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Winter city breaks are by far the most exciting travel getaway. Full of Christmas markets and good festive food. To escape the craziness of the festive season, city breaks are both interesting and refreshing. Here are four European city breaks that make for the perfect winter weekend away. Are you a passion roamer through Europe?
Krakow is a fantastic first time city for people who have never been to Poland before. In a prime location for some of Poland’s fabulous skiing spots, and of course, Auschwitz concentration camp. For history and culture, Krakow is a brilliant cityscape! There is a castle, plenty of traditional cafes and markets which offer traditional Polish street food. Most of the main attractions can be found on foot. It is a large city but not huge, and you can walk from the castle to the Jewish quarters in less than half an hour. There is no underground Metro system here but there are many trams, often busy. It’s wise to plan the route well before you go. Tickets are no more than around £2.50 average.
Faro is the main pit stop in the south of Portugal. It’s the gateway to the wondrous beaches of the Algarve and during the winter the weather is still relatively mild. Faro has a marina and is a charming little town. Although it is a bus ride away from the main beach, most hotels in the area offer transport shuttles. The Praia De Faro has plenty of beach clubs and restaurants. It is a cheap and affordable hotspot throughout the winter months with the mild climate being perfect for beach walks Be sure to wander around the Old Town of Faro, as it is incredibly picturesque and historical.
Barcelona is a vibrant, artsy, multi-cultural and has the perfect dose of city and sea. It has a mild climate all year round although January tends to be its coldest period. There is no reason to stop enjoying the benefits of the beach and the Mediterranean. Barcelona itself has so much to offer, and not just its shopping scene, but its views. You should plan at least three to four days in the city to see all its sights as it is vast. Getting around the city does not have to be difficult, there are plenty of buses and sightseeing buses. Be sure to take in the gothic quarter, it’s full of majestic architecture.
Full of culture, Prague is an incredibly gothic, historical city with a lot of charm. its vibe is not dissimilar to Budapest. It is in reach of Vienna for a day trip. It has a distinctly European feel, and at Christmas, the lights would be lovely. Winter can be bitter, but you will be able to see the frozen Vltava river in all its wintery glory. It would make for the perfect getaway towards the springtime when everywhere thaws out a little more but it is definitely the Paris of the east.