There is an understated beauty about autumn. While it doesn’t have the fanfare of summer or the festivities of winter, there is something distinctively pleasant about this time of year.
Whether it’s the auburn coloured leaves falling from the trees or the crisp mornings, autumn just has a little je ne sais quoi. It’s also an excellent season to jet off on a cheeky little city break. Give yourself a breather from the UK and treat yourself to exploring somewhere a little different for a couple of days.
Here are our picks of the cities that will light up your autumn.
Palma de Mallorca
We may traditionally associate Majorca with summer holidays on the beach but the capital Palma offers an alternative view of the Balearic Islands. Get a taste of day-to-day Majorcan life by strolling the streets of this fascinating city characterised by Roman and Gothic architecture.
The focal point is the stunning Catedral de Mallorca which has been an icon of Palma since the 1600s. However, to properly get to know the local haunts head to the area of Santa Catalina and tuck to an array of tapas and delicious wine. Palma offers the chance to see a side of Majorca many people miss.
Croatia has exploded in popularity as a holiday destination since it featured as the backdrop to Game of Thrones. While Dubrovnik tends to take most of the plaudits, the coastal city of Split is a wholly underrated part of the country.
It is a vibrant snapshot of traditional and modern Croatia. Step into the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and discover an array of bars, restaurants and shops in this unique setting. Wander through the city and see the abundance of Roman monuments or hop on a boat and discover the beautiful Venetian town of Hvar and see yet more of region’s immense beauty.
Forming one part of a trio of villages on Malta’s northeastern coast, Bugibba is a charming retreat for a relaxing long weekend. It may lack the history and culture of cities like Valletta and Mdina but it more than makes up for it with a selection of beaches and huge choice of elegant hotels.
There is a real laidback atmosphere here with the town centre filled with cafes, bars and the occasional nightclub. For families, you can experience the thrills and spills of the new Bugibba Waterpark while you can also hop on ferry to see the natural tranquility of the island of Gozo.
It’s only natural that the birthplace of Pablo Picasso looks like a work of art. Malaga is the new kid on the block of Spain’s city break scene and, along with neighbours Seville and Almeria, it is giving the likes of Madrid and Barcelona a run for their money.
Embrace the bohemian atmosphere of late-night tapas bars and contemporary art galleries showcasing work of local artists in this fascinating city. Forget everything you know about the Costa del Sol as when you’re admiring the view from Malaga’s Alcazaba or checking out the latest exhibitions at Pompidou Centre, you’ll forget this is a region best known for beach breaks.
And whatever you do, don’t forget to try the sumptuous local wine.
Athens is a city of a million stories. At every turn there are echoes of gods and goddesses that once called the famous sites home. Regarded as the birthplace of western civilisation you can climb up to the famous Acropolis and watch as the sun lights up every corner of sprawling metropolis.
When you are not ticking off the Parthenon, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the ancient Agora, you can get a real feel for the pulse of the Greek capital. Check out the wealth of street art, stop for a gyro from the countless vendors (washed down with a refreshing Mythos beer) and soak in the gravitas of this incredible city.
Treat yourself to a city break this winter from a range of long weekend and short stay holidays. Whether you fancy sightseeing or prefer relaxing on the beach, we have plenty to choose from for late-2019 and early-2020. Find your perfect break at www.sunmaster.co.uk.