Most mums will agree that although being at home with their little ones is a magical thing, it’s always nice to steal some alone time with their partners and take a short trip away from it all. Whether you travel to see the sights and experience the culture or just to relax and escape the pressures of parenthood, you are sure to be spoiled by one of these top city break destinations.
Without a doubt, Paris reigns as the premier art capital of the world. Some of the world’s top art galleries are found here including the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre whose Mona Lisa hangs famously as one of the most well-known paintings in existence. For art in architectural design, you can’t miss the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, two of the most celebrated landmarks in Europe.
It’s no secret that Paris’s art scene owes a lot of its origin to Italian artists. To experience this for yourself, spend a city break in Florence to absorb all of the splendour of the Renaissance. The works of Florence’s most famous residents including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, and Leonardo di Vinci will leave you spellbound.
If it’s classical entertainment you seek, perhaps a night at the opera in Rome is just what you need. Jacopo Peri’s “Dafne” was the first culturally significant work to be known as “opera” and dates back to the year 1598. Currently, operas by 19th and 20th century Italian composers are some of the most renowned of all time and are performed all over the world. Don’t miss the chance to experience the music and voices of such talented performers, a real cultural treasure in the Eternal City.
Some of the best food in Europe can be found in Barcelona. From the region’s wide varieties of tapas to the city’s famed jamón, there is no shortage of culinary possibilities. Go in hungry and leave with a stomach full of some of the finest food that you’ll ever have tasted.
Another city break for food lovers is Munich, in the heart of Bavaria. Whether it’s traditional pretzels and bratwurst, schnitzel, or apple strudel for dessert, finding something you love in Munich is inevitable. Don’t forget to pair it all with a litre of your favourite brew since you’re now in the beer capital of the world.
Somewhere within the alleys and canals of Venice you are guaranteed to find romance. Venice – long recognised as one of the most romantic spots in the world – is an absolute must for a couple that are on a break away from their hectic every day life. Gondola rides on the Grand Canal and sipping cappuccino in St. Mark’s Square might be just what you need to recharge.
With its blue waters, black beaches, and extraordinary wines, Santorini is yet another perfect place to unwind. Greece’s quintessentially romantic island offers no lack of sun and sand, small boutique hotels, and spectacular sunsets.
Leave the world behind, if only for a few days, and enjoy a much-needed city break in one of these top destinations. A trip with your partner away from the stresses of life, experiencing an extraordinary musical culture or enjoying fine food, might be your ticket to a new and revitalised you.