Looking for a short break or a relaxing weekend away? Only a short hop from the UK the perfect weekend getaway awaits. These are our top 7 European cities to give you inspiration for the perfect luxury city break.
- Paris– Perfect for a romantic weekend or a visit to some of Europes most famous landmarks.
- Rome– ‘When in Rome’ a weekend break of indulgence, excellent food and superb coffee.
- Barcelona– Experience irresistible art influenced culture and relax on a golden sandy beach
- Amsterdam– To be experienced not seen, perfect for a relaxing (or lively) weekend away.
- Seville– In need of winter sun and clear blue skies? Top up your tan in Europe’s hottest city.
- Venice– The definition of a romantic city break and unique from any other European city.
- Madrid– Perfect for a short break, this energetic city has lots on offer to enjoy the simple luxuries of life.
A city you can visit again and again, perfect for a romantic city break or a sightseeing weekend. Its instantly recognisable monuments attract frequent visitors who can also enjoy the cities architectural beauty and romantic atmosphere. Start the day in a traditional French patisserie before hitting the designer shops and boutiques. For a picture perfect moment visit the Eiffel tower for stunning views over the city.
Arc de Triumph, Paris
Don’t Miss: If it’s your first time in Paris the famous attractions Arc de Triumph, Champs Elysee, Notre dame, Louvre, Sacre-Coeur and of course the Eiffel tower are all well worth a visit.
When to go: The summer months are very warm and inviting but tend to be very busy, we recommend early spring to avoid the crowds.
Where to stay: Moments from the Louvre and two minutes from the nearest metro station the Hotel Regina is perfect for exploring the city.
Also known as the ‘Eternal city’ named so by the romans who believed the city of Rome would live forever. The phrase ‘when in Rome’ comes to life as you soak up the energetic atmosphere and the Dolce vita lifestyle the Italians have adopted. Rich history, divine cuisine and most of all the coffee are amongst the many reasons to visit Rome. Visit our luxury 3 days in Rome post for the perfect weekend itinerary.
Vatican City, Rome
Don’t miss- True espresso like you’ve never tasted before, discover the history of the Roman Empire which shaped the Europe we know today. Visit the magnificent Trevi fountain impressively lit up at night and don’t miss the famous Colosseum before witnessing St Peter’s Brasilica in Vatican City.
When to go:- Rome can be visited all year round regardless of weather but the crowds dissipate between October and April but can be much warmer in the summer months.
Where to Stay: You can find luxury round every corner in Rome, 5 star Grand Hotel Palace is a stones throw from the Spanish Steps perfect for exploring the city.
A city that is everything European, the city for art lovers, bohemian beach bums and trend setters. The bustling bohemian night life, inviting beach and glistening sunshine make Barcelona a perfect weekend getaway for everyone. The relaxed pace and Catalan culture meets dramatic architecture and gothic buildings to create a fun and unique city atmosphere.
Barcelona Mosaics, Barcelona
Don’t miss: Gaudi’s masterpiece La Sagrada and the Gothic quarter are un-missable attractions, but mostly take in the colourful mosaics and art influenced culture.
When to go: The summer months can be very hot and the beach crowded. Head over in May for warm city weather but cool sea water or late September for cooler weather and warmer water.
Where to stay: Gran Hotel La Florida is a superb 5 star property located on Mt. Tibidabo’s hill for magnificent views over the city and a shuttle service to the city centre.
A European city more to be experienced than seen, numerous canals and picturesque bridges create a perfect picture opportunity and a relaxing weekend break. Known to be one of the safest and greenest cities in Europe, it is well worth a visit for its small town feel and welcoming people. Famously known as the bike and boat city Amsterdam has so much to offer.
Buildings of Amsterdam
Don’t Miss: Visit the Museums of Anne Frank and Van Gogh and tick off the red light district (if you must). If visiting in spring the Tulip gardens of Keukenhof are a colourful sight to behold.
When to go: An all year round city, in spring the colourful tulips bloom and during the summer the temperatures rise and quaint outdoor terraces open for diners.
Where to Stay: 5 star Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam has superb facilities and within walking distance of the cities main attractions.
Palace of Alcazar, Seville
Don’t Miss: Visit the stunning Royal Palace Alcazar and climb to the top of Giralda Tower for superb city views then explore the cobbled streets for tapas joints and flamenco shows
When to go: From March to May the city comes alive with colour for the festivals Semana Santa and Feria de Abril and the orange trees blossom. September and October are best to avoid the crowds and extreme temperatures.
Where to stay: For a luxury weekend break 4 star Hospes Las Casa Del Rey De Baeza offers a serene and stylish boutique property 10 minutes from Alcazar palace.
Imagine your picture perfect romantic city break and it’s likely you’ll be sailing down the glistening canals of Venice in a romantic Gondola ride turning every corner to discover another quaint bridge and pretty floating building. A truly unique European city, Venice is a year round destination and popular for short breaks. Several restaurants have beautiful terraces overlooking the lagoon for that perfect luxury evening dinner.
Don’t miss a tourist favourite gondola ride and a visit to the famous St Marks Square.
When to go: Venice can be visited all year round although summer is warmer but can be very crowded.
Where to stay: The Metropole hotel boasts luxurious and elegant Venetian style and an excellent location for exploring the city.
An energetic city perfect for a short break away to indulge in luxury shopping and the rich culture of art and easy living. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life at a vibrant Flamenco show whilst indulging on traditional Spanish tapas and local wine. The city exudes an atmosphere of young and fun by day and night, visit the beautiful green spaces and elegant buildings for a traditional city break in Madrid.
Flamenco Dancers, Madrid
Don’t Miss a day trip to Segovia Aqueduct an impressive world heritage site. Relax at Parque de Buen Retiro for a mixture of history and local relaxation.
When to go: It can be quite cold in winter but Madrid is still blessed with clear blue skies, If you’re looking for warmer temperatures the Summer months can be very hot and its best to find a hotel with a pool to stay cool.
Where to Stay: The 5 star Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid is centrally located equipped with an indoor pool to cool down in the summer months.
With so many cities to choose from its hard to choose the perfect way to spend a weekend away, want more advice? Call us on 0800 008 7299. These are our top 7 city destinations in Europe, what are yours? Tell us in the comments below.