If you’ve been to all the obvious European city break destinations and are ready to try something new, listen up. Trip Advisor has named the top five city breaks that have been tipped to rise in popularity this year, and chances you’ve yet to visit them.
Forget the likes of Barcelona and Amsterdam – after studying the recent booking habits of their users as part of its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, the popular travel reviews site highlighted a growing interest in five unusual destinations. From the Latvian capital of Riga, to Catania, an ancient portal city in Sicily, here are some exciting new suggestions to consider when planning your next European getaway.
1. Gdansk, Poland
According to Trip Advisor, Gdańsk in Poland is the hot new destination for European city breaks. Situated against the Baltic Sea, the historic city stole the top spot as one of the most sought after holiday destinations of the year and it’s predicted to grow even more in the next year.
2. Riga, Latvia
Following closely at number two is the Latvian capital, Riga. According to Trip Advisor, the city is ‘a fascinating mixture of proud Latvian tradition and influences of the various countries that have occupied it.’
With endless bars and inviting restaurants, Riga is set to be a go-to destination for those seeking an autumn city break this year.
3. Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj has already been compared to the likes of Venice and is on track to become the ‘It’ location for travellers over the next few years, surpassing the popular Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Something tells us the city’s picturesque squares and romantic streets have a lot to do with that.
4. Nerja, Spain
It’s fair to say that Spain isn’t short of go-to destinations. But with travellers hungry for something new, Nerja is on the rise. Positioned at the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, the resort town boasts nearly 10 miles of lovely beaches offering everything from scuba diving to water skiing.
5. Catania, Italy
Last but certainly not least, Catania placed fifth on the annual list. The stunning port city is Sicily’s third largest travel hub and is home to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest and most active volcano. The town was dubbed the ‘Black City’ after it was tarnished with ash in the late 1600s. However, the city was then rebuilt in rebuilt and now boasts the world-famous Baroque buildings.