The half-term holidays are nearing an end and there’s not much time left to book a luxurious beach holiday but that shouldn’t stop you from getting away and trying somewhere new, even if it is only for a few days.
The rise in European city break escapes is increasingly becoming more and more popular, mainly due to value and convenience and a few days away might be all you need to recoup ahead of the new school year.
Last minute inspiration – which European cities to visit
A city break can offer everything you’re looking for when travelling, from embracing local cultures and cuisines to seeing what’s on with local events. Whether it’s to relax or just experience something new, a city break is a great solution for those looking for a quick and easy getaway.
Many European cities are amongst the world’s safest and most interesting places to visit and as such they have become major tourist hotspots. Typically, these cities boast a richness of history and culture, as well as some stunning architecture and outstanding natural beauty.
5. Prague, Czech Republic – 8.55 million visitors
Prague is one of the fastest growing destinations for tourists and travellers looking for a short break that’s bursting with history. Ranked as Europe’s fifth most popular city, the capital of the Czech Republic served as the seat for many Roman Emperors and the historic centre has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. When visiting, take a stroll across the Charles Bridge and visit Prague’s astronomical clock, the oldest working one of its kind. Check out Prague castle and witness stunning nighttime views of the old town below, including St Vitus Cathedral.
4. Istanbul, Turkey – 8.64 million visitors
Often mistaken for the capital of Turkey, Istanbul straddles the borders of both Asia and Europe. The dome of the Hagia Sophia can be seen across the skyline of Istanbul and is a must-see attraction when visiting. Immerse yourself in the local culture and take a trip to local markets and try authentic cuisine or visit the historic and world-famous Blue Mosque which attractions thousands of tourists each year.
3. Rome, Italy – 9.57 million visitors
Ancient ruins populate Italy’s capital which is brimming with history, culture and stunning architecture. Take in the sites of the home of the Roman Empire and discover the mighty Colosseum, home to some of history’s greatest gladiators. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain or witness the headquarters of the Catholic Church in the Vatican City, where the Sistine Chapel awaits.
2. Paris, France – 14.26 million visitors
The city of love is known for its art history, cafe culture and designer boutiques as well as its historic monuments which line the streets, including the Arc de Triomphe, which sits at the end of the world-famous Champs-Élysées. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum, or let your imagination run wild at Disneyland Paris. Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower, where you get a stunning view of the French capital from above.
1. London, England – 19.84 million visitors
Keep it close to home with a staycation in London, Europe’s most visited city and visit some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Take a trip to the London Dungeon and go back in time or venture under the ocean at Sea Life London and discover amazing marine life. The world’s most visited city has acted as the historical and political heart of England’s vast history and is perfect for a city break.
You can always plan ahead and prepare for your summer term break, but taking advantage of the here and now whilst you have the time off is well worth considering. Leading travel firms such as jet2CityBreaks and Hotels.com are on hand to make that last minute getaway happen, and with great city break discounts for teachers and education staff, there’s no better time to visit somewhere new before the new school year starts.
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