Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Top 5 City Breaks

There's so much to love about city breaks. The sights, the heritage, the culture, the shopping, the food... and did we mention the sights? From soaring spires to gothic cathedrals, the world is full of mesmerising cities offering unforgettable holiday experiences. Check out our recommendations for five top city breaks, inspired by city breaks with The Co-operative Travel, and see which one takes your fancy...

1) Budapest 
Hungary's capital is actually two cities - the rocky, mountainous Buda and bustling Pest - which are separated by the winding Danube River. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, and there's certainly plenty to see - not least the historic buildings lining the river banks, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue. A cracking place to spend a weekend with great nightlife and excellent restaurants. 

2) Rome 
A big-hitter in the world of city breaks, Rome is certainly a must-see. Once the seat of the all-conquering Roman Empire, the city bears many incredible monuments that pay homage to the Romans' might. Among them, don't miss the spine-tingling quiet of the Colosseum, the spectacular Pantheon, the soaring stages and pillars of the Forum, and the beautiful Trevi Fountain. 

3) Paris 
The Eiffel Tower is the obvious must-see in Paris, as is the obligatory trip skywards to enjoy a view of the city. You should also add the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and the Arc de Triomphe to your list. But above all, be sure to leave time to enjoy the Parisian lifestyle - fresh coffee and pastries, crusty baguettes, and heart-warming bistro cuisine with a glass or two of rouge. Magnifique. 

4) New York 
Think of New York and conjure up images of yellow taxis, Macy's, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. It's a non-stop city with an equally never-ending list of things to see, do and experience. It's one of those places that once visited is never forgotten, so pack your plastic and prepare for an indulgent once-in-a-lifetime weekend that's bound to live happily in your memories long after you return home. 

5) Bruges 
Bruges may not be a large city, but it certainly punches well above its weight in the city break stakes. Come at Christmas and enjoy its festive markets, ice skating rink, street stalls and heavenly chocolate shops.


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