Summer in Europe is just too nice to be spending your days stuck in the office or at home. Why restrict your holidays to the traditional ‘2 weeks in the sun’ when there are so many fantastic cities in Europe to visit? Try something new this year, like visiting one of our favourite citybreak destinations for a long weekend. Below we have put together a short list of our favourite Summer mini break locations that offer a great balance of culture, sun and fun.

1. Barcelona
Thanks to the 1992 Olympic games and the revamping of the marina, Barcelona’s beaches have been receiving international acclaim for quite some time now. There are plenty of crowded and secluded beaches to enjoy with lines of bars, restaurants, and miles of promenade to create a memorable summer. There is the peaceful Bogatell Beach, Mar Bella Beach with its watersport activities, Barceloneta Beach with its sprawling palm trees and natural charm, and other beaches up north with stronger waves. More information on Barcelona city breaks .

2. Edinburgh

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Sitges Beach, Near Barcelona

Need to get a break from that intense southern Europe heat? Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is perhaps well known for it’s ‘temperate climate’. Average summer temperatures are a very comfortable 18-19degC which can make sight-seeing a much more pleasent experience. Arrive in August to enjoy the world famous Edinburgh Festival, nearly a month of full on art, live comedy, film and entertainment. Make sure you book your accommodation online before you go, it is a really popular time to visit and hotel rooms do become sparse. More information on Edinburgh city breaks.

3. Prague
While snow covered Wenceslas square might be beautiful to visit during the Christmas markets, the novelty of cold wet feet can quickly wear off. Lets face it, your photos of Prague’s beautiful architecture are going to look a lot nicer with clear blue skies and sun bouncing off the windows than rain drops on your camera lens, right? Hit the streets of Prague during summer to enjoy its typically fantastic weather and great outdoor dining. Getting a bit too hot? Retire to one of the many traditional Czech pubs and enjoy a nice cold Budvar or Gambrinus. More information on Prague city breaks.

4. Amsterdam
During the summer, Amsterdam and festivals go hand in hand. The third week of August presents the Grachtenfestival, a nine day celebration of classic music and boat performances on some of Amsterdam’s most picturesque canals. Be sure to catch the Prinsengracht concert, a headline that features some of the world’s finest classic musicians. It’s so festive, the partying spills over to private rooftops! More information on Amsterdam city breaks.

5. Venice

Venice, with its interweaving network of beautiful canals and gondolas, is also a thriving festival scene in the summer with the Redentore, a weekend long event in July that celebrates the end of a Venetian plague. This festival has the whole shebang: rooftop private parties, fireworks, and Saint Marks festivities. If you want to stay away from the crowds, take a 15 minute vaporetto ride from the heart of the square to Lido Island, Murano (glass making paradise), or any of the tiny towns on the outskirts. At night, you can take a one hour gondola ride (with a loved one preferably) across the canals and view the stars. Summer romance at its best! More information on Venice city breaks.