Brits' top choice for city breaks during summer 2020 revealed

Laura Hampson
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Athens in Greece was named as the 'most searched for' destination by Brits for 2020 (Getty)
Athens in Greece was named as the 'most searched for' destination by Brits for 2020 (Getty)

While most Brits stayed firmly put in 2020, with many preferring staycations over international travel, it seems the few who did make the trip overseas favoured one destination over others.

According to hostel booking platform, Hostelworld, Athens was the top choice for Brits looking for a city break this past summer.

In fact, Hostelworld says it saw an increase of 400% in searches for stays in the city between April and October this year.

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Greece was given the ‘green light’ early on when the UK announced its travel corridor system.

While the blanket rule was that incoming passengers from other countries would need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel corridors allowed for exemptions - countries where it wouldn’t be necessary to quarantine on return.

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Greece also wasn’t quarantining incoming passengers, which made it a tidy option for a summer getaway.

Athens, of course, is the Greek capital but it is also the gateway to the Greek islands - a summer staple for British vacationers.

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While the more famous islands of Santorini and Mykonos were eventually re-added to the UK quarantine list (and subsequently taken off again), there are 227 inhabited Greek islands to explore.

Green-lighted locales seem to be the most searched for city break destinations for summer 2020, according to Hostelworld.

Most searched-for city breaks for summer 2020, according to Hostelworld

  1. Athens, Greece

  2. Stockholm, Sweden

  3. Milan, Italy

  4. Edinburgh, Scotland

  5. London, England

  6. Berlin, Germany

  7. Istanbul, Turkey

  8. Lisbon, Portugal

  9. Florence, Italy

  10. Rome, Italy

Following Athens, Sweden’s Stockholm came second, followed by Milan in Italy. Closer to home, searches were up for Edinburgh and London too, which placed fourth and fifth respectively.

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Berlin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Florence and Rome made up the remainder of the top 10, with Brit favourite Spain noticeable absent from the list, likely due to it being removed from the list of quarantine-free nations early on in the summer.

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