It’s a great feeling when you get a bit of free time. The chance to get away for the weekend, maybe even a week. Book a last minute getaway and explore what the world has to offer. It could be sat on a beach reading a book, discovering a unique and vibrant city, or perhaps even letting off some steam at one of Europe’s party capitals.
There are always plenty of places to try last minute, and with so much on offer you might find it a little difficult to decide where to pack your bags for. But fear not, we at alpharooms have found the five best, and easiest, places for you to pick up a great last minute deal.
Since the 1960s the Algarve has been an incredibly popular destination with tourists, thanks to its Mediterranean climate and amazing seafood. Of course, with so many flocking to the Portuguese south coast, over the 50 years some pretty sensational resorts have emerged. And they’re perfect for a last-minute getaway.
Albufeira is awash with places to stay set to a backdrop of the gorgeous ocean and a sea of stylish bars and sumptuous restaurants. The Grande Real Santa Eulalia is right on the beach and offers 5* luxury at a reasonable price. Featuring a hotel spa and immediate access to the golden sands, it is the very height of luxury in the Algarve and just a short walk into the local town.
The town has lots going on both day and night, with the Museu Municipal de Arqueologia well worth a look round before sitting down for an evening meal at a range of amazing restaurants. The Restaurante Dom Carlos regularly earns rave reviews and most certainly strays towards the end of finer dining.
As you would imagine from anywhere off the coast of the Western Sahara, you’ll get fairly decent weather in Tenerife. With temperatures of around 20°C and upwards all year round its always very pleasant, and you won’t find a more pleasant experience than in Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas.
The popular tourist resorts are normally ideal for finding cheap holidays to Tenerife at short notice and offer plenty to do when you get there. In Playa de la Americas in particular, there are dozens of great bars to enjoy an evening’s entertainment with the Veronicas Strip being its star attraction.
There you will find a range of bars, pubs, and plenty of venues for a full English in the morning to soak up a potential hangover.
One city where you won’t find a full English is Paris, the city of love. Nothing would impress a partner more than an impromptu trip to the French capital. Whether it by via the Eurostar or plane, there are always chances to land in the city, and with so much to see and do you’d have to get planning pretty quickly.
Naturally a trip up the Eiffel Tower is the very height of romance whilst the sheer quantity of top-quality eateries won’t leave you without an evening of fine dining. You can take in a show at the Moulin Rouge, take a glimpse at the Mona Lisa, and listen to the bells of Notre Dame ring out. Not bad for a last minute job.
You’d never think Benidorm was once a tiny fishing village. It’s perfected the art of being a tourist destination like it had been doing it all its life, and sees plenty of people pack up and head to the city at the drop of a hat.
That’s not to say it’s now a tourist trap. Benidorm has a rich Spanish culture with some gorgeous tapas canteens and some of the finest sangria in the whole of Spain. And that’s all on top of the other great attractions which has made it a tourist hotspot.
The likes of Aqualandia and Mundomar are simply unbeatable places for children to discover, whilst Terra Mitica is certainly one for the thrill-seekers. It offers a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, all with a stunning Med climate, and a few fantastic beaches to boot.
For most, a flight to Dublin is as cheap as a few pints of its infamous black stuff, so a weekend trip to the city is not only pretty amazing, it’s a bargain too. The traditional city has a rich cultural history which claims fame to Dracula, Gulliver’s Travels, and of course U2.
The Book of Kells resides in Trinity College, whilst reminders of Oscar Wilde are present throughout the city. And then there’s the Guinness. That lovely, smooth Guinness which Dublin prides itself on. A trip to the Storehouse is well worth a visit, learning exactly how it’s made alongside all their colourful and influential advertising campaigns of years gone by.
The view from the Storehouse bar is worth the museum entrance alone, and you won’t find a better panoramic view of the city anywhere else. It’s the perfect place to toast the city, and the perfect place to kick-start a brilliant weekend.