Short city breaks packed with tonnes to do

Searching for an urban adventure? Whether you’re thinking of heading to Europe or the Middle East, we’ve rounded up the best short city breaks bursting with things to do.

For history lovers: Prague, Czech Republic

Flights to Prague

DXB PRG

With a heritage stretching back to the Palaeolithic age, the charming city of Prague is packed full of history. Wander the streets and spot the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture which makes up the former Bohemian capital.

The city’s skyline is dominated by Prague Castle, with its impressive spires and towers. The fairy tale-esque landmark is the largest ancient castle in the world, making it a must on your Prague itinerary. Once inside, explore its collection of palaces, museums and galleries, home to the country’s greatest cultural artefacts.

Since it became Prague’s principal public square in the 10th century, Old Town Square has been the heart and soul of the city. Go here and absorb the beautiful architecture, accompanied by the atmospheric soundtrack of busking jazz bands.

You can’t visit Prague without strolling across Charles Bridge. The iconic 14th century attraction is dotted with Baroque statues and looks incredible at sunset. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sun sink into the city.

For foodies: Beirut, Lebanon

Flights to Beirut

DXB BEY

Head to this port city for a weekend of gastronomic pleasure. It’s a foodie playground, filled with cafés, fine dining spots and street food stalls.

Begin your culinary adventure by sampling the city’s best street food – manouche, shawarma and dolmades are all on the menu. Once you’ve had your fill, explore Souk el Tayeb, Beirut’s weekly farmers’ market. Shop until you drop, purchasing local produce to take home with you.

There’s no shortage of places to dine out in Beirut. Traditional eateries boast mouth-watering Lebanese cuisine, an intoxicating fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Beyond the country’s cuisine, there’s restaurants serving everything from Italian to Armenian.

Finish off your trip by indulging in Beirut’s relaxed café culture. There are plenty of places to choose from, many where you can enjoy a game of backgammon over a freshly brewed coffee.

For adventure fans: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Flights to Jeddah

DXB JED

Nestled by the Red Sea, this cosmopolitan city is perfectly placed for an action-packed mini break. Jeddah is world-famous for its diving, with colourful reefs and mysterious wrecks to explore. After discovering underwater treasures, sit back and watch the sun set over the Corniche. Fatima Al-Zahra, Jeddah’s magnificent floating mosque, looks particularly spectacular at dusk.

For more outdoor fun, head to Obhur beach. You’ll be stuck for choice when you arrive, with snorkelling, sailing, canoeing, and jet skiing all on offer. Jeddah’s Corniche is another go-to spot in the city, where you can enjoy a variety of things from bike riding to fishing.

For shopping addicts: Delhi, India

Flights to Delhi

DXB DEL

The Indian capital seamlessly blends old and new, mixing brightly coloured bazaars with sleek ad modern malls. A short break to Delhi is perfect for a shopping haul – just leave enough room in your suitcase for your newly-purchased goodies.

For a dose of authentic India, head to charming Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk is a maze of market lanes, where stalls are filled with spices, jewellery, fabrics and perfumes.

Hauz Khas is Delhi’s trendy village, bursting with showrooms and boutiques. From independent labels to vintage finds, this area is paradise if you’re in need of retail therapy.

Glittering shopping malls also punctuate the city. Select CityWalk is where you’ll find a huge collection of high street brands or if you really want to splash the cash, DLF Emporio is the go-to spot for luxury shopping.

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