Top 5 Destinations For a European City Break

If you’re dreaming of sandy beaches but have few holiday days left at your disposal, consider a long weekend away in a European city. With a whole continent in mind, where should you begin? Have a look at our top five city breaks in Europe.

Barcelona, Spain

Best known for its impeccable architecture, Barcelona is a fantastic destination for art, food, and nightlife. If you just want a place to top up your sun tan, then there are gorgeous, golden beaches all along the Mediterranean Sea.

Take a walk through Las Ramblas; a boardwalk packed with tarot readers and street artists. At the end you come to Le Boqueria: a fantastic food market. If this all gets too hectic for you, seek refuge on one of Barcelona’s beaches, including Platja de la Nova Icaria – the must-be place for the beautiful people (like yourself!).

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sprawled along the Adriatic Coast, you will find Dubrovnik, with its marble streets and stone churches. The sea is a beautiful blue, lapping at the city walls that date back to the 13th century. White sand beaches give you a chance to take in the charming medieval walls, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can take a kayaking tour around the city.

Naples, Italy

Naples certainly offers you a variety of attractions, with its volcanic backdrop and beautiful, sand beaches. From days spent shopping to hiking up Mount Vesuvius, you’ll always find yourself with something to do.

Naples is a city dedicated to pizza, so grab your travel money and don’t forget to sample a few slices of their signature dish. Of course, another thing Naples is famous for are the ruins of Pompeii, so history lovers should take this opportunity to visit the site.

If you, like many people, have gone to Italy in search of love, take a walk down the Lungomare promenade and check out the padlocks attached to poles, inscribed with the initials of couples.

Nice, France

A mere 2 hour flight from London city, Nice has big beach life, Roman ruins, and cultural escapades. Walk through the city and take-in the lines of flower sellers; check out the many art museums and catch works by Monet and Warhol.

If you like to party, Nice offers a wide range of clubs, bars, and DJs, whether your tastes run to jazz or Latin – Nice has it all! Free pebble beaches are perfect for a few hours of chilling out.

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Venice, Italy

Goodness knows how Venice seems to float on the water – it seems like it is held up by some sort of magic! Experience the wonder for yourself and visit Venice Lido: a 11km long island, minutes away from St Mark’s Square. Whilst bewildered tourists get lost in the warrens of the great city, you can relax on sandy beaches.

Visiting the city itself is breathtaking, with mysterious alleys and canals full of gondolas. Italy wouldn’t be Italy without lots of cultural attractions available, so go explore the restaurants and waterways of Venice and see what you can find!

Zoe writes for So Switch to help other save money when booking holidays, paying bills and choosing credit cards. She is enthusiastic about showing others how to save money in all areas of life. Tweet your thoughts on this article to @bloggingstyle.

 

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