City Breaks With A
Explore new cultures at five city break
Whether you’re planning a romantic surprise, or you’re eager to broaden your
horizons, city breaks are always a good idea. If you’ve already ticked off the perennial list-toppers, why not try
a destination with a difference this year? Here are some ideas to get you thinking.
making serious strides in the tourism stakes, but it’s still a relatively undiscovered gem. Head to Reykjavik now
to beat the crowds and enjoy some of the most incredible scenery on earth. Bob around in the tranquil Blue Lagoon.
Try your hand at adventure sports, such as caving and glacier walking. Get your pulse racing on a snowmobiling
trip. Hire a car and drive around the Golden Circle. Meet the locals and hear all about the fascinating folklore.
Stock up on wooly jumpers and quirky crafts by day and join the party after dark.
|Postcard-like views of Reykjavik city and
Iceland (Image by Pixabay.com)
A fascinating feast for the senses, Marrakech is a marvellous mixture of hustle
and bustle and tranquil oasis. Live in the lap of luxury in Morocco and
hire a riad. Enjoy traditional tea and brave the night markets. Head out into the Atlas Mountains to escape the
crowds and enjoy panoramic views of the golden desert sands. Ride a camel, hike up a mountain and relax with a
Turkish bath at the end of the day. Embrace the vivid colours of the vibrant souks and don’t leave without
treating yourself to a few souvenirs.
|Traditional Moroccan souk lamps at a Marrakech
market (Image by Pixabay.com)
If you love the history and splendour of Rome and Athens, make Malta your next
destination. Set above the historic port, Valletta is a majestic city. Think ancient walls, an array of statues and
awe-inspiring architecture. The Maltese capital was built in the 16th century and offers an intriguing insight into
years gone by. Stay a few days and take advantage of the sunny climes and clear azure waters. If you have time, take the short ferry trip over to the island of
|If you enjoy historical destinations, Malta's capital
Valletta should be
an intriguing location. (Image by Pixabay.com)
Slovenia’s capital has emerged as one of the most exciting new city break destinations in Europe. Visit the Old Town to see the domineering castle and a handful of beautifully preserved
churches. Enjoy a leisurely wander through the cobbled streets. When you’ve worked up an appetite, sample the
enticing locally-produced cream cakes. Cross the river to do some shopping. You’ll find everything from trendy
independent boutiques to international best-sellers.
|One of most interesting new European city destinations
is Ljubljana city,
the capital of Slovenia. (Image by Pixabay.com)
Most people immediately think of Venice, Florence and Rome when they start
planning Italian city breaks. But Italy has a lot more to offer. Bologna is an exciting city, which offers a blend
of antiquated culture and tradition
and youthful exuberance. There’s a large student population, and you’ll find all kinds of live gigs and
late-night entertainment. Check out the weekly organic market, or put your feet up and leave it to the experts.
Bologna boasts some of Italy’s finest trattorias.
|For an antiquated culture and rich history, you will
find Italy's Bologna city
just the ticket. (Image by Pixabay.com)
City breaks are a great way to explore new cultures and combine your sightseeing with
shopping, dining and chilling out. If you’re eager to think outside the box for your next break, look no