Children on city breaks. Running amock in galleries and demanding emergency ice-cream stops. Are alarm bells ringing? Well they shouldn’t be. Relax, check out our guide to a few of the best cities to visit with kids, and be confident in the knowledge that weekenders and short breaks to beautiful cities don’t have to come to an end now you’ve got little ones of your own and are restricted by the school holidays and finding activities that don't involve long, lazy (and peaceful) lunches. Family friendly city holidays do exist, and here are 3 of the best places to head with the family.
For Americans like me who are conditioned to drive everywhere, Barcelona enchants for its pedestrian lifestyle. Parisians coined the term flâneur to describe ‘saunterering’, but for diversity, history and street color there’s no finer place to stroll than Barcelona. Whether wandering the stone warrens of the Gothic Quarter, down the Ramblas to the sea or along wide boulevards past decoration-dripping modernisme buildings or super-yachts and strange sculptures, walking here is more than a means to get from point A to point B. With history, art and eye-grabbing architecture unfurling along the way, it’s a visual pleasure and you can uncover hidden courtyards, historical secrets, and keys to the local way of life. So with this in mind, here’s 10 of the best things to discover en route!
If you’re visiting Barcelona but aren’t really sure where to start, we thought we’d help you out with a little neighbourhood guide to one of our favourite local areas: El Born. From its early days as a medieval seaside escape for the aristocracy, El Born is now an artistic local neighbourhood, so check out our Barcelona area guide to this laid back barrio and discover the best spots to eat, drink and explore all recommended by our locals in Barcelona!
Still not decided where to escape to for your Christmas city break? Don’t panic. Whether you want to be away on the big day itself or fancy treating yourself to a little trip at some point over the festive season, better late than never is our motto when it comes to going away. So check out a few of our recommendations of where to head for a few days of European city living (like a local, of course) this Christmas!
Planning on visiting Barcelona? We thought we’d share with you how to get off the beaten path and away from Sagrada Família to discover the Barcelona loved by locals. Our guide to Barcelona will show you where to barhop and enjoy the best tapas, where to party the night away and where the most beautiful parts of the city are in these spots recommended by locals so you can see another side to the city and escape the pesky crowds of tourists!
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Paris, Barcelona or Edinburgh over the festive period and want to eat like the locals, we’ve put together a guide to what the Christmas traditional foods are and the best places to find them! Who was it that said ‘to travel is to eat’? We can’t remember exactly, but we just said it too, so it must be true. We know half the joy in discovering a new city is eating your way around it, and this is never truer than over the festive season when the local culinary traditions different of cities all come out to play. So discover what the Christmas classics are in Paris, Barcelona and Edinburgh with our guide!