Athens has been revealed as Brits’ top coveted city break destination for 2020.
According to Hostelworld, the capital of Greece was the most searched for destination for those looking to go abroad on a city break this year.
In fact, the hostel booking platform says it saw a spike of 400% in searches for stays in the city between April and October.
There’s no denying that travel restrictions will have been a major factor in the city’s popularity. When the pandemic first broke, the Foreign Office advised against all non-essential travel, before unveiling a new ‘travel corridors’ system which determines if Brits will need to quarantine after a holiday.
Over the summer period, the Foreign Office wasn’t advising against travel to Greece, meaning that Brits who wanted to travel could book a break there. At the same time, Greece remained on the UK’s travel corridors for the majority of April through to October, meaning that holidaymakers did not need to quarantine upon returning to the UK.
Of course, Athens is filled with brilliant places to visit from the awe-inspiring Acropolis to more historic sites at the Monastiraki Square, so it’s no surprise that the hotspot was popular for those looking for an adventure.
Another city where Hostelworld noted a spike in searches was Stockholm, with Sweden also managing to avoid being subject to travel restrictions for the majority of the summer period.
Meanwhile, Italy proved a popular destination with three of its cities – Milan, Florence and Rome – all tempting Brits after a holiday. Although restrictions are now in place, over the summer it remained on the travel corridors list meaning it quickly became a firm favourite with those trying to escape for a spot of summer sun.
You can see the full list of most searched for city breaks below… Most searched for city breaks
- Athens, Greece
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Milan, Italy
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- London, England
- Berlin, Germany
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Florence, Italy
- Rome, Italy
You can find out more on hostelworld.com.