Need some inspiration for your 2016 city break? Whether you fancy the sizzling sunshine of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or you’ve got your beach towel at the ready for seaside cities like Barcelona, Malaga or Lisbon, loveholidays.com has plenty of city breaks to choose from.
City breaks are all about packing a lot in. It’s never been easier to grab a quick and exciting weekend away, or devote a week to exploring a wonderful new city. Perhaps the best packing advice of all would be to take a spare case for all the souvenirs you’ll be bringing home.
Those Old Reliables
There are many classic city break destinations which remain at the top of the traveller’s wish-list for good reason. And if you’ve been before, it’s always worth a cheeky return visit to rediscover these living, growing places that constantly boast new events, exhibitions, shows and festivals, plus new shops, restaurants and clubs to uncover. Barcelona has its very own, unique buzz. The trademark weird-and-wonderful Gaudi architecture still maintains its super-modern feel, and the city remains at the cutting edge of style and cuisine. In Malaga, you’ll find 14km of perfect sands to enjoy under the Spanish sun. There’s a 3,000-year history to explore too, and the city’s most famous son, Pablo Picasso, is celebrated in an excellent museum. Lisbon will sweep you up in its steeply climbing little streets, looking down on the Tejo River estuary and the harbour from which Portuguese mariners dominated the Age of Exploration.
Exciting City Breaks in 2016
All those films and photos are no match for the real Venice, packed with historic treasures in its extraordinary palaces and churches which seem to float on the water. Early risers will avoid the city’s worst crowds, and some decent pre-holiday research can prove that it is still possible to eat and drink for good value prices in Italy’s most-visited city. Cologne’s media and arts capital is diverse, liberal and laid back, and a top LGBT destination. The beautiful riverside has the best of the city’s sites. Elsewhere you’ll discover that the “Cologne is a feeling” slogan is very true.
Discover Somewhere Different in 2016
There’s nowhere better to look than to the Middle East for a city break with a twist. The two great Gulf cities of the UAE - Dubai and the capital, Abu Dhabi - have become world-class destinations. Traditional souks are recreated by British architect Norman Foster under the towering World Trade Centre towers, and the Sheikh Sayed Mosque is one of the largest places of Islamic worship in the world. Dubai has mushroomed too, and is glitzier than its neighbour. It is opulent and luxurious in a way that almost feels impossible, but you don’t need a platinum card to enjoy Dubai. The city still has a classic Arab Old Town and hubs of authentic bargains for the savvy traveller to dig out. Finally, the mention of Thailand may evoke images of beach living, but bustling Bangkok is within reach as a city break destination, too. Those who do go the extra air miles are rewarded by a city that both lives at a million miles an hour and can find time to seek silence in its beautiful Buddhist temples. A little bit of everything can certainly go a long way.