The world is full of amazing cities that are bursting with culture, history and an abundance of things to do, just waiting to be explored. There’s nothing quite like wandering around a new city in an entirely different country and immersing yourself in the local culture for a few days. We are blessed with mainland Europe right on our doorstep, and these fabulous cities are all less than a 3 hour flight away from London, ideal for a weekend getaway.
Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals has put together a list of the must-visit European cities for 2022! After analysing Google searches from the past 12 months, this ranking reveals the cities that people are most eager to visit.
The UK’s most desired city break destination for 2022 is none other than the Dutch capital, Amsterdam! Whether you fancy hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop, raiding some vintage flea markets, or taking a cruise along the canals, Amsterdam has something to offer everyone. A flight to Amsterdam from London only takes roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes, making this a favourite for people who want to squeeze their break into a quick 48 hour Friday – Sunday evening getaway.
Barcelona secures its spot as the second most popular city break location this year, and it’s not hard to understand why! People who can’t decide between a city break and a beach holiday, fear not, Barcelona is the perfect destination for you! Stroll through the stunning Park Güell, marvel at the Sagrada Familia, or spend a day lazing on the Barceloneta Beach. Barcelona is also home to some great music and cultural events, such as Primavera Sound that is taking place in early June.
Dublin is the third most popular city break location! Whether you want to visit for a pint of Guinness or to be surrounded by the warm and welcoming Irish people, Dublin will not disappoint. Visit the National Museum of Ireland to learn all about Irish heritage and culture, or choose from one of the other world-class tourist attractions. Perhaps the most typical thing to do whilst you’re in the city is to visit the Guinness Storehouse, the brewery experience that tells the tale of Ireland’s famous beer, with tastings and a rooftop bar.
The City of Love takes fourth place! Choose to take a quick flight or hop on the Eurostar in London and reach the city centre in just over two hours. Enjoy an Emily in Paris style weekend by starting your day with un café au lait and pain au chocolat whilst sitting on a terrace at a Parisian cafe. Then pay a visit to some of Paris’ superb art galleries and museums, from the Centre Pompidou to the iconic Louvre. Spend your evening tasting a cheese board and sipping fine wine, or perhaps take a cruise along the Seine at night to see the Eiffel Tower twinking. Doesn’t it sound dreamy?
The fifth most popular European city break destination this year is Budapest. The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is a popular spot due to its rich culture and for being the Spa Capital of the World! Visitors often go especially to visit one of the many spa baths, the best and largest being Szechenyi Spa Baths, which hosts 15 indoor baths and 3 grand outdoor pools. Aside from the baths, Budapest is also famous for its Ruin Bars, a collection of bars that are located inside abandoned buildings and are decorated with colourful graffiti and plants.
Source: Press release/Holidu