Long Week End Breaks
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Travellers looking for long weekend breaks can choose their destination according to the kind of holiday they want. For those seeking sunshine, Spain, Greece or Portugal could be good choices. If Mediterranean weather is less of a priority, there are some fascinating destinations in France and the UK.
The largest and most populated of the eight Spanish Canary Islands, Tenerife has been a favourite tourist destination for many years. Described as the Island of Eternal Spring because of its warm and pleasant climate, Tenerife is known for its beautiful beaches, national park and stunning views.
Images of Santorini's white and blue painted buildings have become iconic. Created on the steep edge of an ancient volcanic crater, the island is a jewel set in the beautiful Aegean Sea. For history lovers, the ancient city at Akrotiri is an important archaeological site. Santorini is also known for its volcanic beaches, while photographers love it for its incredible natural light and colour.
Portugal's capital is everything you could want a city to be: compact enough to get around mostly on foot, but with more than enough to see to keep visitors occupied. It boasts attractive architecture, impressive squares and monuments and even beaches. This sunny city is full of enticing cafés and restaurants, and the famous Pastéis de Nata custard tart is highly recommended!
Sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre's Sacré Coeur are world-famous, but there's so much more to explore in this vibrant, romantic city. Some of its cafés and restaurants are legendary, and an evening cruise along the Seine is an experience you will never forget.
Situated in the West Midlands region of England, Worcestershire is a delightful county to visit. Along with the ancient cathedral city of Worcester, there are many historic towns and villages and some beautiful countryside to explore. The region is home to numerous castles and grand old houses, as well as a wealth of fine restaurants, cafés and pubs.
Perfectly located near the beaches of Costa Adeje, this lavish resort in Tenerife has an extensive range of facilities and luxurious amenities. There are numerous restaurants for guests to enjoy, as well as bars, three swimming pools and a spa.
This award-winning boutique hotel is the perfect setting from which to explore the iconic beauty of Santorini. Discover the past, soak up the sun on one of the beaches or take a boat tour on the glittering blue Aegean.
The Portuguese capital is the kind of place that invites exploration, and the Corinthia Hotel provides the ideal base. Facilities include a spa and the Soul Garden restaurant, and there are fantastic views over the city's 18th-century aqueduct.
Paris is a memorable city, and a long weekend break in this small boutique hotel will make it even more unforgettable. From here the outdoor markets, pavement cafés and iconic sights are within easy reach.
This Grade II listed Victorian building set in beautiful countryside offers the perfect base for long weekend breaks in the UK. Inside, the contemporary interior design mixes with 19th-century oak panelling, and surrounding the hotel are elegant gardens and lawns.
From May to September is generally the most popular time to travel, but a weekend away in most destinations can be enjoyed at any time of year. Tenerife is known for its temperate climate, and Lisbon can be pleasant to walk around even in winter. Holidays in the UK, too, can be just as much fun in spring or autumn. One advantage of visiting out of season is that popular resorts tend to be quieter. And with some great deals available from Voyage Privé, travelling is often less expensive.
There are regular flights to all the listed destinations, and if you book online with Voyage Privé you'll find all the information you need. Arranging transfers in advance is generally a good idea if they are not included. It's also advisable at the moment to check with both the airline and your local airport for information on travelling safely, and whether any changes have been made to guidelines. Make sure you know your check-in time and allow for any possible delays.
Most of the hotels listed have excellent restaurants on site. If you'd rather venture out, however, ask at your hotel reception for recommendations on popular local eateries.
In cities such as Lisbon, Paris and Worcester you will find no shortage of clubs, bars and entertainment venues. Tenerife, too, has a bustling evening economy, and even on Santorini, you will find plenty of bars and restaurants to suit your needs.
Always pack according to the weather, i.e. include an umbrella if you're travelling to the UK! The things you need to remember to include plug adapters for your appliances, warmer clothing if sunny weather isn't guaranteed, and any regular medication you may require.
Things to take into account when planning your budget include eating out at expensive restaurants, shopping trips for clothes or luxury items, and organised excursions or boat trips. You can also reduce your budget with a deal from Voyage Privé, with offers of up to 70% off.
In cities like Paris and Lisbon, the majority of service personnel speak enough English, French or German to make communication relatively easy. However, a pocket-sized phrasebook is always a useful thing to carry with you. Check before you leave on the rate of exchange for currency - it's sometimes better in the destination than at home. At the present time, some vendors may prefer card payments.