Philipp Sewing

5 Incredible City Break Destinations You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Vianca Meyer

When you hear mention of a ‘city break’, you probably think of Paris, Rome or Barcelona. To help you broaden your horizons, we’ve curated five stunning yet little known city break destinations that are well worth a visit this year.

1. Aveiro, Portugal

 

Nicknamed ‘the Venice of Portugal’, this small city on Portugal’s west coast is a favourite among locals. Its winding canals and brightly coloured boats give it a super romantic feel, and the nearby beaches are great spots for dining and sunbathing. A welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby Porto.

 

 

2. Graz, Austria

 

Graz is Austria’s second largest city, and has tons to offer thanks to its vibrant art scene, buzzing nightlife and the mixture of old and new architecture. It’s a student city meaning it’s always teeming with life, and as well as its cultural centre and beautiful Old Town, the city is surrounded by lush vineyards which make an excellent day trip. Be sure to visit the Murinsel in the middle of the river, and the famous Schlossberg — the city’s central landmark.

 

 

3. Silkeborg, Denmark

 

Silkeborg is found in Denmark’s equivalent of the Lake District, and is the country’s outdoor capital. Cycle, hike, canoe, fish, swim or horse ride; whatever your preferred activity, Silkeborg will be able to facilitate it. There’s plenty to see for the history and art lovers too, and lots of great places to eat and drink al fresco in the city centre. The perfect spot for an active weekend away, and a great one for the family.

 

 

4. Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city but is often forgotten, despite being an absolute mecca for culture, cafes and nightlife. Fresh seafood is in abundance and it takes its art, interiors and fashion very seriously. Gothenburg gives Stockholm a serious run for its money.

 

 

5. Fontainebleau, France

 

Less than two hours drive from Paris, this small French town is well worth a visit. The famous and beautiful Chateau de Fontainebleau is at its heart, and the 25,000 hectares of woodland that surround it are great spots for hiking, bouldering and horse riding. The food is also top notch, and the open-air food market is well worth a visit.

 

Fontainebleau is easily reached by train or car from central Paris.

 

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