Top five Champions League city breaks


The Champions League quarter-finals kick off next week, and a number of Europe's powerhouses are still in the competition.

The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus all have aspirations to lift the trophy, whereas Leicester City are likely just looking to savour the moment.

For fans that are lucky enough to get a ticket to see Europe's elite in action, it's not just the football that they'll be going to see. 

Here are the top 5 city breaks for the Champions League quarter-finals. 

Madrid - Spain 

Both Real and Atletico Madrid reached the last eight of the competition. Atletico face Leicester while Real take on tougher opponents in Bayern Munich. 

For fans that are travelling to Madrid, there is plenty to do. They can soak up the sun whilst having lunch at one of the many outdoor cafes and restaurants, or explore the Plaza Mayor at the heart of the city.  

Nightlife is unrivaled in Madrid, with a whole host of shows. 

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Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Munich - Germany 

Bayern play their home games at the Allianz Arena, just north of Munich. Although it's a sight in itself, fans will only be at the stadium for a few hours.

The Bavarian architecture is a must see - Nymphenburg Palace is beautiful, and the Englischer Garten, Munich's largest park, is right in the city centre.     

Of course, there's plenty of beer gardens to explore too, and a BMW museum that houses vintage cars and bikes, as well as the newer models.

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Monte Carlo - Monaco

The Stade Louis II, Monaco's home ground, is just a 10-minute drive from Monte Carlo. A ticket to a Monaco game is also a ticket to one of the most glamorous places in Europe.     

Fans should head to the world-famous harbour in the daytime, before mixing with celebrities on a night out once the sun goes down.       

There's also plenty of opportunities to try some watersports too, or if you fancy a flutter in a casino, Monte Carlo's the place to do it.

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Barcelona - Spain  

Barcelona sits on the Spanish coast, over three hours away from Madrid, giving it the bonus of beaches and a marina.   

The city is known for its art and gothic architecture, and the shopping's not bad either. 

Heading up to the Camp Nou could definitely be a day trip. The stadium boasts a massive football museum, allowing fans to come away from the world famous ground with more knowledge of one of the world's biggest clubs.  

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are certainly the main attraction for any football fan in Barcelona.  

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FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga

Turin - Italy

Juventus are based in Turin, one of Italy's most famous cities. There are two beautiful piazza's in the centre and southeast of the city is the San Salvario district.     

The culture there is something to see in itself, and the district also has great nightlife thanks to a number of cheap bars and restaurants.

It's certainly the place to party if Juventus get a home win against Barcelona next week!

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Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League

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