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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. 

Current city break deals

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Lisbon & Porto twin escape w/flights & breakfast
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4-nights • November

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3-night 4* Venice city break w/Gondola tour
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3-night Iceland escape w/flights & Northern Lights tour
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Sorrento: deluxe all-inc week w/flights, save 29%
£932pp

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Trendy Lisbon city break
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3-nights • May

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4* Lake Como week
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Rome: 3 nights + flights
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Corfu: luxury half-board week w/flights
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Sorrento: luxury half-board week w/flights, save 26%
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Venice Lagoon: luxury 5* week w/breakfast & flts
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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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24th August 2020 by Bemused Backpacker

A 48 hour city break in Manchester

If you are looking for a UK city break then Manchester is an ideal choice. This industrial cog of a city is epitomised by the worker bee and nothing could be more apt for the city that constantly works to revitalise itself. With a strong industrial heritage and a modern cosmopolitan sheen, you are spoilt for choice for things to see and do in Manchester. Here is your guide to spening 48 hours in Manchester on a short city break....

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18th May 2022 by Italian Trip Abroad

How to spend a perfect weekend in Porto | Plan your next Porto City Break

If you wish to enjoy a mixture of rich history and a modernised city, a weekend in Porto is perfect for you! It is geographically located at the mouth of the Douro River in Northern Portugal. The city’s rich cultural history is evident in its architecture and culture. Meanwhile, Porto is also a modern city with plenty of nightlife and restaurants to enjoy. So if you’re looking for a Porto City break, there are plenty of things to see and do. So we decided to take a weekend break in Porto,...

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3rd September 2020 by Bemused Backpacker

Fall in love with Liverpool on a 48 hour city break

Whether you are a traveller looking for a unique UK city break or you are from closer to home and are looking for a staycation destination, there is no place on Earth quite like Liverpool! Here is a quick guide on everything to see and do on a 48 hour city break in Liverpool because there is so much I guarantee you will instantly fall in love with this great city!...

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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...