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New study names the best locations in Europe for a city break


A new study has been conducted to fin the best locations in Europe for a quick city escape.

Spain, it would seem, is the most desirable location on a whole and has three cities named within the top 10. The survey, which has been conducted by Which asked thousands of people to vote on locations based on ‘historic charm, cultural interest, good places to eat and drink and the best value for money’ spots

Sitting at top of the pile we have the Spanish city of Valencia tied with the second largest city of Poland; Krakow. Ranking the cities, the survey was also asked to take into consideration the accommodation available, shopping possibilities and the measure the ease of moving around the city.

Making up the top three alongside Valencia and Krakow was the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Elsewhere we have Bologna in 4th, Berlin in 5th spot, then Seville, Barcelona, Vienna, Funchal and finally Amsterdam.

“Krakow topped our table with its Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches on every corner, not to mention alfresco cafes strewn across street upon street of cobblestones,” says Which? Travel in a statement accompanying the results. “But the best bit? Krakow continues to resist the urge to shake down visitors with extortionate prices.”

They added: “Avoid the main square rip offs and you’ll get a good meal for less than ten pounds, and a pint of beer for two pounds.”

Here are the results in full:

  1. Valencia, Spain AND Krakow, Poland
  2. Budapest, Hungary
  3. Bologna, Italy
  4. Berlin, Germany
  5. Seville, Spain
  6. Barcelona, Spain
  7. Vienna, Austria
  8. Funchal, Portugal
  9. Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Valencia is also far cheaper than Spain’s other big hitters – Madrid and Barcelona,” Which? Travel added. “You can enjoy a glass of Rioja for as little as €2.50. And a decent two or three-course menu del dia (set menu) will set you back around €12.”