Looking for the best weekend trips from London to Europe? With so many European countries to choose from, we know that finding the perfect break can be a challenge. That’s why Snaptrip has done the hard work so you can enjoy your exciting weekend away.
Whether you’re looking for a short city break to enjoy art and culture, a romantic getaway with your partner to relax, or a trip with family to bask in the sun, we’ve listed the best weekend spots to do just that.
Flight time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Sip on fine wine in the wine-growing hub of Bordeaux. Known as the wine capital of the world, it’s home to the famous Cité du Vin museum. More than wine, Bordeaux has produce that is world-famous, from oysters from the Arcachon Bay to mushrooms that are regarded as the best in France. Remarkable art museums, 18th-century gothic mansions and stunning public gardens makes Bordeaux a fantastic weekend break.
Featured property: Chateau De Neveu
Acres upon acres of woodland provides the remarkable backdrop for this captivating weekend getaway. Assembled in the 18th century, this chateau boasts a luxurious interior, decorated in period furniture and complemented by fireplaces in every room.
Featuring a large kitchen to show off your cooking prowess, a grand dining room, seven bedrooms and four bathrooms, there is also a maid service to help with upkeep. Outside you’ll find a private fenced pool, stylish garden furniture, as well as table tennis and a volleyball court to play in. If you’re looking for peace and privacy, but want the comfort of a hotel, Chateau de Neveu is an excellent choice.
Situated in the heart of ‘Purple Périgord’ near Bordeaux, history lovers should visit the restored towns of Bergerac and Sarlat. For true wine connoisseurs, you’re 40 minutes away from the esteemed Saint-Emilion vineyard.
Nearest airport: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport
Drive time from the airport: 20 minutes
Flight time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Unearth the wonder of Ajaccio. As the capital of Corsica, the French island is the perfect weekend away for walking enthusiasts. A blend of coastal towns, deep forests and rocky mountains means half of the island falls within a walking trail, including the arduous GR20. It’s also home to white sand and turquoise sea beaches, making it an ideal break for the weekend.
Featured property: Le Vieux Pressoir
This serene home will captivate families looking to stay in Ajaccio. Built from stone in 1816, this now fully restored property boasts an open plan living area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and allows pets, meaning your four-legged friends are welcome to join.
Spread across two floors, this home also features a large terrace and turret outside, with outdoor seating and grand vines growing in and around. Further along from the property is a communal pool, surrounded by tropical palm trees and frosted glass lights that light up at night.
Only a five-minute walk from the sandy beach of Moriani-Plage, you’re also not too far from the picturesque mountain villages of Ajaccio, the baroque church and local restaurants.
Nearest airport: Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport
Drive time from the airport: 2 hours
Nearest ferry port if driving (a great choice if you’re going with pets): Ajaccio Ferry Port
Flight time: 4 hours and 20 minutes
Tenerife, the largest of the seven Canary Islands and blessed with sunshine all year round, makes it one of the best getaways for a bank holiday or long weekend trip. The volcanic island is dominated by rugged terrain, sandy beaches and dramatic landscapes. So, whether you want to hike Mount Tide, attend the second largest carnival after Rio De Janeiro or try an assortment of Spanish dishes, Tenerife has it all.
Featured property: Las Retamas V1D
This villa offers lovers a romantic retreat for the weekend. One of Tenerife’s most exclusive properties, this one-bedroom, two-storey property is adorned in beautiful decor, offering you style, esteem and pleasure.
The bedroom is fitted with an elaborate canopy bed, where you can look out from the balcony into your own corner of paradise. Out on the sundeck is an alluring infinity pool that beckons you to dip inside. Surrounded by a cluster of vivid green palm trees, you’ll find it hard to leave this haven.
If you do venture out, the villa is located in Adeje, South West Tenerife. We’d recommend Barranco del Inferior. This hiking trail takes you through a picturesque ravine to the highest waterfall on Tenerife, complimenting your romantic stay.
Nearest airport: Tenerife South Airport
Drive time from the airport: 25 minutes
Flight time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Ibiza, renowned for its nights out, is home to a wealth of bars and clubs bustling from dusk to dawn. But the Spanish island isn’t just all about the parties. Most of the island provides a tranquil retreat from frantic daily life, seen by the number of yoga retreats and quiet, hidden beaches on the island. So, whatever you’re looking for from a quick stop from London, Ibiza’s got it.
Featured property: Vellacott
Stood boldly on a hill, this striking villa speaks for itself. Fitted with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, this property is a fantastic weekend stay for families. Feast around the wooden dining table with loved ones or cosy up on the sofa around the open fireplace.
