The Great British summer is starting to slip away, the leaves (and rain) are falling and the kids are back to school. For many, now is the time for the perfect city break. Hotel and flight prices have seen a little dip; restaurants, bars and hotel lounges are suddenly a lot quieter…and a lot more inviting.
It’s the perfect time for you and a mate / sibling / partner (take your pick) to take a well-deserved break. And FairFX is here to help.
We’ve put together some top European city breaks for this time of year. Whether you’re a culture vulture or enjoy a tipple of beer…we’ve got you sorted.
Pick one of our top 5 European city break locations for this season, order (or top-up) your Euro Card and go treat yourself.
Yes, we’ll hold our hands up, Paris is probably on every list of European city breaks. There’s a good reason for that though and there’s good reason for making a visit this time of year too. The French capital is of course one of Europe’s major cultural capitals, but the arts scene really comes alive between the second week of September and December, thanks to The Autumn Festival.
The Autumn Festival is a visual arts and performance extravaganza, featuring theatre, dance, music, opera and cinema. Check out the full program of events here.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a cheeky September getaway without a few tasty treats to go along with all of this culture. Tucked beside grandiose palaces and boulevards, are the famous Parisian bakeries and patisseries. Pay a visit to Chambelland for 100% gluten-free breads and Goût de Brioche for light, fluffy brioche loaves (flavours include pink praline and ginger confit with cashew nuts).
Milan is Italy’s fashion and design capital. Designer stores line the Quadrilatero D’Oro district, while outlets, high street shops and boutiques are found in all corners of the city. Historical monuments sit alongside the most desired names in fashion. Perfect for kitting out your winter wardrobe.
If Milan’s unparalleled shopping isn’t for you though, take in some culture by visiting Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mural, The Last Supper. Don’t forget to book in advance however – even in this quieter period, expect it to be busy.
After all of this, take a break and enjoy the exciting Milan skyline from the Ceresio 7 restaurant. As a FairFX MasterCard customer you can let MasterCard Priceless Cities take care of making a reservation for you and receive a free welcome flùte on your arrival. Find out more about this experience here.
The shops shut down in August, but Lisbon is full of activity during the autumn months, and temperatures remain in the twenties into October. Beaches are only 20 minutes from the city centre.
This dainty sun-kissed city lives alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars rumble their way up and down the steep hills that the city is built upon. Or wander through the Baixa district. This is the heart of Lisbon and was completely rebuilt after the devastating 1755 earthquake. The district comprises of magnificent plazas, which are connected by straight avenues lined with grand 18th-century architecture.
Bull fighting. Yes, we know it’s controversial but like it or loathe it, it’s local Lisbon culture at its rawest. So if you are the type of person that likes to immerse themselves in the local culture, September is the last month of the year to catch the bull fighting.
From September 17th to October 3rd, Munich hosts an event that just couldn’t be missed off of our list. Oktoberfest – the world’s largest beer festival. Don your lederhosen and enjoy an important part of Bavarian culture that has been held since 1810.
Not entirely sold on the idea? If you’re not a big beer drinker, you can lap up the atmosphere in the wine tent. And if you’re worried that they’ll be a little too much of an atmosphere for you (i.e. a bit too raucous) there are also a few smaller tents that are a little more peaceful.
Once you’ve had your fill at the beer tents, wander through Munich’s large public parks or check out some of the trendiest street food scenes in Europe.
Maybe even venture out of the city and treat your taste buds to a rum experience at the Hemingway Bar in Starnberg. FairFX MasterCard customers can enjoy an exclusive rum tasting session through Priceless Cities by registering at priceless.com.
If you really are already fed up of the poor British weather, head to Barcelona. The temperature is still in the high 20s during September so it’s the perfect time to hit Barceloneta beach.
But, even with the kids going back to school, Barceloneta can still get pretty busy. If it’s still manic when you get there, walk further along the beach with town behind you to get a better spot.
Catalan festivals continue to thrive into September. La Festa Catalana (The Catalan Festival) is a weekly exhibition of Catalan festival traditions including “sardanes” folk dancing, “castells” human tower building, “gegants” giants, mythical beasts, Catalan stick dancers and more. The festival takes place every Saturday from July to end September 2016.
Now the kids are back to school, it’s the perfect time for you to give yourself a little getaway. With lots happening and some warm weather still up for grabs, these are some great potential locations for a last minute trip. These European cities are just some of the suitable candidates however, and with a FairFX Euro Card you have the freedom to lock in award-winning exchange rates and spend in any Eurozone country.
As a FairFX MasterCard customer you can make your trip extra special by discovering a number of one-of-a-kind experiences, special adventures, shopping and dining offers. All you have to do is order your FairFX Currency Card, register it at priceless.com and choose your unique experience.