Sometimes you just need to get away for the weekend. And although you can go to London, Edinburgh or perhaps Cornwall, you might want to explore further afield. It feels more like a proper holiday when you go over the Channel, even if it’s only for a couple of days. There are lots of cities on the continent to explore, and it doesn’t matter whether the weather is being kind for your trip. If it’s sunny, you can walk around or lie on a beach, but if not there’s always food, drink and other activities. When you go away for the weekend, you want plenty of fun and excellent value. So check out these top European destinations for a weekend break.
For a classic weekend away, you can’t beat a trip to Paris. You can take the ferry or train, and take a car or leave it behind. Book yourself and whoever comes with you into a chic boutique hotel. After you’ve checked in, you can go looking for somewhere for dinner. With so many restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Spend your evenings out on the town, enjoying the food and drink. During the day, you can take in some culture or get in some shopping.
If you would rather have something different, Prague is another popular destination for a weekend break. Beer lovers will want to make it their second home and could spend the weekend moving from pub to pub. Visit one of the cities museums if you want to learn more about its history or admire the antique shopping arcades, and perhaps buy a souvenir. At night, there’s plenty of live music, especially if you’re a fan of jazz.
This Belgian city might not be the first place you think of when you want to get away. But it’s easily accessible by Eurostar, ferry or flight, and it’s a beautiful city. Once you’ve booked your hotel or apartment using Venere or a similar site, you can plan your weekend. Take a boat ride through the city people often call Little Venice, and see the magnificent belfry in the square. You could buy a waffle for an authentic Belgian experience, drink plenty of beer, or just spend the weekend pigging out on chocolate.
Barcelona is a beautiful place, and the perfect destination to visit with your best friends. If you love art and especially architecture, you’ll be captivated by the city. But there’s plenty of other things to do if that’s not your thing. Spend some time lounging on the beach with a cocktail and some ice cream or sample some tapas on a tapas crawl. The nightlife is fantastic too, so you’ll have plenty of fun out on the town. If you want to take in as much of the city as possible in a couple of days, go on a walking tour, hop on a bus or sign yourself up for a Segway tour.
There are lots of possibilities for a quick weekend break, whether you want to drive, fly or take a train or coach. There’s something for everyone all over Europe, from beaches to beer.