Thinking of going on a city break in 2017? City breaks remain the top holiday choice for UK holidaymakers, with European destinations proving very popular. Sometimes, rather than going to obvious choices for city breaks such as Barcelona and Paris, it’s nice to test out some up and coming destinations.
These destinations are quickly growing in popularity, and offer something a little different from the norm. Here are six European cities that should be on your to-do list for next year.
- Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland is listed as one of the top countries to visit in 2016 according to the ABTA Travel Trends report. Thanks to new direct British Airways flights, Iceland will be a little easier to visit next year.
The capital, Reykjavik, is a welcoming city filled with character, and a great base to explore Iceland’s jaw-dropping landscape and natural wonders. Uncover the city’s trendy bars, quirky art, first class museums and cool cafes, then head out of the city to visit waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers.
- Valencia, Spain
Instead of going to Barcelona this year, why not explore another of Spain’s wonderful cities, Valencia? Valencia is actually Spain’s third largest city, and it’s well known for its futuristic architecture thanks to the impressive Science Park.
Then there’s the charismatic old town, where you can sip on Sangria and sample some Paella, a dish that the city is famous for. What’s great about Valencia is you can combine a city break with a beach holiday, as the soft, sandy beaches are about a 20-minute tram ride from the city.
- Naples, Italy
Also listed in the 2016 ABTA Travel Trends Report, Naples is clearly an up and coming destination for 2017. Thanks to a big investment in infrastructure and the city in general, Naples has been put on the map.
Littered with stunning historical buildings, Naples has plenty to offer history buffs. It’s also set on a beautiful bay with picturesque views of Mount Vesuvius, and its centre, ‘Centro Storico’, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Naples also offers excellent shopping, a buzzing culinary scene, and is within reach of the Amalfi coast resorts.
- Wroclaw, Poland
Last year, Poland made its way into the top 10 most visited destinations from the UK. Although Krakow is a popular choice, the city of Wroclaw is getting rave reviews as an up and coming city break location.
Situated on the Oder River, Wroclaw is filled with stylish townhouses, cultural attractions and magical sights. Stroll around the much-loved market square and wander through the riverside parks. Wroclaw boasts great nightlife, a thriving entertainment scene, and eye catching Gothic architecture.
- Zadar, Croatia
Been to Dubrovnik or Split? This time, instead, visit the laid back and peaceful city of Zadar. Listed as the top city to visit in 2016 by European Best Destinations, Zadar is making a name for itself.
Zadar blends old with new, is set on the waterfront, and according to Alfred Hitchcock, has ‘the most beautiful sunset in the world.’ Stroll amongst the Roman architecture, and visit the many restaurants, shops and markets.
- Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor in Montenegro is breathtakingly beautiful. Uncover the World Heritage Site in Boka Bay, visit historical sites and see what the charming old town has to offer. Kotor is blessed with a stunning bay and is set on a lake surrounded by mountains. It’s a picturesque, romantic city that’s ideal for lovers of history and architecture.
That’s our top picks for European destinations you may want to visit next year, and it’s quite a selection. Choose from medieval cities, modern masterpieces and cities that offer a dramatic setting. Where will you be going on a city break in 2017?