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Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway to Paris, culture-filled weekend in Prague or foodie experience in Barcelona – create your perfect city break with us. Take a look at our late deals or enjoy a guaranteed saving with our flight + hotel packages.
Take in the distinctive architecture and explore the diverse arts and culinary scenes in Europe’s cities. Explore New York’s renowned shopping avenues or the Middle East’s exotic souks. City break possibilities are endless. Use Holiday Finder to find our cheapest fares and secure your break with low deposits.
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Not sure where to go? Try Barcelona, with so much soul, one visit will leave you wanting more. Or book a try to the city that’s like no other, it’s impossible not to be enchanted by the beauty of Venice. For an unforgettable city meets beach break, travel to Nice. Maybe you want to soak up the sun-kissed charm of Lisbon, a year-round destination that provides an effortless city and beach combination. For something a little different, you could go to Reykjavik, the cosmopolitan coastal capital is the gateway to Iceland. Enhance your city break with an unforgettable day trip to see what lies beyond Reykjavik. Or immerse yourself in the Madrid way of life on city breaks to the Spanish capital.
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Barcelona hotels for every traveller
Rooms leading to glistening rooftops, urban hotels with beach vibes and accommodation in Barcelona’s city centre. Whether you’re looking to stay close to the beach or need a hotel for the family, our Barcelona hotel guide has the hotel for you.
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What better way to recharge and re-energise than with a fun-filled city break? No matter where you’re headed, we’ve assembled the perfect playlist to get you on your way. Have some fun while you’re taxiing on the tarmac and see just how many of these cities you’ve already ticked off on your travels.
New York: a classic weekend guide
Think New York can’t be done in a weekend? Think again. We’ve packed all the classic sights into a handy weekend itinerary, proving you don’t need to book any holiday leave to leave the everyday behind. From pizza in Brooklyn to people-watching in Times Square, have we got the trip for you.
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City break FAQs
Where to go on a city break?
The world’s your oyster with our unrivalled selection of city breaks, near and far. Europe remains a firm favourite with countless exciting destinations to unlock on your doorstep. Short flight times and accessible airports mean you can hit the tarmac running and tick off numerous sights on the same day that you land. Yet you needn’t be restricted by geography. Why not spread your wings and venture a little further afield? The likes of Dubai, Marrakech and Muscat are all within relatively easy striking distance. If you’re feeling more adventurous you might like to go long haul and sample the delights of Rio de Janeiro, the clamour and glamour of Hong Kong or hop across the Atlantic to hit up the soaring skyscrapers and bright lights of New York or maybe the beautiful beachfront vibe in Miami.
How long to spend on a city break?
This is potentially something of a ‘how long is a piece of string?’ puzzler. So much depends on your personal travel style, whether you’re a first-timer or have visited before, how much time you have and of course your budget, but we would generally recommend staying for at least two nights. Why not make a long weekend of it and explore your chosen city at a more leisurely pace? Venture outside of the city centre and historic old town to discover happening neighbourhoods and closely guarded travel secrets. You might want time to simply wander and get lost down some dusty backstreets. You could even become a true explorer and turn it into a multi-city break, visiting two or more destinations on your trip. For long-haul city breaks we think you should be looking at four nights minimum to combat the effects of jet lag and make the long journey feel truly worthwhile.
What cheap city breaks are available?
City breaks can be eminently affordable, especially when you book them with BA Holidays, your trusted tour operator of choice. Book your flight and hotel combined and prepare to save on your city break budget, leaving you more money to spend in your chosen destination. You can’t go far wrong with eastern Europe, with famously affordable cities such as Krakow, Prague and Budapest, especially outside of the Euro zone where your money will likely stretch a tad further. Lisbon and Porto are equally good value, where you can rely on a Mediterranean climate and affordable eats aplenty.
What are the best city breaks in Europe?
You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to ideal city break destinations in Europe. Whether you want to wander the breezy boulevards of Paris, soak up the cafe culture of Amsterdam or score some Scandi swag in Stockholm, you should be able to find the perfect city break for you. Immerse yourself in ancient history in Rome or Athens, sample the freshest orange juice in Seville, or lounge around the Bavarian beer gardens of Munich – the possibilities are truly limitless.
What to look for in your ideal city break destination?
So what makes for an irresistible city break destination? This depends greatly on the type of traveller you are. Are you a fan of street food, striking architecture and photography? Maybe you’re more drawn towards inspiring museums and galleries or simply ticking off the prime tourist sights. Perhaps you like to connect with locals and seek out an authentic slice of life. We recommend seeing as much of a city on foot as possible and many cities also offer a free local greeter service, which can be a great way to orient yourself while meeting some friendly locals. Handy apps like Citymapper, TripCase and Roadtrippers can also be useful for the digitally inclined. There are always countless different ways to explore any one city and different lenses through which to view them. The only limits are your budget and your imagination.
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Admire the work of Renaissance greats, browse glamorous boutiques, lose yourself amongst the winding lanes and people watch from a pavement café on European city breaks.
UK and Ireland
Capture the spirit of a nation through its inspirational heritage, captivating landscapes and quintessential pubs. City breaks to Britain and Ireland are full of discoveries.
Marvel at the city’s towering skyscrapers, shop ‘til you drop, lie on sun-drenched beaches, then sip cocktails in a trendy bar. There’s a buzz about North America that’s hard to put your finger on.
Discover a mosaic of diverse cultures, hunt for bargains in traditional souks and relax in modern luxury. There’s a world of experiences waiting to be discovered in the Middle East.
Soak up the laid-back lifestyle, dramatic landscapes and fascinating wildlife on city breaks in Africa. Rich in atmosphere and attractions, there really is something for everyone here.