Some are timeshare favourites, some are still “under the radar”…sometimes the most refreshing break in summer is a trip to a new city so if you’re saving your timeshare points for a long weekend, here’s some “city inspiration” this summer…
Yes, there’s even a film named after this pretty Belgian town which was shot totally in black and white in “In Bruges”. Here, the streets will transport you back in time…cobbled lanes and cute buildings straight out of a medieval movie set. Complete with beautiful little canals and horse-drawn carriages, you’ll find yourself drifting in and out of restaurants and pubs in Bruge’s charming 17th-century buildings. Bruges in summer is an absolute delight – sit along a canal with a glass of wine, wander in and out of tempting little shops…but Bruges has a certain magical quality about it in winter too when the streets are less busy, the trees are bare and the frost sets in.
Budapest is a city of two halves, each with their own distinct feel. The commercial heart of the city houses the oldest buildings interspersed with beautiful courtyards and an abundance of shops and restaurants. Make sure your check out the natural spring spas – they’re famous. Cross over the Chain Bridge which goes over the Danube River and you’ll find the Buda district, the wilder half. Many tourists come and visit the famous Buda Castle set upon a steep hill. Go at the end of the day to watch the sun set and the city lights come on.
Scotland’s pride and joy, this stunning medieval town is made up of winding cobbled streets lined with old pubs and restaurants, which contrasts the neoclassical buildings of the New Town. Indisputably, the most iconic landmark is the Edinburgh castle that sits upon a rocky crag in the middle of the city – with great views. For even better views of the city in its entirety take a hike up dormant volcano, Arthur Seat, for a panoramic perspective stretching over to Fife. August hosts the Edinburgh Fringe festival, the largest arts festival in the world, where drama societies, comedians and artists from around the world come and perform. This is when the city really comes alive but make sure you’ve booked tickets and accommodation ahead of time, it gets super busy!
Stockholm is arguably the most popular city in Scandinavia but why not head east to Helsinki for the charm of a seaside city full of top seafood restaurants? The foodie scene here is not to be missed, coupled with the cool and young vibe that buzzes around the city.
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
This small city may seem a little out the way but it is well worth the trip due to its picturesque centre. This is home to the Balkan’s most celebrated bridge the Stari Most, with an iconic fairy tale-looking medieval stone arch around which there are an array of markets and shopping streets to explore. The summer is the best time to visit, thanks to an array of activities on offer in the mountainous areas around.
Portugal’s northern coastal city feels instantly romantic thanks to its colourful and artistic architectural style leaving the town covered in pastel coloured houses and medieval features. Walk around the exquisite baroque churches and the beautiful old wine cellars and caves around the city. If you’re a music lover, head here in June for the Primavera Sound festival and if you love a glass of port, here’s where you can the best in the world.
Salzburg sits on the German border, giving it fantastic views of the Alps and a stunning surrounding landscape. As the home of The Sound of Music, this city is like being dropped into a fairy tale with beautiful churches and wonderful green spaces. The city has a growing art scene that is definitely worth your attention. Watch your calorie-counting, though, the patisseries are impossible to resist and the region’s chocolatey sachertorte is calorie-dense and delicious!
This city is thriving, full of passion and authentic Spanish culture known as the birthplace of flamenco. Indulge yourself in everything Spanish, the tapas scene is buzzing and there is a huge, infamous bullfighting stadium. To really get a feel for the culture, head to Seville in the Spring for the Feria de Abril to see the streets full of flamenco dancers in bright colourful dresses when the city really comes alive.
The culture here is fascinating with an interesting mix of both Russian and Scandinavian values within the Unesco-protected Old Town. This is definitely a musty-visit as a result of its easy access from London; you’ll find quite a few short direct flights. It has been labelled the emerging star of the Baltics. You heard it here first.
Italy is a popular tourist destination with plenty of bustling cities competing for the attention of visitors, but Verona is a little out of the limelight. Take a trip through history, in the city which Shakespeare used as his setting for Romeo and Juliet, by visiting the old Roman forum and arena both of which are still very much in tact.