2016 saw the rise of the city break – and this is one trend that will be firmly sticking around. While many top bloggers and influencers jet off to fashionable European capitals such as London and Paris, there is an array of cultural Irish cities just waiting to be discovered. Whether you are flying in from abroad or taking advantage of the charming offerings on your own doorstep, a weekend away in Cork is a must.
By avoiding the ‘busy season’ you can make considerable savings on the cost of your flights and accommodation. These include; Valentine’s weekend, mid-term break and the summer holidays. Many properties also offer fantastic hotel deals on mid-week breaks to fill availability. Plan smart and reap the rewards.
Take into account the type of getaway you are seeking. Are you on a budget and looking to meet new people at an international hostel or are you seeking a more luxurious and comfortable stay at a four or five-star hotel? This will all come down to preference and whether you are travelling as part of a couple or lively group. Ultimately, be mindful of these needs when booking your accommodation.
Location will also be a key factor in your decision. A hotel in the centre of the city or one with easily accessible transport links will be high on your wish list if your time is limited.
A city break can be pretty hectic to say the least – don’t be surprised if you return feeling like you need another holiday! Dedicate at least a half-day in your schedule for pure relaxation. A trip to your hotel’s thermal suite for a pamper session of spa treatments is the ideal way to unwind and rejuvenate your energy levels before continuing your sight-seeing.
Time is of the essence when it comes to a speedy city break. To make the most of your short stay, sit down together and plan a loose timetable of daily activities. Not only will this give you direction and avoid wasting precious time, it will ensure the activities and local attractions at the top of your bucket list are firmly crossed off. You may also want to take advantage of online discount codes and offers by purchasing tickets in advance. Just don’t forget to allow some time for spontaneity too!