Summer days have faded and autumn nights are drawing in fast. Green turns to orange and whilst sharp, fresh mornings are a wonderful wake up call, dark, grey mornings are most certainly not.
Our summer holidays are a fading memory and Christmas is surely still too far away to get excited about. So how are we going to fill the void until the December holidays come around? Well there’s always Halloween and Bonfire Night to look forward to….there again, this could be the perfect time to think seriously about taking a City Break.
Low cost airlines have made most of the major cities across Europe easily accessible, and you really can be spoilt for choice as to where to go.
From Amsterdam to Warsaw and so many places in between, the hardest part is deciding which City Break to take first.
If you are looking for a sunshine break then the sooner the better and cities like Marrakech in Morocco can offer temperatures well above 22° right through into early November. Combine the perfect break of shopping and relaxing in the sun, with a maze full of beautiful traditional Riads to choose from for your accommodation.
Paris can be both passionate and fun, with a visit to the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee and romantic river Seine, combined with a night at the Moulin Rouge and a trip to Disneyland. That’s all before you even hit those designer shops and affluent boutiques.
Venice can look just as beautiful in the winter time as it does during the summer months. The crisp, fresh air creates the perfect setting for wrapping up and wandering through the fascinating architecture that this city has to offer. It might be too cold to sit on some for the café terraces; however the interiors are just as chic and the perfect place to relax with a good book and steaming hot chocolate.
A winter trip to Rome is the ideal time to visit this fascinating city, temperatures are definitely starting to drop, but it rarely ever snows, and compared to our cold winter days here in the UK, you are likely to find Roman ones much milder. It is usually warm enough to wrap up and still enjoy your glass of wine and pizza al fresco. Christmastime in Rome is also very special as the entire city becomes a winter wonderland with Christmas trees and traditional stalls lining the streets. If you are lucky enough to be there over the Christmas holiday the highlight of the season is the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and the Christmas Message delivered at noon on Christmas Day, both presided over by the Pope himself.
It’s not just Rome that has Christmas markets to offer, there are over 150 to choose from in France and Germany alone. The sights and smells of the festive season are a treat for your senses as seller offer herbs, spices, hot chestnuts and scented candles. Fairy lights adorn every visible surface and at some of them you might even be lucky enough to meet the great man himself as he checks his lists and instructs his elves on who had been naughty and who has been nice.
It’s time to choose your destination, get your flight and accommodation booked and treat yourself to a wonderful City Break; it can be as energetic or as relaxing as you want to make it. It can be with a bunch of friends, a special partner of even a treat for some ‘me’ time giving the chance to discover new places, new people and perhaps even a new you, all before New Year.