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7 Euro City Breaks With A Difference

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If you’re in the market for some new city break inspiration, there’s more than just New York and Paris. We teamed up with Expedia to find the most unique European cities to spend a long weekend in. Plus, make the most of the current Expedia Escapes Sale and save up to 40% on selected hotels. Click here for more information. 

VERONA, ITALY

Best For...Hopeless Romantics 

Play Romeo and Juliet in fair Verona, taking in the city’s bell tower-studded centre, dynamic restaurant scene and assortment of designer boutiques. Make like the locals and take an evening stroll through the 17th-century streets after dinner, you’ll feel like star-crossed lovers in no time.

Where to stay:

 

Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà

From the lavish grounds to the modern-yet-opulent interiors, this hotel has all the appeal of a Veronese Renaissance villa – but with a fun, contemporary twist. Expect to see over 180 pieces of contemporary art including works by Mark Quinn, Anish Kapoor, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst.

 

GDAŃSK, POLAND

Best For... Cool Couples

One of Poland’s oldest cities, this harbourside spot has gained a major buzz this year. Unique and picturesque, it’s filled with breathtaking buildings (definitely visit the Hall at the Artushof), hipster-worthy coffee shops and vibrant boho bars.

 

Where to stay:

PURO Gdańsk Stare Miasto

With sleek décor reminiscent of Hoxton Hotels, this is one of the most stylish places to sleep in the city. Plus, it’s a mere five-minute walk away from popular sights like Artus Court and Green Gate.

 

LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE

Best For... Art Lovers

This magnificent French city has sights to rival Paris – the old harbour and lit-up waterside towers look even better by night than day. Stroll through the Le Gabu neighbourhood to soak up the street art, and pay a visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts and Art Espace 83 galleries.

 

Where to stay: 

Hôtel La Monnaie Art & Spa 35

Boasting in-room artwork, unique modern furnishings and a terrace overlooking the old harbour, this hotel is ideal for design lovers and those wanting rooms with a view.

 

PORTO, PORTUGAL

Best For... Hen Parties

For a hen do with a difference, head to the charming city of Porto. Explore the narrow cobbled streets, take in the baroque beauty of the São Francisco Church and – of course – take part in one of Porto’s famed wine tours.

 

Where to stay:

Rosa et al Townhouse

Located in Porto’s hippest neighbourhood, close to the gallery-studded Rua de Miguel Bombarda, this hotel feels like a home-away-from-home – think wooden floors, warm lighting, luxurious textiles and clawfoot bathtubs to soak in. There are only six suites here, so book your stay early.

 

1872 River House

This river-front hotel in the heart of Porto’s old town has a cosy feel with appealing interiors (think exposed brick walls, chandeliers and inglenook fireplaces). Its light-filled lounge is the perfect place to sip glasses of Portuguese wine.

 

REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Best For... Adventure Seekers 

Other-wordly landscapes, geothermal lagoons and glacial marvels, Iceland is one magical island. Make the heart of Reykjavík your base – enjoy fine seafood fare and buzzing bars alongside the natural wonders.

 

Where to stay:

Sandhotel

This new-kid-on-the-block is from the brains behind Reykjavík’s favourite bakery, Sandholt; conveniently located just next door. Sink into the soft white beds, feel inspired by the monochrome interiors and order warm cinnamon buns straight to your bed (yes, really),

 

Don’t miss this trip:

Guided Northern Lights Tour

Witness one of nature's most spectacular phenomena with Expedia’s easy-to-book tour. Your friendly guide will take you to a viewing point tailored daily to the weather and sighting conditions, to give you the best chance of seeing the marvelous dancing spectacle in Iceland’s night sky. 

Book through Expedia with promo code NORTH20 and enjoy £20 OFF Northern Lights activities when you spend £100.

Booking dates: 12th September – 15th October 2017
Travel dates: 12th September – 15th April 2018
 

TALLINN, ESTONIA

Best For... History Buffs 

From its picture-perfect old town (a Unesco World Heritage Site), splendid Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, enthralling Museum of Occupation and vintage shops selling masses of items from the Second World War, this Gothic city has more history than you can shake an antique stick at.

 

Where to stay: 

Hotel St. Petersbourg

Rich with medieval charm, this luxury hotel has been completely renovated while still retaining its historic charm (dating back to the 14th Century, it’s the oldest hotel in Tallinn). Built in the style of Russian traders – this is where luxury, elegance and Russian cuisine come together.

 

VALETTA, MALTA

Best For...Culture Seekers

This Mediterranean harbour city has preserved much of its 16th century architectural heritage, and boasts a wealth of ancient sights. There’s always something going on too: from the Baroque Music Festival in January and an opera week in spring, to the summer Jazz festival on the banks of the Grand Harbour.

 

Where to stay:

Casa Ellul

A stylish secret hideaway opposite the grand Carmelite Church. Expect family-run service, wondrous suites with marble-clad bathrooms and outdoor hot tubs with stunning views of the city (book into Suites 7 and 8, which each have a private scenic terrace with giant wooden jacuzzi).

Save up to 40% on selected hotels when you book through Expedia's Escape Sale. Click here for more. 

 

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