It’s all too easy to think of beach holidays as family trips and city breaks as strictly for couples.
However, taking a family city break is a great way of shaking things up from your usual coastal getaway and giving your kids something different from sandcastle building to get their teeth into.
One of the reasons parents might shun a family trip to the city is the perceived expense of doing so, but there are actually a number of cheap city break packages available. Just a quick glance at Monarch.co.uk for example and you’ll see that heading off on urban adventure doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank.
But where should you be looking to take the family this year?
Perfect for families with older children who are studying Shakespeare at school, Verona is best known as the home of the ill-fated lovers Romeo and Juliet.
Give your kids the chance to see the places they’ve been reading about in the play, including Juliet’s balcony, Romeo’s house and Juliet’s tomb.
For the full experience, book in to see the opera at the spectacular 15,000-seater Arena di Verona where operatic versions of Romeo and Juliet are staged.
Aside from the bard, there is a mini train that does tours of the city, while at Gardaland, situated just outside Verona, kids can enjoy the magic and excitement of theme park rides and entertainment shows.
If you and your kids are football fans, then Barcelona’s biggest attraction is not the Sagrada Familia church designed by Gaudi but the Camp Nou, home to the likes of Leo Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
Aside from the jaw-dropping scale of this 100,000-seater arena with its steeply tiered stands, the chance to see Barcelona’s stars go head-to-head with Real Madrid’s galacticos is one not to be missed.
If there’s not a game on while you’re in town, you can still take part in the Camp Nou Experience, which includes a sneak peek into the visitor’s changing rooms and a walk on the hallowed turf.
Even if you’re not fans of the beautiful game, Barcelona has plenty of attractions to please the whole family including an aquarium and a zoo.
For those who have considered a family city break before, the chances are Dubrovnik in Croatia was not at the top of your list.
However, this beautiful city on the Dalmatian Coast is an ideal destination as it combines all the best elements of an urban and seaside getaway.
Spend a couple of days inland enjoying the views from the cable station atop Mount Srd, letting your kids run wild at the play area on the pedestrian boulevard at Uvala Lapad and coming face to face with huge turtles at the aquarium, before hitting the local beaches for some traditional seaside fun.
Much like Barcelona, the weather in Dubrovnik is ideal during July and August, with temperatures in the high 20s, very little rain and plenty of sunshine – allowing you and the kids plenty of time to breathe in the fresh sea air and blow out those cobwebs.
As you can see from this European snapshot, there’s plenty of great family city break opportunities out there, so why not try a different kind of holiday this year?