Enjoy views of the woods from the large patio or step onto the striking terrace and bask in the sun. Fawned over by trees, you can lay on the sun lounges as the kids play around in the pool. This villa is surrounded by woods, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Ibiza is known for.
Halfway between Ibiza Town and San Jose, you’re a short distance from sandy beaches, amazing restaurants, entertainment and lots of attractions.
Nearest airport: Ibiza Airport
Drive time from the airport: 15 minutes
Flight time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
Often regarded as one of the best cities in Europe, Florence is a perfect weekend getaway. The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to many masterpieces, this trip is a gem for art lovers. Aside from captivating art galleries and architecture, you’ll be filled to the brim from eating lots of pizza and gelato too!
Featured property: Borgo Montecarelli Salice
This pretty farmhouse flaunts serenity in its original cobbles, offering you and your loved ones a peaceful weekend away. Bursting with character and snuggly furnished, Borgo Montecarelli Salice is a humble retreat.
Spend the day at the communal pool or bathe in the sun on one of the sunbeds. In the evening, show off your Italian cookery skills using the communal BBQ and pizza oven. Beyond the sun deck, you can take in scenic views of the rugged landscape.
Only 40 km away from the capital of Tuscany, you can admire the art and culture Florence is known for. We’d recommend Uffizi Gallery, home to outstanding artistry from the 14th to 17th century.
Nearest airport: Florence Airport
Drive time from the airport: 30 minutes
Flight time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Find yourself by the sea in the coastal town of Pesaro. Not as commonly known to travellers as Italy’s other cities, it’s a popular seaside resort for Italian natives. The city centre is a walk away from the seafront where you can enjoy a run on the sandy beach or take an airy walk along the promenade’s water edge.
Featured property: I Colori
Escape to a castle on a hill! This first-floor apartment is located in the castle of Granola. Hidden in the hills, this property is ideal for families who are looking for a magical stay.
With no detail left unnoticed, recline in the enchanting library with a book inside or take a dip in the asymmetric pool outside. The well-kept garden has outdoor seating and is decorated with large terracotta planters and striking fairy lights to make the castle come alive at night.
I Colori is a short trip away from medieval villages embedded in the hills. Visit the village of Gradara or Saludecio for a spot of culture. You’re also within a good distance of the centre of Pesaro. Ideal for shopping and trips to the beach, this castle is a surreal stay.
Nearest airport: Pesaro airport
Drive time from the airport: 20 minutes
Flight time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Discover the charm of the city Funchal. Founded in 1500, this incredible city has grown from its humble, fennel growing days of old to an upbeat, cosmopolitan city of today. The capital city of Portugal’s island Madeira lies between the sea and ravishing mountains, offering raw beauty, amazing food and a deliciously mild climate all year round.
Featured property: Casa Videira
This picturesque cottage is perfect for a long weekend away for two. The one-bedroom property is nothing short of snug and has a homely glow which radiates throughout. Outside, you’ll find a blossoming garden, large pool and sun lounges to ensure you’ll have all you need to relax.
Dine alfresco by having a barbeque around the pool or head into town for a bite to eat. Located within a walking distance from the charming centre of Funchal, you can explore all this European city has to offer.
We’d recommend visiting Leeno’s. The bar and restaurant offers the finest food from the sea, from grilled prawns to octopus in a vinaigrette dressing. But don’t stop there! Treat yourself to their cocktails and concoctions to finish the night.
Nearest airport: Funchal airport
Drive from the airport: 20 minutes
County Wexford, Ireland
Flight time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Find the beauty in County Wexford. First founded by the Vikings as one of Ireland’s major towns, it’s now a focal point for opera and art. Complemented by remarkable coastlines, historic sites and pretty villages, this county in Ireland is an ideal break from London.
Featured property: Rathnure Cottage
This picture-perfect cottage has a pleasant stone exterior and gravel driveway leading to the property. Surrounded by 300 acres of land, you’ll be able to admire the rural landscapes from your bedroom window.
Situated on a farm in Enniscorthy, take the kids out to see the spring lambs and foals on the land. If you’re looking for afternoon fun, tennis is available or if you’d rather relax, recline on the seating in the courtyard with a book.
Enniscorthy is the second largest town in Country Wexford and has a wealth of entertainment to keep you busy for the weekend. Take an afternoon walk along the River Slaney or visit Enniscorthy Castle. In the town centre, there’s also a multiplex cinema, swimming pool, shops, restaurants and pubs, making this an ideal short break.
Nearest airport: Dublin airport
Drive from the airport: 1 hour and 10 minutes