When I was younger, a city break was a bit of a foreign concept to me. I’d been to cities as part of bigger holidays with family, but when I started booking my own holidays with Darryl, we always went for a beach front resort breaks.
Then we went on our first proper city break to Copenhagen in May 2015 and haven’t looked back since!
I’m sure this post will be updated with new favourites in time, but as it stands, here are my top five city breaks.
How could I not start with this one? We only visited New York City a couple of months back but it is absolutely at the top of my city break list. This city is a good destination all year round and can be done with just about any budget. We’re not big spenders and managed just fine!
Reasons to visit New York City:
The cuisine: you cannot beat American food and New York City offers some of the best. We tried everything from burgers and pizza to cookies and bagels and never finished a meal feeling disappointed. Be prepared to go big, their portions are out of this world!
Broadway: if you love musicals, you can’t go to New York City and not see a show on Broadway. You can get cheaper tickets on the day for a huge range of shows, so you don’t need to book months in advance and spend hundreds of dollars if you don’t want to.
Sightseeing: the list of things to do in New York City is never-ending. You will never be bored there, trust me!
This city stole a pretty big piece of my heart. We only visited for a day as part of a longer trip in nearby Cavtat, but I’d absolutely go back again for a longer stay. There’s never been a more beautiful ocean front city!
Reasons to visit Dubrovnik:
The location: if you can find a way to get above the city, such as the cable car, you’ll see that this part of Croatia is absolutely stunning. Below you’ll see thousands of terracotta roofs, the famous Old Town walls, glittering waters and a little further out, Lokrum Island.
The weather: the weather here is usually very warm, so if you’re lucky you’ll visit on a day where there’s a clear blue sky, a nice amount of heat and a cool sea breeze.
Game of Thrones: if you’re a GOT fan, you’ll know that parts of the show were filmed in this city. If you’re a hardcore fan you can even book yourself onto a GOT tour.
This city offers so many great things, it’s almost impossible to put it into one paragraph. We visited for a few days in 2017 and absolutely fell in love with it!
Reasons to visit Rome:
The cuisine: this goes without saying really, it’s Italy after all! We have never eaten so much pizza, pasta and gelato and every meal lived up to my high expectations. And not to mention the wine!
The history: whether you’re into your history or not, there’s so much to know about Rome that you can’t help but want to explore every iconic statue, building or ruins site during the trip.
The culture: there’s something about the culture in Rome that I loved. Everything felt so fast-paced, yet so relaxed at the same time. Wandering through the streets with an ice-cream in hand and mopeds flying past is the kind of trip I want to book over and over again.
We visited Reykjavik in March this year and it felt worlds apart from anything I’d ever experienced before. Again this is a great city to visit at any time of year, and it’s somewhere that you’ll probably spend a fair bit of time when visiting Iceland. Just be prepared to spend more than usual, it’s not that cheap!
Reasons to visit Reykjavik:
The seasons: this is a city that is beautiful in all weathers. You could be enjoying the sun or snowed in, either way its stunning. Just exploring leisurely by foot is the way to do it.
The people: everyone was so friendly in Reykjavik, and everywhere we went felt welcoming. Even the other tourists were like this. Reykjavik clearly just makes people happy!
The experience: honestly, there’s nowhere quite like Iceland. Until you experience it, you won’t realise how special it is. Spend a day in Reykjavik and see for yourself.
This city is a real favourite for a lot of people, especially in recent years. Darryl surprised me with a trip there earlier this year and it was incredible. It’s not somewhere you need to spend loads of time either, so it’s perfect for a quick 2-3 day city break.
The cuisine: if you love falafel, hummus, beer, meat and chimney cakes, you’re in for a real treat. There are so many great places to eat in Budapest, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
The cost: this is without a doubt one of the cheapest city breaks we’ve ever been on! Everything from dining, to transport, to accommodation, to things to do was ridiculously affordable.
Sightseeing: this is another city with so much to do, all of which varies massively. You can be climbing up to a castle one minute and swimming in the thermal baths the next!
What’s your favourite city break? Where should I visit next?