Short summer breaks

Enjoy the warm weather in a fun city atmosphere

Laura Ginn

Laura Ginn
HomeAway travel expert

RomeAfter a long year working hard, everyone deserves a break from their busy lives, and there's no better way to do so than to take a summer short break away from home. Whether you live in a city or in the country, life can be stressful, especially during these tough economic times! However, don't allow hard times to keep you from experiencing some fun and relaxation: budget accommodations are not be hard to find, the trickiest part of your summer short break is deciding where to have it!

Your choice should depend on what it is you enjoy most: ask yourself if you want dreamy beaches or fascinating days exploring culture and history! If your short break will double as a romantic getaway, then of course you should choose a place well known for romance; if you want to stick a bit closer to home, many of the places we’ve listed are easily travelled to from the UK, which makes getting to your destination of choice much easier, and of course faster. Most of these places can be visited in a flight as short as an hour or two!



Some of the best places to take your short break during the summer


Barcelona, Spain Short Summer Breaks in Barcelona, Spain

With weather ranging from 18°C to 24°C during the summer months, Barcelona, Spain is a great place to take your short summer break. Whether you want to walk along the famous La Rambla Blvd. and shop for designer products and souvenirs, or just relax in one of the city’s many parks with a picnic, there is no shortage of things to see in Barcelona. You can also follow in the steps of Picasso, as this was his childhood home. Even secular people should admire some of the historical churches in Barcelona, as they are quite breathtaking.

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Rome, Italy Short Summer Breaks in  Rome, Italy

Rome is a city like no other when it comes to seeing some of the most ancient historical sites in the world. Even if you are not a history buff, seeing The Colosseum, The Vatican, or the Spanish Steps can literally catapult you back through time. You might choose to spend a day people watching at any one of the many open-air cafes in the city. If you are on a romantic short break with your lover, the ambiance in Rome is unrivalled. Just remember to bring plenty of clean drinking water as you explore the city: the summer can bring temperatures that exceed 30°C.

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Split, Croatia Short Summer Breaks in  Split, Croatia

Whilst it may seem like a peculiar choice to some people, Split has been drawing more and more tourist attention in recent years. Whether you want to laze around at Bačvice, the city beach, to enjoy the sun, or head out to the Roman Palace for a day full of history, Split offers something for everyone. If you are the active type then you will definitely enjoy the incredible climb to the top of the bell tower at the Palace: from here, you can see a magnificent view of the entire city, as well as of the sea. Do be warned, however, that this climb may not be suited for the faint at heart: but if you can handle the height, you will love it!


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Venice, Italy Short Summer Breaks in  Venice, Italy


What a wonderful city Venice is during the summer months. With some of the world’s most gorgeous waterways, this city can make for a truly relaxing short break. Take your lover on a gondola ride through the many canals and see famous sights such as Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. If it suits you to take long walks, of course, ditch the gondola and venture out on foot through the labyrinth of alleys, unexpected squares and beautiful bridges. Another great thing about being in Venice is the food, of course: by the end of the week, you'll wish you'd brought an extra stomach along!


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Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands


If your idea of a short break is partying the whole time, then Amsterdam is the place to go for all-nighters (and just about any guilty pleasure you can think of!). The best time to visit Amsterdam is during the summer, so you don't have the chilly cold to contend with. During the day you can spend time relaxing in the Vondelpark, which includes an open air theatre and several lovely cafes, but don't forget to visit the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Artis Zoo and Damn Square either. Amsterdam is a party town and that is something no one will deny, but remember there is much more to this city in Holland.


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