Even after you’ve had the holidays, booking a spontaneous short break away to the country-side or a foreign city can help ease you into the busy working year.

You can discover unfamiliar gems in the heart of Milan from the Sforza Castle to the Pinacotea di Brera art museum; unearth natural beauty in the Gower Peninsula, a stone throw away from Swansea or spark some romance on the Montmartre hill of Paris.


The Sforza Castle in Milan

Milan, a popular city in the North of Italy, is home to thousands of UK tourists each year. Despite being one of the most prominent city destinations in Europe, a great deal of historical architecture and sight-seeing hotspots are often missed by the casual holiday-er.

The Sforza Castle is an example, a previous Visconti fortress. A 15th century exterior masterpiece which, after a long history of military use, is opened up to the public as a museum. An ideal visit for any traveller looking for a short cultural trip in Europe.

The castle provides an interesting and in-depth insight into Milan’s past with a multitude of libraries and museums featuring Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini and the Sala delle Asse featuring an amazing vault decorated with frescoes designed by Leonardo da Vinci.


Gower Peninsula

If a cultured trip to Milan is not your forte, the Gower Peninsula near Swansea is a favourite for a trip to the countryside and a few hours on the train from London. Designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the peninsula is filled with a rich and varied environment, perfect for hikers and casual outdoor walkers.

For the young ones out there, the sandy Llangennith is a favourite for surfers, however travel further in land and the explorers will discover rich wildlife across 188 square kilometres of greenery. The area includes a variety of caves including the Minchin Hole, as well as many peak hiking points such as The Beacon at Rhossili Down.

The Gower Peninsula is the perfect short break away if you’re looking for an outdoor adventure.


Montmartre of Paris

Want to invest in some romance with a potential partner? Paris is widely known as the city of love; however, the Montmartre is not an often visitor for every star-crossed lover and a closely kept-secret by Parisians that we think you’d adore.

Named after the Latin term for “Mount of Mars”, The Montmartre is a large hill in Paris’s 118th arrondissement in the northern section of Paris. Famous for its artistry and inspiring the likes of Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, the area of Paris features stunning architecture and beautiful living streets.

Take a snap of you and your other half on the steps of the basilica, lose yourselves in the steep and cobbled street neighbourhood and head to the Boulevard De Clichy for a spot of wine.