The reason we travel is to create unforgettable experiences and lasting memories. While a two-week stretch spent tanning at some faceless resort might be good for some, it’s no way to have an enriching travel experience. Those looking to truly see something of the world should skip the playas and head straight to the city.
There are countless metropolises out there that offer an entire world of experiences, where you can immerse yourself like a local and enjoy the food, nightlife, culture, and lifestyle those destinations offer. Here are the top city break destinations you need to visit in 2020, all of which can be reached via Toronto Pearson.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little closer to home, Nova Scotia is the place to be. This compact port city has more pubs and clubs per capita than anywhere else in the country, whilst also being home to an abundance of award-winning breweries, such as Alexandar Keith’s. It may be cold in Halifax, but a walk along the charming cobbled harbour, followed by some hot Donair (Halifax’s unique take on gyros) should help you adjust.
Skip the over-saturated party cities of Eastern Europe like Prague and Bratislava and head straight to the raucous Romanian capital for a next-level weekend of debauchery. Spend your daytimes in the elegant art nouveau neighborhood of Dorobanti, where you can peruse art museums, galleries, and cozy cafes. Once night falls, join the locals downtown, where you can find warehouse raves and basement bars filled with people partying like it’s 1989 once more.
If you’re on the lookout for a little bit of sunshine with your city break, look no further than Dubai, the largest and most cosmopolitan city of the UAE. Here you’ll find sunny weather every day of the year, as well as the indescribable energy that comes with being in the most glamorous city in the Middle East. For the perfect combination of beach and city, make sure to stay in the Dubai Marina. If you fancy prolonging your stay in the sun, short and long-term apartment rentals are offered by companies like Bayut, that cater for those who fall in love with the city. In the most cosmopolitan city in the Middle East, you’re likely to have neighbours from every corner of the world.
Anyone hoping to cram as much culture as possible into their city break should look no further than Istanbul, the 3000-year-old Turkish city that straddles the Bosphorus Strait. As the city has changed hands many times over millennia, the area is a kaleidoscope of cultures, where visitors can find European, Arabic, Central Asian, African, and Slavic influences in every gorgeous corner of this maze-like city. First-time visitors should stay in Beyoğlu, located in the ‘European’ side of the city, where you can experience the melting pot that is the local street scene, alongside achingly hip bars, clubs, galleries, and boutiques.
All of these destinations can be reached via a direct flight from Toronto Pearson Airport. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting on your next vacation, these are the places to go.