I love a good city break.
If you haven’t got the time for a full two-week holiday or you just want to get away for a few days, then a City Break is perfect. Not to mention a budget friendly alternative.
We have been on a lot of city breaks – all for different reasons. Here are the 11 types of city break we’ve been on – have you done them all?
11 Amazing City Break Ideas
1. Spa Break
Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the city of Bath. It’s not somewhere I had ever been before but it’s famous for it’s beautiful Georgian buildings and spa.
We visited the stunning Thermae Bath Spa where you can relax in the natural thermal springs of the rooftop pool or treat yourself to some pampering treatments. They even do ‘mum-to-be’ treatments which are perfect for pregnant ladies like myself.
2. Girly Weekend
Girly city breaks are always so much fun! So far I’ve visited Edinburgh, Brighton, Liverpool, Bath and Tunbridge Wells on girly weekends away.
Sometimes they are the perfect antidote to our busy lives – you get to spend a big chunk of time catching up with your friends which isn’t always possible.
Add to that plenty of shopping, laughter, drinking gin and spending all night on the dancefloor and it’s pretty much an ideal way to spend the weekend (apart from perhaps when the hangover kicks in!)
3. Romantic City Break
Since Scott and I started dating (a whole 12 years ago now!) we have been on plenty of romantic city breaks together.
The best thing about a romantic break is that you don’t even need to go far. After all what you really need for a romantic break is great food, plenty to drink and somewhere fab to ahem *sleep* at night and every city has those!
Yes Paris is cited as being the ‘city of love’ but I actually think that where we live (London) is one of the most romantic cities in the World.
If you don’t believe me take a look at this post on the most romantic places to propose in London!
Scott actually proposed to me on the London Southbank underneath the Oxo tower which is lit up with fairy lights at night – it was so romantic!
4. Family Fun
City Breaks with kids aren’t normally spouted as being a great idea but we love taking city breaks as a family.
Some cities are better suited to this than others but pretty much every city will have attractions to keep family members of all ages entertained.
Two of our favourites were Stockholm and Prague – we had such great experiences in both of them with Lily. You can see my top tips for city breaks with kids here.
5. Theatre Break
There are always deals to be found on theatre tickets in big cities. Personally I love a musical but if that’s not your thing why not try a ballet, opera or even a live music act?
We have seen some great London shows including The Lion King, Mama Mia and We Will Rock You and I’m desperate to see Aladdin!
Just a tip – avoid booking tickets with meals included, they are usually sub-standard restaurants and you will pay a premium unnecessarily.
6. Christmas Shopping
One of my favourite things to do in the run up to Christmas is visit a Christmas market, it instantly puts me in the festive mood.
Even better than just a day trip is a whole weekend submerged in the Christmas festivities – I would love to visit one of the German Christmas markets or Bruges to pick up handmade gifts, sip on mulled wine and Christmas beers and take photos under the lights!
7. Sporty Weekender
If you are into sports (or even if you aren’t!) a sports themed weekender can be a lot of fun. Earlier this year I got to watch the England V Scotland 6 Nations Rugby Game actually IN Scotland! And let me tell you the atmosphere was incredible.
I’m not a huge fan of sports, although I’ll make the odd exception for rugby, but spending a whole weekend surrounded by it was great. I painted the saltire on my face, drank some alcohol-free tenants *still preggers ya know*, danced and sang to The Proclaimers and had more fun than I ever expected!
8. Cultural City Break
We have some of the most incredible cities for cultural breaks in Europe. Cities full of beauty, stunning architecture, art galleries and museums.
I love that the culture and history across Europe varies so wildly – from the wild lands and Vikings of Reykjavik, to the cobbled lanes and seafood of Malta.
We have some fascinating history and I love nothing more than wandering the streets of a new city, soaking up the culture and sipping coffee in little cafes full of locals.
Valletta has been named the European city of culture for 2018 – it’s one on my bucket list!
9. Festival Fun
Last year we had an amazing partying filled weekend in the seaside Croatian city of Tisno. We had VIP tickets to the Beats, Beer and Boogaloo festival and had an incredible time dancing on boat parties, drinking and partying with lots of fun people.
I also got to go to the We Work Summer Festival with two of my girl friends and it was such a fun time with lots of glitter and dancing until our feet were sore!
Every Summer cities all over the World host music festivals and events covering all sorts of themes. You can spend a weekend at a food fest; from specialist events such as the Kansas City BBQ event, to the On Blackheath Festival which is a family friendly event we go to every year.
10. Foodie/ Boozy City Break
If you’ve been to the blog before you will know that I am a massive craft beer lover – I am seriously missing it now I can’t drink ha!
Some of my favourite weekends have centred around drinking excellent beer and eating good food. Last year I went to Aberdeen for the Brewdog AGM with my friend Grant – it was a weekend full of great food, great company and even better beer!
There are some cities famous for their food – think sitting eating tapas in a bar in Madrid, or pastel de natas in Lisbon, and for good reason. I think the food always tastes so much better when you are eating it in the right setting.
11. Adventure Weekend
My husband Scott is always up for an action and adventure packed weekend and there are so many places to get incredible experiences on a city break. I spent an incredible weekend in Reykjavik – climbing behind waterfalls, trekking in national parks, seeing the Northern lights and more.
City breaks can cover so many adventurous activities – from skiing and zip-lining right through to whale-watching and white water rafting!
Some resorts, such as Center Parcs even offer a whole range of activities in one place.
What was your favourite city break destination and how many of the above trip types have you taken?