1. Dublin, Ireland
A beautiful place to visit, the Guinness factory and The Temple Bar are the places to go. A group of us came here for a city break on a hen party, with a flight time of one hour from Manchester to Dublin it was an ideal long weekend getaway. We booked an apartment not far from the nightlife. You will never have a better pint of Guinness than at the factory and the view of Dublin from the bar up there is spectacular.
2. Paphos, Cyprus
If you’re looking for lovely tropical clear waters and smooth sandy beaches then this is the place for you. Cyprus is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean, located to the south of Turkey, west of Syria and north of Egypt, you will enjoy long hot sunny days by the sea. We stayed at the Louis Ledra Beach hotel, to one side, you’ve got shops, cafes and restaurants. To the other, there’s a sandy beach. Paphos is a half hour stroll away along a coastal path.
3. Munich, Germany
The Christmas markets are the best I’ve ever seen! We spent a long weekend here during December visiting Christmas markets in the area. I recommend the Marienplatz Christmas market which was less than five minutes train ride from our hotel, the Hilton Munich City. The train station is just outside the hotel underground. The hotel was only a 35 minute train ride from the airport, ideal for short stays. We enjoyed the gluhwein, especially the white champagne version and curry wurst. If you want to feel magical with all the lights and extra festive just before Christmas, this is the place for you.
4. Marmaris, Turkey
Marmaris is a Mediterranean resort town along the Turkish Riviera (also known as the Turquoise Coast) with a busy seafront promenade. It’s known for its lively nightlife. Marmaris sits in a valley between mountains and clear waters. Palm trees line the main strip where you will find cafés, restaurants and bars almost the full length of the beach, which is made up of volcanic sand and pebbles. Treat yourself to a lovely Turkish bath whilst you are visiting. Ensure you stay in a hotel with air conditioning away from the main strip. I didn’t- it was absolutely roasting just around 40 degrees with people partying all hours. We even experienced an earthquake during our stay.
5. Verona, Italy
Wowcher! A £99pp surprise holiday which turned out to be a lovely break. After spending a bit extra to fly from Manchester and booking a hotel room each for my friend and I, we went on our 3 night break. Whilst staying at Lugagnano ten minutes by car from the airport and thirty minutes by bus into Verona. We visited Verona arena near Piazza Bra, tried a few pasta and pizza restaurants in the town and had a day trip to Lake Garda. I recommend getting the train to Peschiera del Garda visit there, have some aperol spritz or a nice italian wine and lunch. Then take the train to Desenzano del Garda for dinner later on, it has a nice relaxed nightlife vibe. Loved this break and I even found a Lush shop for the hotel bath each night 🙂
6. Paris, France
Paris is a romantic city with its little patisseries, cobbles and bistros. We went to the Eiffel Tower, so beautifully lit up at night. Watch the cars drive in front of the Arc De Triomphe. Not for the faint hearted as there are no lanes to drive in, it is at the junction of several other roads. A free for all with cars driving in all directions! Walk down the Champs Elysees and visit its cafes and shops.
7. Majorca, Balearic Islands
Santa Ponsa, El Arenal and Palma Nova were the places I stayed at each visit to Majorca. Santa Ponsa and El Arenal have a quiet relaxed atmosphere and Palma Nova was next door to Magaluf with a very lively nightlife. All are a fair distance from Palma Airport but once you are there you will enjoy lovely sunshine and beaches. Majorca is very picturesque with lots of places to visit, you could hire a car for day trips out round the island.
8. Malaga/Marbella, Costa Del Sol
This place is one of my favourites, it has it all, I usually stay at Torremolinos. Only ten minutes transfer from the airport by taxi to most hotels in Torremolinos its the ideal base to spend short breaks or long breaks. There is so much to do and see! There is a train that runs from the airport along the coast and scenic beaches to Marbella, stopping at places such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. I’d recommend Fuengirola if you are looking for the nightlife. On my last holiday here I booked a 4×4 off roading trip. This took us to some quaint villages up in the mountains, on the way to Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. Very stunning views and a chat about all the Flora and Fauna made interesting by our lovely English speaking guide. Excellent place to visit and I even came here once as a solo traveller. Try the sangria, tapas and paella.
9. Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Often called the “Island of Eternal Spring”, Lanzarote has a subtropical desert climate. Part of the Canary Islands and located 78 miles off Africa’s Saharan coast in the Atlantic Ocean makes Lanzarote humid and dry. An average of 30 degrees during summer months completes the desert feel of the place. Lanzarote has a volcanic origin, as you drive round the Island you can see the black and reddish rocks, where back in the 1700’s around 100 volcanoes erupted. Though the beaches are golden sand and in places white sand. Take a camel ride on the volcanoes or a buggy ride round the island. We stayed in a villa with private pool set back into the town, the hotels are all nearer the beach.
10. Bruges, Belgium
Another festive visit, this time was on a coach trip. We departed early morning and arrived at Dover, crossed over to Calais on the ferry then arrived at our hotel, Hotel Academie, that afternoon. There were plenty of bars and restaurants near the hotel, we sampled the local Belgian beers and chocolate. A lovely place with canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. We visited the Christmas market and drank gluhwein during the day then in the evening found some lovely little bars by the canal. If you love chocolate and beer, you’ll love it here! We even found a C&A! On our return we stopped at the Calais warehouses and stocked up on drinks for home.