Europe, its quality events throughout the year such as the Fashion Week and incredible exhibitions in the best museums in Europe, is simply one of the best destinations in Europe for a city break.
Paris is also a prime destination for a cultural city break or a shopping city break with its independent shops and major retailers.
Book your flights and your accommodation at the best price and treat yourself to unique experiences in Paris among hundreds of activities and tours such as a "Paris: 1-Hour River Seine Cruise" or a "Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access" or even your "Disneyland Paris 1-Day Ticket".
Where to stay: The "Hotel Lutetia" in the heart of Paris.
A sunny destination located in Andalusia, Malaga is a perfect place for a sunny city break in Europe. With one of the largest numbers of museums per km2, Malaga is one of the best destinations for a cultural city break in Europe not to mention its sunniest Christmas market in Europe.
Hundreds of activities and unique experiences await you in Malaga such as a "From Malaga: Caminito del Rey: Guided Tour with Bus" or a "Malaga: Sunset Sailing Catamaran Trip With Glass of Cava".
Where to stay: "H10 Croma Málaga" in the heart of Málaga. This hotel provides accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool.
More cultural than ever, more gastronomic and greener, more royal and glamorous too, Madrid is one of the best destinations to visit in Spain and one of the best destinations for a city break in Europe.
You have ranked its palaces among the Best Royal Family Palaces in Europe, its works of art such as Picasso’s Guernica among the most beautiful masterpieces in Europe, its Atocha station as one of the most beautiful in Europe and its Park “ El Retiro” as one of the most beautiful city parks in Europe. Need another reason to visit Madrid this year? In Madrid you will live unique experiences such as a "Live Flamenco Show" or a "Segovia Private Balloon Ride for 2 with Cava and Breakfast".
Where to stay: The "Axel Hotel Madrid - Adults Only" known by its LGBTQ+ atmosphere is hetero-friendly too.
9. San Sebastian
Gastronomic capital of Spain with its many starred restaurants or Pintxos bistros, San Sebastian and its bay "La Concha" (the shell) ranked among the most beautiful bays in Europe, is a perfect destination for a city break combining sun + culture + gastronomy.
With its golden sand beaches, San Sebastian is in addition to a perfect city break destination, a first-choice destination for lazy afternoons or surfing.
San Sebastián is divided into three main areas, each with its own personality, partly reflected in its three magnificent beaches. With the peaceful Ondarreta Beach and the Wind Comb sculpture on one side, the thundering waves of the Zurriola Beach dotted with surfers on the other, and the famous Concha Beach in the centre, each have their own spots much loved by the locals.
Where to stay: The "Maria Cristina", a 5-minute walk from the beach.
European capital of tolerance (one of the only cities in Europe that has pedestrian traffic lights with two boys or two girls), Vienna is a perfect destination for a gay-friendly city break or for families.
During your stay you will visit the sumptuous Palaces of Vienna and live unforgettable experiences such as a "Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training"; book your "Entry Ticket for the Giant Ferris Wheel Ride" or treat yourself to unforgettable day-trips such as a "From Vienna: Day-Trip to Hallstatt".
Where to stay: The "Grand Ferdinand Vienna" in the City Center.
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