5 CLOSE-TO-HOME PLACES TO VISIT THIS SUMMER
If you’re looking to escape this summer but don’t want to travel too far, you really are spoilt for choice with the exciting array of close-to-home places you can visit. From Dublin and Edinburgh for a UK based city break to European tourist favourites like Paris and Bruges, we’ve rounded up five places you simply have to visit - and all are just a short-haul flight away!
The charming cobbled streets of Amsterdam make for a wonderful city break and in the summertime when the temperatures is tempting, it’s the perfect place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere of this unforgettable city.
Just under two hours away by plane, this enchanting city is a favourite with couples, friends and backpackers alike - and why wouldn’t it be? Amsterdam really does cater for everyone with its mix of canals, cafes, world-class museums and more. With a jam-packed calendar of festivals and events throughout the year too, the lively city promises tourists a trip to remember in a destination rich with culture and charm.
In the summer months, opt for a sightseeing tour on the water and experience the breath-taking backdrop of Amsterdam by canal boat. Alternatively, make like the locals and rent a bike to cycle through the winding streets and experience the city; sip coffee al fresco at one of the canal-side cafes and watch the world go by, before exploring the many shops, galleries and not forgetting Museum Square for your fix of culture!
The city of love needs no introduction, however, you don’t have to be travelling as a couple to fall for Paris’ undeniable charm. A city synonymous with style, art, romance and more, Paris is a bucket list destination for many and once you have paid a visit, it’s likely you’ll find a reason to return again.
June to August is prime time to visit when the city experiences a desirable dose of sunshine and temperatures reach the mid-twenties. Hopping on and off the metro is a quick and easy way to get around, so from the Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame, seeing the sights is effortless. Whilst the weather is pleasant, why not enjoy an elegant river cruise down the Seine and enjoy a glass or two of champagne? If you’re visiting as a couple, this really is a romantic must!
Shopping here is second to none and Paris is also home to some of the best restaurants in the world too. When the sun is out though, visit the local bakeries and head for a picnic in one of the city’s many pretty parks – this in itself feels like a luxury when you’re surrounded by such beautiful buildings and lush greenery; try Jardin des Tuileries or Jardin des Plantes.
The fairytale-esque city of Bruges really is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. Known for its perfectly preserved medieval buildings, delicious chocolates and iconic Market Square, this Belgium city is a true treat for travellers.
Located on the water, Bruges is a blend of canals and quaint cobbled lanes. A favourite with couples for its effortless romantic appeal, spend your days here wandering the city by foot – it really is the best way to stumble upon the many under-the-radar shops and cafes dotted all around. With impressive towers and churches built amongst chocolate-box style houses, every corner of Bruges is beautiful. Soak up the sights in the summer months when the city is lively with tourists; to avoid busy crowds, try booking your trip mid-week when the streets are a little quieter.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Bruges without indulging in a plate piled high with waffles – this is Belgium after all, so be sure to stop at one of the many cafes for a taste of the regions speciality whilst you’re visiting – delish!
A treasure-trove of cosmopolitan-cool, Dublin is a busy city less than an hour’s flight away – the perfect escape if you want an on-the-doorstep getaway! Attracting a younger crowd thanks to its world-famous nightlife, Dublin is really a city for everyone to enjoy thanks to its huge cultural appeal.
With remarkable architecture, picture-perfect parks, museums and of course must-visit attractions like Dublin Castle and the iconic Guinness Brewery, travellers will never fall short of something new to discover in the city. You may think of Dublin as a city break destination – and you’d be right, however Dublin offers the best of both worlds. Take a short drive from the centre and you’ll see white sandy shores stretching across miles of magical coastline – perfect when the sun is shining and you fancy a moment of calm away from the sounds of the city.
A city filled with Irish spirit, don’t miss Temple Bar – a neighbourhood filled with traditional Irish bars and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. If the sun is out, there’s no better place to relax and embrace the charm of the Irish!
A true hub of history and brimming with hidden gems, Edinburgh is a must-visit all year round, but especially in the summer months when the Scottish temperatures are milder and more inviting for a stroll around the streets of the city.
Whether you choose to take a road trip and drive up to Scotland, or opt to take a quick flight for a last-minute weekend getaway, Edinburgh is a beautiful city bursting with places for you to discover whilst you take in the impressive landscape. Be sure to visit the historic Edinburgh Castle – on a blue-sky day it really does offer some of the best views of the city – and if that’s your thing, climb Arthur’s Seat, one of three volcanic hills offering truly spectacular views of Edinburgh and beyond.
Spend time wandering down the famous Royal Mile, an energetic street filled with the sounds of bagpipes, cute cafes, stylish bars and some of the oldest buildings - it’s the perfect place to lose yourself for a couple of hours. From shopping and dining to culture and history, Edinburgh really is one of the most diverse cities in Europe – and in the summer, the beach is only half an hour away too!