City Breaks in Europe

Whether you’re seeking the bustle of a big city or a quiet cultural corner of the continent, city breaks in Europe are easily some of our favourites in the world.

For food fanatics or wannabe wine connoisseurs, there are plenty of city breaks in Europe that we can recommend to tick all your boxes. Try Basque tapas, known as pintxos, in San Sebastian, the culinary capital of Spain; sample some of the best port in the world in bustling Porto in northern Portugal; enjoy freshly-caught Swedish seafood in Gothenburg; or indulge in fine French cheese washed down with some of the best wine Europe has to offer in Bordeaux.

If it's art and architecture that tickles your fancy, there are some serious gems to be found across Europe. Whether it be Florence - the birthplace of the Renaissance; Barcelona to discover the colourful work of Gaudi; or ancient Valletta in Malta, which has been described by UNESCO as 'one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world' and was even crowned the European Capital of Culture for 2018.

If you're after more of a Nordic city experience, we can create a tailor-made trip to the cosmopolitan capitals of Stockholm or Oslo, or for foodies, perhaps Sweden's second city of Gothenburg, where you can head out on a seafood safari in the summer months and sample the fresh mussels you harvest. Accessible on a long but scenic train journey from London, or a quick flight from the UK, they make an excellent alternative city break if you've seen the continents' classic hotspots.

Whatever your European city of choice, feel safe in the knowledge that our clued-up Concierges know the ins and outs of each and every one. Your in-country Concierge will always be on hand for a last-minute restaurant recommendation, to make tweaks to your itinerary or to give you tips on the best times of day to visit certain spots to avoid the crowds.

On top of that, you can also make use of our fantastic destination dossiers: these are a compilation of all of our top tips on where to eat, what to see, where to shop and more. These have been built up and adapted over the years, using our own experiences of visiting each of our favourite European cities and feedback from our loyal clients.

Our expertise combined with the help of our local concierges, means that on a city break to Europe with Original Travel you won't miss out on any of the highlights, but can also enjoy the chance to 'live like a local' and hang out away from the tourist hotspots.

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Harriet, Arran, Kate L and Charlotte H are our 'City Breaks in Europe' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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