The most popular city breaks around the world


Summer’s finally here, and as we all start thinking about those well-earned holidays, travellers from all over the world are looking for inspiration both close to home and further afield. While some may favour a beach holiday or a mountain retreat, the city break remains a firm favourite of many- who doesn’t love experiencing new cultures and exploring bustling metropolises?

But where are the most popular destinations for city breaks? When it comes to exploring a new city, do modern skyscrapers and a lively nightlife tip the scales? Or is it traditional landscapes and historical architecture that draw in the crowds?

With this in mind, the Premier Inn reviewed Google search data for over 130 countries around the world, including the UK, to discover which cities top the list for travellers researching their next city break.

According to the data, holidaymakers are wanting to travel to the United Arab Emirates the most. 21 out of the 136 countries we analysed showed Dubai as their top searched-for city break destination, and visitors travel from all over the world to luxuriate in the glamour of Dubai’s lifestyle.

Paris follows closely behind, with the city of love topping the wish list of 16 countries for their city breaks. With landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre-Dame, and of course, its stylish streets and laid-back lifestyle, Paris cements itself as the second most popular city break destination -it’s often the go-to choice for travellers from European countries such as Belgium, Portugal and Italy, and many African countries such as Senegal, Benin and Congo.

Boston rounds off the top three with 12 countries dreaming of visiting the Massachusetts city. With a thriving arts and music scene, an array of sports teams including the Red Sox, the Patriots and the Celtics, as well as its world-renowned seafood, this US city has something for everyone. Boston is a popular choice for many North & Central American countries including Canada, Antigua and Barbados.

The most popular city break destinations in the world

Rank City break destination Country Number of countries that want to visit this city
1 Dubai United Arab Emirates 21
2 Paris France 16
3 Boston USA 12
4 Madrid Spain 8
5 Singapore Singapore 7
6 London United Kingdom 6
7 Cape Town South Africa 6
8 Amsterdam Netherlands 5
9 Copenhagen Denmark 3
10 Buenos Aires Argentina 3
11 Brisbane Australia 3
12 Bogota Colombia 3
13 Atlanta USA 3
14 Wellington New Zealand 2
15  Vienna Austria 2

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