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European City Breaks for Spring

Spring Getaways - Where To Go & What To Pack

Haven't finalised your plans for a spontaneous Spring escape? Discover our top picks for Spring weekend city breaks, offering charming cobblestone streets, delicious cuisines, and rich history and culture. These destinations are just a few hours away, providing you with the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and refresh. Take a break from the daily grind, immerse yourself in a new environment, and rediscover yourself.


Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is renowned for its canals, bicycles, and museums. Every year, millions of visitor’s flock to this city, with Spring being the ideal time to visit due to the lower crowds and prices. Whether you're immersing yourself in the rich Dutch art and history at the Rijksmuseum, enjoying a relaxing bike ride on the cobblestone streets, or admiring the 165 canals spanning 60 miles, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Indulge in local delights like Poffertjes and Stroopwafel for a taste of the Netherlands' sweet treats and be sure to take a coffee break at one of the many charming cafes scattered throughout the city.

Where to Stay: We love boutique Hotel 717 with supremely comfortable beds & it's own art collection.

Where to Eat: Troef is a buzzy Eastside eatery, run by former Michelin chefs, so you get all the delicious food without the price tag.  Check out the 2,000 bottle wine room.

What to Wear: Amsterdam is usually dry in April & May, so swap a bulky coat for our ribbed coatigan and build your travel capsule wardrobe around it's timeless shades.


If you're seeking a blend of fun and history, look no further than the capital of Ireland, located by the coastline. This vibrant city offers a mix of bars and historic buildings to explore. Make sure to visit the renowned Guinness Storehouse, where you can discover the origins and evolution of Guinness over the past 250 years. The highlight is the opportunity to pour and taste your own pint. Enjoy a great time at the numerous bars, including the famous Temple Bar. Alternatively, delve into the history at Trinity College's campus or the medieval Dublin Castle. If you have extra time, hop on the DART train just outside the city to discover the stunning coastal views and walking trails in seaside towns like Howth, Malahide, or Dalkey.

Where to Stay: We stayed at The Fitzwilliam, in the heart of the shopping district.

Where to Eat: We loved Etto, an intimate spot serving possibly the best Cote de Boeuf in the city.

What to Wear: Team wide leg denim & chunky trainers with our relaxed cable   v-neck sweater for the perfect sight seeing outfit.


Take a trip to Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, nestled along the banks of the Douro River. This city welcomes travellers with its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes. Stroll down Porto’s main shopping street Rua de Santa Catarina. Wander around the historic centre, including visiting the Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar. Finally, Spring offers the perfect opportunity to explore the world-renowned Port Wine tours along the Douro Valley. Enjoy the wine tasting tour and savour the rich flavours of Porto's finest wines while soaking in breathtaking views of the river and countryside. Before you go, try a francesinha (a sandwich made with bread, ham, steak, linguica sausage, and melted cheese on top), one of Porto’s specialities.

Where to Stay: Ask for a fourth room with terrace at NH Collection Porto Batalha, for the best views of the city.

Where to Eat: We almost headed straight for dessert at Taberna Santo Antonio, but the daily specials are guaranteed to be great.

What to Wear: Warm by day but cooler at night, slip on a lofty cardigan as the sun sets.


Girona, situated in northeastern Catalonia, Spain, is near Barcelona and the Costa Brava. This historic walled city features remarkable architecture, museums, and cuisine. Stroll through its charming streets, where local markets offer fresh seasonal produce and numerous excellent restaurants. Girona's Jewish Quarter, among the world's best-preserved, holds a rich history. From 982 to 1492, the Jewish community thrived in Girona, and today, its narrow cobblestone streets remain unchanged, much as they were half a millennium ago. For those interested, a visit to the Jewish Museum in town is recommended. Additionally, Girona has become a popular spot for fans of the hit series Game of Thrones, as it served as a primary location in season six of the show.

If you plan to visit in May, don't miss the Girona Flower Festival, an annual event that transforms the city with breathtaking floral displays. This enchanting festival adorns various sites, including monuments, courtyards, streets, bridges, shops, and patios with an array of vibrant flowers and plants.

Where to Stay: We relaxed at Montjuic B&B, more boutique hotel than B&B, each room has a private terrace with panoramic views over the city and a lovely pool for a morning dip.

Where to Eat: Els Jardins de la Merce, go for lunch, stay for drinks in the garden and then head to the bar for sundowners, a wonderful way to while away an afternoon.

What to Wear: Pack a lofty blanket scarf in your hand luggage, wonderful as a wrap or blanket whilst travelling, draped over shoulders on breezy days and great as an extra layer when you step back off the plane into the cooler climes of the UK.

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