From a romantic break in Paris to the bright lights and sleepless nights of New York City, they’re the ultimate taste-test of another country – and they can be as busy or chilled out as you like.
If you’re already looking to 2021 for your next short break (we certainly are!), these ten popular city break destinations top TravelSupermarket most-searched list time and time again. And even if you’re a second, third or fifth time visitor, you’re certain to find something to do.
Number 1 - New York, America
You will never forget your first visit to New York, one of the world’s most iconic cities. With its skyscrapers and sassy attitude, there is a real get up and go in the city that’s totally infectious. Characterised by its yellow taxis, hot dog stalls and steam rising from the manhole covers in the streets, New York is never dull. Climb the Empire State building for city views, jump on the free Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, browse through the galleries and museums and ride a horse drawn carriage through Central Park. Your New York city break isn’t complete without shopping up a storm, so hit up Madison Avenue or Fifth Avenue then, finish your day with a Broadway hit theatre show.
Number 2 - Paris, France
The capital of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, joie de vivre runs through Paris. It’s such as classic city break destination that you can visit time and time again and never get bored with its stunning architecture, amazing food, fashionable shops and bags of art and history.
And though Paris makes the ideal romantic city break, Paris isn’t just for lovers. Take a city sightseeing tour to tick off the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre-Coeur and Notre Dame, float along the Seine or stroll around the Louvre, then come back for more to see the Monet’s famous Water Lilies at the Musée de l'Orangerie and shop for treasures at Les Puces flea market.
Number 3 - Venice, Italy
Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world, known as the City of Canals, offering phenomenal architecture, lively bars and restaurants. Venice is built on 100 small islands within a lagoon, in the Adriatic sea. There are no roads within central Venice, just canals and a 4km bridge connecting to the mainland. There is so much exploring to be done when in Venice, whether it's walking around the beautiful city on foot or using the famous gondolas to sightsee from the water, you will not be disappointed with what the city has to offer. If you are looking for a truly unforgettable holiday experience in a unique city full of wonderful Italian food, boosting spectacular scenery and ancient history then Venice is the destination for you!
Number 4 - Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a remarkably different city, filled with character. With almost everything you are looking for in a travel destination. Home to beautiful architecture, Delightful Tapas and such diverse culture. Barcelona is a must for anyone wanting to visit Spain. I warn you though, you might never want to leave.
Number 5 - London, United Kingdom
One of the busiest cities in the world, London is a vibrant, multicultural metropolis. Each of its 32 boroughs has its own, distinct character, from hip Hackney to historic Westminster and leafy Richmond to grand Kensington and Chelsea. Imposing landmarks are juxtaposed with cutting-edge architecture and innovation, and leading museums compete with world-class theatre, design, an astonishing number of wide open green spaces and superlative hotels, restaurants and bars. With celebrated sites at every turn, from St Paul's to the Shard and the National Gallery to the Tate Modern, London is a timeless city offering a fascinating mix of old and new.
Number 6 - Dubai
In the last couple decades, the UAE’s tourism has absolutely exploded. With Major Cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi taking the spotlight, these are only two of the UAE’s seven independent city states. The others are Ras al Khaimah, five Ajma, Sharjah, Fujairah and Umm al Quwain. Dubai is for sure the UAE’s Crown Jewel, Home to the famous Burj Khalifa, Atlantis waterpark and heart racing dune buggying. It's also the UAE’s crown jewel for tourists as there is no other destination in the world with so much to do! With all the Cities taking on a combination of both traditional and modern approach to its architecture and lifestyle. Along with the UAE, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi, being home to some both insanely fun and interesting experiences. This unique and amazing part of the earth should be on everyone's bucket list.
Number 7 - Rome, Italy
Ahh, la dolce vita! Rome is one of those city break destinations that’s hard to ignore. Famous for the Roman heritage of the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Forum, Rome draws crowds all year round to see its wealth of ancient history. Another big draw is the Vatican – the centre of the Catholic Church and a regular Pope-watching spot. With the huge St Peter’s cathedral at its centre, this complex houses an outstanding collection of fine art in what is the smallest independent state in the world. Add the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and fabulous Italian cuisine, and you’ll have plenty to pack in on your city break to Rome.
Number 8 - Istanbul , Turkey
Straddling the Bosphorus, Istanbul makes a fantastic destination for a city break. A mixture of Europe and Asia, this city is in a beautiful setting and has an atmosphere like no other in Europe. Mosques, minarets and markets abound within a city that has been established for two thousand years. The cuisine is a heady mixture of east meets west with kebab shops and restaurants of all types. You can even enjoy a traditional Turkish bath then mix it up with up-to-the-minute designer shopping malls and hedonistic nightlife in the bars and clubs.