The short city break has rightly become an annual fixture on millions of calendars, and there are so many destinations to choose from. Every location offers a tempting array of museums, landmarks, attractions, restaurants and hotels, so here are ten that should be on your must-visit list.
One of the most fascinating cities on the planet, London is home to some truly spectacular landmarks, such as the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. Make sure you set aside a little time for a river cruise along the Thames, because the views from the water are wonderful.
America’s most impressive city, New York is lively and exciting, and thanks to the influence of movies and TV it seems familiar even to first-time visitors. Times Square at night is a neon wonderland, so remember to bring your camera. When you need a little peace and quiet for an hour – and you almost certainly will – make tracks to Central Park and relax.
The City of Love never fails to impress, and it remains one of the most popular destinations for city break fans. It’s an unusual city in one respect, because there are very few skyscrapers in the center. This means the views from the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower are especially impressive.
Visiting the beautiful city of Venice is a unique experience, because there are no roads as such, just canals and small waterways. The Grand Canal, which is effectively the wetter equivalent of Main Street, is eye-catching, and the best views of it are from the central crown of the Rialto Bridge.
The capital of Catalonia and the second-largest city in Spain, Barcelona has a proud heritage and has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. The stunning architecture of Gaudi is all around you, and if you’re a soccer fan make sure you include a visit to the massive Camp Nou Stadium.
Many tourists visit Florida for the theme parks and never even make it as far south as Miami. This seems a great shame, because the city is easy on the eye and is home to some of the finest beaches in the whole of America. The art deco buildings give this lovely metropolis a unique look.
Australia’s largest and busiest city is a paradise for holiday-makers, and the first port of call is always the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. This iconic landmark has become a potent symbol of the city, as has the nearby Opera House. If you’re a fan of nightlife, this is the city for you, because it’s home to a number of buzzing bars and clubs.
The capital of Scotland is a popular destination, thanks to the presence of landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. There are also a number of art galleries and museums which are worthy of further exploration. For some excellent views across the city, be sure to visit the top of Arthur’s Seat.
This beautiful and historic capital has been welcoming tourists for many years, and it enjoys a deserved reputation for being friendly, fascinating and fun. One of the many must-do activities in Dublin is a visit to the Guinness Brewery, and of course to sample what has become affectionately known as Liffey Water.
Italy’s capital is known as the Eternal City, and many of its major attractions date back several centuries. The Coliseum is perhaps the center-piece of the city’s landmarks, but there are several more just waiting to be explored. They include the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican and the Galleria Borghese.