As summer 2017 enters its twilight stage there is still time to book a last-minute escape and nothing works better than a city break.
Spend a long weekend exploring the sights of one of Europe’s cultural delights in somewhere which provides something a little different from a conventional beach holiday. While there are the go-to destinations of Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam – we’ve got a couple of suggestions you may not have thought of.
To make it even more enticing, we’ve got a host of deals just waiting to snapped up so you can enjoy a late summer treat. Here’s our picks for a summer 2017 city break.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Think of Gran Canaria and you will undoubtedly conjure up images of rugged landscapes and miles of golden beaches but there is a completely different vibe in the capital of Las Palmas. While the island is traditionally seen as a package holiday destination, it is an excellent place to enjoy a city break.
Las Palmas provides a setting more akin to mainland Spain with a thriving city centre boasting an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants. Visit the Catedral de Santa Ana and the Casa de Colon Museum to get a taste of the history behind the place, the latter was believed to be the temporary residence of explorer Christopher Columbus before he set sail for the Americas.
On top of its cosmopolitan city vibe, it is also a beach destination with the Playa de Las Canteras being a symbol for the city and its citizens providing an excellent spot to watch the sunset.
Stop by a capital city of charm, contemporary culture and a unique atmosphere with a couple of days in Lisbon. Portugal’s largest city provides everything from incredible views, delicious cuisines, historical monuments and a lively nightlife.
This is a city of wonderful contrasts. At one end you have the Alfama district, which dates back to the 5th century and was one of the few parts of the city that survived the 1755 earthquake, while the Bairro Alto district lights up at night with Lisbon’s busiest (and cheap) bars.
Lisbon is famed for its miradouros (viewpoints) where you can take in incredible vistas of the city and beyond – head up to da Nossa Senhora do Monte, Santa Luzia and Castelo de Sao Jorge for the very best panoramas. This is unlike any capital city you are likely to visit.
Split is an effortlessly fascinating destination. Croatia’s second-largest is a constant mix of tradition and modernity with its historic centre complimented with a range of high-end shops and chic bars and restaurants.
For a destination dubbed the “Mediterranean flower” and “the most beautiful city in the world” it certainly lives up to its billing. The focal point is the Diocletrian’s Palace, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to Roman times and which the city is built around. Within the city walls, you’ll find a plethora of interesting bars and eateries serving traditional Croatian and Balkan cuisine.
While it may have the same fairytale appeal of Dubrovnik, there is a charm and relaxing atmosphere that lets Split rival its neighbour in those stakes.
Take life at a different pace in the quaint city of Almeria. Situated on Spain’s Costa del Sol, a short drive from Malaga, it is a great choice if you want a laid back long weekend.
Bask in the guaranteed warm weather of this historical city. Take a stroll along its very own La Rambla – Avenide de Frederico Garcia Lorca – and stop by one of the cafes or enjoy a spot of tapas in these vibrant surroundings. Climb up to the Alcazaba of Almeria which dates back to the 15th century and then wander down to the marina and watch local fishing boats float into shore.
Rhodes Town, Greece
While the Greek islands are more geared towards beach holidays, Rhodes Town is an excellent choice for a city break. The city is split into both old and new sections with the former protected by high walls and a moat.
The Old Town sits within the New Town preserved almost like a relic of a bygone era while the outside buzzes with tourists enjoying the multitude of waterfront bars and restaurants. Wander through the city’s cobbled streets and you’ll find reminders of Rhodes’ past including the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes – once a summer residence for Mussolini in the 1940s.
While in the evening you can enjoy delicious local cuisine from one of the many tavernas.
Are you looking for a last-minute city break? Use the deal finder at www.sunmaster.co.uk to create a long weekend or a couple of days away for that late summer treat. Make the most of summer before it’s over for another year!