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The Coolest City Break Destinations For 2019

POSTED ON 17 January 2019

With the first payday of 2019 a hop, skip and a jump away, our thoughts have turned to all of the amazing places we’d love to visit for a city break this year.

Thinking along the same lines? Read on to find out which are the hottest places to visit for a city break or long weekend this year.

1. Nerja, Spain

Nerja was voted one of Trip Advisor’s most up and coming destinations for 2018. And it’s easy to see why. Formerly a sleepy Spanish fishing village east of the Costa del Sol, it’s now a great holiday spot. In fact, it’s a great place for couples, groups and families with young children alike.

Located 30 miles from Malaga, Nerja promises sun, fun and culture. Whether you love an active getaway or a chilled out vacation, it’s the place for you. After all, with 10 miles of beaches, there’s plenty of space for everyone!

If you love to discover new things on a city break, take a tour of the caves. You’ll find stalagmites, stalactites and Paleolithic cave paintings lurking in there! Or, visit the town’s ancient churches and castles. Then, sample delicious tapas on offer in Nerja’s restaurants, or sip on sangria in the Plaza Tutti Frutti.

You can fly direct to Malaga from Glasgow, Gatwick, Luton or Edinburgh Airports.

2. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is one of the hottest capitals in Europe to visit right now for its gorgeous green spaces, fascinating history and hip pavement cafes.

Hire a bike or stroll around the pedestrianised city centre, soaking up the culture in the many museums and galleries. Take a long walk through the world-famous Tivoli Park, or sip on a glass of traditional Slovenian wine – most of it is drunk within Slovenia rather than imported, so you’ll enjoy a truly traditional tipple.

Watch the world go by in one of the chilled out city centre’s ambient cafes, where you can get your caffeine fix with the Turkish coffee loved by the locals.

You can fly directly to Ljubljana from Gatwick and Luton.

3. Riga, Latvia

Looking for a cheap and cheerful weekend away in an up-and-coming European city? Look no further than Riga, the Latvian capital

With an old and new town to explore, Riga offers city break visitors plenty to enjoy. Tuck into delicious apple turnovers, stroll around the museums and observe the incredible architecture.

One of Europe’s smaller capitals, Riga boasts a host of discoveries all within easy walking distance (just make sure you wear comfortable shoes!). And after all that walking, make sure you treat yourself to a pint or two. Riga is famous for its two national beers – gaiss and tumss. Which will you prefer?

You can fly direct to Riga from Edinburgh, Luton and Gatwick Airports.

4. Valletta, Malta

Valletta, the capital of Malta, was created in 1565 by the Knights of St John, originally intended as a place for soldiers returning from the Crusades to take refuge.

Today, it’s a great place for a culture-packed city break. In fact, it was the 2018 European City of Culture and the entire city has been described as anopen-airr museum.

Sun-worshippers will love the fact that Valletta is officially the sunniest city in Europe, with more than 300 days of sun a year. Making it the ideal place to escape the British weather for an adventure!

This stunning, pocket-sized city offers tourists a host of things to do, from museums and galleries to restaurants and events.

You can direct from Luqa, Malta from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Luton and Gatwick – Valletta is just four miles away.

5. Catania, Italy

Conde Nast Traveller named Catania Italy’s most underrated city – let’s find out why we should take a city break there this year…

Situated at the foot Mount Etna, an active volcano, Catania is on Sicily’s gorgeous east coast.

If you’re a fan of seafood, you’ll love the city’s restaurants and fish market. The Mediterranean swordfish is a favourite among locals and visitors. And more adventurous diners can even try a donkey steak in one of Catania’s eateries!

History and culture are all around in Catania, as the city has been variously under Greek, Norman, Arab, Roman and Spaniard rule at different points in its history.

If you love architecture, you’ll be amazed to see buildings which have used lava from Mount Etna’s eruptions in their construction. You can even catch a cable car up to the mountain to find out more about the volcano’s history.

Catania Airport is Sicily’s busiest, and you can fly direct from Gatwick and Luton Airports.

Book your airport parking

We’ve done all the hard work and found five amazing places you can visit this year – so which will you choose?

Wherever you decide to go on your next city break, one thing you won’t need to worry about is how to get to the airport.

Our Park Mark approved car parks make airport parking an affordable and hassle-free process and you can enjoy your city break knowing your car is in safe hands.

Book your parking here.