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Best European city breaks and short stays 2022: Where to go and where to stay

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Tania Leslau
Lifestyle Writer
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If you have been itching to book that city break you've been thinking about for ages – or perhaps have been pondering a short but sweet weekend away – then this is your sign to go. From Paris to Rome, Amsterdam to Copenhagen, there are many incredible European city break destinations to explore.

Whether you want to soak up some beautiful scenery, indulge in delicious cuisine or absorb the cultural heritage of the metropolis – then we have got you covered. We've rounded up the best European city breaks for you to discover which are ideal for impromptu holidays, romantic vacations, girls' trips away and more. 

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Madrid, Spain


What to do in Madrid

There's plenty to explore in the Spanish capital. Browse the Prado Museum’s works to see paintings by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters or enjoy a traditional flamenco show. Unwind in Retiro Park or get stuck into the action by strolling along the Gran Vía.

Where to stay in Madrid

Ocean Drive Madrid 


madrid hotel


Housed in the former Real Cinema building in Madrid, this fresh and modern urban hotel is guaranteed to be the best choice for a city getaway. Situated in Plaza de Isabel II, in front of the Opera Palace, a few steps from the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía, it is strategically located for guests who want to be in the heart of the action in Spain’s capital city. 

The hotel has a contemporary design, elegant architecture and the most advanced and sustainable technology where you can expect customer-oriented staff willing to help you throughout your stay. Don't miss their on-site tapas along with different rice dishes and grilled fish and meats that are served in Mar Mía, the hotel's restaurant, with different areas to suit different moods, including a terrace right onto the square.

To book, visit

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Copenhagen, Denmark 


What to do in Copenhagen

Denmark's capital city has lots to offer. Peruse the halls of the country's largest art gallery, SMK, which houses an incredible selection of art or take a peek behind the scenes of the Danish Royal Family at the Amalienborg Palace. See Denmark's most iconic statue of The Little Mermaid which was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale or escape the tourist crowds and head up the Round Tower.

Where to stay in Copenhagen 

25hours Hotel Indre By




Set in Copenhagen and with The Round Tower reachable within 90 metres, 25hours Hotel Indre By offers express check-in and check-out, allergy-free rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi throughout the property and a fitness centre. Featuring a bar, the hotel is close to several noted attractions, around 450 yards from The David Collection, 550 yards from Rosenborg Castle and 550 yards from Torvehallerne.

To book, visit

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

The Ha'penny Bridge is a pedestrian bridge built in 1816 over the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.© Peter Unger

What to do in Dublin

Whether you're there for a good time or a long time, Dublin has so much to offer. Of course, a visit wouldn't be complete without checking out Temple Bar, which has more to offer than just touristy pubs. Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university, is a stunning example of architecture and it is also home to the Book of Kells, one of the world's most famous books. There's also plenty of shopping and incredible restaurants, including Michelin-starred Chapter One, and of course, Guinness Storehouse.

Where to stay in Dublin

Beckett Locke

beckett locke two bedroom suite dublin ireland

Opened in November 2021, Beckett Locke is in Dublin's thriving Dockland area, tucked behind the 3Arena making it a perfect choice for gig-goers. The 241-studio aparthotel features a neighbourhood co-working space, artisan coffee shop, restaurant and intimate cocktail bar in addition to meeting and event space for up to 100 people, all set around a central glass atrium.

Designed by the London studio of globally renowned design firm AvroKO in collaboration with local firm C+W O'Brien Architects, the interiors of Beckett Locke take their cue from Dublin's maritime history and the Docklands' deep industrial heritage. The beautifully designed apartments each feature black steel, exposed concrete, rust-coloured soft furnishing, fully-fitted kitchens, and living and dining space – making them suitable for short, medium, and long stays. Unique to Beckett Locke, each studio apartment has been designed in-house by edyn Development Studio.

The aparthotel also houses three new food and drink concepts by Alan Clancy's native restaurant group, NolaClan. North 7th Coffee, The Belis restaurant, which offers a contemporary Irish take on classic dishes, and Sam's Corner for handcrafted cocktails.

Room rates at Beckett Locke start from €110 per night. Discounted rates are also available for mid to long-stay guests. To book, visit

Prague, Czech Republic


What to do in Prague

Prague is a bustling city with plenty to offer. Take a trip to Prague Castle, sit bankside at the Vltava River and gaze at the Prague Astronomical Clock. Indulge in some classic Czech beer and wine with a brewery tour of the city - or feast upon some tradition Czech dishes in the beating heart of the old town. Check Jet2 City Breaks for some of the best flight deals.

