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City breaks

Who doesn't love a city break? Inexpensive and accessible enough to allow most of us to fit around our annual holiday plans, these quick breaks transports us into the heart of another culture. Europe is bursting with city break destinations. Italy alone boasts some of the most popular city break destinations in the world. With Europe on our doorstep and just an hour or two away by plane and train, we are spoilt for choice. Choose from classic city destinations such as Paris, Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Madrid, and Nice. For something a little different, try Scandinavia and Eastern Europe with cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Krakow and Prague.

For a more exotic city break, head to Marrakech or the glittering and glamourous Dubai - one of the most luxurious places in the world. This cosmopolitan city is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, where world-class shopping, luxurious hotels, Eastern-influenced food and traditional souks make it the ideal place to stay. An increasingly popular alternative is nearby Abu Dhabi.

Enjoy an American city break in New YorkLas Vegas, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Experience the diverse cultures of New York City and its overpowering energy - you will want to explore every avenue. Or stay in a themed hotel in the glittering oasis of Las Vegas. Make the most of the gambling tables to the white-knuckle rides in this casino in the desert. San Francisco and LA have long been global cultural hubs and are must-see destinations. 

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Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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11th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Barcelona, getting off the beaten track

Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist city destinations in the world. Its streets are always full of people, regardless of the season. It is a favourite city break destination for British tourists: famous because of its good weather, its delicious Mediterranean food and its spectacular architecture – cradle of artists as important as Gaudí. But Barcelona is much more than a simple tourist city. Probably, most of you already know the typical and always crowded tourist streets,...

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4th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Getting around Amsterdam

One of the surprising things for the first-time visitor that separates Amsterdam from other European cities is the fact that the central areas see very little in the way of traffic congestion simply because cars are not very practical in a city that is crisscrossed by numerous canals. Because of this many visitors find it more practical to walk around the relatively small tourist areas of this city.Amsterdam on footWalking in Amsterdam is a very pleasant experience allowing you to take in all...

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19th April 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Berlin travel tips

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is one of the most exciting cities in Europe and it’s featured in our best cities to visit in Europe post. It’s my personal favourite European travel destination Berlin’s got everything: fascinating museums, lots of tasty food, interesting locals and of course, the legacy of a truly up and down history. I’ve collated the best things to do in Berlin, written by members of the Europe a la Carte blogging team to help you plan your trip to the German...

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20th January 2021 by Hand Luggage Only

12 best things to do in Bologna, Italy

Nestled within the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, the historic city of Bologna is a total gem to visit when exploring some of Italy’s best cities. Not only that, there’s a whole heap of history that dates back centuries within the city. Which, all means that there’s a huge mix of incredible and bags of the best things to do in Bologna dotted all over the city. Of course, Bologna is a city break in its own right, but it’s also really easy to visit as part of a wider trip to some of...

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21st January 2021 by Emily Luxton

7 reasons Murcia is the perfect city break for 2021

A few years ago, I visited Murcia – a gorgeous city in the south-east of Spain – and instantly fell for its peaceful, leafy streets and eclectic old town centre. Murcia is a perfect city break destination for people who don’t usually enjoy cities. The historic centre, with its tranquil streets and incredible architecture, has the feel of a small town. And the surrounding landscapes make for some brilliant day trips to enjoy the region’s coast or countryside....

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29th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

A winter break at the Christmas Market in Bath

Many people make a trip to see the Christmas Markets of Germany and Eastern Europe at this time of year - think Cologne and Prague -  but if you live in the UK or are more nervous of overseas travel post-Covid, many cities are now hosting similar markets to get people in the Christmas spirit. In the West Country, one of the best known is the Bath Christmas Market held in the square outside picturesque Bath Abbey, which I visited this week.In the main square and the smaller...

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23rd May 2019 by Rachel Nicole

Four places to visit in London for a relaxing afternoon

Relaxing and London isn’t two words you would usually put together. However, it is possible to chill out and relax amongst all the hustle and bustle of the capital city. After a couple of days in London, I usually find myself needing a few days to recover but if you slow down and take some time for yourself, your break to London could be a relaxing one. You don’t have to spend your time rushing about when you could be relaxing in a luxury spa, chilling out in London’s parks or enjoying a...