City breaks are one of my favourite ways to travel. There’s nothing quite as exciting as jetting off for a weekend to explore a new (or favourite) city.
These shorter holidays give you just enough time to immerse yourself in a new city, see the sights, meet the people, and, most importantly, eat ALL the food, without having to take too much time off (save those holidays for another adventure!).
For me, they are perfect.
While I’m currently wanderlusting over *everywhere* I figured for the sake of brevity, today, I’d share the top five places I hope to take my next city break.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, one of the Baltic countries. Although Vilnius is Lithuania’s largest city, it’s home to just 530,000 inhabitants and is actually quite compact. This means it satisfies my ultimate criteria for a city break weekend: it’s walkable! There’s nothing I love more than being able to explore a beautiful and historic city, and not have to set foot on public transport.=
Vilnius features both an Old Town and New Town that are chalk full of churches, museums, castles, restaurants and more. There’s definitely something for everyone in this city.
RyanAir offers direct flights from Leeds to Vilnius, which is just one of the reasons it’s such an attractive destinations for me at this time.
Riga is another Baltic country capital that can easily be accessed from Leeds (if you’re available to fly mid-week). The capital of Latvia, Riga is home to more than one-third of the country’s population, but again, the city itself is quite easily accessible on foot.
Riga is a city split in two, thanks to the Daugava river, which runs through it. To the east is the Old Town, an area of the city which was destroyed in WWII and not rebuilt until the late-1990s. Surrounding it is a ring of 19th and 20th-century architecture, making it all too easy to walk through Riga’s history, one neighbourhood at a time.
Edinburgh doesn’t really belong on this list because unlike any of the other destinations we already have plans and tickets to visit it in early-February. But that’s still a few weeks away, so *technically* I’m still dreaming about this one.
Just a hop, skip and a jump (okay, three-ish hours by train) from Leeds is the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. This short train jaunt makes it the perfect place for a city break. According to Wikitravel: “Edinburgh manages to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere… medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and a powerful layer of modern life with contemporary avant-garde.” Sounds pretty amazing to me!
I’m very much looking forward to exploring the capital, sampling a bit of haggis, and maybe even sneak in a Harry Potter sight or two.
Multiple times a week, RyanAir offers flights from Leeds to Dublin for just £9.99 so it will be nothing short of a crime if I don’t make it to the Irish capital before we leave.
Seriously, £9.99! I can’t remember the last time I bought a pair of trousers for that little, let alone a flight!
But, I digress.
Dublin is a city known for its vibrancy, its tourist attractions and its fantastic assortment of pubs. Everyone I know who’s visited raves about how fun the city is, so I’m keen to hop the Irish Sea and experience it for myself.
Alright, so visiting Snowdonia in Northern Wales isn’t exactly a city break, but more of a break from the city. But when a place is described as a little slice of the Alps tucked above the rolling moors and hills of North Wales (source), it’s kind of hard to resist.
I long to spend a quiet weekend in Snowdonia, hiking the moors and just relaxing and basking in the beauty of it all.
So, that’s my list. If you could leave on a city break tomorrow, where would you be off to?
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