Last year all but killed the city break. With social distancing the buzzword, a city, with its crowded streets and dearth of green spaces, was the last place people thought of when they emerged from the cocoon of home.
And yet, with beaches, parks and even mountains now crowded with people looking for that sense of freedom, cities can be the perfect refuge.
To help you ditch those well-trodden paths, The Independent’s travel team has picked out nine alternative cities in Europe to set your sights on in 2021.
Jerez de la Frontera, SpainJerez is full of gothic and baroque architecture (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Seville might be the shining star of Andalusia but Jerez de la Frontera is its diamond in the rough. Home to every sherry bodega you know about – and plenty you don’t – Jerez isn’t just a city you visit to eat, drink and be merry. Between the wine tastings, lose yourself on its cobbled streets and discover gothic and baroque churches and grand palaces. At night, seek out the spots where the flamenco still sounds – this is, after all, the city where it all began. QX
Rijeka, CroatiaRijeka is Croatia’s coastal underdog (Getty Images/iStockphoto)