London is an amazing city in the UK and one of the greatest things about it is how easy it is to explore other countries without investing a lot of time travelling. Leave the car behind, hop on plane and you can be at an exciting, exotic destination in just a few short hours.
Ireland is a beautiful country with lush rolling hills, historical monuments, fortresses, beautiful rock formations, and exciting cities and towns to explore. You can stay in a castle for the weekend and explore by car or join guided tours. Be sure to head to Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone.
Galway is a lively town that is filled with many pubs so be sure to spend an evening there. The Giant’s Causeway is also a great place to explore and learn the fascinating legend that goes with these rocks and it is on the way to Belfast where you can learn more about the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic.
Enjoy Croatia’s Sunshine
Dubrovnik is the capital city of Croatia and it is a beautiful sunny fortified city that is a great place to explore on a weekend break. You can take guided tours that allow you to access the walls of Old Town and then relax at a cafe.
You can also take guided walking tours that will point out all the areas used for filming for the exciting hit show Game of Thrones. This is the setting for King’s Landing and you may see some of your favourite characters roaming the streets.
Shop at Belgium’s Christmas Markets
From late November until early January, Christmas Markets spring up around Belgium. They are great places to head with the family and you can pick up Christmas decorations, locally made arts and crafts, and join in the festivities.
Many of the markets offer exciting activities like ice skating, or fair rides and they have live bands playing. There is plenty to eat and drink and you can enjoy waffles, hot wine, fabulous food, and relax in the festive atmosphere.
Ski in The French Alps
The French Alps are world renowned for being a great place for all kinds of activities, but the most common is skiing. Hitting the slopes is a great way to spend a weekend break. Les Trois Vallees, Paradiski and Les Portes du Solei are the three areas that are the most popular for skiing and they have fast lifts, great rentals, and plenty of amenities.
You can spend your time skiing the runs, ice climbing, trekking, or tobogganing. Spend your evenings exploring what the beautiful villages have to offer. Make sure you spend an evening by the fire drinking hot spiced wine or soaking in a hot tub to soothe your aching muscles.
Bask in the Beauty of Barcelona
Barcelona is less than a two and a half hour flight from London and this stunning city is a great place to explore. Museu Picasso is the home of many of Pablo Picasso’s famous paintings and it is a great place to spend a day.
You can also explore the stunning architecture of Antoni Gaudi as you stroll through the city. Watch the glorious sunset at the beach before heading to a pub for tapas and then out to the clubs for an exciting evening.