City break ideas for lively and low-key escapes

Planning to unwind with your partner or explore a new city with your entire brood? You'll find what you're looking for – along with holiday rentals to suit your needs – in these fantastic destinations.

Top picks for fun-filled family city breaks

Need a great base for a family getaway? Holiday lettings in Orlando and Copenhagen put you close to attractions everyone will enjoy, from animal encounters in northern Europe's biggest aquarium to thrill rides and child-friendly entertainment in Disney theme parks.

Orlando is a treasure trove of theme parks

Family fun is never in short supply in Orlando. This Central Florida destination is the USA's theme park capital, after all. Walt Disney World, whose theme parks include Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, is the planet's most visited entertainment resort. Meanwhile, the Universal Orlando Resort encompasses Universal Studios Florida and the Wet 'n Wild water park. Bear in mind that these aren't the only amusement parks in Orlando, and we haven't even mentioned the city's museums and parks! Holiday rentals near your theme park of choice will surely be a lifesaver here, especially at the end of the day when everyone is eager to crash on comfy beds.

Have a happy time in Copenhagen's child-friendly spots

If Orlando's theme parks attract the largest numbers of visitors, those in Copenhagen – Dyrehavsbakken and Tivoli Gardens – hold the distinction of being the world's oldest. Not only is the Danish capital a theme park destination that's closer to home, it also offers a more relaxed atmosphere, reflecting its reputation as one of the happiest cities in the world. After visiting the amusement parks, take the little ones to see marine creatures at the National Aquarium Denmark, Den Bla Planet, the largest of its kind in northern Europe, or head to King's Garden for a picnic.

City break ideas for a restful and relaxing time

Craving a peaceful day in the sun or a soothing soak in hot spring waters? Check out the holiday rentals in Budapest and Lisbon and get ready for a de-stressing getaway.

Go for a spa break in Budapest

The Hungarian capital offers great sightseeing along the Danube and exciting nightlife in the city's ruin bars, but it's the thermal, mineral-rich waters that make it the perfect city break for travellers in dire need of quality R & R. Set your bags down in a Budapest holiday letting and head straight for one of the city's famous hot spring baths, many of which are storied architectural attractions in their own right. Both the largest and the most popular by miles, the beautiful Szechenyi bath is also over a century old, giving it that extra historical appeal. The Gellert Baths are housed in an art nouveau complex, while the smaller 16th-century Kiraly Baths offer an intimate, old-world atmosphere.

Lisbon offers beachside bliss

If it's a relaxing city-and-beach combination you're after, Lisbon is ready to deliver. As one of Western Europe's oldest cities, this coastal destination certainly has heaps of historic attractions and diverse museums if you want a busy day of sightseeing, but it's also a perfect place for slowing down the pace. Go on leisurely bike rides from Baixa, the downtown area, to Belem, home to the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. It's a short drive to Costa da Caparica, whose beaches stretch for over 18 miles, so you're sure to find a spot to settle down with a good book. The beaches here are lower on the traveller radar, which means smaller crowds, but bear in mind that they're more suited to surfing rather than swimming.

Plan your next city break around these fascinating festivals

Famous festivals around the world offer a spectacular array of events and entertainment, along with lively glimpses into the local culture. Plan a boozy Munich city break during Oktoberfest, or head to Edinburgh in August to watch fantastic Fringe performances.

See all sorts of shows during Edinburgh's Fringe festival

Edinburgh makes for an enchanting escape anytime of year, but if you really want to see the city come alive, visit during Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This is the world's biggest arts festival, held over most of August. Hundreds of venues host thousands of shows, which run the gamut from comedy and theatre to spoken word and cabaret. There are child-friendly programmes too, along with plenty of street entertainment, so Edinburgh Fringe is great for a family city break. Squeeze in some sightseeing between shows – visit Edinburgh Castle, for instance – or enjoy a picnic at the Princes Street Gardens.

Take part in Bavaria's biggest booze fest

Looking for the perfect excuse to get hammered while on holiday? Book a city break to Munich between mid-September and early October, when the Bavarian capital hosts the largest and most popular beer festival in the world. Millions of litres of lager are served during the popular event, but only those meeting the criteria for 'Oktoberfest Beer'. If you're not a big fan of booze, you'll still have plenty to experience and enjoy during Oktoberfest, such as live music and the parade of local breweries' decorated floats. While you're in town, drop by the 16th-century Hofbrauhaus, touted as the world's best-known beer hall.