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Top 5 Summer City Breaks in Europe

Considering a city break this summer? Check out our best five summer city break destinations and keep tuned throughout the week to find out some great tips about each city, including the top attractions and where to go, and discover great restaurants and the best luxury hotels.
Barcelona.
Barcelona. Photo: Shutterstock


Summer is fast approaching and sometimes a city break is just the ticket. Check out our best five summer city break destinations and keep tuned throughout the week to find out some great tips about each city, including the top attractions and where to go, great restaurants and the best luxury hotels.

Where to Go

This week we count Madrid, Rome, Paris, Barcleona and Berlin among our top 5 best cities to visit this summer. Europe's great cities were made for summer, and our top five boast beautiful outdoor spaces, cool musuems and galleries and gorgeous cafés and restaurants. Consider a luxury boutique hotel to make your stay extra special, restaurants featuring fresh local ingredients and a Mediterranean climate of long sunny days and balmy nights and it's easy to see the appeal. Follow us all this week for some inspiration on what to see and do and where to go, sleep and eat in these European gems.


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When to Go

Summer can be an amazing time to be in a city, especially in August when many locals vacate the major Europeancities in favour of the coast or country, leaving lighter traffic, less busy public transport systems, and plenty of space for tourists to explore. So if you can put up with the odd family restaurant or shop being closed, you might just find that August is one of the best times of year to visit. Otherwise, June is not yet school holidays in mainland Europe heralding quiet days for shopping and sightseeing while July will be full of bustle.


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Museum Island on the Spree river and Alexanderplatz TV tower in the center of Berlin. Photo: Shutterstock

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