Today’s guest post is from Emily Steves. She writes about traveling, from Carcassonne accommodation to gap years. In her spare time she enjoys photography and networking.
Are you planning a short trip with your family to Europe in the near future? A weekend getaway can involve many different activities and trips to different destinations, from fun weekends with your family through to sightseeing and nightlife focused holidays.
Do you want to pack a lot of activities into a single trip, or would you rather just spend a few days relaxing at a boutique hotel? With these factors in mind, what are some of the best places to visit in Europe for a weekend away in 2013?
1 – Sparta, Greece
For a slightly different experience of Greece, consider visiting Sparta – home to the great Greek civilisation, Sparta has enough attractions to make for an excellent holiday in the sun – ancient museums and historical sites include the Tomb of Leonidas, and collections on Ancient Greece.
2 – Istanbul, Turkey
Even though it’s difficult to see a lot of Istanbul in a few days, you can still sample some of the best that this Turkish city has to offer; see world landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, as well as the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, or spend your days exploring the Grand Bazaar for shopping and food.
3 – Nice, France
A few days in this city in the South of France can allow you to soak up the Mediterranean sun on its beaches, or wander around its historic Old Town region. You can also stay inland within the Provence countryside, which is ideal for a quick cottage holiday.
4 – Barcelona, Spain
Another city that offers perhaps too many attractions for one weekend, Barcelona is still recommended, though, as one of the most vibrant destinations in Europe; walk along Las Ramblas and look out to the ocean, relax on the beach, or explore the city’s Gaudi architecture and the Nou Camp football stadium.
5 – Venice, Italy
As getaways go, there’s few places more romantic for a weekend stay than Venice; over the course of a weekend you can see historic attractions such as the Basilica di San Marco, as well as taking a gondola ride through its canals.
6 – Budapest, Hungary
Split by the River Danube, Budapest is one of the more cost-effective cities to visit in Eastern Europe; see the Castle Quarter and its markets, as well as the Hungarian State Opera House, and the House of Hungaria Wines collection.
7 – Prague, Czech Republic
Another Eastern European city that has a lot to offer over a short period of time, Prague is a favourite for backpackers due to its art galleries, museums, inexpensive accommodation, and for its easy to navigate streets. If you can, see Prague Castle, the Jewish Quarter, and the Charles Bridge.
8 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Although Copenhagen is one of the more expensive destinations on this list, it’s recommended if you want a boutique travelling experience; experience some of the best shopping in Europe, visit the Botanicla Garden and Museum, and enjoy this Danish city’s great nightlife.
9 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the most popular European city breaks for a reason, Amsterdam is laid back and cultural, as well as easy to get around; you can visit the Van Gogh Museum and the recently reopened Rijkmuseum, while spending long afternoons in the Vondelpark.
10 – Lisbon, Portugal
As far as coastal cities go, Lisbon is one of the most pleasant in Europe; you can enjoy food markets, historic neighbor hoods like the Bairro Alto, Lisbon Zoo, and the Jeronimos Monastery during a short stay.