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Tips and tricks

7 cities to spend the bank holiday weekend

 

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

Ahh, the bank holiday season is finally on the horizon, yippee! And with all these extra days off, what better way to celebrate than to 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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The next day...

To see the Vatican Museums, pre-book tickets to beat the queues. 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 crowd.

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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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BUDAPEST

Average flight time: 3.5hrs

When you arrive...

Kick off with a walking tour. Start at Vörösmarty Square, then climb St Stephen’s Basilica and end at UNESCO-listed Heroes’ Square. After, fuel up with a bowl of goulash at log cabin-esque Paprika, then bar hop around the boho ruin pubs.

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Take a 45-minute tour of the huge Hungarian Parliament Building and check out the Crown Jewels. Over the river, catch the funicular to nosy around Buda Castle and watch out for the changing of the guard on the hour. After, enjoy a soak in a thermal spa – we love the art nouveau grandeur of Gellert Baths. Then how about a dinner cruise on the Danube?

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Before you head home...

Budapest’s Central Market is a great for souvenirs, from folk art to pottery. If you haven’t had a high tea yet, the opulent New York Café calls for elevenses.

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MALAGA

Average flight time: 2.5hrs

When you arrive...

Ease yourself into the go-slow ways of this sultry Spanish port city with a gentle stroll along the harbour, followed by sangria in Plaza de la Constitución. Join a tapas walking tour if you’re a serious foodie.

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It’s time to hit the sights. Stick the Alcazaba and Cathedral on your list first, then get all arty at the Pompidou Centre before popping into the Picasso Foundation. And it wouldn’t be a true Andalucian adventure if you didn’t catch a little flamenco when the sun goes down – see a live show at Tablao Los Amayas.

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Before you head home...

Swing by La Malagueta beach to squeeze in the last of that glorious sunshine and some freshly grilled sardines of course.

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PALMA

Average flight time: 2.5hrs

When you arrive...

Get to know this pretty city with a potter around the palm-lined Old Town, ticking off the town hall, an ancient olive tree and Plaça Mayor’s street entertainers as you go.

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Explore the Moorish flavours of the Majorcan capital at the ancient Arab Baths and Royal Palace of the Almudaina. Later, watch the sun set over La Seu’s spires for OMG views, then go to San Juan Gastro Market for a cool, communal dining-and-drinks space. Wrap things up around the harbour at plush clubs like Pacha or get jazzy in La Llonja.

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Before you head home...

For breakfast on your last day, pick up an ensaïmada pastry at art nouveau café, Forn des Teatre. It’s a flaky, sugary spiral of perfection.

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BARCELONA

Average flight time: 2.5hrs

When you arrive...

To get a real flavour of Catalonia’s capital of cool, soak up the street theatre of La Rambla, but veer off to get lost among the Gothic Quarter’s cobbled streets and restaurant-lined plazas.

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The next day...

Spend your morning browsing the hanging hams and exotic fruit at iconic indoor market La Boqueria, then check out the labels along Avinguda Diagonal. If it’s sunny, hit Barceloneta’s beach clubs instead. An expertly mixed G&T at old-school Dry Martini should be on your evening agenda, before dinner at swish Iberian food hall, El Nacional.

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Before you head home...

For the last part of your trip, get up early to see the sky-high views from Gaudi’s off the wall Park Güell.

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FLORENCE

Average flight time: 2.5hrs

When you arrive...

Dusk is a fine time to explore Florence. The Duomo’s big brick dome shines brightly, Renaissance bell towers twinkle and the Ponte Vecchio glows with the jewellery shops that line it.

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The world-famous Uffizi gallery is a bucket-list must. We’re talking masterpieces like Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Da Vinci’s Annunciation under one roof. Or strut around the Gucci Museum for something a little more modern. When it comes to dinner, try the char-grilled Florentine steak with a hearty Tuscan red at I'Tuscani 2.

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Before you head home...

Meander through the manicured shrubs and fountains at the Boboli Gardens. Be sure to make a pit stop at Badiani on the way back for the most famous ice cream in town.

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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: 15th Apr 2019.

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