These 6 Cities Make The Perfect Alternative Getaways

Girona, Spain

If you loved Spain’s capital Madrid for its museums, culture and incredible tapas, then why not try Girona? Soak up the Catalan culture by exploring the architecture, cathedrals and museums as well as sampling the fine cuisine at the city’s Michelin starred restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. It’s also just an hour’s drive from the beautiful coast of Costa Brava if you want to get in some beach time. Booking.com travelers endorsed Girona for its history, architecture and food, and the top types of accommodation booked are hotels, apartments and guest houses. In 2016, the three nations that sent the most visitors to Girona were France, the U.K. and Italy.

Where to stay: Montjuic Bed & Breakfast is a neoclassical villa in Girona’s exquisite Montjuic area, 550 yards from the Cathedral and Jewish quarter. The pool and terrace boast amazing views over Girona ― the perfect escape after a day out in the city’s heat. Guests can enjoy a daily homemade breakfast made with organic produce, and for lunch and dinner, the city’s popular cafes and restaurants are just 15 minutes’ walk away.