Plan Your Summer Travels: Six Popular European City Breaks

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After all the stress of countless exams and essays you are probably counting down the days until the summer holidays. You know the perfect way to unwind and relax is to jet off somewhere but don’t quite have enough student loan left over to go travelling or on an all inclusive holiday. Well, why not try out a European city break instead? They won’t break the bank, you’ll get to see some of the most iconic landmarks ever and there’s a good chance of sunshine! Don’t know where to start? We have six of the best city breaks here:

MADRID

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 Top place to visit: Parque del Retiro to row boats, sunbathe and check out the Crystal Palace, made almost entirely of glass.
Where to eat: San Miguel Market for modern twists on traditional tapas, as well seafood, paella, sangria and even sushi!
Warning: The beggars around Sol and Gran Vía are relentless and VERY ungrateful.
Top tip: Visit the Templo de Debod (Egyptian temple) in the evening to see the sun set behind the Guadarrama mountains.

BARCELONA

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Top place to visit: Parc Guell
Where to eat: Gothic quarter
Warning: Pickpockets are rife
Top tip: Stay in El Ravel area, the arrival of students has transformed the area into a new artistic and cultural hub

PARIS

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Top place to visit: Eiffel Tower
Where to eat: St Michel quarter or Montmarte
Warning: Beware of con artists and tricksters lurking around the Sacré Cœur cathedral
Top tip: For great panoramic photographs, go to the top of the Montparnasse tower to get the Eiffel Tower in your photos

ROME

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Top place to visit: The Trevi Fountain for photos and to make a wish in the pool.
Where to eat: Antica Pesa – it’s rumoured to be a favourite of both Madonna and Robert de Niro.
Warning: Authentic Italian food will be much more minimalistic than you dreamed and don’t assume that your “meal” will be automatically served with a side.
Top tip: It can be very difficult to find last minute accommodation in Rome, especially in the evening, so it’s best to book hostels ahead of your arrival.

MUNICH

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Top place to visit: Dachau Concentration Camp – a little morbid but eye opening and educational nonetheless.
Where to eat: Viktudlienmarkt – for traditional German food such as bratwurst, schnitzel and sauerkraut.
Warning: It is against the law to drink alcohol on the streets – beer gardens are of course exempt.
Top tip: Sample as much German beer as humanly possible.

AMSTERDAM

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 Top place to visit: Anne Frank’s House.
Where to eat: Getto – a burger bar where each burger is named after a drag queen who performs there.
Warning: It is illegal to smoke cannabis, or consume cannabis products, outside of licensed coffee shops.
Top tip: Make like the locals and hire a bike!

 

 

Heather Collier