8 Unbeatable Destinations for Weekend Getaways in Europe

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Europe can be a mixed bag when it comes to organizing weekend getaways. On one hand, it can be a glut of accessible attractions that lends itself perfectly to short escapes.

On the flip side, picking one place over another can feel impossible. We’ve come up with eight European destinations ideal for a well-earned weekend getaway.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is another modern metropolis that travelers seek out in droves. Unlike landlocked Paris, though, this city has the added perk of being coastal. After long days spent sightseeing, having access to the Mediterranean Sea and sandy beaches lined with bars is hard to beat.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is another European bucket list destination that people flock to every year. Trips involve exploring unique museums, frequenting novel coffee shops, and cycling sedately along delightful cobblestone paths and canals.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Meaning “five lands” in English, this magical place comprises five ancient fishing villages perched on a beautiful stretch of the northwest coast. Expect colorful period properties, narrow cobbled streets laced with character, stunning views, beaches and marinas, and much more.

Venice, Italy

The capital of the Veneto region in northern Italy, it’s built on over 100 tiny islands, all interconnected by a complex canal network. Colorful Renaissance and Gothic buildings line cobbled streets and rise straight from the water; front doors open onto wooden moorings where the resident’s boat awaits.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Tourists don’t flock here for the buzz and excitement of a major metropolis. They go for its beauty, charm, and history; for relaxation and access to nature. It’s striking, too. An ancient fortified city, it’s surrounded by thick stone walls that sit atop cliffs descending sharply into turquoise waters.

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