Top 5 Weekend Escapes Featured

Looking for a getaway to an exciting European city? It’ll only take you one weekend to fall in love with these top 5 destinations on our bucket list.

by 24 April 2018

Cinque Terre, Italy

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Cinque Terre, in all its pastel-hued glory, is the perfect stop for a short weekend trip. Located on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region, Cinque Terre is known for its costal views, medieval period fishing villages, and of course its beautiful colours. Seeings as the use of cars has been banned here, Cinque Terre is ideal for idle strolls, hiking between the towns and enjoying the natural scenery from the shores and terraced cliffs.

Lugano, Switzerland

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Lugano is a Swiss-Italian city on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano. It’s in the southernmost part of Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, close to the Lombardy region of northern Italy. In Lugano you’ll be immersed in the best mix of Swiss and Italian culture. Spend the day exploring the quiet streets, charming churches, iconic red-roofed buildings, and ride a historic tram up Monte San Salvatore. Perhaps you can take advantage of the beautiful weather and go on a hike or a boat ride on the lake.

Marseilles, France

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Marseilles is a bustling French town, the 3rd biggest in the country. It’s known within France as the city of optimism and self-belief. Besides the famous Cathédrale de la Major and the multitude of art museums, the best points of interest include the historic Le Panier neighbourhood, and the the République quarter, which is known for its stylish, fashion-forward boutiques and Haussmannian buildings. For a lovely Sunday, you can take a yacht from Vieux Port and see the rest of the French Riviera.

Santorini, Greece

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Santorini is beautiful year round, and even more so during the spring and summer months. Santorini, which has been famously called the “supermodel” of the Greek islands, is a charming town situated on the Cyclades Island in the Aegean Sea. Here you can dip your toes in the clearest sapphire waters and sunbathe on the black sands of the beaches all day long, or simply enjoy fresh seafood and fresh air. You'll be in heaven as you walk through the paths of this peaceful town, among the “quintessentially Greek” white houses that vibe exquisitely with the blue skies and dreamlike sunsets.

Gdansk, Poland

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Gdansk is arguably one of Poland’s most stunning and historically rich cities. Though relatively small, Gdansk is full of many hidden treasures that highlight the splendor of the Hanseatic League. After touring through Old Town and taking in the various architectural sites around the city, make sure to go Amber shopping on Mariacka Street. There you'll be able to find the most intricate and stunningly-designed jewellery that Eastern Europe has to offer.

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