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European Summer City Break Hotspots

If you’re looking to save some pennies and have the pavements to yourself, summer can surprisingly be the best time to take a trip to some of Europe’s most popular cities.

While the weather is fine, locals disappear on holiday and business travellers are all on vacation, so July and August are often the best time to pick up a bargain city break. Here are our recommendations for European cities to visit this summer…

Because July and August are typically the hottest months of the year, locals head out of the cities and hit the beaches, so city breaks are at their cheapest. Forgo the seaside and take a stroll along the Seine, with frequent pitstops at pavement cafes for cooling refreshments. Time a trip with Bastille Day on 14 July to catch the parade down the Champs-Elysées and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower.

Tourists generally shy away from the Eternal City during the summer heat, but if you’re willing to slap on the sunscreen, there are lots of bargain breaks to be found. Coordinate a trip with the Estate Romana, which runs from June to September, and involves a host of music, theatre, literary and cinematic events in top spots around Rome.

Whether you’re looking for a top-notch 5-star treat or a conveniently located B&B, the Big Smoke has plenty of deals in the peak summer months. Best of all, July and August are the best time of year to catch some UK sunshine. Save some extra cash by visiting one of the capital’s many free museums – such as the V&A, Tate, Natural History or Science Museums – which should be a little less crowded than usual.

While the locals venture to beach resorts, make the most of the bargain hotel rooms on offer in Barca. Coordinate a trip with one of the city’s many music festivals, such as Primavera Sound or Sonar. If that’s a little pricey, throughout the summer, each of Barcelona's neighbourhoods holds its festa major, which normally kicks off with a huge street dinner for residents, followed by live music into the night.

Have we whetted your appetite? Have a look on our City Breaks and Europe Hotels sections.

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 28 April 2011
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