Most Popular Weekend Break Destinations - Sometimes all we need is a little rest and a recharge of the batteries, and a weekend break is the perfect mini getaway.
It can be tricky deciding where to go on your weekend travels, so we've put together some of the top mini break destinations to give you some inspiration...
The city of love, Paris is the ultimate weekend destination. It boasts beautiful streets filled with dreamy facades that hide everything from bookshops and courtyard gardens to cafes and food markets. Don't miss the Mona Lisa at The Louvre and be sure to have a coffee in St-Germain-des-Pres; with previous residents such as Picasso and Monet, you'll be in good company.
The city built on water, Venice is a heavenly destination year round. Filled with exquisite architecture, world-class art galleries and fine Italian restaurants, it's the perfect place to get lost in. Don't miss a boat trip on the Grand Canal, be sure to meander under the Bridge of Sighs and don't forget to hunt for authentic gelato on the backstreets behind the famous Piazza San Marco.
This city of spires boasts architecture from all eras: baroque buildings sit next to renaissance homes, gothic churches and the famous medieval astronomical clock. Walk across the Vltava River via the Charles Bridge, head to the National Museum on Wenceslas Square or take in a show at the Prague National Theatre.
One of the continent's most cultural capitals, Berlin boasts an array of rich attractions. Culture vultures should visit the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery for street art, whilst shopaholics should head to Friedrichstrasse for retail therapy galore. This city comes alive at night, with an underground music scene and a hedonistic club scene to boot.
The best of both worlds, Barcelona offers a beach break and a city escape in one. Laze on the sands of Barceloneta Beach, or stroll around the hilltop Park Guell, Gaudi's famous surrealist playground. Don't miss the Sagrada Familia for sightseeing and also Las Ramblas for cafes and street performances.
The city with a village vibe, Amsterdam is a beautiful destination for strolling. Take a wander along the river to the famous floating flower market, or hire a bike and head for the countless art galleries and museums. Don't forget to discover the treasures of the Rijksmuseum and be sure to say hello to the local residents at Artis Zoo.
A vibrant city with a lot of soul, Marrakesh boasts an exotic setting for just a few hours on a plane. Practice your haggling skills amongst the endless stalls of the souks, wander around the tranquil gardens of the Bahia Palace and don't forget to take some chill time in a local hammam.
Slightly further afield...
City of opulence, Dubai is the perfect destination for a luxurious break. You will find endless shopping options at the Mall of the Emirates, but head to the Meena Bazaar for some of that exotic traditional culture. See the city from above on the Burj Khalifa's 148-floor high observation deck, or stay on the ground at one of the deluxe beach clubs of the Palm Jumeirah.
One of the most notorious cities in the world, Las Vegas really lives up to its sparkling reputation. Be sure to wander along the strip to see everything from New York New York's replica of the Statue of Liberty to the Bellagio fountains, a small scale Eiffel Tower and The Venetian's aqua blue canals. Head to Fremont Street to experience old Vegas, where retro casinos such as the Golden Nugget are still in full swing.
The city with the world famous skyline, New York will have you craning your neck as soon as you leave the airport. Visit Times Square at night to see the iconic flashing billboards, or head to Broadway to catch a world class show. Don't miss the renowned galleries of Manhattan or the infamous view from the Empire State building.
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