• Portugal is One of the Most Popular Destinations this Year

    by  • February 15, 2017

    Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Aveiro are all fascinating cities which demand a visit. Lisbon has for a long time been a very popular choice for city-break travellers, but this year it is proving to be more in demand than ever.  Portugal’s capital has a lot to offer the tourist.  It certainly is a fascinating...

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    Budget airline EasyJet unveils new routes from Manchester to Dubrovnik and Granada

    by  • December 15, 2016

    Granada is a wonderful city-break destination, either on its own or combined with other Spanish cities. Earlier this winter easyJet added the London Gatwick-Granada route to its portfolio.  Operations will commence in February 2017.  Yesterday the airline announced plans to add three new routes from Manchester Airport, including the very popular Croatian city of...

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    Munich is a superb Christmas Market destination

    by  • December 11, 2016

    The city of Munich really comes alive at Christmas Market time   Munich is a very popular destination for visitors in the month of December and the city’s hotels are almost fully booked for the whole period, especially over weekends.    I was lucky enough to spend the first weekend in December staying in the...

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    Now is a great time to visit the Baltic capitals

    by  • November 24, 2016

    It is easy to reach the Baltic capitals from the UK and they all have so much to offer the city break traveller The three Baltic capital cities of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius were almost unknown to tourists from the UK a decade ago.  Now, with the advent of low cost flights these cities...

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    Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2017

    by  • November 3, 2016

    Bordeaux, Lisbon & Moscow lead the charge for Europe in 2017. Having just published their ‘Best in Travel’ series for 2017, the Lonely Planet’s travel recommendations for the year ahead make for some interesting reading. Of particular appeal to us at Cities Direct are their European accolades, with just one country, Finland, making the...

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    Bologna and Ravenna – two of Italy’s hidden gems

    by  • November 3, 2016

    The two cities make an ideal twin centre city break When asked to name any Italian cities worth visiting for a short city break, the names of Venice, Florence and Rome trip off the tongue almost immediately.  All three of these cities certainly are well worth a visit and indeed each of them probably...

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    A taste of the Glacier Express with a free 4 star upgrade

    by  • October 12, 2016

    December is a magical time of year to embark on one of Switzerland’s best scenic train rides across the Alps, the famous Glacier Express. Round your trip off with a stay in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Lucerne where you can experience the wonderful atmosphere of the Christmas Markets, all with a free...

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    Europe’s Top Museums

    by  • October 2, 2016

    Earlier this year, I took a look at Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2016 and their top 25 destinations across the world, many of which are perfect candidates for a short break. This time round, I’m concentrating on the top 25 museums in Europe, an ideal way in which to spend an hour...

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