Weekend breaks are a great way to take time out with friends and family whether you are looking for a weekend of culture, rest and relaxation or simply one to break up the working week. Below you’ll discover five of the best destinations for the spontaneous weekend away.
An often-overlooked destination, Bulgaria’s steady rise in popularity is entirely down to its beautiful views, accessibility and – most importantly – affordability, making it the perfect weekend getaway for everyone from foodies to history fans to city lovers.
In particular, its capital of Sofia isn’t necessarily known for its relaxing vibe, so could be one to avoid if seeking a restful retreat. Despite this, the vibrancy of the city makes Sofia one to add to the bucket list.
Shrouded in history, the capital is enriched with historical buildings, such as the Alexsandar Nevski Cathedral, one of the largest eastern orthodox cathedrals in the world and the city’s primary tourist attraction.
Sofia is one of few cities able to complement its rich, deep history with the progressing modern world, making it a destination that should top any keen traveller’s destination guide.
Prague has secured its position as one of the most popular city break destinations, with tourists flocking to the country in their droves. The 14th century streets are home to the Strahov Monastery, the Prague Castle and the St Vitus Cathedral, as well as stunning architecture and offers a whole new level of escapism from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As one of the largest cities in Central Europe, Prague really has it all, from history and architecture to natural beauty as well as a vibrancy that comes with city life. Known for its bars and restaurants, it also boasts a lively nightlife.
Ready to visit in just under two hours from the UK, there is plenty to see and do, making it an ideal destination for a weekend city break.
Manchester can be one of the best staycations out there, particularly for those looking to experience modern culture and to explore a vibrant city.
A major city in the northwest of the UK, it is known for its strong influence on music, which has resulted in the destination being considered one of the leading places for nightlife. The area has an array of pubs, bars and clubs with live music a particular local favourite.
For those looking for a little more of a cultural break, the People’s History Museum tells the story of democracy in Britain, past present and future whilst the city also regularly plays host to art and historical exhibitions.
The best way to really explore the city is on-foot, allowing you to take in the neo-gothic architecture and ultra-modern buildings.
There are a number of Manchester hotels to choose from, whether you want to be in the heart of the city or the outskirts, there is accommodation to suit every need.
The second largest city in Poland, Krakow now plays host to 10 million visitors a year and rivals Amsterdam in terms of popularity. The city was recently named as the favourite short haul city break for British travellers.
Around a two-hour flight from the UK, Krakow is best known for its historic past, although the city has been rejuvenated and now the streets are full of markets, shops, bars and restaurants to serve both the local and tourist trade.
The city’s Main Square is one of the most popular tourist attractions, as is the Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, with the former concentration camp Auschwitz close by. Krakow is home to vast history and strong culture making it a destination that many looking for a weekend break choose.
With the Winter months fast approaching, Palma offers the perfect opportunity for some much-needed sunshine. A short flight from the UK, the thought of spending a weekend on the beach whilst being surrounded by culture and scenery, means Palma is fast becoming the go-to city break destination.
The city doesn’t simply boast stunning beaches, but with origins dating back to the Roman Empire, there is plenty for culture vultures to see and do –the Arab baths, the Basllica De Sant Francesc cathedral and Palma Cathedral are particularly popular.
As well as history, the city also has a great nightlife and is home to Pacha nightclub with music from some of the world’s most famous DJ’s.
Quirky cafes and restaurants, offering a mix of Spanish tapas with strong Mediterranean flavours line the streets, whilst just along the cobbled streets of Passeig des Born and Avinguda Jaume III are rows of designer stores for the fashion conscious to indulge in.
One of these cities is perfect for your next weekend break. Which one will you be booking flights to?