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Bank holiday getaways from Gatwick

There are two long weekends coming up this month – will you be spending them relaxing at home or jetting away from it all? We’ve chosen four of the best places for a city break this month.

Valencia, Spain

Valencia is the cool alternative to Barcelona for holidaymakers looking for something a little different in a Spanish city break this spring. Its beautiful squares, food markets, shops and beaches are worth the air fare alone and there really is something for everyone.

Food lovers can tuck into an authentic paella, or delve into the city’s vibrant dining scene for a host of other delicious delicacies, while architecture fans will delight in the Valencia’s innovative and cutting edge buildings.

Fly from Gatwick directly into Valencia with EasyJet.

Porto, Portugal

Porto is one of the most Instragrammable city break destinations in Europe thanks to its charming cobbled streets and urban gardens. Portugal’s second city is actually the home of port, so sampling the native tipple is essential, but there’s plenty more in store for city breakers.

Hop over the Dom Luis I bridge (designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel) to the buzzy Ribeira district, in the old city, as darkness falls, as it’s the place to be at night. Book lovers must check out Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most popular bookshops – it’s said to have inspired JK Rowling, who wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when living in the city.

Top travel tip – get yourself a Porto card for free travel and discounts to attractions.

Chicago, USA

When we think of city breaks, we tend to think Europe, but why not venture further afield with the array of low cost long haul flights now available?

Incredibly, you can now fly to Chicago from just £149 one way, making it almost as cheap as a European city break. If you can spare the extra days’ leave to make up for the travel time, the Windy City is a destination you don’t want to miss out on visiting.

With the dizzy heights of the Willis Tower – the second highest observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, over 200 theatres, free outdoor concerts, rooftop cocktail bars, comedy clubs, amazing architecture, 24 beaches and of course, deep dish pizza, what’s stopping you?!

Fly with Norwegian directly from Gatwick to Chicago.

Montpellier, France

Spring is the ideal time to jet to Montpellier for a sunny French city break – especially if you’re into extreme sports, as there’s an international festival taking place there this month.

However, if you’re looking for a slightly more relaxing break, Montpellier is definitely still the place for you, as this laid back city is full of delights. Wander the city’s medieval streets and soak up the culture, history and atmosphere. The Fabre museum is world famous, while Le Jardin Des Plantes is one of Europe’s oldest botanical gardens.

Dine on delicious seafood at the city’s many restaurants and street cafes. As it’s so close to the coast, you can pop to the beach either by bus or by renting a bike from the tourist office in the city centre.

Fly directly from Gatwick to Montpellier with EasyJet in under two hours.

Where to park your car ahead of your May city break

Once you’ve booked your May city break, you’ll have a checklist of things to do to get ready to jet off. Tick off airport parking by booking in with meet and greet experts Help Me Park – we operate out of both terminals at Gatwick for a quick and easy getaway!