A city break is a fantastic way for getting your holiday fix when you’re short of time or just feel like getting away from the daily grind for a few days. And thanks to our great last minute city break deals at loveholidays, a short break doesn’t have to cost the earth! Plus, we’ve checked out the cheapest city break destinations where your holiday budget will stretch furthest. Whether you fancy some shopping or some sightseeing, want to soak up some history or just want to sit out on a sun-drenched square and indulge in a bit of people-watching, then we’ve got just the affordable break for you. Check out this essential list of the cheapest city break destinations for a last minute holiday. Go on – give yourself a break!
Warsaw is the vibrant and endlessly fascinating capital of Poland, perfect for an action-packed city break. It’s also one of the cheapest destinations in Europe for a budget escape, according to Post Office Money’s City Costs Report. Wander around the atmospheric little lanes of the Old Town, take in the views from the 30th floor of the enormous Soviet-era Palace of Culture and Science and picnic next to the enchanting ‘Palace on the Lake’.
Budapest, the ‘Queen of the Danube’, has a beautiful setting straddling the famous river. It’s not just one of the most popular city break destinations – it’s also one of the most affordable! Ramble around the cobbled lanes of Buda, crowned by a magnificent royal castle, relax in fin-de-siècle cafés in Pest, party in the awesome ‘ruin pubs’, and soak in opulent thermal baths.
Krakow is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, a breathtaking ensemble of medieval and Renaissance buildings spread around a superb main square. Check out the arty cafés and galleries of the Kazimierz district (the old Jewish quarter), visit the splendid Royal Castle, and chill out in one of the famous beer gardens. It’s also got great shopping, restaurants and nightlife, making it a top choice for a cheap weekend break!
Lisbon is surely one of the most romantic cities in Europe, a web of golden lanes meandering up and down the seven hills on which it is set. Check out the fashionable boutiques and art galleries, visit the stunning museums and monuments, or just linger at sunset in the lively Bairro Alto listening to some fado. Grab a fantastic last minute cheap holiday deal and see this entrancing city for yourself!
Crowned by the Acropolis, one of the greatest symbols of the Classical world, Athens is the perfect destination for a culture-filled city break. Add in the glorious sunshine, delicious food, and vibrant dining scene and nightlife, and you’ve got the perfect weekend! Athens also makes it on to Post Office Money’s list of the cheapest city break destinations in Europe, so you can soak up its unique atmosphere without breaking the bank!
Palma, the gorgeous little capital of Majorca, is an enchanting, historic city overlooking a magnificent harbour. It’s got a whole slew of fascinating sights, from a beautiful cathedral and royal palace to a stunning light-drenched exhibition space dedicated to the famous 20th-century artist Joan Miró. Chic boutiques, stylish cafés, gorgeous beaches and outstanding food make it one of our favourite city break destinations in Spain. And, of course, it’s also one of the cheapest!
Famously described as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik is a magnificent historic city still ringed by huge walls. It’s endlessly fascinating, with its labyrinth of arcaded streets opening out onto splendid squares, and you can enjoy superb panoramas over the whole coastline from the top of the walls. You can mix up your city break with some beach time too, whether you fancy fun-filled party beaches or want to take a boat trip out to the islands. All for a price that won’t break the bank!
Another perfect spot for cheap holidays, Valletta is a stunning time-capsule city perched on a peninsula on the gorgeous island of Malta. Its elegant streets and squares were laid out by the Knights of St John in the 16th century, and it has changed little since. It’s also handy for the shopping and nightlife of nearby St Julian’s and Sliema, making it an idyllic, all-round destination for a very affordable city break.
Why not treat yourself to a cheap last minute city break in Rome? This cinematic city, with its magnificent ancient monuments, lavish Baroque palaces and colourful street theatre, is fabulous and surprisingly affordable destination for an unforgettable city break! Sit out on the Spanish Steps with a gelato, take in the chic boutiques, marvel at the Colosseum and the masterful frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before enjoying a candle-lit dinner on an ancient square.
Nice is the vibrant capital of the gorgeous French Riviera, with lavish Belle Époque mansions lined along the famous Promenade des Anglais and the endless beach. It has attracted aristocrats and celebrities for more than a century, but this elegant city is also one of the cheapest destinations for an unforgettable city break. Don’t miss the colourful, perfumed flower market in the charming Old Town, the beautiful Matisse museum set amid olive groves and bask in the sunshine on the beach.