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European city breaks

European city breaksPublished: 14 September 2017

Author: Sheena Simaria

There are so many European cities I would love to visit and with such a choice available to us within a few hours of air travel, it’s sometimes hard to pick where to head to next thanks to the varied historic sites, cultures and cuisines that are just waiting to be sampled.

Here are three I hope to tick off the list in the next year or so!

Florence is really high up on my city break list but I'm very keen to visit in the summer or early September when the weather is warmer. So many of our friends have been and tell us it’s perfect for a long weekend or part of a longer trip in Italy. With the entire city being a UNESCO world heritage site I know I'll be in for a real cultural treat. I'm looking forward to seeing Italy's largest museum, the Uffizi Gallery, visiting the Duomo for the panoramic views, taking in the breath taking and world famous architecture, shopping for some handmade leather handbags and of course indulging in the Tuscan food and wine (and my favourite gelato of course!). One to certainly add to the list for next year!

The stylish and vibrant capital of the Czech Republic has a huge appeal to me and with a flight time of less than two hours from London, it could make for the perfect weekend away. The views from Charles Bridge look wonderful so I look forward to seeing those, as well as taking a stroll around the cultural old town, the Jewish quarter and the castle. It seems to be an all year round European city too so we may try and book a Christmas market trip. The city turns into a winter wonderland with the old town square and Wenceslas Square boasting gift stalls, hearty food stalls and mulled wine, bringing together locals and tourists alike in festive cheer. We may even try and book a lovely meal on an evening dinner cruise along the Vltava River which looks great.

Bulgaria's quirky capital may not be everyone’s top choice but it’s certainly somewhere I would love to explore. One appeal is that it is much cheaper than other, more travelled to European city break destinations, which is always a plus! I look forward to exploring the cobbled streets, learning more about their rich history and strolling through their wide boulevards and parks. Spring time looks like it’s the perfect time for the cafe culture and birdwatching too. With a mountain on its doorstep, I would also love to try and visit Mount Vitosha, just 20km from downtown Sofia, for some hiking.

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