10 weekends away in Europe you must experience
We’re all born to explore and born to wander – that fuzzy feeling in the bottom of your tummy when you arrive somewhere new proves that’s true.
But, we aren’t all fortunate enough to be able to take weeks or months off at a time to go backpacking or interailling or on an exotic cruise. Sometimes a European weekend away is all you have time for, but that’s nothing to be sniffed at. Europe is home to some amazing cities, mind blowing adventures, and mountain views that rival the very best in New Zealand.
I’ve put together a little list of ten European weekends away. Some of them I’ve done, and some of them are still on my bucket list, but each offers its own dose of fun and culture for you to enjoy.
So without further ado…
Here are 10 European weekend getaways you must experience:
1. Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Although most of this Sicilian city is encompassed within one walkable square on a map, it’s filled to the brim with culture, good people, and amazing food (don’t miss the local arancine and panelle, and the freshly squeezed pomegranate juice!)
Fly into: Palermo
2. Annecy, France
Still one of my favourite weekends to date, this small town is beautiful in spring and summer.
Fly into: Geneva, then hire a car (or the public bus) to get to Annecy itself.
See my weekend in Annecy here.
3. Poznan, Poland
One for those of you on a tighter budget, Poland offers all the fun without the pressure on your wallet! Don’t miss the colourful main square, or a walk around the beautiful Lake Malta.
Fly into: Poznań, or into Warsaw (Warszawa) and get the train / bus up.
I haven’t been to Poznań, but I have been to Kraków, which also makes an excellent weekend trip! Check out my adventures in Poland here.
4. Berlin, Germany
A city that can be done in a weekend – but if you have more time, definitely give yourselves the extra time to explore! Full to the brim with culture and history, and of course, curry wurst!
Fly into: Berlin
Check out my 48 hours in Berlin here.
5. Granada, Spain
Andalusia is just stunning. Think cobbled streets, cute houses, beautiful views, and not to mention the amazing Alhambra Palace.
Fly into: Granada, or Málaga and then get the bus.
Granada is still on my bucket list, but check out my other Spanish adventures here.
6. Dubrovnik, Croatia
One for the Game of Thrones fans out there, and also one for everyone else too! This harbour city has so much to offer – don’t miss the view from the city walls, or the opportunity to sea kayak!
Fly into: Dubrovnik
Check out my complete guide to Dubrovnik here.
7. Athens, Greece
I don’t even need to tell you how much history there is to explore in this ancient city. Of course, there’s the famous Acropolis, but don’t miss all the other temples and museums, as well as all the hidden gems on the back streets as you explore.
Fly into: Athens
Athens is still on my bucket list, but check out my other Greek adventures here.
8. London, UK
It wouldn’t be a European bucket list without mentioning the big smoke now, would it?! There’s so much to do in London, I can’t even begin to summarise it for you. I’ve spent years here and I have barely scratched the surface! Even if you live here, spend a weekend having a staycation and you won’t be disappointed.
Fly into: London (there are several airports to choose from!)
Explore London on my blog here.
9. Bucharest, Romania
Somewhere slightly off the beaten track with a very unique history, I’ve added Bucharest to my bucket list. The beautiful architecture will draw you in and you’ll be mesmerised by the nature that lies within the city. Dracula’s castle can be done in a day trip too, if you have time!
Fly into: Bucharest
10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Last but by no means least on this list, one of Europe’s most popular weekend getaways. With all the tulips, culture, cycling and an amazing nightlife, this is one that definitely needs to go on your bucket list.
Fly into: Amsterdam
Check out my posts about Amsterdam here.
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Have you been on a European weekend getaway?
Where did you go? I’d love to know!
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