Summer is almost over but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to fit in a last minute getaway to Europe or beyond. We’ve put together the 5 best places where you can book your flight, pack up and go to enjoy the last of the good weather.
Budapest is the forgotten gem of Europe – it’s cheap, full of history and pretty impressive to look at. You can take in the stunning views of the Danube River by climbing to the top of Castle Hill and visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion. This is where you’ll also find the best view down onto the Chain Bridge which, when lit up at night, makes for one of the best views in Europe. On the other side of the river you can visit the Parliament Buildings and don’t forget the numerous wine and food tours on offer. The budget hotels and hostels on offer combined with the unbelievably low cost flights make Budapest an irresistible option. If that didn’t convince you then these photos will! Catherine of Lux Life documented her recent trip to Budapest here.
Barcelona is an obvious choice for anyone that wants to travel within Europe – offering the best of both worlds with a city and beach break combined. The most popular attractions include La Sagrada Família, La Rambla and Park Güell but the list goes on and on. Barcelona’s boundless culture and impressive architecture is best absorbed wandering around the side streets and stopping for food and drink in some of the world’s best restaurants and bars. The long stretch of sun drenched sand and limitless nightlife also makes Barcelona one of the best all-rounders. The cheap flights are an added bonus. Checkout Theri’s Wardrobe Barcelona diary for an insight into the city.
Croatia has seen more and more tourists flock to its shores to reap the benefits of its non-euro Kuna currency. Besides the beautiful scenery and hot climate, Croatia also offers some of the best nightlife around. The city of Hvar is the perfect option for those not wanting to choose between culture and nightlife. Day trips to surrounding secluded islands where you can cliff jump and soak up the scenery can be followed by partying at exclusive bars that have drawn even Prince Harry to the island. You can reach Hvar by getting a very affordable flight to Split on the mainland and a short ferry ride will then take you to the island. Visit before it becomes mainstream! Head to The Wanderlusters to see what they got up to in Hvar.
Marrakech is probably the best value trip you could take with flights from London at around £120 and a stay for two in a traditional riad can average as low as £250 for a week. However, because of the extremely hot climate, you might prefer to wait until mid September/October to visit. Immerse yourself in the culture by exploring the souks in the Jemaa El Fna, touring the local mosques and the Majorelle Garden and trekking through the desert on camels. A flight to Marrakech is around 3.5 hours and last minute availability can easily be found in the many traditional riad hotels dotted around the city centre. On the Luce has a great blog post on surviving the souks in Marrakech that is definitely worth a read.
If you are hoping to go further afar for a last minute holiday then the US is a good option with frequent flights from the UK to its major cities and hundreds of hotels on offer whatever your budget. Why not try something different on the west coast and head to San Francisco? Explore Fisherman’s Warf, the Aquarium of the Bay and the Presidio or take a cable car to soak up the city and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. With some of the best restaurants and nightclubs on the West Coast in San Francisco there really is something for everyone. Then, if you have enough time, you could turn your visit into a Californian road trip and take in the sights of Napa Valley before flying home from Los Angeles. See how Taylor Hearts Travel spent her time in the beautiful city of San Francisco.
Happy Travels! x