Creative Content Writer & former Tour Guide at HAGGiS Adventures. Scottish travel blogger and adventure lover. Kay enjoys travelling Scotland solo, and has visited 42 Scottish Islands. She loves to live up to stereotypes by dying her hair ginger, and regularly consuming haggis and whisky. A Scottish history geek and all-around chatterbox, she can literally talk for Scotland.
City Breaks in Europe
Tourists flock to Europe’s cities every year with good reason: they are some of the most appealing in the world. Beautiful, vibrant and full of historic wonders, these epic locations are yours to discover.
We’ve compiled a list of what we think are some of the most exciting cities in Europe, giving you ideas of how to spend your time there. Let’s take a look.
Celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh
If you're tired of New Year’s Eve parties at your mate’s house, and want to bring the best stories home, spending Hogmanay in Edinburgh should be high on your bucket list. Spend a few days having the absolute time of your life: drinks in local pubs; the epic Torchlight Procession; fireworks over Edinburgh Castle and dancing until the wee hours at the world-famous Hogmanay Street Party.
You can also play tourist at some of the city’s main attractions, discover the local gems, take a wee day trip in the Highlands, and get involved in the Loony Doony on New Year’s Day – to start off the year with a splash! Check out Hogmanay tours here.
For a more up-and-coming European city trip destination, turn to Athens. A historic city that has reinvented itself in the face of economic collapse, it is now a thriving hub for all things alternative and cool, while retaining pockets of authentic grittiness. Some have even dubbed it the ‘new Berlin’. Athens has it’s completely own flavour, and we challenge you to discover it for yourself!
Get lost in Split’s historic streets
The second-largest city of Croatia is heaven on earth – with a promenade lining the Adriatic coast, fantastic food and sun (almost) year-round, Split definitely has to be one of Europe’s best city trips. You’d almost be mistaken for thinking you’re in Italy! Split’s charming cobbled streets, UNESCO-heritage listed Diocletian Palace (a Roman vestige) and awesome food definitely rival Rome’s and make for a world class destination. What are you waiting for?
Dance the night away in Berlin
After a day of exploring, are you keen to head to a rave for the night? If the name Berghain sends shivers of excitement down your spine, making a stop in Berlin should be an absolute no-brainer. One of Europe’s last truly wild capital cities, Berlin has got to be the city that never sleeps. But there’s more to the city, with plenty of affordable lunch and dining options (with lots of vegan options!), cutting edge art and of course the remnants of the wall, Berlin sure does not disappoint.
Live la vida loca in Barcelona
No list of Europe’s best cities would be complete without this one – Barcelona is the queen of all European city trips! This Europe destination certainly lives up to the hype; whether you are admiring Gaudí’s unmistakable architectural feats, munching away on some delicious tapas while drinking even better wine, getting a tan on the city’s never-ending coastline beaches, or dancing the night away in one of the city’s world class clubs – Barcelona has got it all!