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Winter City Breaks

If you couldn’t think of anything worse than skiing, but you don’t want to chill on a sun lounger either, here are our top 5 city break destinations to explore for a winter full of adventure.

1.      Prague.

Named the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, the capital city of the Czech Republic has a beautiful Old Town Square at the heart of the city.

Only a 1hr and 50-minute flight from London and averaging about £200 per person, it’s pretty cheap and quick to get there – making it great for a weekend city break.

3-star hotels average £45 per night, with 5-stars averaging £130, so depending on budget there are plenty of options.

There are many points of historic interest within this city including Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the Old Town Square.

They also have amazing Christmas Markets, which will easily cater to all of your Christmassy needs and get you into the spirit if you aren’t already.

With all of these things to do, you will not be bored!

2.      Barcelona.

Well known for its art, architecture and history – specifically the history museum MUHBA and Roman archaeological sites.

Taking just 2 hours from London and with flights ranging from £108, you can’t go wrong – and any city breakers on budget will also appreciate accommodation starting at just £50 up to £180.

Expect it to be busy as it is the fourth most densely populated cities in Europe!

The streets are full of street artists which make just taking a wander around the city an amazingly interesting experience.


This company, Time out, markets itself as ‘Your ultimate Barcelona guide’ and helps you locate everything from Restaurants and bars to shopping and art & culture.

3.      Paris.

Who doesn’t love Paris? With the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, Notre-Dame cathedral and more. Plus, there is Euro Disney!


Whether you want a historic, cultural trip or a fun one, Paris has got you covered, being a global centre for fashion, art, food and culture.

With it taking just over an hour to fly from London from just £59 as well as other options being the ferry, Eurostar and driving. Accommodation ranging generally from £100 to £280+, but deals are around and you can get some rooms for around the £40 mark if you are smart.

If you need any more ideas of things to do, take a look here.

4.      Iceland.

One of the most convenient and affordable destinations in which to view the Northern Lights, it takes just 3 hours to travel to Reykjavik, the capital.

Average costs are anywhere from £100 from the flight, with accommodation ranging between £120 and £200+. Just make sure you adequately budget for the costs of food and drink once you arrive, and these can be slightly more expensive than expected.


There are gorgeous views everywhere, especially from Hallgrimskirkja church with its viewing platform spanning a 360-degree view of the city.

Orca viewing is also available, the original company being Elding, offer this as well as puffing watching and more.

The Blue Lagoon is the place to be, being one of the 25 wonders of the world and can get pretty busy. Pre-booking is definitely required!

Having been open since 1976, it is going stronger than ever, and is said to have great effects on your skin.

With prices ranging from 6100 ISK up to 53000 ISK, there is an option suitable for everyone.

Last but by no means least, the Northern Lights.


The Aurora as it is also known, is visible from a few different places, with Reykjavik being one of the most well-known.

Auroras are produced when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the solar wind that the trajectories of charged particles in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma, mainly in the form of electrons and protons, precipitate them into the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere) due to Earth’s magnetic field, where their energy is lost. (source)

If that was lost on you like it is with us, basically… it’s super pretty, looks amazing and we want to go! One of our team has already been… lucky thing, see all about her trip here.


5.      Rome

Italy’s capital and an abundance of historical culture including Vatican City, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museums and loads more.


It takes just 2 hours and 30 minutes to fly, costing around £80 and accommodation ranges between £50 – £200+.

Having featured in the acclaimed books and film ‘The Da Vinci Code’, Rome and more importantly, Vatican City has been put on the map to those whom may never have thought about it.

Dan Brown has made this world accessible to the younger generation who may have never thought twice about it.

The same lucky thing at our HQ has been to Rome too, for more click here.

For more tips on what to do and see in Rome, click here.


Have you ever been to any of these amazing cities? Are you planning on going?

We now want to go to every single one… how many weekend breaks are too many?


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