There’s something brilliant about a city break. Hop on a flight and within a few hours you can find yourself eating gelato by the Trevi Fountain in Rome, or taking a dip in a thermal spa in Budapest. Europe’s got tonnes to offer. But are you looking for something a bit further flung? You’re not the only one. According to Google, the five destinations that topped holiday-goers lists for city breaks weren’t quite so close to home…
Heat up in Havana
If you like your city breaks rich with history and culture, Havana delivers like no other. The warm climate and love of dance – ever fancied learning how to salsa? – go hand in hand with the colourful colonial buildings and classic cars lining the streets. Even Ernest Hemingway called Cuba home for a while. If you’re desperate to explore the sun-bleached streets, our Havana city tour is the perfect way to spend an afternoon while holidaying at one of our destinations on the island. Make sure you don’t miss the famous Revolution Square, the spot where Fidel Castro hosted his rallies.
Make the most of Mexico City
Mexico’s another one for the foodies and the history buffs. The home of the sombrero really delivers when it comes to cuisine and culture. If the Aztecs are your bag, Mexico City is an ideal spot to explore, as are super glam Cancun or the Riviera Maya, which is famous for being the most-photographed location in Mexico. From here, you can visit Chichen Itza – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – or explore Mayan ruins on clifftops overlooking Instagram-friendly beaches. Back in the capital, the Frida Kahlo Museum is well worth a visit, and there are more restaurants and markets than you’ll be able to make time for. Shop for souvenirs and sample the local delicacies while you explore – the food is authentic as it gets.
Tower above the Toronto skyline
Canada is famous for maple syrup and moose, yes, but did you know that Toronto’s CN Tower was the tallest building in the world until 2009, when it was overtaken by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa? From a stomach-churning 356 metres above the ground you can get a panoramic view of the the most populated city in the True North, before heading back down to earth to catch an ice hockey game or sample some local eats. Toronto’s a cosmopolitan hotspot and it just happens to be one of Canada’s trendiest neighbourhoods.
Get stuck in to the great outdoors in Reykjavik
If you don’t want to travel quite as far, Iceland’s cool capital Reykjavik is for you. You probably know it for the incredible views of the Northern Lights, and the toasty waters of the Blue Lagoon spa – the silt in the pools is rumoured to cure skin problems and give you a youthful glow. But Reykjavik is also home to an exciting nightlife scene and has its fair share of quirky folk legends. Put all of that together and you’ll definitely decide that braving the arctic conditions is worth it.
Have a taste of Tokyo
Have you always dreamed of chowing down on some authentic sushi? The food in Tokyo alone is worth the 12-hour flight from the UK. In fact, Japanese cuisine was added to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list in 2013. As well as the top-notch food, Tokyo’s culture is world famous – anime, Geishas and traditional arts like origami all make the city one for your must-visit list.