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10 city breaks under 3 hours from Ireland

Published 20th March 2023Read Time 7 min

1. Edinburgh, UK

The medieval town of Edinburgh is only a short hop away from Ireland, and well worth a trip. Whether you’re visiting for one of the city’s famous festivals or just to take in the beautiful winding streets you’re in for a treat. A visit to Edinburgh’s castle is a must for first-time visitors. In the centre of the town, you can find traditional pubs, a diverse choice of restaurants and boutique shops. Everything you need for the perfect city break away.

2. Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is part of the northern Basque region of Spain, well known for its landmark Guggenheim Museum. The city has a unique offering of modern architecture, museums and lots of delicious tapa bars dotted around the city. Soak up the atmosphere along the narrow streets of Casco Viejo, well known as Bilbao’s answer to London’s Soho. The urban space is ideal for shopping and trendy bars. What’s not to love about a city break in Bilbao?

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3. Milan, Italy

In Milan, you can look forward to luxurious boutiques, art, culture, ancient streets and unforgettable Italian cuisine, this metropolitan city has it all. For breathtaking views of the city visit the famous cathedral of Milan’s rooftop terrace. Navigli neighbourhood is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy an Aperitivo along the beautiful canal. What more could you want from an Italian city break away.

4. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a thriving city famous for its nightlife, culture, and thermal baths. A popular destination for its Christmas markets and cosy ruin bars, a city break in Budapest has so much to offer at any time of the year. You can look forward to visiting Andrassy Avenue the world heritage site,an amazing choice of restaurants, bars, and regular live music. For an authentic experience, we recommend squeezing in a visit to the great market hall, the largest indoor market in Budapest.

5. Barcelona, Spain

The metropolitan city of Barcelona is the perfect short stop to enjoy the laid-back Spanish lifestyle. If you’re looking for, a break packed full of dining, culture, and sunshine you won’t be short of choices here. For an active break, you can enjoy the best of European shopping, beautiful urban green spaces and Gaudís famous work throughout the city. Spend some time exploring and then head to the local beaches to take in the sun, what more could you want from a short city break from Ireland.

6. Lisbon, Portugal

The beauty of Lisbon’s stunning tiled buildings and cobblestones streets alone is enough of a reason to visit this thriving city. You can also look forward to sunshine, delicious local cuisine, and some of the most beautiful beaches a stone’s throw away. Enjoy the city’s lively nightlife and spend your days visiting heritages sites like Torr De Belém or catch the best landmarks with a ride on the famous Tram 28E through the city.

7. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is known as one of the world’s best cities to live in, here you will find friendly locals, an infusion of culture, beautiful Danish architecture, underground bars, and a thriving food scene. This popular destination will quickly become a favourite of yours. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore all of the city’s trendy neighbourhoods. Nyhavn is one of the most popular spots, promising stunning views of the city’s main harbour and colourful townhouses. Getting around is easy with the cities 13km cycle route.

8. Paris, France

Known as the city of Love, Paris has a lot more to offer than just its romantic charm, it has culture, art, nightlife, historic landmarks and delectable French cuisine. If you don’t fancy walking up 324 meters on a visit to the Eiffel tower, you can enjoy its iconic views at the Jardins Di Trocadero or lounging on the green at Prac du Champ de Mars, the perfect spot for a picnic in spring. Whatever you’re planning the Parisian café and bars lifestyle is a true experience at any time of the day.

9. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is well known for its financial and economic ties, but it has so much more to offer. The city is packed full of trendy art districts, museums, buzzing nightlife, shopping streets and of course a memorable food scene. You have everything you need for the perfect city break. Zurich’s medieval old town offers a unique experience, packed full of historic landmarks, and stunning ancient streets.

10. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is well known as a thriving urban city, full of trendy neighbourhoods, nightlife and tranquil parks to unwind in. You can choose from some of the best museums, galleries, opera houses and historical sites to visit. The city’s streets are packed full of affordable and diverse dining options. Catch some of the best sites with a river cruise through the city.

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