If you’re after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights.
Tallinn got listed by The Guardian as one of the best alternative city breaks in Europe amongst Valetta, Dubrovnik, Bologna and 6 others.
Why go? Tallinn is a quaint destination (bar the stag dos) and, while airlines continue to offer cheap flights, it’s a great choice for a budget weekend break. Pulling together Baltic, Russian and Scandinavian culture, the old town is a Unesco heritage site where you’ll find the magnificent, onion-domed St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The city is also home to a large art museum, the Kunstimuuseum, so there’s plenty more to Tallinn than cheap beer – and whole areas to explore beyond the more obvious, boozy, tourist trail. The city’s most interesting district is Kalamaja, a creative neighbourhood where abandoned spaces are being repurposed. A highlight is Telliskivi Creative City, a factory complex now occupied by exhibitions, shops, cafes and performance spaces, such as restaurant and venue F-Hoone. For more of Tallinn’s boho side, dine at nAnO a restaurant and garden cafe in the converted old town home of model agency owner Beatrice Fenice.
Where to stay Pronksi Apartments – luxurious keyless self-service business and holiday apartment complex in the heart of Tallinn – is a place where you can stay for shorter or longer periods and truly engage with the beautiful city and its people. The Pronksi 3 apartment building from 1938 – the sign of an era – is located in the heart of the Tallinn city centre, near the historical old town and beautiful Kadriorg.
• 1-bedroom apartments from €50 per night, http://pronksiapartments.ee/
Here’s the full list of Top City Break Destinations for 2016 by The Guardian:
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