Porto is nothing short of postcard-worthy. If you’re not drinking in views of the Douro Valley, you’ll certainly be drinking something here – head to one of the riverside port houses for a wine tasting or grab a port-tonic at one of the many glorious rooftop bars. As well as being gorgeous to walk around, the city is also packed with quaint bookshops, old-school cinemas and tinned fish. Plus, it’s soon to be home to Portugal’s second Time Out Market. Watch this space.
The city break continues to rule in 2024. According to ABTA, city breaks overtook beach holidays as the UK’s favourite type of trip last year – and travel booking site Opodo has reported that nearly half of all trips taken in 2023 were between two to four days. Long live the long weekend, eh?
When it comes to cramming in the best food, nightlife and culture in one whistlestop weekend, Europe really does spoil you for choice. Of course, there are the classics – Rome, Amsterdam, Paris – but the continent is packed with lesser-known second cities and more obscure cultural capitals that make for the ideal affordable city break in 2024.
From gastronomic delights and cultural cubby holes to all-hours party hotspots, Europe’s best city breaks tick all the boxes. But with so many options, where should you head? Well, we’ve narrowed it down for you: in our list of Europe’s best city breaks, everywhere from France to Bosnia and Herzegovina is covered. See you out there!