Alternative City Break Ideas
While Paris, Amsterdam and Venice have a timeless charm and make for some of the most beautiful city break destinations, going a little bit off the beaten track on a short break this year could lead you to discover a side to Europe you never knew existed! If you visit an underrated European city, you can soak up some of the very best of the local culture, explore some hidden gems and find fun things to see without being surrounded by hordes of tourists. If you’re looking for something a little but different when it comes to European city breaks, then look no further than the following list…
In 2018, Valletta will be celebrating its title of City of Culture which means there is no time like the present to explore the city before it becomes more prominent with tourists. While Malta is spectacular in itself, the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built in the 16th century by the Knights of St John, offers plenty more intrigue too. Be sure to check out its narrow and bustling Strait Street where you will find bars, live music and impressive restaurants.
Wroclaw has recently celebrated itself as Europe’s culture capital and offers both a taste of the historical background of the city with the contemporary. The city has a buzzing old town, complete with bridges, parks and gothic architecture. This aspect of Wroclaw lays side-by-side with the Neon Side gallery and many other alternative tourist spots.
The city has just passed its 20th anniversary since the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement which ended years of war in Sarajevo. The city is now a peaceful travel destination and can be likened to Istanbul in its diversity and quaint buildings and cobbled streets. The city also has a seriously creative side, with many art galleries featuring the world of both older and emerging artists.
Girona can be found an hour’s drive from the coastline of Costa Brava and is perfect for combining beach time without the swarm of tourists that most beached inevitably attract. Girona is known for being the training base for pro-cyclists, so is a great place to descend to with your bike. The town is filled with modern architecture and an ancient cathedral, alongside Michelin style restaurants and jazz clubs.
Brno, Czech Republic
It appears that much of tourism in the Czech Republic seems to be centred on Prague, so taking the time to visit the country’s second city will give you a break free of stag do’s! If the city’s many museums aren’t enough of a draw, then the city’s affordable food and drink is sure to get any traveller keen to give Brno a go!
Whether you end up returning to a country you love or visiting somewhere completely new in Europe, be sure to renew or apply for your European Health Insurance Card before you go.