For those of you who have not yet planned your last minute escape for summer 2016, fear not! Here are my recommendations for great city breaks for summer 2016. Whether you’re looking to spend a couple of days somewhere close to home, or if you fancy venturing a little further afield. I’m sure one of these fantastic destinations will take your fancy.
Here Are My Top 5 City Break Destinations For Summer 2016.
Dubrovnik – Croatia
Croatia’s tourist industry is rapidly growing, and I’m not surprised. Croatia has so much to offer from beautiful green countryside and Romanesque cities to a stunning panoramic coastline and crystal clear seas packed full of pretty islands just waiting for you to discover. Located on the southernmost point of Croatia, Dubrovnik is nestled on the Dalmatian coastline, surrounded by vivid blue waters on one side, and with the beautiful Dalmatian mountains to the other.
Dubrovnik is just under a three hour flight from London, with regular services from London Gatwick on British Airways. The airport is a 30 minute taxi ride from the city. Make sure you have your camera ready for some stunning picture opportunities along the way. The walled city centre, with its marble buildings and marble streets, dates back to the 7th century, with many of the buildings seen today built after the 1667 earthquake.
While in Dubrovnik check out the world’s oldest pharmacy in the walled city, and walk around the city walls. You can also take a cable car ride up the mountain to explore the war museum which is packed full of history from the Yugoslavian war.
For somewhere to stay why not try the James Bond style Rixos Libertas, which I stayed at during my trip to Dubrovnik. The hotel is built into the side of the hill. A very cool feature of this hotel is that you enter into the upper floors from the other side of the hill, and you descend down the hill to many of the rooms.
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
For many years Thailand has led the way for people seeking relaxing beach holidays within Asia. However, Malaysia has recently stepped up its game in the Asian beach holiday market. With stunning destinations such as Lang Kwai, Pangkor and Penang, why not discover one of these fantastic beach destinations on your summer 2016 holiday, and include a city break to the capital Kuala Lumpur in your trip.
Both British Airways and Malaysia Airlines offer daily services to Kuala Lumpur from London Heathrow. Kuala Lumpur is a thirteen and a half hour flight from London, and is the primary hub for Malaysia airlines, so you can connect to flights all over Malaysia from here, as well as much of Asia and Australia.
There is so much to do in Kuala Lumpur on a city break, from exploring the city’s main market and beautiful shopping malls to ascending the Petronas twin towers for stunning panoramic city views.
I enjoyed a couple of days in Kuala Lumpur on the way back from an Australian trip a couple of years ago. For my stay I chose to stay in the Hilton in the city centre, which comes highly recommended. There is an express train from the airport to the city, which whisks you to the central station in just 30 minutes. Luckily the main city station is just across the road from the Hilton. I only had two days in Kuala Lumpur previously and intend to visit again as soon as I can.
Las Vegas – USA
Located in the middle of the Mojave Desert in Nevada, Las Vegas is an oasis in this dry arid landscape. It’s also a playground for everyone, old and young. The many themed hotel and casino buildings located along the strip, and further beyond, can be seen for miles around.
With direct daily flights on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick and Heathrow, Las Vegas is just a ten hour flight from London, perfect for a long weekend break.
You will never be wanting for something to do while in Las Vegas. As well as all the huge themed hotels and casinos, you will find endless shopping malls, theme park style rides, Broadway style shows as well as restaurants serving food from every corner of the globe. If you want to venture further afield why not take a trip to the Grand Canyon or Monument Valley, either by road or helicopter.
I have been to Las Vegas a couple of times and have stayed in Monte Carlo, Bellagio and also Circus Circus. As with all the big hotel and casino complexes along the strip, they are all more than adequate, but my favourite by far was Bellagio. Whichever hotel you choose for your summer 2016 break, you will not be disappointed.
Rome – Italy
Rome, the eternal city, and capital of Italy is one of my all-time favourite European city break destinations. Located in the heart of Italy, Rome has something for everyone. As well as being the capital of Italy, Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire, and as a result Rome has a very rich history with so much to explore. If you’re looking for something else, Rome also has many glamorous shopping districts just waiting to be discovered.
With numerous daily flights on Alitalia, British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair, Rome can be accessed from most airports throughout the UK. With a flying time between two and three hours, you will be there in no time at all.
Explore the great ancient landmarks of the city such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Or why not visit St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine chapel at the Vatican City.
Rome has a huge choice of hotels for your city break, from chic boutique hotels in the city centre, to sprawling luxurious villas on the outskirts of the city.
Venice – Italy
Venice is located in northern Italy, in a marshy lagoon on the Adriatic coastline. The city is made up of over 100 islands and sandbanks, and the one thing that makes Venice unique is that there are no road systems, just walkways and canals. It is very easy to get lost in Venice as the city is a labyrinth of maze like alleyways.
British Airways and easyJet offer regular direct services to Venice from various UK destinations. You will arrive in the romantic city of Venice in no time at all, with a flight time of around 2 hours.
In Venice there is so much to see and do, from relaxing in beautiful piazzas and romantic gondola trips to tours of the glass blowing factories in Murano. Explore all of this and more on your romantic summer 2016 Venetian city break.
On my last trip to Venice I stayed in the Cannaregio district of the city, in Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente, a small, but beautiful authentic Venetian hotel. The quiet Cannaregio district is known for having some of the best restaurants in town, and I quite agree.
These are just a handful of places which I have visited over the past few years which would make a perfect summer 2016 break.