Breaking away to the city used to mean jostling through crowds, muscling your way into attractions or even accidentally ruining someone’s selfie while you’re on the move. Many of our Jet2CityBreaks have an abundance of outdoor spaces, whether it’s leafy green parks or beer gardens with a view. So, finding somewhere you can stretch out a little isn’t a tall order.
You can’t beat sightseeing while you’re on a city break. But when you have a few days to play with, it’s always nice to take your foot off the pedal and relax as you soak up the scenery. What better way to do that than by hanging out in these top al fresco spots or trying some outdoor activities?
Walking through Rome is like stepping back in time. Every inch of the Eternal City is filled with wows and wonder. If you’re looking to explore somewhere that’s outside, call off the search – the Roman Forum is just the place. The towering marble and stone columns that have been so well preserved will leave your jaw on the floor. Wander around the site then over to the neighbouring Colosseum. While some of the iconic building is indoors, it’s fairly open plan.
Krakow’s main square is a central point to begin your adventures around the Polish city. You might fancy browsing the stalls of Cloth Hall or picking up sweet treats such as paczki, deep-fried doughnuts, or pierniki, the local gingerbread, en route to Planty Park. This rich green hub shows off blossoming flowers and swaying trees as you amble past historic monuments during your walk. It’s fab if you want to get away from the touristy landmarks for a breather.
When they produce pilsner as well as they do in its Czech Republic homeland, sipping ice-cold beers is certainly an activity in Prague. The best place to savour the views while you sample a local pint? Letna Beer Garden. It’s part of the wider Letna Park area and overlooks the Charles Bridge, which leads onto the vast and open Old Town Square. Wander down to the river and marvel at the capital’s incredible architecture.
Hungary’s smooth-as-you-like capital has a lot on offer. Among the essential attractions in Budapest is Buda Castle, a large complex with various buildings that you can walk up the hill to. It’s there that you’ll also stumble upon Fisherman’s Bastion. Cinematic views? You bet! You’ll also have space to go at your own pace and uncover the different parts of the site. There’s even a sprinkling of dinky cafés on hand for when you fancy refuelling.
What’s a city break without a dollop of street art for good measure? Malaga’s a magical choice for checking out quirky sculptures and graffiti art murals on the hop. Snuggled between the river and the port, the Soho district promises vibrant displays. You’ll spy all sorts of tags and graphics down by the riverside, while El Perchel Bridge is a kaleidoscopic vision in itself. Various streets and sides of big buildings have also had a lick of paint.
Ditch the high-rise haven of central Alicante for a day and head to La Ereta Park. This open expanse sits at the bottom of Santa Bárbara Castle, which is just a few minutes’ walk upwards. Postiguet Beach is also nearby, so why not tackle all three and tick those itinerary boxes? If you pack a picnic of local delights from a supermarket, you’ll be able to reward yourself with more than just epic panoramas.
The Dutch capital isn’t just brightly coloured tulips, pancake-serving cafés and art galleries. Amsterdam’s intriguing canals run throughout the city and make it a mecca for cyclists. In fact, you don’t have to be Bradley Wiggins to get on two wheels – there are plenty of places for tourists to hire bikes. Pedal outside the centre and into the edgy districts and you’ll have even more space to roam around in the fresh air.
Posted: 26th Aug 2020.