Which? top city breaks poll puts Krakow in Pole position

And a poll by Which? showed holidaymakers are embracing the less traditional destinations.

The consumer champion surveyed 1,637 members of its online panel last month to rate their experiences of cities across Europe to create a list of the best spots for a cultural break.

Locations were rated on food and drink, accommodation, cultural sights and attractions, shopping, ease of getting around, lack of crowds and value for money.

An overall customer score was calculated based on overall satisfaction and likeliness to recommend.

Krakow, which scored 92 per cent, has proven enduringly popular in the survey, marking its fourth time in the top spot.

The Polish city scored a full five stars for its cultural sites and attractions and boasts a wealth of historic gems, from the famous Wawel Royal Castle to its town hall tower.

It also earned full marks for food and drink, and was among the three highest-scoring destinations for value for money, receiving four stars.

Sun-soaked Valencia was the joint top score, with visitors awarding it five stars for attractions and also for food and drink.

It got four stars for accommodation and value for money, with a hotel room costing £113 a night on average.

Behind Valencia was Stockholm on 91%, followed by Berlin (89), Madeira capital Funchal (89), Seville (89), Barcelona (87) and Bordeaux (87).

Split was the lowest-scoring destination with a 72 per cent rating. Milan and Brussels were just ahead, tied on 73 per cent.

Brussels earned just two stars in the value for money category, with visitors warning of some “overpriced and poor quality” restaurants in the area around the main square, and scored two stars for cultural sites and attractions.

Only cities with more than 30 responses are included in the results. Those also rated include Alicante, Antwerp, Bergen, Bologna, Bratislava, Cologne, Cork, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gdansk, Granada, Helsinki, Lille, Luxembourg, Oslo, Pisa, Reykjavík, Riga, Rotterdam, Salzburg, Verona, Warsaw and Zurich.

Cities including Geneva, Hamburg, Istanbul, Monte Carlo and Naples did not make the cut as they did not have enough responses.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: “The weak pound has made holidays to most European countries more expensive, but our survey shows that looking beyond the most famous destinations for your next break pays off. These top-rated destinations all have something unique to offer.”

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