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20 destinations for a long weekend

Every year the calendar offers some official bank holidays that will allow us to make short trips to different destinations and relax, even if it’s only for a few days. It´s, without a doubt, the perfect opportunity to grab your suitcase and go out in search of new experiences.

Depending on how the calendar fits, most likely you´ll be able to use the bank holiday to combine at least three days off and extend the weekend to escape somewhere. That time can be enough to get to know a city, relax with your partner in the middle of nature  or simply have fun with friends living new adventures.

Take a look at your calendar, locate the official holidays and start planning your next getaway. If inspiration is what you´re looking for, then read on! We recommend 20 destinations for a long weekend in Spain and Europe.

If you travel during spring…

Brihuega´s lavender fields (Guadalajara)

Brihuega has one of the most important lavender plantations in Spain. If you want to see the purple fields bloom and feel the wonderful aroma that reigns in the environment, visit this beautiful corner of Spain during spring.

destinations for a long weekend, Brihuega´s lavender fields (Guadalajara)

Seville (Andalusia)

If, as the song says, Seville always has “a special color”, it gets even more intense during spring. Temperatures begin to go up, the terraces are full and walking through this Andalusian city becomes a real charm.

destinations for a long weekend, Seville (Andalusia)

Porto (Portugal)

One of the best destinations for a long weekend is Porto, a beautiful city located only a few hours away by plane or by car. Walk along the Ribera del Duero, visit the old Lello bookstore or listen to Fado in a traditional tavern … you can’t deny that all that sounds too good.

destinations for a long weekend, Porto (Portugal)

Utrecht (Netherlands)

In the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht is a great city to visit during spring. Its famous flower markets get filled with daisies, tulips…

destinations for a long weekend, Utrecht (Netherlands)

Edinburgh (Scotland)

The best part of visiting Edinburgh in spring is that you´ll have more hours of light to explore its medieval streets, to visit the castle and its haunted cemetery … The capital of Scotland is so beautiful that you won’t want to leave.

destinations for a long weekend, Edinburgh (Scotland)

Perfect destinations for summer…

Mallorca and Menorca (Spain)

The two main islands of the Balearic archipelago are true paradises. Take advantage of the summer to enjoy hours of sun, white sand, crystal clear waters and a good dose of relaxation. Finding cheap tickets to Mallorca or Menorca should not be complicated.

destinations for a long weekend, Balearic Islands (Spain)

Cinque Terre (Italy)

One of the destinations for long weekends that never disappoints is Cinque Terre. Located on the west coast of Italy, in this beautiful corner you will find five small colored villages placed on a mountain and overlooking the sea. The landscape, the atmosphere and the food will make you fall in love with the place.

destinations for a long weekend, Cinque Terre (Italy)

Dublin (Ireland)

It’s one of Europe’s most visited cities and, also, one of the liveliest. Dublin gives off a special magic that you can discover in your long weekend getaway. Visit the factory of the famous Guinness beer and have fun in the pubs of Temple Bar.

destinations for a long weekend, Dublin (Ireland)

Algarve (Portugal)

Fabulous beaches of golden sand, breathtaking cliffs and exceptional sunsets. Visit the Algarve and explore the coast to discover unique places, caves, caves and hidden coves.

destinations for a long weekend, Algarve (Portugal)

Bilbao (Basque Country)

If you prefer to escape from the heat, head north towards Bilbao. The Basque city has magnificent landscapes, a culture of great value and gastronomy of great renown. The visit to the Guggenheim Museum, of course, is essential.

destinations for a long weekend, Bilbao (Basque Country)

If you opt for an autumn holiday…

Cabo de Gata (Almería)

Extend the summer a little more in Almería; specifically in Cabo de Gata. You´ll be surprised with the landscapes, the sunsets and the kilometric beaches that you will find along its coast.

destinations for a long weekend, Cabo de Gata (Almería)

Verona (Italy)

This small Italian city is the ideal destination for long weekends: small, romantic and famous for being the location of Romeo & Juliet´s iconic love story. You can even visit Juliet’s balcony! Choose this city if you travel as a couple this fall.

destinations for a long weekend, Verona (Italy)

London (UK)

You can always find a good excuse to return to London, and its autumnal landscapes are one of them. The parks of the city look magical at this time of year, you won’t want to miss it.

destinations for a long weekend, London (UK)

Brussels (Belgium)

If you are looking for a cultural weekend, visit Brussels during autumn: its five best museums remain open until midnight and the famous Brussels Design September festival is held.

destinations for a long weekend, Brussels (Belgium)

Munich (Germany)

Between September and October, the famous Oktoberfest is celebrated, which gathers hundreds of thousands of people each year. If you like beer, do not forget to visit Munich at this time of the year to live a unique experience.

destinations for a long weekend, Munich (Germany)

For winter getaways…

Tromso (Norway)

This small Norwegian city is located at the northernmost point of continental Europe and 350 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. Use a long weekend to travel here and see the Northern Lights, stroll on a sled pulled by dogs or watch whales.

destinations for a long weekend, Tromso (Norway)

Zagreb (Croatia)

The Croatian capital has one of the best Christmas markets in Europe, so it can be an excellent option for the month of December. It also has a delicious cuisine that will surprise you.

destinations for a long weekend, Zagreb (Croatia)

Poznan (Poland)

It’s a cheap city, so it’s perfect if you´re traveling on a small budget. Its size is ideal to enjoy it in three days. Stroll through the streets of the old town and get lost in Poznan.

destinations for a long weekend, Poznan (Poland)

Granada (Andalusia)

If you are not able to choose between sun and snow, the choose Granada. In this city you can ski in the morning at the famous Sierra Nevada station and take a walk under the sun by the Alhambra that same afternoon.

destinations for a long weekend, Granada (Andalusia)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)

This city is the warmest of all Spain during winter, so if you are looking for a bit of heat book your plane to the Canary Islands. The temperature in these months varies between 16 and 24 degrees. Say hello to the beach and just relax.

destinations for a long weekend, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)

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