5 City Breaks You Need To Do RN

There are some places in Europe we all know are ‘must-dos’. Paris, London, Barcelona etc are always top of our fave city breaks list. But, we are a very international office here at Missguided, so we’ve had a word with our very own babes from the translation team to get their tips on a few hidden gems from their home countries. We predict they are going to be THE places to visit this year. And these are city breaks that won’t break the bank account (which means more $$$ for holiday wardrobe, #winning). 

Águilas, Spain

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Águilas is a beautiful hidden gem on the coast, in the region of Murcia. If you want a truly Spanish experience, and seriously chilled out vibes, then head here. Águilas has amazing beaches, delicious Spanish food, and endless sunshine. What’s not to love?

Where to stay?

When the weather is this good, you never want to be too far from the beach. The 4* Hotel Puerto Juan Montiel is a stunning place to stay near the beach, with its own spa and restaurant. Another option is the Casa al Sur Calabardina private apartments. A boutique aparthotel with whitewashed walls and blue doors and windows, you are served breakfast every morning overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Imagine the Instagram photos…

What to do?

Chill on the beautiful beaches in Águilas itself, or head a few kilometres Southwest out of town to the Cuatro Calas. Expect breathtaking scenery, with shimmering blue waters contrasting against desert rock. When the sun goes down, there are some great nightlife options. Tuareg Summer Club is one of our faves.

Where to eat?

Zoco del Mar – Chilled out dining on the promenade, with views of the whole coast
El Pie Castillo – Lovely intimate restaurant and creperie with loads of charm
El Pimiento – Eat where the locals eat, with this authentic and reasonably priced tapas bar

With friends or with the fam?

We think this would be an amazing, relaxing, family holiday destination.

What to pack:

San Sebastian, Spain

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Another Spanish gem, this time on the northern coast. This town has three spectacular beaches, gorgeous architecture, and restaurants bursting at the seams with delicious tapas. It also plays host to one of the most glamorous film festivals!

Where to stay?

The Hotel Astoria 7 pays homage to the city’s film festival, with an interior dedicated to movie stars through the ages (we want to spend a night in the Meryl Streep superior room)! If you’re working on a budget, Koisi Hostel is an option. With private and dorm rooms available, and its own bar, it’s a no brainer.

What to do?

Take a scenic stroll around the ornamental Parque de Cristina Enea, or relax on Playa de la Concha (which Lonely Planet claim is easily one of the best beaches in Europe). Game of Thrones fan? Then head out of town to Itzurun beach, AKA Dragonstone, and be blown away by the rugged and impressive scenery.

What to eat?

Azkena – Tucked away in La Bretxa market, this is the perfect spot for breakfast or a light lunch
Atari Gastroteka – Stand at this modern, popular bar and pick at pintxos (a Basque version of tapas)
A Fuego Negro – Want a proper meal? Try the tasting menu and get several courses of local delicacies

With friends or with the fam?

Both! It’s got enough chill for family time and night life potential for with the girls.

What to pack:

Strasbourg, France

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 The capital of the Grand Est region in France, Strasbourg is a stunning city in the north of France, near the German border. It has an interesting blend of French and German culture, with great wine and beer to prove it.

Where to stay?

If you’re after quirky, Instagrammable interiors, why not choose one of the luxury, boutique hotels in the city. You could be staying in Le Bouclier D’Or, a restored mansion; Hotel Les Haras, an old stud farm; Or even Cour du Corbeau, a 16th century coach inn.

What to do?

The cathedral is a beaut and absolutely a must-see. The architecture gives the impression of a gingerbread village in a fairytale, so just taking a stroll around the city is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.  Head to Kleber Square when the sun goes down for all the French wine.

Where to eat?

Art Cafe – On the 1st floor of the Museum of Contemporary art. Great food, and views across the river 
La Vignette – A typically French restaurant, serving classic food. Plus, it’s rated #1 in the city
Gurtlehoft – One of the best German restaurants in the city. Situated in a cellar by the cathedral.

With friends or with the fam?

This is a classic French adventure to be had with the fam

What to pack:

Annecy, France

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Annecy is a stunning alpine town, in the Rhone-Alpes region of southeast France. Here, you can swim in the crystal blue waters of the lake, surrounded by snow capped mountains. It also has some great shopping potential, bars, restaurants, a cathedral, a palace and more!

Where to stay?

Feeling flush? Spend a night in one of the grand hotels overlooking the lake. Imperial Palace is one of our faves, and has its own casino and spa. If you’re travelling on a budget then check out Airbnb, as there’s a pretty good selection in and around Annecy.

What to do?

One thing you cannot miss is taking a dip in Lake Annecy, renowned for its clean water (which is fed by mountain streams). There are also not one, but two castles to look around, and you can learn all about the history of the town in the museum. Plus, there are loads of shopping opportunities for a bit of retail therapy. Perfect! 

Where to eat?

Le Belvedere – This restaurant offers panoramic views of the lake. Plus the food is amazing
Le Bilboquet – Do yourself a favour and get yourself here to sample aaaaall the local cheese. Delish 
Le Clocher – If you’re a food lover AND an art lover then this place is for you. Food is served alongside amazing exhibitions.

With friends or with the fam?

Annecy is so romantic, so we’d say take your boyf (or your mates if you’re single AF).

What to pack:

Hamburg

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Hamburg is Germany’s second biggest city, so we can’t exactly claim it’s a hidden gem. However, it’s certainly less travelled to than Berlin and Munich, and has loads to offer. Oh, and FYI it was voted the best night out in the world in 2017.

Where to stay?

You can pick up a hotel room for not much more than a bunk in a dorm room in Hamburg, so why not treat yourself to that private bathroom. If you want to push the boat out a bit, then why not stay in Le Meridien, which has rooms with balconies overlooking the river, offering spectacular views of the city.

What to do?

No weekend in Hamburg is complete without a night out on the Reeperbahn. Yes it is the city’s red light district, but it also has streets packed full with bars and restaurants. If your hangover isn’t too bad the next day, then there are loads museums and art galleries to wander round. Miniature Wonderland, a huge museum dedicated to miniature railways is a must visit (sounds weird but is actually amazing!).

Where to eat?

Alt Helgoländer Fischerstube – Hamburg is known for seafood and fish, so try local delicacies while overlooking the harbour
A Verina – Located in the Portuguese quarter, with a welcoming atmosphere
Mo Grill – Apparently the best Currywurst in town, and great for eating on a budget

With friends or with the fam?

This one has to be a trip with the girls. The nightlife is just too good to miss.

What to pack:

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