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City breaks in Europe


Looking to get away for a long weekend then let us help you with one of our many cheap city breaks in Europe. Whether you're looking for a short break or a longer holiday, many Canvas Holidays campsites are located within easy reach of some of the most vibrant cities in Europe. So, whether you want to treat someone special or just want to get away from it all, we’ve got something for every type of get away.

Why take a City Break?

Why take a City Break?

Not that you need a reason to get away, but here are a few of our favorite excuses:

Romantic surprise

Romantic trips shouldn’t just be for Valentines day or an anniversary. Surprise your other half and whisk them away for a long weekend with one of our European city breaks ideas. Paris, Venice and Romeo and Juliet’s own Verona automatically spring to mind when it comes to love filled cities, but we really think anywhere can be romantic when it’s a surprise. Here's some inspiration for a romantic getaway.

Explore nearby

How much of your home country can you really say you’ve seen? With so many beautiful and historically fascinating cities nearby, why not look closer to home? You could be missing out on so much on your doorstep.

Discover a new European City

Why not start exploring further afield with a cheap city break to Europe. Discover somewhere new or revisit a favourite city on a short break. From taking in the highlights of Paris with its iconic sights (obviously the Eiffel tower springs to mine), take a cruise down the canals of Venice on a gondola or explore the ancient treasures of Florence or Rome.

Eat your way across Europe

Whether you have a sweet tooth and want to work your way through all the gelato of Italy or savour the variety of delicate macaroons on offer in France, Europe has so much to offer your taste buds. Or, if you are more a savoury fan looking for delicious pizza in Italy or the variety of tapas in Spain, there’s lots to offer across Europe. Eating locally provides a truly authentic experience, you don’t have to splash out on a Michelin-star to find some of the best food, but the options always there!

Get sporty

Another great reason to take a city break is for the sporting opportunities available. From the snow capped mountains of the French Alps offering endless outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking and skiing, through to the countless city breaks with beaches on offer across Europe’s coast lines providing waves a plenty for anyone who fancies a go at windsurfing or more under the water activities while diving – there are so many options for city we highly recommend city breaks in Spain, Benidorm being a particular favourite with our guests.

Top 10 city breaks in Europe

Top 10 city breaks in Europe

Whether it’s a last minute get away with your friends or a trip you’ve been counting down the days till, Europe has city break options for every budget and style.

City breaks are not just for adults, they are great for families looking to spend quality time together. Most cities across Europe offer family friendly activities, from city zoos, to theme parks and our campsites have pools, playgrounds and kids activities. Or for the late-night owls, Europe offers some of the world’s biggest party hotspots.

Here’s our top 10 destinations for cheap city breaks to Europe (in no particular order):

Amsterdam - jump on a bike and cycle the city canals and stop at one of the many museums

Paris - from the Eiffel tower to Disneyland Paris ® or one of the many château options, it’s not just the delicious food that we love here

Barcelona - stare in wonder at Gaudi’s architecture across this vibrant city while stopping to enjoy sangria and tapas along the way

Rome - globally influential art, architecture and culture are in abundance across Rome

Berlin - the capital and largest city in Germany is best known for its art scene and modern landmarks

French Riviera, Cote d’Azur - uninterrupted stretches of beaches and sheltered coves jostle with traditional fishing ports, cosmopolitan resorts and tranquil hill-top villages

Venice – with no roads, just canals, be prepared to take in the Gothic architecture from the narrow streets or a relaxed gondola ride

Vienna - the largest city in Austria is known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence

Florence - the regional capital of Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in the world and is recognised as the birthplace of many of the world’s most influential artists, writers and philosophers

Lisbon - the capital of Portugal offers visitors pastel-coloured buildings and plenty of beaches to relax on

Camping on a City Break

Camping on a City Break

So, after you’ve chosen where you want to go, made your list of things to see and do, next it’s time to decide which campsite to stay at. We have a wide range of campsite options at each location to suit everyone. From family friendly choices with activities for the kids, to our flexible arrival times and huge choice of locations and activities, making it easy for couples to fit into busy lifestyles.

Staying at campsite accommodation is a really affordable way to visit cities in Europe. By having our campsites just outside the city, it means you don’t have to pay the high prices of more central hotels or onsite theme park accommodation and instead get to enjoy more space and value for money.

