Do you want to get away this summer but fancy something a bit different to the usual beach holiday? City breaks are a great way to experience a new culture and spend some time away from home but with more than 500 major cities in Europe, the toughest decision is knowing where to go.
Here we take three of the most popular Superbreak city breaks and discuss what there is to see and do as well as when is best to go.
Italy’s capital city is one of the most important cities in Europe, as its 3,000 year history has helped build the world we know today. Historical sites and landmarks are everywhere, from the Colosseum to the Vatican City and Sistine Chapel. However, if you fancy doing something else, relax in the gardens of Villa Borghese or amble around one of the many vintage markets.
You can explore Rome at just about any time of the year but spring and autumn are the peak tourist seasons. The summer is surprisingly quiet because of the hot weather and the fact locals migrate to the beach.
Another city that deserves its name in the history book is Athens. Often thought of as the birthplace of Western civilisation, Athens is a city packed with history and culture; from the Temple of Athena Nike and the Theatre of Dionysus to Panathenaic Stadium – the home of the Olympics.
You can also spend your evenings taking in the sights, sampling the cuisine and wandering around the fantastic food markets.
If you can endure the hot weather visit at the height of summer,but spring and autumn tend to be more popular because of the cooler temperatures – don’t worry though, you’ll still be able to enjoy a little sunshine.
Paris, also known as the city of love, romance or lights, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You’ll be able to see some iconic landmarks, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, as well as explore the city landscape. Whether you want to wine and dine a loved one or explore the arts scene, there is plenty to see and do.
The summer is one of the best times to visit Paris but expect very different atmospheres depending on the time of year. The city has a local flavour in May, June and July but as you get deeper into August, the Parisians will be replaced by tourists from all over the world.