I recently had the opportunity to do a guest blog post for 'Ryanair Weekends' in Europe: How to Turn Business to 'Bleisure' to Maximize Your Travels in the Minimum of Time gave me a great opportunity to reflect on our favorite trips around Europe since +VacationCounts and I moved to Dublin over 4 years ago (how time flies!). I included a representative city break destination in Europe for each season in my guest post in addition to some tips and 'gotchas' to watch out for when traveling with low-cost airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet. You can check out my top picks for weekend destinations at Longing Travel but here are some additional choices you might consider if you're looking for even more travel inspiration.
Winter Wonderlands (December - February)
Vienna, AustriaSit reading a newspaper on a pole while eating cake and sipping a coffee (or something stronger) in the classic cafes that dot the city.
Wroclaw, PolandThere is something so magical about dwarf hunting while bundled up in layers of coats and scarfs. Yes, it's cold in Poland in winter but that's part of the experience.
TenerifeDecamp to the Canary Islands for a bit of sunshine and warmth. Tenerife offers something for everyone including the obligatory beaches plus a majestic volcano and beautiful parks.
Spring Flings (March - May)
(London)DerryThe (London)Derry jazz festival is the perfect excuse to visit Northern Ireland. There are tons of free gigs and you can also take the opportunity while you're there to learn more about the history of The Troubles in the region on both sides of the fence.
AmsterdamVisiting Holland during tulip season is a must despite the larger number of tourists. From Amsterdam, you can easily access the Keukenhof or rent bikes to ride through less crowded tulip fields. White asparagus is an added bonus at this time of year.
ValenciaYou'll notice a bit of a theme here. Festivals are a great excuse to visit a destination and Valencia in Spain is no exception. Las Fallas showcases hundreds of larger-than-life papier mache creations all around town that are then burned in a blaze of glory on the last night of the festival.
Summer Stops (June - August)
MunichSit in the sun and sip from a giant stein of beer and nosh on a pretzel sized to match while soaking up the sun in the Englischer Garten.
EdinburghOnce again, festivals rule the day and no one does festivals better than Edinburgh. We go every year for the Fringe in August where there are literally thousands of performances on offer ranging from comedy, music, experimental theatre and more.
West of IrelandThe Cliffs of Moher are one of few places in the world where you can spot puffins without having to board a boat. 'nuff said.
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Autumn Leaves (September - November)
DubrovnikFamously overrun by tourists, this picturesque walled city in Croatia starts to calm down a bit in October. Head there on one of the last flights of the season where you'll enjoy lovely weather and thinner crowds.
PortoSip a glass of port as old as you are and marvel at the setting sun. In Fall, you can even take a sunset cruise on the Douro and make it back in time for supper along the river.
VeniceItaly's famous city of canals is sinking so you'd better go while you still can. This is another place that is famously overrun by tourists but is worth visiting nonetheless. We've visited twice in late November and enjoyed nice (albeit chilly) weather and fewer people to elbow our way past to explore the town.
What other places do you recommend for a weekend city break in Europe and what's the best time to go in your opinion? Leave a comment below with your suggestions.
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