The best weekend getaways
If your yearly holiday is still too far away, a weekend getaway is perfect to get away from it all. If it is a long weekend or only Saturday and Sunday, a weekend getaway is always a good idea.
Here I will share our best 5 weekend getaways in Europa and some that are still on our list.
We actually visited Venice during our road trip around Italy, but it is a very popular weekend getaway. We loved the city but would recommend not visiting it during the Summer months. Visit the San Marco Basilica and Square, walk over the Ponte di Rialto, go to the Bridge of Sighs, climb the San Marco Campanile and take a ride in a Venetian gondola.
Because Venice is really compact, you can do everything by food. Nothing beats wandering the small streets with an ice-cream in your hand. And definitely don’t forget to visit I Tre Mercanti for the best tiramisu.
You can combine a visit to Venice with Burano and Murano. We didn’t do it, but we will definitely when we are going back.
You don’t immediately think of Kiev when you want to go on a weekend getaway. However, the rich history of the city ensures that there is much to see and do. A free walking tour is the perfect way to see more of the city and learn about its history and culture. Opera lovers are in for a treat: opera is very cheap in Kiev with ticket prices ranging from €1.5 to €30.
Kiev is also the base for a visit to Chernobyl. You can visit Pripyat for 1 or 2 days with a guide.
And I can’t forget to mention the food. Especially Kanapa was delicious.
Budapest is one of the more known cities for a weekend getaway in Eastern Europe. Again, the interesting history of the city gives an interesting street scene. There are also a lot of thermal baths in the city. Perfect to really relax during your weekend getaway. All across the city you will find bathhouses that still have their architectural beauty.
There is of course much more to do in Budapest besides soaking in the hot thermal baths: stroll along the Danube, visit the House of Terror, take a Danube cruise and visit Fisherman’s Bastion.
For a drink in the evening, you can go to one of the many ruin bars across the city.
Paris is always a good idea. This classic weekend getaway is perfect for multiple visits.
Besides the classics, there are so many lesser known things to do in Paris. Some examples: the catacombs of Paris, Sainte Chapelle or Tour Montpernasse.
If you want to enjoy good food while in Paris, do your research so you don’t end up in one of the many tourist traps.
Aah Barcelona. For me, Barcelona is the city of delicious food. Of course, there are also the Sagrada Familia, the Gaudi buildings and Parc Guell, but it will be especially the delicious food that brings me back to Barcelona.
Barcelona is also the perfect city to just wander the streets. Every once and a while, you can stop in a little bar for a glass of cava or cava sangria.
There are still a number of cities on our list to visit
We hope to visit New York in September 2020. This city is on our list for such a long time, that it is about time to actually visit it. I heard from a number of people that it is a city that you either love or hate.
Because it is not close by and there is an hour difference, it is not a weekend getaway for a (long) weekend.
This one is also on my list for a while. What especially attracts me is the culture and particularly the food. I learned that the food in Marrakesh isn’t always traditional Moroccan food, but that won’t stop me from enjoying all that Moroccan cuisine has to offer. Between all the eating, I think it is very pleasant to stroll through the narrow streets.
When asking friends for their favorite weekend getaway, I got the answer: Prague. This fairy-tale city is considered one of the most beautiful cities of Europe and has something for everyone. I think it will be the perfect city to visit in Spring or Fall during a long weekend.
The rich history of Berlin is very appealing to me. What I hear from other people who already visited Berlin, is that it is a city with beautiful buildings and a lot of museums. And that at only 1.5 h flight from Brussels.
What is your favorite weekend getaway?
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