The season of city breaks is officially here and we've noticed a significant increase in the number of last-minute offers available. So if you're short on annual leave, here are our favourite 2- to 4-night deals to some of Europe's most popular metropolises.
The Daily Telegraph reckons now is one of the best times of year to visit Rome: "In winter, the marble and travertine edges are sharper, the colours are more vivid and the low-flying sun turns Rome into a huge baroque stage set." We agree, especially when we see a deal like this 4-star stay for £129 per person. Including daily buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a bottle of wine in the room on arrival, this offer also gets you return flights London Gatwick, London Stansted or Manchester.
Budapest and Prague are the ultimate winter destinations, so a 4-night break for £199 per person that pairs these two cities is a sure-fire hit with us. As well as return flights and luxury coach travel between the two capitals, you get two nights in both cities -- perfect for exploring the many Christmas markets that line the cobbled streets. Or, if you're not keen on shopping, spend your time at Budapest's picturesque central park with its enormous outdoor rink, followed by cosy evenings in Czech taverns filling your belly with warming potato dumplings and thick sauces.
However, if cold days and frosty nights aren't your thing, why not consider Barcelona, where temperatures stay in the mid-teens? This deal from Fleetway Travel takes you there for £149 per person, from a choice of six UK airports. Plus, autumn is a fantastic time to visit for culture vultures -- events include the Barcelona Jazz Festival, L'Alternativa Barcelona Independent Film Festival and, of course, the annual Christmas market in front the city's 13th-century cathedral.
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