Dublin, Lisbon, Rome – where will your next citybreak be?

April 18, 2014 by  

When spring arrives with sunshine and daffodils, it always puts me in the mood for planning my next getaway, a mini-break to throw off the chill of winter and tide me over until the summer holidays. If you’re in the mood for a weekend away in Europe or the UK, take a look at the fun web app from SuperBreak to fuel your holiday inspiration. Whether you’re planning a relaxing half term break with the family, a weekend of eating and entertainment with your friends, or a cultural city-break with your partner, here are some of the destinations that you might want to consider;

If you’re a couple looking for a weekend of food, drink and entertainment you might look at….

Dublin

Dublin at night Photo by Lendog64 on Flickr

Dublin at night, the ultimate party town

What Superbreak have to say; Just a quick jump across the water and you can enjoy traditional Bars, comedy clubs, delicious local food and the ever-so-friendly Irish welcome! Guinness at the ready!

What I enjoyed about Dublin;

  • I love the way that the Irish always have a story to tell, that you can go into any pub and strike up a conversation with a complete stranger and there’s always some music and a song or two.
  • Visit the Guinness Storehouse in an amazing 7 storey old warehouse with modern glass additions to learn about Dublin’s favourite tipple – you’ll be shown how to pull the perfect pint of the black stuff and can buy up the brand’s heritage (love the retro toucans).
  • Take the train out to Sandy Cove, a seaside spot where the members of the 40 foot swimming club test the water every day of the year and where James Joyce lived in an old Martello tower and liked to take a dip.

Here’s what I wrote about Dublin: The best of TBEX, the best of Dublin

But if you and your partner are looking for a weekend of culture in Europe, why not try…

Rome

The Trevi Fountain in Rome Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Throw your coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome to return some day

What Superbreak have to say; With a wealth of history, culture and plenty of Italian charisma, you can’t help but feel the love on a weekend break in Rome with someone special.

What I enjoyed about Rome;

  • Buying a gelato from the kiosk shop on the island in the Tiber and eating it with a view of the river where Dan Brown’s hero, in the book Angels and Demons, parachutes out of an exploding helicopter to land on the island.
  • Visiting the Turtle fountain or Fontana delle Tartarughe in Piazza Mattei first thing in the morning before the crowds have gathered – so much more charming and less crowded than the Trevi Fountain.
  • Visiting the daily fruit and vegetable market in Campo de’Fiori and buying a slice of pizza fresh from the oven from the artizan bakery at one end, then sitting on the steps of the central monument to eat it.

Here’s one of my stories about Rome: The view from the dome of St Peter’s in Rome

If you are a couple who fancy a weekend of culture in the UK take a look at …

Stratford-upon-Avon

The river at Stratford-upon-Avon Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Picnic by the river at Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare

What Superbreak have to say; Discover the quaint city of Stratford upon Avon on a romantic weekend break. Step back in time in this historic city and see the spots where Shakespeare’s most famous plays were created.

What I love to do in Stratford-upon-Avon;

  • Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a fabulous venue that has gone through a multi-million pound renovation. You must try and get a ticket to see one of their Shakespeare productions but even if you can’t, be sure to pop in to wander round the building, visit one of the exhibitions, climb the tower or take a backstage tour.
  • Taking afternoon tea at the Arden Hotel right opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the perfect place for a lunch stop in between sightseeing or a pre-theatre dinner before you pop across the road for the performance.
  • Several of the houses in and around Stratford associated with Shakespeare and his family are open to the public, and we we especially love Anne Hathaway’s Cottage with its cottage garden and the settle by the fire where young William might have snuggled with his new bride Anne.

Here’s what I wrote about Stratford-upon-Avon: The Tower and other Transformations at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

But if you are a group who’d like a weekend of culture in Europe why not try …

Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Visit the great Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

What Superbreak have to say; With history, landmarks and iconic French architecture around every corner, Paris offers everything a group would need for a cultural break. Don’t forget your camera!

What I enjoyed about Paris;

  • Wandering around the Parisian’s choice of market, Marche d’Aligre with the most polished and perfect fruit and vegetables, a mouthwatering selection of prepared dishes in the covered market and a flea market where you can buy everything from vintage footwear to elegant wine glasses.
  • Walking down Canal Saint Martin to admire all the houseboats and then continuing along the narrow footpath right beside the Seine, with views of Notre Dame in the distance – a world away from the tourist crowds at the cathedral itself.
  • Exploring the covered arcades with art galleries and street cafes in Place des Vosges and then visiting Maison Victor Hugo to find out about the life and times of this celebrated French writer, author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Here’s what I wrote about Paris: Our winter weekend in Paris, the food, the sights, the video

And if and your friends are looking for a weekend of culture in Europe, why not try…

Lisbon

The vintage trams in Lisbon Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Ride the vintage trams in Lisbon up the hill

What Superbreak have to say; A weekend break in Lisbon, Portugal’s capital offers an eclectic mix of fascinating Portuguese history and contemporary art and culture.

