Summer city breaks

Budapest

Got a bad case of the January blues? It’s never too early to book your summer holiday…

January can be a low month. Budgets are tight, diets are reinforced, and the weather leaves a lot to be desired. Whilst it’s tempting to hibernate, one of the best things to do is to book yourself a summer holiday – there are always great deals to be had at this time of year, and it will give you something to look forward to! We’ve rounded-up our favourite cities to visit in Europe – all easily reached direct from Bristol airport.

Rome

The capital city of Italy, Rome is the place to visit if you want art and culture. Shaped by 3,000 years of urban development, it’s got one of the most breathtaking cityscapes, and is known as one of the world’s most romantic cities. There’s striking architecture everywhere you turn, with ancient buildings such as the Roman Forum, Pantheon and, of course, the world-famous Colosseum. Along with St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, there are also many museums, sculptures and fountains to admire, and whether you’re exploring the city on foot or on a Vespa, you’ll be sure to find something to inspire you. It’s also a wonderful place for food lovers, with trendy and modern restaurants rubbing shoulders with authentic, traditional eateries set around pretty piazzas.

Madrid

The capital of Spain, Madrid is a thriving and exciting city to visit all year round. With high-rise apartments that feature sprawling views over the stunning city and more art and culture than you can shake a stick at, there’s really something for everyone here. To see some of the finest masterpieces, head to the Paseo del Arte – a one-kilometre stretch which is home to three of the world’s best museums, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Reina Sofia and the Prado, or visit one of the many venues dotted around the city that host conferences, exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year. Looking to grab a bite to eat? Visit any of the amazing bars and restaurants that Madrid has to offer and try some of what will undoubtable be the best tapas you’ve ever had. Want to try a bit of everything? Madrid has many gourmet markets and gastronomic spaces that showcase its world-class cuisine.

Budapest

Split in half by the River Danube, Budapest is the capital of Hungary, and is fast becoming one of the most popular places to visit. Boasting a number of World Heritage Sites as well as beautiful parks and extraordinary architecture, it’s a fun and affordable place to be. The city has a Cultural Mile that encompasses the Buda Castle District, Andrassy Avenue and the City Park, comprising many museums full to the brim with interesting works of art. It’s a wonderful city to explore by foot – with libraries, cinemas, churches and more around every turn, and is known for its busy nightlife and party scene. The city is also famous for its excellent food. Whilst you can go to many traditional Hungarian restaurants and dine on classic dishes such as goulash, Budapest also features restaurants that offer cuisines from all over the world – from Indian to Chinese and even Mongolian food.

Image credit: Flickr – Molesworth II

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