Our Favorite Weekend Trips in Europe

By CrustyCanucks - May 14, 2017

One of the things that we loved the most about living in London was the chance to take off on weekend trips in Europe. It seemed like back then every Friday afternoon we were taking the train out to Gatwick for a budget airline flight over to the continent or heading to Saint Pancreas to take the Eurostar to Paris. Not sure how this will all be affected by Brexit, but for now, we are going to reminisce about our favorite European weekend getaways.  

1. Amsterdam

The average flight time from the UK to Amsterdam is only an hour, so we could be sitting in a quirky coffee shop in Amsterdam in just over 60 minutes from our apartment. Amsterdam has so much more to offer than many people think, fascinating museums, tasty places to grab a bite to eat and a charming center that is best explored by bicycle. The Anne Frank Huis and Van Gogh museum are definitely worth a visit in addition to the cool Noord district. 

2. Krakow

Go to the second largest city in Poland and you will appreciate the charm of this interesting city like we did. You will be in awe of its beautiful architecture and collection of important historic buildings. Krakow is a lively city where you can have a really good night out. There are plenty of great bars to choose from. Make sure you try some polish delicacies and tasty local dishes on your trip and stop for ice cream in the main square like we did well, pretty much every night. 

3. Perpignan

The Pyrenees are totally underrated because some other mountain range (looking at you, Alps) gets all the attention in Euroipe, but f you want a relaxing trip in a quiet and peaceful destination then look no further than Perpignan. Avoid the central core of the city and visit the surrounding villages and towns set in the Pyrenees mountains. You can go on country walks through the mountains and rivers where you can see some spectacular views. Ceret is a lovely little French town with charming cafes and excellent restaurants. As many of these towns are only an hour or two from the border you could also plan a day trip to Spain.

4. Barcelona

Cliche and crowded as it is, Barcelona is still one of the best weekend trips in Europe because of its tasty food, stunning architecture, great shopping and vibrant culture. Here you can get the best of both worlds as Barcelona also has beaches, so you can spend the morning shopping and the afternoon relaxing on the beach. If you have a passion for art and history then you will love Barcelona. Visit the various Gaudi landmarks and check out the numerous museums located around the city.

5. Anglesey

Shhh, this is our biggest secret. Sometimes, we wouldn't leave the UK at all, and we would just head over to Wales. Here, you can go on endless walks along the coastline where you will come across pretty bays, hidden caves and breathtaking countryside. There are lots of things to see and do such as visiting old lighthouses, exploring breathtaking castles and spending a day at the farm. You can also enjoy a cosy traditional pub meal at one of the local pubs. Its the perfect destination for a chilled out weekend getaway.

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