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Tips and tricks

4 cities to spend the bank holiday weekend

 

We’ve lined-up four short-flight options that are perfect for a 36-hour or so stay.

Ahh, a bank holiday is on the horizon, yippee! With these extra days off, why not give yourself a well-deserved treat and take off to an exciting city for a weekend of wanderlust? Let’s get started…

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ROME

Average flight time: 3hrs

When you arrive...

When in Rome, there are three things you simply must tick off – the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain (don’t forget your coins) and the Forum. After that, the city’s yours to explore at your leisure.

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To see the Vatican Museums, make sure you pre-book your tickets. After staring up at the Sistine Chapel, swing by Fassi – the oldest gelateria in town – then head to Villa Borghese’s boating lake. When evening falls, call by ivy-clad Trastevere for the best pizza bianca in town and drinks with a local flavour.

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Before you head home...

Head to the Knights of Malta HQ (via the Mouth of Truth á la Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday) to peep at St Peter’s Basilica through a keyhole!

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VENICE

Average flight time: 3.5hrs

When you arrive...

The best way to say hello to Venice? By gliding down the Grand Canal on a gondola of course! If you’re on a budget, jump on a vaporetto waterbus instead for a fraction of the price and you can still see the sights.

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Make St Mark’s Square your first sightseeing stop – yes it’s touristy, but Doge’s Palace and the Basilica are bucket-list musts. While you’re there, treat yourself to bow-tied waiter service and a creamy cappuccino at Caffè Florian. Arty types, swing by the Peggy Guggenheim Museum later – think modern classics from Pollock to Picasso. And when it comes to dinner, do as the locals do and go bar hopping for cicchetti – tasty tapas-like plates. Finish off with a fizzy Bellini at the iconic Harry’s Bar.

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Before you head home...

Treat your senses to a roam around Rialto Market. Once you’ve plucked the juiciest peaches and stocked up on tasty Venetian specialities to take home, pull up a stool at no frills Pronto Pesce to scoff the daily seafood special. Yum.

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FARO

Average flight time: 3.5hrs

When you arrive...

Get to know the heart of this pretty city with a potter around the quaint cobbles of the Old Town. Colourful tiles, decorative arches and painted doors mean photo opps galore.

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A gentle harbourside stroll should be first on your Faro agenda. Do some yacht watching as you brunch al fresco at one of the waterside cafés – and don’t forget to order the local legend that is the pastel de nata pastry. Later, check out the Maritime Museum for a fascinating peep into the past. Got a ghoulish side? Make your way to the Chapel of Bones if you dare. In the evening, tuck into a fancy seafood feast with OMG views at the rooftop Restaurante Ria Formosa. Then wrap things up at Columbus Cocktail & Wine Bar with low-key drinks on the terrace.

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Before you head home...

You’re on the coast here so it makes sense to hit the beach. Head to Praia de Faro for surfer vibes, dreamy dunes and golden sands aplenty. There’s the lush Ria Formosa wetlands nearby too.

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KRAKOW

Average flight time: 2.5hrs

When you arrive...

Hilltop Wawel Castle is the place to get the best snaps, then it’s only a short walk to the Old Town. Drop by a communist era milk bar for a taste of the past – Pijalnia Wódki i Piwa has a €1 vodka menu.

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The next day...

It’s a little out of the city, but the Wieliczka Salt Mine is well worth a visit. You’ll feel like you’ve entered Middle Earth as you descend into this vast underground world carved from salt. Back in the city, unwind in true Polish style with porky bigos stew and a cold beer or two at Rynek Glowny Square. Why not round off the evening with a horse and carriage ride?

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Before you head home...

Get to know the real Krakow with a mooch around the artsy Kazimierz district. Expect galleries, vintage shops and plenty of places for brunch.

Posted: 25th Aug 2020.

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