Where to stay in Prague

Falkensteiner Boutique Hotel Prague 


prague hotel


At the newly refurbished Falkensteiner Boutique Hotel Prague you will stay in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the historic center. Wenceslas Square, the National Museum and Charles Bridge are less than 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Located in the centre of the hotel, a leafy hideaway terrace is also hidden in the courtyard, inviting you to enjoy a well-deserved happy hour in the summer sunshine.

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Reykjavik, Iceland


What to do in Reykjavik

Make the most of your time in Iceland and visit the country's most popular attractions. Start your day early for a scenic drive around the Golden Circle, stopping at Thingvellir, Geysir Hot Spring, Gullfoss, and the Kerid volcanic crater. Whale and dolphin watching excursions are also available, in addition to traditional food tours.

Where to stay in Reykjavik

Grandi by Center Hotels 


iceland hotel


Located a 15-minute walk from the centre, Grandi by Center Hotels is the perfect spot for exploring the city. Boasting modern decor and a large buffet breakfast with friendly staff, this hotel is surrounded by multiple popular points of interest - including Reykjavik Old Harbour, Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre and The Parliament House. The nearest airport is Reykjavík Domestic Airport, 2.1 miles from Grandi by Center Hotels.

To book, visit Jet2holidays

Stockholm, Sweden


What to do in Stockholm

There's much to do in Sweden's capital. This compact fairytale city offers intriguing museums and a plethora of delicious restaurant choices, in addition to unparalleled scenic tours. Sail through the 30,000-island archipelago or discover Djurgården’s serene waterside and woodland trail. Plan a trip to Hellasgården’s sauna after a beautiful hike, gasp at the incredible artworks at the panoramic art gallery Fotografiska and visit the interactive ABBA museum to hear your favourite pop tunes by the Swedish band.

Where to stay in Stockholm

Bank Hotel


stockholm hotel


Bank Hotel is situated in central Stockholm, a few minutes' walk from Strandvägen and Stureplan in the Östermalm district. Housed in a former bank building, all rooms are designed with lavish furnishings, Checkered tiles, marbled bathrooms and velvet beds make for a perfect Instagrammable opportunity.

To book, visit

Amsterdam, Netherlands

amsterdam canal

What to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is everything you ever imagined and more! With its labyrinthine canals and willowy Dutch-Baroque buildings, it instantly feels like stepping back in time. Juxtaposed with this backdrop, jolting you back into the present, are the thousands of cyclists whizzing past. For those wanting to tick off some of the biggest tourist attractions, you are in the perfect locale, as there's Anne Frank House, The Royal Palace on the Dam, De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets) shopping quarter, and the iconic Red Light District. You also have Museumplein, home to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, among other cultural gems.

Where to stay in Amsterdam





art'otel is for those seeking inspiration, escapism and fun as the establishment blends unique design and historic architecture with an exclusive art collection curated by a Signature Artist. Here you will discover a new side to Amsterdam through vibrant collaborations with creators at the heart of its art scene - the place certainly appeals to creatives, foodies, and art aficionados alike. But not only that, the hip hotel is conveniently located opposite Centraal Station. Despite being located in a busy area, the spacious rooms are quiet and comfortable. It's any tourist's dream as some of the biggest attractions such as the Anne Frank House, Royal Palace on the Dam, Negen Straatjes shopping quarter, and the iconic Red Light District are just minutes away. To make travelling easier, be sure to grab an I Amsterdam City Card to help make those all-important decisions.

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Mykonos, Greece


What to do in Mykonos

Mykonos is famous for its nightlife, sandy beaches and laid-back approach and is arguably one of the most popular Greek destinations for tourists around the world. While there you will have plenty to do, from grabbing a drink at picturesque Little Venice to relaxing on one of the many sandy beaches.

Come sunset, the famous Scorpios club is a must visit too, while a day trip to the nearby island Delos is also recommended should you have time. 

Where to Stay in Mykonos 

Once in Mykonos

once in mykonos

If you're planning a trip the Mykonos, we highly recommend you choose Once in Mykonos, to enhance your stay. 

The island's latest five-star resort boasts everything from a luxurious outdoor pool to its own private church for weddings. The staff are all incredibly friendly and welcoming and go that extra mile to help you, whether that's recommending a dish on the mouth-watering menu or giving tips on where to go and explore.

Rooms are chic and boast Jo Malone toiletries, and many even have their own private jacuzzi or pool. Each morning, guests can tuck into a buffet breakfast with everything from traditional Greek cuisine to fresh fruit, smoothies and juices. A vast pool bar and restaurant menu offers up dishes including burgers, salads and flatbreads, while light bites and salads also feature alongside a generous wine list. Make sure to save some room for the chocolate mouse with berries too - it's one of the chef's specialities. 

And before you head out into the town - which is just a short drive away - be sure to try one of the hotel's house cocktails, which are created by talented mixologists on site. 

To book, visit

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