More Britons enjoying city breaks

25 October 2013 08:58

Paris perfection: the French capital tops a new list of most popular cities

Paris perfection: the French capital tops a new list of most popular cities

City breaks are now on a par with sun-soaked beach getaways in the affections of UK holidaymakers, according to a new poll.

An equal amount of the people surveyed (41%) say they have enjoyed one of these trips in the past 12 months, according to travel organisation Abta.

But while this number represents an increase in the percentage of travellers on city breaks, it also constitutes a fall in the number of people taking beach trips.

All-inclusive breaks were the third most popular type of holiday (15%).

People taking out worldwide travel insurance were lured by Paris more than any other city, the poll found.

Its trendy boutiques and world-renowned museums helped the destination head a table of favourite cities, followed by Barcelona and Dublin.

The largest proportion of city-break fans came from the 25-34 year old age group, the research found.

Almost half (48%) claimed they had enjoyed this mode of trip in the past 12 months.

Spain proved the most popular destination overall. As many as 9.8 million UK holidaymakers visited the country in the past 12 months.

This was followed by the 6.2 million tourists who chose France. The US and Italy were joint third, attracting 1.8 million travellers each.

Unsurprisingly, Spain was also the top pick when it came to selecting a beach vacation.

Alcudia in Mallorca, which includes one of the island's longest beaches, was voted favourite resort, followed by Turkey's Marmaris and Paphos in Cyprus.

It seems as if both city breaks and beach holidays will head the table again next year, with 44% of travellers claiming they are pondering a beach holiday and 43% a city break.

All-inclusive trips are also on the up.

More than one in five (21 %) holidaymakers say that they are considering one of these next year in contrast to 15% who took one in the past 12 months.

Victoria Bacon, Abta head of communications, said: "Although beach holidays and city breaks are our favourite types of holidays, the range of options and activities on offer for consumers grows year by year."

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