It is that time of year again when we are all itching to head off on our summer holiday. If a quiet week on the beach reading a book makes you want to weep with boredom, city breaks are a great alternative.
If you are looking for inspiration for amazing city breaks within easy reach of the UK, that will not break the bank, then look no further.
If you want to soak up some sun while visiting some of Europe’s most spectacular Roman sites, then Rome will not disappoint. With so many places to see and piazzas to enjoy your aperitivos on, it would take a seriously large number of city breaks in Rome to ever get bored of this wonderful Italian city.
At the time of writing, lastminute.com was offering a 2-night break in Rome, departing from London Gatwick, for only £99 per person.
2) Madrid: the city breaks capital of Spain
If you are after a bit of Spanish chic, then Madrid is the perfect place to spend a weekend. With delicious food, a range of museums and a nightlife that will mean you will not be able to resist partying into the early hours, Madrid offers those who like city breaks the perfect holiday destination.
Plus, if you like your sport, you could make a trip to the home ground of Real Madrid.
For those who love spending their days taking in a wonderful array of architecture, there are no European city breaks destinations better than Barcelona.
Barcelona also boasts some pretty amazing beaches, so if you get too hot wandering around the city streets, there is always the sea to cool you down.
The opportunity to enjoy some of the country’s best tapas in Barcelona’s numerous tapas bars, should not be missed.
It would be impossible to write an article about city breaks in Europe without mentioning the city of love.
Perfect for a romantic weekend away, Paris has it all. Spend the day visiting the city’s famous museums, parks and food markets, then dine out in style on some of the world’s most celebrated food.
One of the most visited cities in the world, Paris is the ultimate city break. Plus, as it is only a few hours away from Central London by train, there is no need to head to the airport.
France’s second largest city, Marseille offers a city break with a Mediterranean feel. A large port city, Marseille also has enough galleries and shops to fill a whole weekend. If the warm breeze coming off the sea makes you want to spend your holiday sitting in pavement cafe’s and eating seafood, you will not be disappointed.
The small city feel of Amsterdam means that you can easily see most of it in just a few days. If you are after a more relaxing city break but somewhere where you will not be bored, Amsterdam is the perfect place.
Hire a bicycle and see the city from a local’s perspective. The peaceful canals and cute little bridges make this the perfect way to relax while seeing the sights.
At the time of writing, wowcher was offering two nights in Amsterdam, including flights, from £99 per person.
If you are looking for city breaks with a difference, Lisbon could be the place to go.
Positioned against the backdrop of the ocean, this charming city offers wonderful views and lovely quaint little streets, that you could easily spend a whole weekend wandering through.
At the time of writing, onthebeach.co.uk was offering a 7-night break to Lisbon for 2 adults for £684.54, including flights.
If you do not mind travelling a little farther for your city breaks, Dubrovnik, a Unesco world heritage site, is a stunning walled city. The old town is reserved for pedestrians only and is a wonderful place to while away a weekend.
If your ideal holiday is a mixture of museums, galleries and pubs, Ireland’s capital city could be your perfect city break.
Plus, as it is so close to the UK, you will not have to waste too much time on a flight.
City breaks do not have to involve leaving the UK. With all of its museums, galleries, shops and numerous tourist attractions, London offers the opportunity of a culture-packed city break, right on your doorstep.
For those looking to save money on expensive hotels, university accommodation is often available when the students go home for the summer.
Now, where is that suitcase?