Best City Breaks for 2017

Copenhagen strip With the festive season a fast fading memory; what better way to banish the winter blues than by booking a summer break? We have scoured the web to discover this year’s holiday hotspots and added some of our favourite destinations:

Lisbon Portugal

The Portuguese capital is often overlooked by mainstream city breakers, which is great news for inquisitive travellers; who get much more of the city to themselves. Lisbon wears its history well and beneath a patchwork of terracotta roofs ancient trams rattle along the streets while an iron funicular hauls visitors up the seven hills that surround the capital. By day city dwellers head down to the beach to cool-off in the Atlantic or catch a wave, while after dark the city really comes alive and parties until dawn. While there are enough museums and galleries to satisfy the most ravenous of cultural appetites, not to mention great restaurants, Lisbon is really a city for forgetting the guide book and exploring on your own.

Copenhagen Denmark

Copenhagen is the Number One destination for foodies and the undisputed capital of global gastronomy. The culinary revolution kick-started by Noma rewrote the Scandinavian cookbook by focussing on the “purity, simplicity and freshness” of local seasonal produce. New Nordic Cuisine had been born and today the city boasts a constellation of Michelin stars. While Copenhagen’s restaurant scene is a big draw; there’s much more to the city than fine dining. Copenhagen is about as laid-back as any capital city could get and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the cobbled streets, canals and cafes were designed to welcome visitors.

Granada Spain

Stepping into the medieval city of Granada is like stepping back in time. The tangled streets and crisp mountain air seem a million miles from the sultry shores of the Mediterranean although you can be stretched-out on a beach in less than an hour. Granada’s history is told through its architecture and there’s no finer lesson than in the Alhambra. Perched above the city the Moorish citadel is a UNESCO world heritage site where days slip by amidst the courtyards and gardens. Spring is the best time to visit when the upper slopes of the Sierra Nevada are dusted in snow and the lower slopes are a riot of orange and almond blossom.

Cape Town South Africa

The gateway to South Africa, and the cultural capital of the rainbow nation, Cape Town boasts a geographic location that would turn most cities green with envy. Beneath the broad shoulders of Table Mountain Cape Town stretches out along the rugged Atlantic coast and is a playground for outdoor types. Nearby the winelands of Stellenbosch make for a more relaxing break and there are plenty of safari parks on the city’s doorstep. Cape Town’s heart beats fastest on Long Street where the city’s international flavour is reflected in everything from cuisine to crafts.

Valencia Spain

Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Freed from the tourist hordes that clog-up Madrid and Barcelona; visitors can relax and explore the Spanish city under their own steam. From the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town to smart public squares dressed in Gothic and Baroque; Valencia is the perfect place to while away a long weekend. A short hop from the historic heart the iconic City of Arts and Sciences (built by Santiago Calatrava) is a ‘must see’ entertainment complex with something to suit all appetites. Surrounded by fertile agricultural land, and the glittering waters of the Mediterranean, you won’t be surprised that Valencia takes food seriously and is the birthplace of paella.

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