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
Also Read: An itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon | Places To Visit In Sintra | Best Areas To Stay In Lisbon
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.
4. Edinburgh – Scotland
Also Read: The Best UK Weekend Destinations | Why You Need To Visit The Witchery In Edinburgh
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
Also Read: Top Things To Do In Stockholm In Winter | What To Pack For Stocholm In Winter
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.
Also Read: Things To Do In Amsterdam In Winter | The Best Museums In Amsterdam | Romantic Things To Do In Amsterdam.
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
Moroccan travel inspirations from Heather and Samiya. You can follow their travels at: SelimaFamilyRAASTAand Conversant Traveller
Also Read: How To Plan A Trip To Africa | An Itinerary For 15 Days In Namibia Botswana & Victoria Falls
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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What a great list of weekend ideas! My bucketlist just got longer 🙂 Thank you for putting it together!
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Lovely lovely post Bianca, I really need to do more weekend trips, so thank you for the inspiration. X
Yes! Glad you have found inspiration. Travel sometimes starts with your own backyard especially if you dont have too much time or the bank balance doesnt much your wanderlust. Hence I why I always start from my own city sometimes 🙂
Great ideas for a weekend, specially my sunny Lisbon 🙂
I just wouldn't count Iceland as a weekend getaway, I think one needs 4-5 days to fully explore its beauty!
I guess any destination even Lisbon would need a lot more than a weekend so I guess you can just narrow down on a few places in Iceland you can comfortably do in the weekend and get RyanAir to drop you back home Sunday night to get ready for work on Monday 🙂
Morroco looks so beautiful!!
Excellent round-up. Reykjavik has long been on my list, but all the others look tempting – especially the ones I've not been to yet!
I know mine too! I will have to squeeze in Iceland one way or another just before the end of the summer.
What a fantastic list of destinations! It's cheapest to fly into London from Toronto, so I will have to try some of these out the next time I'm in Europe!
You definitely should, especially once the weather starts to get warmer but you need to be on the hunt for bargain tickets soon.
Great list..! London is one of the best bases to exploring more of Europe! Heathrow definitely helps with that, and all the low-cost airlines are very useful too! As a European, I'd go to London just to explore London and England, but can easily see myself visiting all these places out of my home base in Prague 🙂
Yep! Actually there has been plenty of times I have seen tickets much cheaper flying from Prague(a city I am dying to visit) than it is flying from London.
My amazing sunny Lisbon =) Great list, next stop is Marrocos, can't wait!