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Cool Ideas For The Best Weekend Out Of London
1. Budapest – Hungary
2. Lisbon – Portugal
Portuguese travel inspiration from Vlad. Follow his travels at Efitimonholiday
3. Istanbul – Turkey
Got 2 or 3 days and looking for an amazing weekend or long for a unique experience? Then Istanbul is the city to head to. A transcontinental city straddling both Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait offering amazing food, historical sights, amazing the hustle and bustle of the Turkish city.
Whether you have a weekend in Istanbul or doing a 2 week trip to Turkey absolutely unmissable sights include the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Sultnhamment Cami, Galata Tower, and Taksim Square just to name a few.
A visit to Turkey is not complete of course without checking out the food, instagram-worthy cafes, and top it all off with a visit to a Hammam spa. You can easily do a weekend in Istanbul.
With two airports in Istanbul served by many airlines leaving London, you can be in Istanbul with a direct flight from London within 3 hours and 40 minutes. Airlines such as Pegasus, British Airways and Turkish Airlines all have direct flights into Istanbul making a weekend city break from London to Istanbul easily do-able. If you find yourself wondering if Istanbul is safe see more tips in the linked post.
4. Edinburgh – Scotland
5. Brac Island Croatia
First of all, islands make a huge part of Croatian geographical and national identity. If you are coming to Croatia, you should definitely visit at least one Croatian island. And why not Brac?!
Tourism on Brac started in 1923 in Bol. Bol has, with Dubrovnik, and Opatija, one of the longest tourism history in Croatia. And along with few other destinations, like Rovinj, Split, Plitvice, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik, Bol remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia (Don’t tell me you’ve thought it was the off the beaten path destination).
Zlatni Rat, famed beach in Bol, is perhaps the best known and the most beautiful beach in Croatia. Whether you are single or trying to do Croatia as a couple there is plenty for everyone.
As locals like to say, it isn’t the only beach here. The entire south side of the island of Brac is dotted with gorgeous pebble beaches. Pebbles here are small, soft to walk on, and perfectly rounded. And the best part is that, apart of Zlatni Rat, other beaches aren’t crowded at all, especially as you get out of Bol.
Islands seem to live at their own pace, and we always feel like stepping back in time when visiting any of Croatian islands. The veggies and fruits here taste better, their taste brings back childhood memories , olive oil is abundant here (Brac is particularly famous for its olive oil, lamb, sheep cheese, and mandarins), fresh fish is to die for.
6. Stockholm – Sweden
7. Amsterdam – Netherlands
If there is any high one must experience in Amsterdam its the High Wine Experiences in the heart of Nine Streets. Dylan Hotel is housed in a townhouse with a rich history and located on one of the most famous areas of Amsterdam; Nine Streets. A fashionable and unique shopping district with a mix of designer boutiques, from vintage to modern fashion, chic little cafes and restaurants in what is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
So if you are after a weekend with a difference then this is for you! Quite befitting of a place to house a stylish and luxury hotel that is the Dylan. With darkness hitting the streets early on during this time of the year, the bridges around the canals come alive when the tunnels are beautifully lit up creating just the right ambiance for romantic evening strolls and the perfect ending for you and a loved one that will have lasting memories. For more check out my High Wine Experience At The Dylan post.
8. Mérida, Spain
Few things you can see in Mérida include the Teatro Romano and the Anfiteatro. The Teatro Romano, built around 15 BC to seat 6000 spectators, it is still used as a theatre in the summer for performances of the Festival del Teatro Clásico. Anfiteatro Romano, located right next to Teatro Romano, the Roman Amphitheater was built in 8 B.C. for gladiatorial contests. It even could be flooded, to host naval battles.Spanish travel inspiration via Jolanta at Casual Traveler
9. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech has such great energy about it, the vibrant colours, the bustling souks, the aromas of the spices, all the delicious food and the hospitality of the people.Exploring the towns couldn’t be easier as there are many tours on offer, visiting Djemma El Fna introduces you to the beautiful architecture, the mosques and the colourful buildings you will lay your eyes on while strolling around the old towns. Another item to add to your itinerary is the Atlas Mountain. Red earth, cactus plants, desert landscape with the snowcapped mountains in the background. People had warned us it wasn’t a place to go with children, but our two loved it. They loved having fresh orange juice everyday, as did we! – Samiya
We went to Africa last year. For the weekend! At first glance it sounds ridiculous but Morocco is a mere 4 hour flight away from the UK, a whole lot cheaper than Europe and far more exotic. In a single weekend in Marrakech we slept in riads straight out of 1001 nights, feasted like sultans on aromatic lamb tagines and cinnamon dusted pastries, and stepped back in time amongst the lantern-lit alleyways of the old medina.
We strolled around crumbling palaces still adorned with dazzling Moroccan zellij tiling, haggled hard in the bustling souks for babouche slippers that we’ll never actually wear, and dodged snake charmers and henna tattooists in the main square, Place Djemaa el Fna. We even found time to fit in a spot of hot air ballooning over the Atlas Mountains and joined locals feasting at the famous night market.
By Monday morning we were back at work, hardly believing that just a few hours ago we’d been enjoying cool beers on the roof terrace of our favourite bar, overlooking the city walls glowing in the evening sun. You can experience Morocco in a weekend, but I guarantee once you’ve dipped your toes in the water you’ll want to return for more! – Heather
10. Cologne Germany
11. Reykjavik, Iceland
A Must whilst in the city: Spend a morning at the Photography Museum on the first floor of the city library; it’s free and shows Iceland through the ages. There are also several different exhibitions throughout the year highlighting many talented individuals.
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