This months Top City Destinations 2016 / 2017
Discover golden beaches, Gaudi’s masterpieces, Catalan cuisine, buzzing bars and an atmospheric gothic quarter on city breaks to Barcelona. Explore the serenity of Park Guell and the surrealism of Gaudi’s architecture before strolling around ancient alleyways filled with medieval relics in Barri Gotic. Relax on the golden sands of Barceloneta Beach and explore the bustling promenade up to Olympic Port. A short trip out of the city, you’ll find the charming seaside town of Sitges and the magnificent Montserrat mountain range. After sunset you can sample the best of Catalan cuisine in Barcelona’s tapas bars and show your moves in the city’s pulsating jazz and salsa clubs.
2. New York
Experience Manhattan’s world-class galleries, the bright lights of Times Square and glimpse the Statue of Liberty on city breaks to New York. Scale the heights of the Empire State Building and come back down to earth for a walk in leafy Central Park. Tread the artists’ path to New York’s best art galleries, dine on international cuisine in Manhattan’s diverse restaurants, browse the designer boutiques on Fifth Avenue and find entertainment on Broadway.
A favourite for quick escapes and budget city breaks, Amsterdam blends its cultural core with a hedonistic spirit. This is a city where Van Gogh’s masterpieces hang in his self-named museum, and treasures of the Golden Age adorn the walls of the restored Rijksmuseum. You can join the locals and spin around the city on two wheels. Or get a different view and take a boat ride along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals. Whether you want to feel cosy in a traditional brown café or explore nature at historical Artis Zoo, there’s plenty to experience in the Dutch capital.
Combine Roman antiquities, great museums, fine restaurants and buzzing bars for the perfect city break to Rome. Discover an ancient world in the Eternal City of Rome. Visit the gladiatorial arena of The Colosseum, a 2000 year old Temple known as The Pantheon; and the largest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica. See Michelangelo’s famous painting in the Sistine Chapel; explore the boutiques, artisan workshops and traditional restaurants in the medieval neighbourhood of Monti or head out of the Vatican’s borders to check out the high-end shops and smart squares in Prati.
Home to the world’s tallest building, natural desert dunes and manmade Palm Islands, Dubai is a captivating city break destination. Discover Dubai’s opulent clubs, tee-off at the city’s impressive golf courses, or relax on the beach at Al Mamzar. Get lost in the colourful Meena Bazaar or splash your cash in the fantastic Mall of the Emirates (featuring an indoor ski slope with real snow). Step into Dubai’s past with a stroll around picturesque Bastakia, its labyrinth of lanes filled with art galleries and cafes; or try a champagne brunch in the city’s luxury hotels
6. Las Vegas
Experience electric nightlife on Las Vegas Boulevard (aka the strip), try your luck in the casinos and taste America’s barbeque food sensation, on city breaks to Las Vegas. Place your bets at Roman themed Caesars Palace, ride a gondola at the Venetian or thrilling roller-coasters at the top of Stratosphere Tower (Las Vegas’ tallest building). Browse the vintage shops of downtown Las Vegas before joining a hip crowd in the bars on Fremont Street. Finally, flash back to the city’s past at the Neon Museum, showcasing the best of Las Vegas’ old neon signs.
Explore magnificent art galleries and gothic architecture, sail along picturesque canals and indulge in ice-cream for an authentic Venice city break experience. Stand in magnificent Piazza San Marco to admire St Mark’s Basilica, ride a gondola along Venice’s quiet canals or take a water bus down the glorious Grand Canal. Find an authentic taste of Venice at Rialto Market, visit gothic Doge’s Palace and follow the footsteps of past convicts over the Bridge of Sighs. Escape the crowds and go island hopping to Murano, Burano or Torcello, and browse local boutiques for Murano glass.
Discover lively Djemaa el-Fna square, colourful souks, lush gardens and spicy Moroccan cuisine on magical city breaks to Marrakech. Catch some street theatre and haggle for local crafts in lively Djemaa el-Fna (Africa’s biggest square) or meander around the charming streets and maze of markets in old Medina. Explore the pungent tanneries or find relaxation in the nearest hammam. Potter around beguiling Bahia Palace and its beautiful gardens, watch a belly dancing show, drink at roof terrace bars or head out for adventure in the Atlas Mountains.
Find designer shopping, medieval spice markets, Ottoman Empire palaces, historic mosques, tasty Turkish cuisine and much more, on city breaks to Istanbul. See the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and other historic treasures in Sultanahmet. Explore the 17th-century Spice Bazaar, dine at rooftop restaurants and enjoy the city’s coffee culture in sidewalk cafes. Escape the bustling city with a cruise down the glistening Bosphorus, which links the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and divides the continents of Europe and Asia. Relax in a Turkish hammam or head out to quaint Princes’ Island for some peace and quiet.
With a rich history, ample shopping opportunities, and a thriving microbrewery scene there’s plenty to experience on city breaks to Berlin. Stand at the top of The Reichstag for panoramic views of Germany’s capital city or go urban exploring at street level to see Berlin’s best graffiti art. Visit The Berlin War Memorial and Berlin Wall to reflect on the results of war or explore legendary Friedrichstrasse, with its elegant boutiques and department stores. Come nightfall, underground bars showcase up-and-coming bands while hip clubs and bars open their doors in Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain.