Planning your first post-lockdown European city break

After a year of non-existent travel plans, lockdown restrictions and risk of coronavirus, our traveller feet have never before been quite this itchy!! The saying ‘Travel is good for the soul’, has never been more relatable and now the end seems to be in sight, we say banish those holiday blues by looking forward to and planning a European city break as your first post-lockdown getaway.

The first question to ask yourself is when? Here in the UK, the advice is that international travel will be an option no earlier than the 17th May, and that’s under the proviso that all the test measures are being met. Only the bravest of people would think about booking that flight out of the country on the 18th May, so perhaps give it a little more time just to be on the safe side.

When booking your 2021/2022 city break, it’s important to remember that things may not be exactly the same as what you’ve experienced previously. With restrictions lifting at different rates from one country to another. Things to consider would be, will I need to wear a mask on the flight? Will hospitality be open as usual? Will there be curfews? If you set your expectations right from the get go, there’s no way you can be disappointed and you’ll enjoy your first break away as much as possible. By now we’re all pretty used to these rules, it’s simply a breeze!

So now the question is where? Here’s some of our favourite European city break destinations we think you’ll love:

  1. Rome

    Nicknamed the eternal city, the history and strength that Rome exudes will captivate you from the moment you arrive. Home to iconic landmarks such as the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum, you won’t be short of places to discover. Be sure to pack your comfiest walking shoes as the city of Rome is larger than you’d first expect!

    Rome city break

  2. London

    The capital of the United Kingdom is packed with historic jewels and royal attractions, including the official residence of the Queen, Buckingham Palace. But that’s not all London is about, the true draw is that there is something for everyone here, from Harry Potter fans wanting to visit the studio tour, to theatre lovers wanting to enjoy and explore what the west end district has to offer.

    London city break

  3. Dublin

    Dublin isn’t only a place to visit for its picturesque medieval style streets, but also because of its lively and inviting atmosphere. As you meander through the city, you’ll find yourself drawn into one of the many pubs with live music blaring, and it won’t be long until you’re singing along to traditional Irish folk tunes and putting the world’s to rights with the locals.

    Dublin city break

  4. Venice

    Built on more than 100 small islands in the Adriatic sea, Venice has no roads, just canals, making this city a real miracle of creative genius. The architecture and landscape will leave you breathless. As you take your chosen method of water transport, be sure to visit the world renowned grand canal, which was a major centre of the renaissance.

    Venice city

  5. Barcelona

    There are very few destinations in the world that combine mountains and beaches, but Barcelona is one of them. All in a day, you could find yourself hiking a mountain, relaxing on a beach, tucking into tapas and visiting the renowned works of Gaudi in the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell or Casa Batllo. And let’s not forget, a trip to Barcelona would not be complete without a tour of Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona.

    Barcelona city

Wherever you decide to go, be sure to download a mobile self-guided tour of the city to be sure you don’t miss a thing. Visit for more information.

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