Unusual European Holidays – Unique City Breaks Across Europe

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Ahh, summertime.

Ok, it’s rainy and miserable outside – I get it. Luckily we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve for summer holidays off the beaten track that won’t break the bank, because they’re right on our doorstep!

If post-Brexit Britain is getting you down and you fancy soaking up some of the beautiful European culture (but without being too cliché about it) then lean in closer and take notes, because we’ve got the hot scoop on the best unique and unusual European city breaks and holiday destinations that’ll put Olivia-from-your-office’s unoriginal Bali photo’s to shame. And, unsurprisingly, we might* have a few cheeky vouchers in mind to make your unique European holiday that much more affordable!

*We do.

Belgrade Serbia

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Belgrade – Serbia

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and is one of those places that’s just becoming painfully hip. With a quirky urban edge, this creative hub is not known for being the prettiest city – but IS perhaps one of the most vibrant in Europe.

Stop By

  • Cathedral of St Sava – one of the largest churches in the world still under construction, and awe-inspiringly beautiful.
  • Cantina de Frida – named after Frida Kahlo; a young Cuban style bar with great cocktails.
  • The riverside Savamala district – the newly converted creative hub of the city.

What We Love

The food and nightlife.

When To Go?

Between July and September.

Budva, Montenegro

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Budva – Montenegro

Budva’s buzzing coastline and stunning postcard-perfect scenery makes for a clear winner in our books. Although not many Brits venture this way, it’s actually a very happening party destination for those in the know. Think: bikini clad shot girls and boat parties.

Stop By

  • The Stari Grad (Old Town) – for beautiful architecture, shops, restaurants and a small museum. Basically, your token dose of culture and snaps for your mum.
  • Sveti Stevan – an island connected to the mainland with sprawling pink sand beaches.
  • The annual Sea Dance Festival (this year from the 14th-18th July) – a dance festival on the beach to rival Thailand’s infamous Full Moon Party (acts this year include Skrillex and Lost Frequencies).

What We Love

What else? The huge party scene this undiscovered gem has to offer.

When To Go?

This island comes alive purely in peak season so be sure to go June-August.

Marseille, France

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Marseille – France

When people think of holidays in France it’s usually Paris, Cannes or St Tropez that spring to mind, but Marseille is actually an often-overlooked gem, and the second biggest city in the country. In 2013 it was titled European Capital of Culture and is now choc-a-block with swanky restaurants, hotels and boutiques.

Stop By

  • The Old Port – the vibrant centre of the city and literal heart of the action. If you get there early enough you can watch as the fishermen reveal the days catch for the markets, and in the evening there’s no shortage of delightful bars for a glass of wine.
  • La Belle de Mai – a cultural delight showcasing a range of events including a gallery, open air cinema, club nights and even a festival space. A true artist’s paradise.

What We Love

The vibe and the bars.

When To Go?

There is something to do year round in Marseille, but for warmer climates stick to the summer months.

Piran, Slovenia

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Piran – Slovenia

This town is arguably one of the most picturesque on our list, full of Venetian architecture and culinary delights. It’s well documented to feel more Italian than Slovenian, probably due to the emphasis on food and culture, and the friendliness of the locals.

Stop By

  • Any of the waterfront bars to watch one of the famous sunsets – a sight not to be missed.
  • Piran Divers – explore the crystal clear coastline and try your hand at scuba diving.
  • Venetian House – the red building is the oldest in the square and a stunning example of that Venetian-style gothic architecture, if you’re into that kind of thing.

What We Love

The food! And the scenery aint too bad either.

When To Go?

June – September.

Salzburg, Austria

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Salzburg – Austria

This is a fairytale setting; a stunning mountainscape, the most romantic of architecture and sprawling gardens. Known for being the birthplace of Mozart and the setting of The Sound of Music, this city is irresistibly linked to symphony.

Stop By

  • Fortress Hohensalzburg – a landmark castle to give you a birds-eye view of the stunning cityscape.
  • Stiegl Brauwelt – a brewery tour for an insight into how beer is made, obviously featuring a few tasters. The food is great too.
  • The Old Market Square – a delight to the lovers of food stalls and fruit and veg stands, sample some of the local delicacies or pick up a few souvenirs.

What We Love

Scenery to take your breath away.

When To Go?

You can go any time of the year and it will be fantastic, in winter expect snow covered mountains and blooming greenery in summer.

Basically, there’s pretty much something for everyone whether you’re after scenery, culture, food or just somewhere to get drunk that isn’t your local. BUT, before you skip off to the travel agent take a peek at some of our travel deals and spending-money-enhancers with the likes of Hotels.com, LoveHolidays and LastMinute.com.

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