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Discover the best city breaks

Ahoy pirates, are you already dreaming of your next short break but can’t afford to spend crazy amounts of money or stay away for longer than a few nights? Luckily we always have some cheap city break deals for you! Especially if you are looking for a great value last minute holiday!

Sightseeing, partying, shopping and perhaps even sunbathing on some of the world’s most amazing beaches – all that in just one city break. So why not skip a night out at home and invest the money in a cheap city break? Discover the most exiting places in the UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, France and all over the world - from Amsterdam to Dubai to Las Vegas.

Get inspired and plan your next city break with us! Also check out our packing list for your perfect city trip!

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Check out deals for a 3-day city break in these amazing destinations!

Paris deals for under £250 pp

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Barcelona deals with major savings

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New York deals for under £500 pp

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Rome deals with big discounts

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Madrid deals for under £250 pp

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Bargain Lisbon deals

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The best cheap city breaks in Europe

You don't have to go far, to find great cities that are worth a trip. Europe is offering some of the most interesting cities to visit. Even if it's just for a few nights.

  • Rome, Italy - The eternal city offers a great mix of culture, shopping and food.
  • Paris, France - Deservedly known as one of the most romantic cities in the world.
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands - Walk along the romantic canals, peek into museums, and watch as the soft neons come alive each night in the well-known Red Light District.
  • Barcelona, Spain - Enjoy stunning architecture, buzzing nightlife and even a beach.
  • Madrid, Spain - Explore typical Spanish architecture with  a unique flair.
  • Lisbon, Portugal - Somehow still one of the most underrated destinations for a city trip. Don't miss out on the rich culture and great beaches!
  • London, UK - You don't even have to leave the UK for an amazing city break. London offers you everything you'd expect from a great city break.
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Great city breaks for the winter

Escape the cold back home and head to these destinations where the sun seems to always shine and the temperatures stay pleasant, even in December and January:

  • Melbourne, Australia – highs of 24°C to 26°C in winter.
  • Funchal, Madeira – highs of around 20°C in winter.
  • Los Angeles, USA – highs of around 20°C in winter.
  • Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote – highs of around 20°C in winter.
  • Cape Town, South Africa – highs of around 30°C in winter.

Cheap city breaks away

Here are just a few ideas to get you started, looking at some of the most visited cities in the world:

  • Hong Kong – Ideal for a look at unique and ultra-modern Asia.
  • New York City, USA – An iconic American destination which perfectly blends culture and entertainment.
  • Bangkok, Thailand – Known for its vibrancy and legendary nightlife.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – An ever-growing metropolis balancing progress and tradition.
  • Seoul, South Korea – One of the most intriguing cities in Asia.
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Best cheap weekend breaks

What better way to spend the weekend than exploring a new city? From cheap weekends away within the U.K. to our favourite cities just a short flight away, there’s plenty of budget destinations ideal to spend a few nights away on a weekend break. To make the most of a weekend trip, we recommend trying to “bridge” your bank holidays —however, all of our top picks below can be easily done in just 2-3 days. 

HolidayPirates always have some great deals for a weekend break. Especially if you have a full-time 9-5 job a weekend city break might be the perfect choice for you. You won't even need to take a single holiday day to enjoy and explore the best city trip destinations in Europe. Check out our weekend break ideas, perfect for a solo holiday as well as a group getaway with friends. 

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Although the Scottish capital isn’t well-known as a budget destination, it’s easy to keep spending to a minimum, particularly if you travel in the off season. Get outside and climb Arthur’s Seat or visit the botanical gardens—both free—or, if you catch the rain, head to the Scottish National Gallery or National Museum of Scotland (free admission). Stick to budget eats (like Oink’s famous stuffed rolls) and student-friendly pubs to make your trip even more wallet-friendly.  

Canary Islands, Spain

If you have the chance to go on a short break to the Canary Islands, you should do it. The flight from London is about 4 hours. So still reasonable! Even if you only stay for 2 or 3 nights, enjoying the sun and strolling on the beach will be definitely worth it. No matter if you prefer Tenerife, Gran Canaria or La Gomera. All the Canary Islands are a good choice for a weekend break.

