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Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, and City Breaks are a fantastic option for anyone looking to escape the humdrum of daily life and soak up some culture, along with the sun.

For short weekend breaks, Europe is an obvious choice. Anyone looking to enjoy a city escape that doesn't eat up too many holiday days is spoilt for choice on our neighbouring continent. Barcelona, Rome, Venice and Lisbon are just a few of the phenomenal city breaks available. With many of the European urban hubs nestled on the coastline, Europe is a great place to combine cosmopolitan culture with toes in the sand.

You don’t have to stay within European borders for a fantastic city break. Marrakech is only 4 hours away, offering a truly exotic urban experience without the jetlag. Or, for the ultimate in metropolitan luxury and class, you can’t do better than a city break to Dubai with its modern architectural glamour and golden sands.

With great flight deals from all the major airports, including Gatwick, Stansted, Heathrow and Manchester airport, it’s easy to book yourself a cheap city break deal. Whether you go for a week or a weekend break, city escapes are so in fashion for 2017.

Most popular Malaga, Barcelona, Dubai, Bangkok, Venice, Rome, Lisbon, Abu Dhabi, New York, Zagreb, Madrid hotels

Saint Paul
Saint Paul
Saint Paul

Rome,

from £188 pp
Cesar Palace
Cesar Palace
Cesar Palace

Rome,

from £135 pp
The Church Palace
The Church Palace
The Church Palace

Rome,

from £285 pp
Paramount
Paramount
Paramount

New York, New York

from £641 pp
Roosevelt Hotel
Roosevelt Hotel
Roosevelt Hotel

New York, New York

from £632 pp
Tryp Times Square South
Tryp Times Square South
Tryp Times Square South

New York, New York

from £685 pp
Camping Village Roma
Camping Village Roma
Camping Village Roma

Rome,

from £123 pp
Ostia Antica Park Hotel
Ostia Antica Park Hotel
Ostia Antica Park Hotel

Rome,

from £142 pp

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  • Language: Italian
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
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Spain City Breaks

Spain City Breaks

For those who need to limit the number of lost vacation days, and keep their city break cheap, Spain is the perfect choice. Just a couple of hour away on the plane, and offering fantastic value for money, Spain is also host to some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, not to mention fantastic sunshine! Barcelona, the weekend city, with its vibrant culture, fantastic architecture, and coastal location is the ideal destination for a city escape. The Spanish Capital Madrid is equally majestic, with an amazing 12 Palaces doted and a thriving artistic scene, they don’t call it the Royal City for nothing! Flights to Spain can be bargain cheap and the big cities are served by all the major airlines. With a number of hotels offering all inclusive options Spain is a great destination for a luxury city escape that doesn’t break the bank.

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Dubai City Breaks

Dubai City Breaks

A city that oozes opulence, Dubai is a city break for the classy. The dazzlingly modern architecture, stunning golden beaches, and unrivalled shopping opportunities in this crowning jewel of the United Arab Emirates make it a fantastic destination to splurge and treat yourself abroad. With an amazing array of hotels with a surprising spectrum of accommodation options and prices, everyone is able to indulge in a chic Dubai break.

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Italy City Breaks

Italy City Breaks

Food, wine, art and history, for a city break that encapsulates the holiday big four, you can’t beat Italy. Follow in the steps of Audrey Hepburn and treat yourself to a truly sensual Roman holiday in the Italian Capital. Or for a supremely romantic city escape float away on the gondola of Venice, setting of Shakespearean plays, Venetian masks, street carnivals and home of Casanova. Seeped in history and culture, a city escape to Italy is easily affordable with a low deposit and some fantastic flight deals from all the major airports. Tuck-in to authentic pizza on the banks of a venetian canal, or sip Italian wine by Rome’s Trevi fountain, whether 3 nights or week Italian Cities are the answer to your short break prayers.

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Marrakech City Breaks

Marrakech City Breaks

For a true city escape, transport yourself to another world and visit the incense infused exotic land of Morocco. Marrakech epitomises the city escape, bridging the two worlds of Europe and the Orient and offering unforgettable experiences at minimal cost. Flights to Morocco are available at airports across the UK and you can get some great deals, making the short journey – which can be as little as 3 hours – to this urban wonderland a real bargain. An increasing number of all inclusive Marrakech hotels make complete relaxation an affordable option, while the vibrant street markets, shisha bars, and interesting architecture make Marrakech a fantastic city break for anyone looking to experience a new culture without having to travel too far. 

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