What I loved about Lisbon;

  • Listening to the mournful Fado singers who perform in the restaurants in the Bairo Alto and Alfama neighbourhoods – don’t expect the food to be anything special but the music will touch your soul.
  • Eating Pasteis de Belem from the famous cakes shop near the Monastery of Jerónimos – these creamy custard tarts are the signature of Lisbon and you can either sit in the vaulted cafe rooms at the back of the shop or take them away to eat in the gardens overlooking the port.
  • Taking the yellow, vintage No 28 tram up the hill to the Castelo de Sao Jorge where you can walk around the ramparts and gaze over the rooftops towards the river where the ships left to conquer the New World centuries ago.

Here’s one of my stories about Lisbon: An autumn weekend in Lisbon – Podcast

There are plenty more inspirational short break destinations to discover with the SuperBreak app so why not give it a try and see where your inspiration leads you.

About the Superbreak Holiday Inspirator:  To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Yorkshire based holiday company  Superbreak.com have created a fun app to help you choose the perfect UK or European city break based on who you’re travelling with and what you enjoy. Check out the Superbreak Holiday Inspirator Webapp or follow the coversation on the Superbreak Facebook Page or on Twitter @Superbreak using hashtag #SuperBreakinspo

This article is brought to you in partnership with Superbreak.com

Photo Credits: Dublin at night by LenDog64 Other photos by Heatheronhertravels.com

This article by Heather Cowper is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here

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Comments

15 Comments on "Dublin, Lisbon, Rome – where will your next citybreak be?"

  1. Barbara Weibel on Sat, 19th Apr 2014 1:47 pm 

    Great tips, Heather. With your suggestions I found things I haven’t yet done even in the destinations I’ve already visited.
    Barbara Weibel´s last blog post ..PHOTO: View over Tromso, Norway from the domed window of the Tromso City Library

  2. Heather Cowper on Sat, 19th Apr 2014 2:00 pm 

    @Barbara there’s always something new to find even if you’ve visited a place many times before

  3. Kathryn Burrington on Sun, 20th Apr 2014 9:43 am 

    Some lovely cities and great tips here and ,as you say, even if you have visited before there is always something new to discover. I could never tire of visiting Paris.
    Kathryn Burrington´s last blog post ..Cooking Tuscany! From perfect pasta to the tastiest tiramisu

  4. Heather Cowper on Sun, 20th Apr 2014 11:26 am 

    @Kat yes after our recent trip to Paris I feel there’s a lot more to explore

  5. Lucy on Sun, 20th Apr 2014 10:04 pm 

    Some great choices – Paris and Dublin are old favourites and I try to visit as much as I can. I’m only about an hour from Stratford but haven’t been around the city since I was at school so may have to remedy that and try out a few of your recommendations!
    Lucy´s last blog post ..Surviving the souks in Marrakech

  6. Heather Cowper on Mon, 21st Apr 2014 1:37 pm 

    @Lucy the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a fantastic place to visit even if you’re not seeing a play

  7. Duane on Wed, 23rd Apr 2014 2:30 am 

    I like to go to Rome or Lisbon as I prefer the life style of southern Europe. Thanks for the tips in the post.
    Duane´s last blog post ..How to Learn Guitar Fast

  8. Carolyn @ Holidays to Europe on Wed, 23rd Apr 2014 11:40 am 

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’m definitely going to visit the Marche d’Aligre when I visit Paris in a couple of months.
    Carolyn @ Holidays to Europe´s last blog post ..My recommended accommodations in the UK and France

  9. Heather Cowper on Wed, 23rd Apr 2014 12:49 pm 

    @Carolyn yes I’d highly recommend Marche d’Aligre it’s the Parisisn’s choice

  10. Heather Cowper on Wed, 23rd Apr 2014 3:25 pm 

    @Duane I think I’m with you there – I enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and sunshine

  11. Caterina Sardinia on Thu, 24th Apr 2014 3:35 pm 

    Ciao from Sardinia!

  12. Richard on Sun, 27th Apr 2014 11:00 pm 

    I do love a city break, probably more than a beach holiday. I fancy visiting somewhere different in Eastern Europe later this year – I think I’ll look at that app for some inspiration. Cheers!
    Richard´s last blog post ..Lille: the view, the zoo and heroic pigeons too

  13. Heather Cowper on Sun, 27th Apr 2014 11:27 pm 

    @Richard As for Eastern Europe I can highly recommend Budapest – have been a couple of times and really loved the feeling of the place.

  14. Mark H on Fri, 2nd May 2014 6:16 am 

    Ooohhh, Paris for me out of that list.

  15. Heather Cowper on Fri, 2nd May 2014 12:41 pm 

    @Paris seems to be everyone’s favourite!

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