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Short Breaks

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Short Breaks

Rome

Offering an insight into one of the most ancient cities in Europe, our Rome Guide is here to help and inspire you on all that this amazing city has to offer. The Eternal City boasts an endless list of attractions old and new, plus modern-day fashion stores, sumptuous cuisine, charming pavement cafés and restaurants and a whole lot more. With so much to see and do, our Rome Guide is the ideal place to start when planning your trip to one of the most photogenic cities in the world!
As most of the historic attractions of Rome are within walking distance of one another, you can easily head off on foot and see what this amazing “living museum” has to offer. Rome’s renowned historic attractions include the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. But also don’t leave without throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain and climbing the Spanish Steps. A visit to the independent Vatican City on the outskirts of Rome is also a must; it is home to Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. At night soak up the atmosphere as you stroll through the Piazza Navona and treat yourself to some of the famous local delicacies on offer in the many cafés, bistros and restaurants that can be found there.

Gibraltar

The sunny peninsula is an absolutely ideal destination for your short break or getaway; there’s much to see and do. Little though it may be, Gibraltar attracts vast swathes of visitors every year and is a popular spot for a relaxing beach holiday, or exploring the town, Spain and day trips out across the Mediterranean.
Top of the list of attractions in Gibraltar is the rock itself – take the cable car up to the top and appreciate the stunning views out as far as the mountains of North Africa. Meet the famously cheeky macaques that are a must see when visiting Gibraltar. Then, make use of your position at the southern tip of mainland Europe and go diving in the warm waters or get on a boat out on the Med – consider a day trip to Morocco or go Dolphin-watching. Tour the town back on dry land by taking a bus tour or hiring a bike or a moped; the best bus tours incorporate the fascinating network of World War Two tunnels.
As dusk falls, find your way back to Main Street or Casemates Square for a relaxed drink in the fading sunlight, and if you’re lucky enough to have your trip coincide with one, go and catch a concert at the gorgeous St Michael’s Cave. Be sure to take a look through our Gibraltar guide for more tips on where to eat, shop, visit and see when visiting this spectacular European holiday destination.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is one Europe’s most exciting holiday destinations; our handy Reykjavik travel guide is here to help you plan your short break in the Icelandic capital and make the most of your time in this unique place. Benefitting from a wealth of striking natural beauty, Reykjavik is certain to bring out the sightseer, the adventurer, the foodie and party animal in you.
During the daytime, Reykjavik and its surrounding area invite endless exploration. Whether it’s whale-watching, horseback-riding or simply visiting the gorgeous Gullfoss waterfall and the incredible nearby geyser district, it’s an exceedingly exciting place to be. Don’t forget to spend some time in the city itself too – the picturesque buildings of Reykjavik are all wonderfully colourful. Between the superb museums and the boutique shopping on Laugavegur you can really enjoy the benefits of being in a big, vibrant city. Be sure to visit the beautiful Hallgrímskirkja church, take a dip in a geothermal pool, and catch an awe-inspiring show at the visually striking Harpa concert hall too.
When the evening rolls around you’ll want to take a trip out of the city to get a good view of the stunning Northern Lights; Reykjavik is perhaps the best place to base yourself for tours of this kind, with local guides who are experts on finding the best place to see the breath-taking natural phenomenon. On nights when you’re not marvelling skywards, enjoy some of the world’s finest seafood in Iceland’s fabulous restaurants or discover Reykjavik’s famously-good nightlife for an altogether different, but equally memorable, once in a lifetime experience.

Prague

Eastern European cities have become the most fashionable short break destinations in recent years, but Prague has always been a wonderful place to visit – everything from the fascinating historical monuments to the vibrant nightlife demands to be seen and experienced.
Picturesque Prague is likely to bring out the sightseer in you; don’t miss out on the classic must-see attractions and visit the likes of the gorgeously gothic Castle, which looks like something from a fairy-tale, and the busy Charles Bridge too. A river cruise is a great way to see Prague from a different angle, or merely stay on dry land and visit the bustling Wenceslas Square, the Old Town and the interesting looking Astronomical Clock. A symbol of youth rebellion during the communist era, the John Lennon wall is another very popular must-see sight. If you can, catch a great show at either the trendy JazzDock or the world-class State Opera.
When evening rolls around, take the time to sample some famous Czech beer; head either to the fab Prague Beer Museum or, on a sunny day, visit the Letná Beer Garden. Head for dinner at one of the city’s many fine restaurants, typically found in the Josefov district in central Prague, before retreating to the comfort of your hotel – the perfect end to your short European getaway.

Paris

Easily amongst the best European cities for a short break or getaway, Paris is likely to bring out the sightseer, the foodie, the romantic and the shopaholic in you all at once. With easy access via the Eurostar and regular flights, you could be enjoying the spectacular sophistication and incomparable culture of Paris in no time at all.

The French capital has an extraordinary list of must-see attractions; no trip to Paris is complete without seeing the iconic landmarks – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the pretty Notre Dame Cathedral to name just a few. The incredibly popular Louvre Museum and, a little out of town, the magical Disneyland Paris are both wonderful attractions if you have the time. For a more leisurely activity, try a relaxing cruise up the Seine or hire a bike and explore the city – visit the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery, the stunning Opera Garnier or the vibrant district of Le Marais.
When evening rolls around, be certain to take in gorgeous views of the City of Lights from a good vantage point – we recommend the Montparnasse Tower for a complete panorama of the city at night from up high. Round off your perfect Parisian day in a trendy bistro or catch a show at one of the famous cabarets – The Lido or The Moulin Rouge are both great choices.