With a bit of everything, from culture, to cuisine, to shopping, to sightseeing, to relaxation, there’s no better way to make use of some time off than a city break. But where should you go and how should you plan what to do? Visit our new city breaks hub at The Express for expert advice, and use our interactive map to help you plan, and you might just find yourself winning flights to one of these six great destinations:



If you’re a water-baby at heart, you’ll love the beautiful city of Venice, with its winding canals and endless gondola rides. The Floating City is home to some of the richest Renaissance history, an excess of exquisite art, as well as what many people would argue is the best cuisine in the world. Gelato on the Ponte di Rialto, anyone?


If you’ve got even a speck of romance in your soul, Verona will bring it out. The city that was the setting for Shakespeare’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet, is full of sites dedicated to the playwright and his characters. Visit Juliet’s house, or her tragic tomb, or simply wander along the Adige River. Verona is also a music lover’s paradise, and if you can catch a concert in the open-air Arena di Verona, you’ll experience the best in Italian performance.


The heart of the Roman Empire is one of the most historically important cities in the world, so if you’re a history buff, this is one place not to miss. See the world renowned sights of the Pantheon and the Colosseum, as well as the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican City. A trip to the Trevi Fountain is also a must though you’ll have a hard time thinking of a wish to accompany the coin you’ll toss in it, as everything you could possibly want is on offer in Italy’s capital, Rome.

Italy, Rome, Vatican City, Ponte Sant Angelo over Tiber River, dusk


If you’re looking for the trendiest city in Europe, you might just find what you’re looking for in Barcelona. Beyond the beautiful historic sites lies a world of modern cool, in the form of cutting-edge cuisine, world-class shopping and sensational nightlife. Antoni Gaudí peppered the city with his fantastical eye for design, and Barcelona has been oh so chic ever since.


The ancient walled city, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is set on some of the most beautiful coastline in Europe. If beaches are your thing, you don’t have to give them up to enjoy the spoils of a city if you head for Dubrovnik. Afternoons on Banje beach will turn into evening wanders around the Old Port, and before you know it, you’ll be caught up in the magic of Croatian nights.

Palma de Majorca

Contemporary art is alive and thriving in Palma de Majorca. While this means there are spectacular modern art galleries, such as the Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art and Es Balaurd, it also means that the city is awash with all the glamour of the art world. If you’re looking for swanky cocktails bars, avant-garde restaurants and divine boutiques, Majorca’s capital is the place for you.


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