So whether you want to eat your way across Europe, stretch your legs on an adventure or just want to take in the sights somewhere new, start planning your camping holiday to Europe with us. Our campsites across Europe will provide everything you need for a wonderful, memory filled city break. Get in touch by calling 0345 268 0827 to see what we can do for you.

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Castell Montgri

Costa Brava | Estartit
7.9/10 (18 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Lively atmosphereTwo superb pool complexesLocated very close to EstartitLots of onsite activities

Playa Montroig

Costa Dorada | Mont Roig Del Camp
8.8/10 (41 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to white sandy beachGreat pool complex with waterslidesClose to Tarragona and Barcelon...

Sant'Angelo Village

Venice | Cavallino-Treporti
8.7/10 (58 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Close to VeniceDirect beach accessGreat pool complexFantastic onsite facilities

la Croix du Vieux Pont

Paris & Île-de-France | Berny-Rivière
7.7/10 (251 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Lovely lakeside settingIdeal for Paris and DisneyRange of lodges availableChild friendly 5* camping

Marina di Venezia

Venice | Punta-Sabbioni
8.8/10 (83 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to large sandy beachIdeally located for visiting VeniceFabulous pool complexVery large...


South Holland | Wassenaar, near Amsterdam
8.6/10 (468 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Free to use theme park on siteSuperb indoor tropical pool complexIdeal for visiting AmsterdamExcelle...

Parc Des Roches

Paris & Île-de-France | Saint Cheron
5.4/10 (45 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Set in the heart of the woods25 miles from ParisIdeal for Disneyland Paris daytrip

Bella Terra

Costa Brava | Blanes
9/10 (4 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct beach accessJust an hour from BarcelonaIdeal for relaxingGreat for a family holiday

Grande Italia

Venice | Sottomarina di Chioggia
8.1/10 (24 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
300m to a private beachVery close to VeniceRelaxing campsiteEntertainment for all ages

Internacional Palamós

Costa Brava | Palamos
8/10 (1 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
200m from the beachTraditional areaGreat base to explore Costa BravaPlenty of space to relax


Costa Brava | Pals
9/10 (3 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Small and relaxed campsiteFantastic golf course nearbyClose to traditional townsIn the heart of the ...

Castell Mar

Costa Brava | Empuriabrava Rosas
7/10 (5 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
300m to the beachClose to traditional townsLovely on site restaurantIdeal for a relaxing getaway

Internacional de Calonge

Costa Brava | Calonge
8.7/10 (41 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Set on a hillside with viewsBeautiful beach on the doorstepTwenty minute walk to Playa d'AroWater pa...

Villaggio San Francesco

Venice | Caorle
7.6/10 (33 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to private beachFantastic pool complex with slidesWell located for exploring VeniceWat...

Vilanova Park

Costa Dorada | Vilanova I la Geltrú
7.8/10 (5 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Lots of activities on offerFloral pool area with sun terraceOur closest campsite to BarcelonaRight o...

la Masia

Costa Brava | Blanes
8.4/10 (18 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Only 300m from the beachMultiple pool complexesJungle themed aqua play areaLively and coastal

Santa Elena Ciutat

Costa Brava | Lloret de Mar
5.5/10 (4 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Lively campsiteClose to many beachesFantastic area for water sportsOn the coast of the Costa Brava


Costa Brava | Playa d'Aro
9/10 (2 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Short walk to Playa d'AroFirst-class facilitiesIdeal for families of all agesLively and coastal


Costa Brava | Pals
8.7/10 (3 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
400m from the beachBeautiful viewsQuiet, family atmosphereRelaxed and coastal


Venice | Sottomarina di Chioggia
8.3/10 (13 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to the beachLocated in the Po Delta ParkFamily entertainmentPerfect for visiting Venic...

Castell d'Aro

Costa Brava | Playa d'Aro
Canvas Holidays Camping

Village Portofelice

Venice | Eraclea Mare
9/10 (41 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to a long sandy beachGreat entertainmentFirst-class facilities on siteLarge swimming p...

Residence Village

Venice | Cavallino-Treporti
8.4/10 (26 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Small site with relaxed atmosphereDirect access to beachExcellent entertainment programmeGreat for a...

Norcenni Girasole Club

Tuscany | Figline Valdarno
8.3/10 (36 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Set high in the Arno valleyIdeal for teenagersTraditional Tuscan restaurantRegular bus service to Fl...
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