City Breaks: Three of the best
City breaks either appeal to you or they don’t. Many find the ruckus and pace of cities to be the antithesis of the holiday experience and would much rather lie on the beach, coconut in hand. If you’ve been avoiding city breaks your entire life because you think it’s all open-top bus tours and hyped up tourist prices, it’s fair to say you’ve been led astray. Here are our top three cities to break the habit of a lifetime.
Are you looking for something that raises the hair on your arms as you gaze around in sheer amazement. To the point where neck cramp is a very real possibility, then visit Tokyo, Japan. A thousand miles away from the lull of the beach, this is the world’s most populous metropolitan area. But don’t let that put you off as it only serves to adds to the thrill. Think neon lights, traditional temples, beautiful parks, Michelin starred food, cat cafes, jaw-dropping technology and ancient history.
The distant future all living happily ever after, side by side. This is a city for those of you who aren’t afraid to step outside your comfort zone. To sample the best hotels in Tokyo, head to Marunouchi and book a room with a view overlooking the Imperial Palace Gardens. Or make your way to historic Nihonbashi.
Asides from its obvious elegance and breath-taking beauty, never has a city had so much to give. With the river Danube weaving through the heart of the city’s districts, Buda and Pest. It’s picture perfect from whichever angle you take your shot. Architecturally stunning and historically fascinating, the array of royal palaces, churches and cobbled streets.
Budapest offers the spectacular Chain Bridge and Buda Castle (the city’s crowning glory) its more than enough to keep you occupied for days. Take a dip in the thermal baths, sample the city’s gastronomic brilliance and take an evening or two to experience the ever-popular nightlife. A nightlife that draws people from around the world, and you have the recipe for a getaway that perfectly balances beauty and bustle effortlessly.
For the history buffs among you, there’s no place quite like Edinburgh. The streets can be easily navigated on two feet and the city’s highlights can be soaked up in just a matter of days. Stroll around the likes of Edinburgh Castle and the botanical gardens, summit the mighty Arthur’s Seat (a dormant volcano). Visit the Chinese pandas at the zoo and top it all off with a ghost tour and a whiskey tasting session before hitting the hay.
Beyond the historic streets, Edinburgh is also home to the world-famous Fringe Festival where for three weeks in August each year thousands of performers break a leg on stage to be part of the largest arts festival in the world.