Whether you are looking for a cultural city break or a fabulous beach holiday you can be sure to find the ideal getaway to suit you, with deals to great destinations direct from Birmingham Airport.
THE CITY OF LIGHTS
For a cultural city break Paris is an excellent choice. Browse around impressive museums and art galleries, including the decadent Musée du Louvre. Attend a free festival at the park Jardin des Tuileries or unwind with some retail therapy along the Champs-Élysées. Walk down quaint cobbled streets then stop by a patisserie for a warm almond croissant. Burn off the calories by climbing the 387 steps of Notre Dame; see Quasimodo’s bell tower and meet the gargoyles who keep watch over the city. A trip to Paris wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. The best times to go are at sunset or late evening when the city of lights really comes to life.
SPAIN’S CULTURAL METROPOLIS
Barcelona is a city that offers the best of both worlds with stunning beaches and a cosmopolitan town centre. Sit back and relax with cocktails and tapas overlooking the picturesque harbour. Walk down the famous Las Ramblas or join a walking tour to see Goya’s distinctive architecture or Gaudi’s iconic La Segrada Familia. In the evening, visit the Old Town with many restaurants serving delicious paella then head over to Plaça Reial to experience some of Barcelona’s best night life.
SWEDEN’S COOL CAPITAL
For a city break with a difference visit Stockholm; an idyllic city built on water that stretches across 14 individual islands. The best way to see the city is by ferry with regular shuffles departing from the picturesque waterfront. Another way to get around the city is by using the Stockholm metro, famous for its impressive underground art gallery. Start your day with a warm latte and a cinnamon bun at the Cosy Café then stroll around Djurgården Park with its amusement attractions and natural beauty. Browse one of the city’s top museums such as the Moderna Museet or Vasa Museum then in the afternoon sip gin tea at the very chic At Six hotel. In the evening dine at the Fem Små Hus sequestered away with its vaulted ceiling and a cobblestone floors.
GERMANY’S BEATING HEART
Berlin is one of the coolest, most dynamic and exciting cities in Europe, renowned for its edgy street art, thrilling nightlife and steeped in history. Join a guided walking tour from the iconic Brandenburg Gate to see historic sites such as the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag and the Berliner Dom. Visit Check-Point Charlie to see the spot that once divided the East from the West side of the city during the Cold War, then pay your respects at the sobering Jewish Memorial in memory to the victims of the Holocaust. Alternatively take a river cruise and pass architectural buildings such as Charlottenburg Palace and the impressive Museum Island. Head over to the Mitte district for some of the city’s best restaurants. Berlin hosts a number of festivals in autumn including the famous Bavarian Ockoberfest beer festival. The Festival of Lights is another spectacular free event where the city’s famous landmarks are illuminated in colour. The event takes place from 7 to 16 October.