Have you ever felt like you really needed a break from everything? To just run away from stress and routine, refresh your mind and recharge your batteries? Well, why wait! Dig out your weekender, throw a few clothes in there, pick up your best friend, and go! If you are based in Europe, here are the hot spots for a perfect weekend getaway:
Lisbon is always worth a visit. The city is loaded with amazing food, charm, vibrant nightlife and a lot of maritime and melancholic magic.
Lisbonites love design and wherever you look, sharp contemporary design is a hallmark. The climate allows people to live on the streets most of the year, spending time hanging out on the waterfront or on the hilltop terraces. Lisbon is an ancient city, with the grandeur of past centuries. Walking the streets at night feels like being in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Strolling around the area of Principe Real, one of Lisbon’s trendiest neighborhoods with concept stores, galleries and independent boutiques, or absorbing the bohemian atmosphere in the district bairro alto, is a great way to build up an appetite for a seafood dinner with an ocean view.
Enjoy the sharp contemporary design not only on the street by staying in this super stylish apartment:
Book it here: Airbnb Lisbon
Istanbul is a melting pot of Asia and Europe. It’s the city of opposites: traditional mosques next to sassy bars, haute cuisine restaurants across the street of historical cathedrals. Over the past few years, total no-go zones have developed into hip and vibrant neighbourhoods. Whatever you are in the mood for, Istanbul has it. Culture and history? Watching the sunrise while dancing to electronic beats? Hop on a plane and dive into Turkey’s vibrancy for a few days, you will definitely be charmed by the city and its special vibe!
As unique as Istanbul is should your accommodation be. THIS is doubtless an experience:
Book it here: Airbnb Istanbul
The first and last thing that comes to mind when you think of Rotterdam is the container-clogged port, right? Well, this city has far more to offer than you would expect. Living in the shadow of Amsterdam for many years, Rotterdam has nevertheless developed into a city worth visiting. A lot of exciting projects have been dropping anchor. This city is on the move. The food scene is decent and the country’s first food hall can be found here. You will also find the tallest building in the Netherlands: a new vertical city with cafés and restaurants heralding a new era for the young and creative.
Sleeping in a cubehouse? Yep, welcome to the creative capital!
Book it here: Airbnb Rotterdams
After seeing the sun set in Athens and the golden sunlight hitting the Acropolis hill, you will understand why Athens is on this list. The city is constantly re-creating itself. Thousand of years of history only a few corners away from the rough and arty district of Exarchia – how can a city be more multi-faceted? Explore the oldest of all neighborhoods Plaka with it’s crooked streets and cosy cafés, find new galleries exhibiting the work of local artists and dive into downtown nightlife.
This design apartment will add the finishing touch to a perfect weekend:
Book it here: Airbnb Athens
Antwerp is a wonderful edgy city, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, that feels more like an old village. However, it is far more than just a sleepy little village. The influence of the design school, the glory of the Antwerp six, can be felt over the entire city. There are exclusive boutiques, beautiful design hotels and lots of good restaurants. A village taken over by the most creative people in Europe: Antwerp is a perfect treat.
End your day exploring Antwerp with a glass of red wine and a bath in here:
Book it here: Airbnb Antwerp