Budget City Breaks – Part 1

Published: 03/04/2016

City breaks are a great way to explore and see a lot of a new destinations without breaking the bank trying to do it! Europe is the obvious choice for a city break as flights are generally short as well as cheap but there are plenty of other cities further afield that make great destinations for a holiday. Whether you choose to travel alone, as a couple or even with your family – all of the cities featured offer opportunities and activities for everyone.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow is an old medieval city with plenty of history and culture for visitors to explore and discover. The winner of the Travellers Choice award for destinations in Poland in 2012, there is clearly many reasons that this is becoming a popular destination for tourists. Wawel Cathedral is definitely a must-see with the famous, fire-breathing dragon outside on the river bank. There are regular trips to nearby Auschwitz if you wish to see the remains of the concentration camp where thousands died. For night owls, there are plenty of bars and pub crawls to amuse you as well as the “Tram Party”. Flights and hotels are very reasonably priced, and you can pick up airport transfers to the city centre for only a few pounds.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is yet another city with an old, historic medieval centre full of culture and exciting activities to try. It’s one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and quickly becoming a popular destinations for young and old alike. The nightlife scene in Prague is popular with 18-25 year olds as well as for hen and stag dos, alternatively the Old Town has a wealth of old buildings and tourist attractions. Wenceslas Square is great for shopping and hosts an excellent Christmas market through December. With a short flight time of around 2 hours and one of the cheapest European destinations for eating out, Prague is an unmissable city that should be high up your destination list.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, though outside of Europe, is actually a shorter flight time than places such as Athens in Greece. This is a unique destination in a city that enables you to sample Moroccan and North African culture. Moroccan cuisine is particularly well-known and there are plenty of restaurants where you can try it as well as a variety of nightlife. The old town in Medina is popular with tourists and the main market square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, is particularly worth visiting as are the various palaces and gardens scattered around the city. Try haggling at one of the traditional souks or a day trip to the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou to experience even more of this amazing culture. Stay on one of the Riads for the best experience, their prices vary so it’s easy to find one to suit your budget and don’t forget to try out the famous hammam spa experience!

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