There’s nothing quite like spending a weekend wandering through hidden backstreets, uncovering fascinating history and exploring the unique culture of a new city. If you’re looking to get away from it all on a European city break in 2019, here are three destinations that should definitely be on your shortlist…
Dubrovnik is surely one of the most enchanting and unique cities in the world. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, this magnificent walled city will instantly captivate you with its beautiful limestone streets and stunning Baroque architecture set against the shimmering backdrop of the Adriatic.
Spend time wandering through the charming Old Town and you’ll be instantly drawn by the impressive buildings and elegant Baroque churches, with numerous hidden alleyways that are sure to pique your interest and encourage you to take a detour. Of course, no visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without taking a walk along the ancient city walls, which have protected the capital for centuries and are arguably the finest in the entire world. As you wander the walls and take in the stunning views over the Old Town, you’ll notice that many of the buildings sport bright new terracotta roofs – a reminder of the extensive renovations that had to be carried out following the shelling and the siege of Dubrovnik in December 1991.
The Hungarian capital really does offer something for everyone. Unique history and flamboyant architecture meet a vibrant nightlife and thriving arts scene, with many describing it as “the Paris of Eastern Europe.” There’s plenty to keep you entertained and an enchanting atmosphere that will surely draw you in again and again.
At the heart of Budapest is the beautiful Danube, a river that effectively splits the city in half. To the west is Buda, a city with colourful architecture built along leafy hills that hide many natural springs. Here you’ll find the Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle, two of the city’s most popular attractions. Cross the Chain Bridge to the east and you’ll find yourself in Pest, which is home to the National Museum and Jewish Quarter, as well as exceptional shopping options and vibrant nightlife.
Rome has long been established as one of Europe’s premier city break destinations. It has a rich history and has done more to shape Europe than almost any other city. Attractions such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica continue to draw thousands of visitors each year.
While no visit to Rome would be complete without sampling the aforementioned sights, there is so much more to this fascinating city. Take the time to explore some of the less famous but mightily impressive churches, archaeological sites and piazzas that are dotted around Rome, before getting lost down enchanting cobbled lanes and been drawn by the aroma of delicious food being cooked up by expert Italian chefs in the city’s many restaurants.
Making the most of your city break
Before you go, make an itinerary of the main things you want to see and do. This way you can be sure of fitting everything in and making the most of each day you are there. Before heading to the airport, make sure you have all your relevant travel documents in place and that you have packed appropriately for your trip. If you’re heading away with the family, make sure you have something to keep the little ones entertained on the journey, and don’t forget family essentials like healthy snacks (such as nuts) and games to keep them happy.