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Alternative European City Breaks

Weekend city breaks are a great way for tourists to experience some of Europe’s best destinations. There are many well trodden routes for this type of holiday – the historical buildings of Rome, the cobbled streets of Paris and the hip and trendy neighbourhoods of Berlin – but there are so many other places to visit that can give a real insight into a country and the people that populate it. Here are 5 great options for alternative European city breaks:

San Sebastián

This beachside city is known for it’s location as the starting point of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. It is a city surrounded by natural beauty, with ample opportunity for outdoor activities, such as surfing, hiking and cycling. It also has a thriving food scene; San Sebastián’s very own pintxos bars serving locally sourced food from the Basque Region. Combine tasting these with walking through the streets and visiting the numerous bars that make the place famous.

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A great alternative to London, Liverpool is a buzzing city located in the north of England. Famous for its football club and famous band alumni (The Beatles are just one example), it is a place where there are many things to do. Visit the Albert dock to get a sense of Liverpool’s history before heading into the city centre to shop in the ultra modern mall. Try the speciality coffee and street style food at Bold Street for a taste of Liverpool’s hipster scene.

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The capital of Slovenia, this city is quite reminiscent of Italy. Walk around the city looking at the mix of different architectural styles and bridges that bisect the city. Visit the old town for a sense of true Slovenia and join in on a food tour to taste what Slovenia has to offer. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a detour to Lake Bled and see the natural beauty of Slovenia’s largest glacial lake.

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The heart of Wales, Cardiff is a capital city that is thriving yet easily accessible. Check out historical sights such as Cardiff castle and try typically Welsh food such as Welsh cakes. To fully experience the city, head to the Millennium Stadium, home of Wales’ pride and joy, their national rugby team. Take a tour or go to a match and experience the unique experience of being surrounded by rugby mad welsh fans singing in their own language.

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Located in the south west of France, Biarritz is a great alternative to the Cote D’Azur and the popular cities on the mediterranean coast. If the Atlantic Ocean waves don’t scare you, take a surfing lesson at the main beach before heading for a seafood lunch at one of the large hotels providing panoramic views of the beach.

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Photo by Paolo Margari



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