Top three bank holiday city breaks

Posted on Thursday, 23 March 2019

Top three bank holiday city breaks

Bank holidays are the perfect excuse for a quick getaway, right? We love to jet off somewhere sunny for a long weekend, and a weekend lends itself perfectly to a city break, as you have just enough time to explore the delights of your chosen destination without getting jaded about the fast pace of life in a new city.

With this in mind, we’ve decided to shine a light on four hot city breaks you could escape to for a bank holiday or just a long weekend away with your friends or loved ones. Which will you choose and why?

Valencia, Spain

While Barcelona is a popular hotspot for Spanish city breaks, we think Valencia is an uber cool alternative if you’re looking for a lush long weekend break.

Valencia boasts some beautiful squares, buzzing food markets, great shopping and gorgeous beaches – need we say more?

If you’re anything like us, you plan your escapes around the food, and Valencia definitely won’t disappoint the foodies amongst us. Anyone for paella?

There’s a cool restaurant scene in Valencia which offers something for everyone, and the architecture is seriously Instagrammable – after all, what more would you expect from a city which has an Instagram filter named after it?

Porto, Portugal

Talking of Instagram, Porto in Portugal is definitely a city that will make it onto your feed if you go for a city break here.

Charming cobbled streets, urban gardens and that bridge (designed by Gustave Eiffel himself) – the perfect recipe for the ultimate selfie.

Portugal’s second city is the home of port, so you must sample the city’s top tipple if you find yourself on a city break in Porto.

The old city is a vibrant place to be after dark – check out Ribeira for all of the coolest hotspots.

Harry Potter fans must pay a visit to Livraria Lello, which is one of the most famous bookshops in the world and said to be the inspiration behind JK Rowling’s writing, as she lived in Porto when writing the books.

Montpellier, France

Montpellier in the spring is picture perfect – the weather is beautiful and there’s simply so much to do for everyone.

Extreme sports lovers can check out the international festival which takes places in Montpellier this month, but if relaxing is more your thing then simply meander through the medieval streets and immerse yourself in Montpellier’s history, culture and architecture.

Le Jardin Des Plantes is a must for gardeners, as it’s one of Europe’s oldest botanical gardens, while the Fabre museum is famous around the world and well worth a visit if you enjoy cultural exploration on a city break.

Seafood lovers will rejoice in the fabulous fish on offer all over Montpellier, with restaurants and street cafes alike serving up delicious dishes every day. Plus, Montpellier is so close to the coast you can easily hire a bike or get a bus to the seaside for a day of relaxation and sunbathing.

Where to park your car ahead of your May city break

Once you’ve booked your May city break, you’ll have a checklist of things to do to get ready to jet off. Tick off airport parking by booking in with Airport Park and Ride – our Park Mark approved car parks will keep your car safe and secure while you jet off and explore some of Europe’s most fabulous cities.