Best Cities to Visit In and Around Europe

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  • Best Cities to Visit In and Around Europe

    Europe has an excellent selection of holiday destinations. From spectacular coastlines to historic old towns and cosmopolitan cities, there’s a diverse range of places to choose from. 

    If you’re looking to enjoy a memorable city break, Europe is a great part of the world to head to. Flight times are relatively short of course, allowing you to explore a new exciting city in just a few days. So, which cities are the best to visit? Below, we’ll reveal some of our top picks for the best cities to visit in and around Europe.

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    In recent years Dubrovnik has become a popular tourist hotspot. This is partially down to to its link to the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series. However, there’s so much to explore in this city. From its medieval houses to its stunning Copacabana beach and historic Old Town, you’ll find beautiful sights around every corner.

    We have an excellent selection of hotels you can stay in during your trip to Dubrovnik. If you fancy a more luxurious stay, the Kompas Dubrovnik Hotel is ideal. One of the newest hotels in the city, it’s located on the seafront and boasts a large outdoor pool and a luxurious spa onsite. 


    If you’re looking for the best city experience, Barcelona is a worthy contender. This cosmopolitan city in Spain’s Catalonia region is particularly renowned for its architecture and art scene. 

    You’ll find a lot of attractions here, with La Sagrada Familia and La Rambla being two of the most popular. La Sagrada Familia is a unique cathedral, worthy of a visit for its many different styles. La Rambla is a cultural hub, offering a superb range of sights as well as shopping opportunities. If you want to combine shopping with a cultural city break, Barcelona is a fantastic choice. 

    We recommend heading to Barcelona as a day trip while staying in nearby Costa Dorada. Stay in stylish Salou, booking into one of our great hotels such as the TUI Family Life Avenida Suites. It’s just a 10-minute walk to the beach, and it provides easy access to the fun-packed PortAventura theme park. 


    After Paris, Venice is frequently rated as one of the most romantic destinations. Gondola rides are one of the best-known attractions in the city. However, there’s so much more to Venice than its winding narrow canals. 

    Why not explore the more hidden parts of Venice, such as its beautiful string of beaches found on the south-east side of the city? The Lido island has short stretches of sand which very few tourists know about. Take a stroll through the city’s backstreets too, where you’ll find lots of intriguing local stores. 

    Base your stay at the Hotel San Cassiano, featuring a striking canal-side setting. It’s located just a 10-minute stroll from some of the city’s major attractions, such as the Rialto Bridge. It’s set within a 14th-century mansion and has beautiful period features throughout. 


    Although Morocco isn’t in Europe, with a flight time of under 4 hours from Ireland, you could be on your sunlounger faster than if you were flying to Cyprus from Dublin.

    No other city can match the vibrance and exotic feel of Marrakech. Commonly referred to as the Red City, a trip here will inspire all of your senses. 

    The Jemaa el-Fna is one of the city’s highlights, said to become ten times busier than London’s Piccadilly Circus during rush hour. So, if you prefer quieter city experiences this definitely isn’t the city for you. However, if you want a city experience like no other, this is a great choice. 

    Base your stay at the Aqua Mirage Club. This is a great choice for families, offering a waterpark and free shuttle bus to the city. It’s on the outskirts of the city, which means you’ll get to escape the hustle and bustle for a more relaxing city break. 

    Why not pick one of the above destinations for your next city break? Don’t forget to check out our holiday deals page too, for potential discounts on your city holiday.

Author: Suzanne Mulligan