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Budapest, Hungary

Economical travelers will know that Budapest is one of the best cities in Europe for a low-cost trip. Private apartments for two or more guests are available for less than £30/night, the street food is tasty and filling, and you can find drinks for a little over a pound a pint. Couple that with the not-too-pricey baths the city is famous for, and it’s easy to see how Budapest has risen to budget holiday fame. 

Palma, Majorca

While the beach towns of Majorca draw crowds of Brits every summer, a stay in the island’s capital, Palma, works any time of the year. As the small coastal towns board up in the winter season, Palma’s small cafes, art galleries, and walkable neighborhoods flourish. Festivals take place throughout the winter season, meaning you can hike the mountainous trails on the island’s Western coast by day and join the festivities by night. The rest of the year, the capital is a good place to mix in sightseeing and lazy afternoons in outdoor cafes with journeys to the beaches in the surrounding areas. 

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Cheap city breaks

On a budget? There are many wonderful cities to visit, where affordable air fares, accommodation, and daily costs will leave you plenty of cash for another trip later on. Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, offers low prices at even the most luxurious places to stay, allowing you to savour Eastern European architecture and delicious food. Krakow, Poland is rich in history and also famously inexpensive for a trip. Finally, while there are places in Spain with cheaper daily costs, flights to Barcelona are often magnificently affordable, and there's so much to see that the overall value is excellent.

The best cities for a romantic weekend

Paris is arguably the most iconic destination for lovers looking for a romantic escape, but have you ever considered a city break to Florence, Italy? The Galleria dell'Accademia houses Michelangelo's David, which is just the start of the city's artistic offerings. Stroll hand in hand through the piazzas as you enjoy some gelato and see the Arno River at sunset. Buenos Aires, Argentina is often said to have the most European feel of the South American capitals. Explore the trendy and colourful La Boca neighbourhood and admire the gorgeous buildings in Plaza de Mayo. Or head to the medinas of Marrakech, Morocco. The vibrant markets and splendid architecture, such as the 19th-century Bahia Palace, set the stage for a culturally rich and romantic city break.

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1. Marrakech


A quick 3-hour flight opens the door to a different world of colour, architecture, culture, and food. Explore the streets of Marrakesh, ignite your taste buds with aromatic dishes and take in the country’s history.

Tips for Marrakesh: Visit the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque and shop for jewellery at the Jemaa el-Fnaa.

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5. Amsterdam

A tourist favourite, the narrow streets of Amsterdam will keep you and your friends close on this weekend break. And watch out for the cyclists!

Tips for Amsterdam: Visit the Anne Frank House, Van Gough museum and cruise the Amsterdam Canal. End your day by sipping on a cold lager at the Heineken Experience.

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2. Belfast

Take a break in Northern Ireland’s capital of Belfast. Instead of staying at home and watching your favourite movie “Titanic” why not go to the Titanic Museum and visit the shipyard where the ship was built. Flights to Belfast take no time at all and it's easy to pack light.

Tips for Belfast: Visit the Ulster Museum for a taste of Irish history or climb up to Belfast Castle.

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6. Rome

When in Rome…become a part of the ancient city and dwell in its superb and rich history. Get a taste for La Dolce Vita on a weekend break to the Italian capital.

Tips for Rome: Visit the Colosseum, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. 

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3. Paris

What would our list be if we didn’t include Paris? But there is more to this city of love than just the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. This historic city is full of character and offers an experience that ticks many bucket lists.

Tips for Paris: Visit the burial site of Oscar Wilde and Chopin at the Père Lachaise cemetery or take the kids on an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Paris

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7. Prague

This city offers a healthy balance between party and culture. The city carries with it a gothic essence and medieval architecture that provides a unique party scene.

Tips for Prague: Spend some time at the Prague astronomical clock and then check out the dancing house. If you are lucky, you can catch the festival of lights.

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4. Barcelona

The city on the coast of Spain offers a combination of modern design and traditional Spanish architecture that will appeal to all your senses. Rich in football culture, you will be able to sing your club’s song while exploring rival grounds.

Tips for Barcelona: Go to the magic fountain of Montjuic or visit the Picasso museum and kick a ball around at the home of FC Barcelona, Camp Nou.

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8. Berlin

Berlin has historically been the city that accommodates weekend breakers. Its cosmopolitan nature is warm and inviting to all visitors.

Tips for Berlin: Walk through the Brandenburg gate or get a birds-eye view of the city from the Berliner Fernsehturm.

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