Looking for city breaks in Europe? Here are 10 city break ideas that will make for the perfect weekend away.
One of the things I love the most is going on city breaks – from the classic 2-night city break to the perfect 3-night longer weekend. And with short flight times from the UK (the longest I am suggesting is only 2h30), it really makes it a breeze.
I have gathered 10 of my favourite European weekend break blog posts – some are older than others, but as you know, I am all about the timeless classics. I hope you enjoy this selection which will make for really lovely European weekends away.
Sevilla is one of my favourite Spanish cities and it really makes for the perfect weekend break. With more direct flights from the UK than ever, it lends itself to a perfect 3-night break. The weather is amazing (I remember going in November and enjoying 20c temperatures) and very pleasant to the eye.
Must do: go on a private food tour with Shawn.
I recently returned to Florence after 10 years and had a fantastic 3-night weekend. We chose to stay outside the city centre (which added to that ‘holiday’ feel) and believe it or not, we avoided most of the crowds whilst visiting in relatively high season. The food wasn’t bad either 😉
Must do: book a ‘beat the crowds’ early access tour to the Accademia.
Lisbon is my hometown and I actually never get to go on the perfect city break – because of all the friends and family I need to see. But I actually almost want to go back in secret and enjoy a perfect weekend break in Portugal’s capital. I would say that a 2-night city break in Lisbon would give you a good taste for what else you could visit next time.
Must do: get to the top of the Rua Augusta Arch for amazing views.
One of my favourite UK destinations, Bath is perfect for a visit any time of the year. It is only 90 mins by train from London, so easy to add on if you are coming to a London City break. A 2-night city break in Bath would be enough to enjoy the famous baths (one of which you can have all to yourself) and shopping.
Must do: book the Cross Baths.
I have a LOT of love for Madrid, a city I got to call home for a few years. I feel it is underrated when it comes to European city break destinations and I love getting emails from readers saying how much they enjoyed it.
Must do: shop and dine at Salamanca district.
When we chose to spend a weekend in Tallinn, it really was quite the wildcard – and a bet that paid off. We loved the historic city centre and were very surprised by the vibrant Baltic food scene.
Must do: after dinner cocktails at secret bars.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague holds some special memories for us as it is where I first met Mr. O. We went back 10 years later on a city break to actually add some romance to those. Famous for other types of travel, we felt that Prague delivered well for luxury travellers.
Must do: book a Flytographer session because the views can really be amazing.
Paris is the obvious classic European city break destination – and one that gets better every time we visit. I am due a return and very much looking forward to it. The flight from London to Paris is just about an hour and I think I need some more of that Parisian (almost) rudeness in my life right now.
Must do: spend a morning at La Grande Epicerie.
London, United Kingdom
I couldn’t do a round up of my favourite European city breaks without including London – the city that has changed my life not once, but twice. I do not live in London (I live just outside Henley on Thames on the British countryside, an hour from the city centre) but I am in town at least twice a week for work and to play, of course.
Must do: enjoy afternoon tea at one of the classics. And book WAY in advance.
Budapest was one of the best weekend breaks we had in the last couple of years – I stupidly did not know that the city was so pleasant to the eye and how friendly the locals were. I would like to return shortly as the city offers a very good variety of luxury hotels to try.
Must do: visit the ruin bars.
This is another city I did not have a visual for – so everything I was was brand new. With a compact city centre, Oslo was very walkable and came with unexpected delights as fresh seafood and waffles. And gin.
Must do: walk the rooftop of the Opera House.
How to book your next European city break:
- British Airways offers very good flight + hotel packages – and sometimes the hotel adding the hotel together with the flight offers significant savings (the best one I had was in Lisbon, where my hotel came to 3 Euros per night.. including breakfast).
Have a great weekend and check out my travel hacks to make it even easier.
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