I adore going away for a weekend of fun with my friends, and I thought who better to ask for recommendations than some of my favourite bloggers – they all kindly agreed to share their favourite amazing girls weekend destinations!
I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed some of these destinations with a few of these ladies – and one day soon I hope to get to the rest of them. Ranging from the UK to continental Europe, there’s something for everyone. amazing girls weekend destinations
Me | Adventures of a London Kiwi | www…waityou’reherealready.com
We loaded up the car in London, with snacks, pillows, excellent tunes and more suitcases than you can shake a stick at, and drove south(ish) through beautifully rolling countryside until we couldn’t drive any further without ending up in the ocean. We were bound for Dorset, Bridport to be exact, to spend a few days soaking in a bit of Vitamin Sea on the Jurassic Coast. We dimbled from lanes of thatched cottages to rugged coastline that houses unique animal sanctuaries – it was a lovely few days full of cheese (both fromage and humour) and just what the doctor ordered. amazing girls weekend destinations
Sima | The Curious Pixie | www.thecuriouspixie.co.uk
Barcelona has all the ingredients for a great girls weekend escape – shopping, late-night tapas bars, stunning architecture and beach life! It’s super easy to get to and there is so much to do you’ll be wishing you booked more annual leave. Walk along La Rambla, feast at the Boqueria food market, be blown away by the architectural works of Gaudi at La Sagrada Família and Park Güell and revel in the all year-round great weather. Although if you’re planning on sunbathing on a Mediterranean beach, I’d stick to the warmer months.
Hannah | Eat Sleep Breathe Travel | www.eatsleepbreathetravel.com
You can’t discuss girls trips in Europe without thinking of Paris. While the capital of France may be known as the city of love, it’s also an amazing destination to explore with your bffs. Window shop along the Champs-Elysees, take photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, stuff your face with delicious macarons (try the ones from Pierre Herme, you won’t be disappointed!), sip wine from cafes in Montmartre, and splurge on a show (the Moulin Rouge is definitely worth it!). For some more inspiration for your girl’s trip, take a peek at this guide for 3 days in Paris.
Fiona | London, Unattached | www.london-unattached.com
Salamanca in Spain is one of those places you might not immediately consider for a girly weekend. But, unlike its better-known cousins, Madrid and Barcelona, Salamanca is more popular with the Spanish than with tourists from overseas. It’s a vibrant and historic University city, with great bars and restaurants. UNESCO listed since 1988 there’s also plenty of stunning architecture and an imposing Cathedral.
The University is the third oldest in Europe, dating back to the 11 th century. Off the normal tourist routes, it’s relatively cheap to stay in Salamanca, even if like us you choose to stay in a castle like Castillo de Buen Amor, it can cost less than £100 a night! The weather is great and the Plaza Mayor, built in traditional Spanish baroque style is just made for people watching with a glass of Cava. Enjoy!
Sophie | Sophie’s Suitcase | www.sophiessuitcase.com
Last year my best friends and I went to Dublin for a weekend exploring this wonderful city. We spent the weekend drinking, walking, eating and drinking some more. We explored every corner of this famous Irish city, travelling back in time at Trinity College, going on a food tour, having a picnic on Stephen’s Green and learning how to pull the perfect pint at Guinness Factory. In the evenings we headed out for dinner, first stopping for cocktails at the Vintage Cocktail Club, before heading for a private dining experience at The Pig’s Ear. As the night grew old, I’d recommend heading to Temple Bar, for a pint and live music, and then next morning head to Green Bench Café for the best sandwiches in Dublin. Travelling with my best friends is my favourite thing to do, and I’d definitely recommend a weekend break in Dublin!
Kerry | Life and Loves | www.kerrylifeandloves.com
My goodness, there are so many places that I have enjoyed a good ole knees up with my girlfriends. However, for me, the ideal place for a girls weekend is Dublin. Around an hours flight from the UK, with several flights a day, its easy to travel to, and an easy City to navigate. This jewel in Ireland’s crown has never let me down, never not shown me a good time. For the last eight years, myself and my three closest girlfriends have headed to Dublin every January. It is cold, but to date, we have never had rain at that time! The luck of the Irish? Dublin has a little of everything and something for everyone. Temple Bar is of course, where you head to if you want your nights full of laughter, Irish music and pubs full to bursting point.
You also have a few beautiful cocktails bars if you like your drinks a little prettier, (try The Vintage Cocktail Club in Temple Bar) The City is also full of culture, with Dublin Castle a must see, the iconic tour of the Guinness factory a right of passage, and historical St Patricks Cathedral visually stunning. Walking across the Ha’Penny Bridge is also a must for every visitor to Dublin. However, a visit to Dublin does not have to be all drinking and high jinks! If you like your girls weekend to be more chilled and relaxed, then Dublin has some beautiful, award winning Spa’s. The Buff Day spa is one of my favourites, and The Spa at Shelbourne is an indulgent and opulent luxury.
Dublin, known for its charming streets (and people), historical architecture, welcoming music bars and colourful doorways, will not fail in stealing a little piece of your heart.
Keri | Ladies What Travel | www.ladieswhattravel.com
Budapest is a wonderful destination for a girl’s getaway – the city is overflowing with culture, history, good food and spas! You can easily spend several days exploring the city – wandering around the palace, strolling along the Fisherman’s Bastion or taking a tour of the most beautiful parliamentary building I’ve ever seen. But if you’re looking for a much less strenuous trip then you can easily while away your days relaxing in one of the city’s many wonderful spas.
My personal favourite was the city’s biggest thermal baths, Széchenyi. This amazing place has 16 different baths of varying temperatures as well as steam and sauna rooms. You can even play a game of chess while relaxing in the large outdoor pool – that’s if you can drag yourself away from standing under the hot water cascading from the baths’ fountains. Then, in the evening, Budapest has the best nightlife in the form of its unique ruin pubs. These are shells of old buildings that have been turned into warrens of bars, pubs and club rooms full of upcycled items from foosball tables through to old cars.
Known as ruin pubs, bars or clubs, each is utterly unique, with its own style and atmosphere. One place might be a buzzing sea of people dancing to house or techno music, while the other might be a larger, more chilled space, with fairy lights, comfy seats, lounge music and friends sharing a hookah. They’re a must-visit when in the city!
Eager to visit? Then you’ll find Keri’s three-day Budapest itinerary very handy.
Prague, Czech Republic
Tammy | TLC Travel Journey | www.tlctraveljourney.com
When my lovely friend Emma (Edit: that’s me! *blushes*) asked me to participate in the girl’s weekend post, I had a hard time choosing between Prague and a German town called Fredericksburg here in Texas. However, Prague won. Why you ask? Prague is full to the brim of places to wander with your gal pals, there are so many storytelling statues and the architecture is magnificent. In the few days I was in the city of Prague, not once did I feel It was unsafe, which is huge for me when travelling on my own or with my gal pals. There are restaurants galore with amazing service, delicious food and never the feeling of a rush because of the need for the table. If you like to shop? Choose Prague, Like art? Visit Prague. Love food? Definitely Prague. Love history? This city is rich with a fascinating, yet often dark history. I would recommend Prague hands down for anyone wanting to sneak away for an unforgettable excursion. amazing girls weekend destinations
Brighton, East Sussex, England
Suzanne | Travel Bunny | https://thetravelbunny.com
If you’re looking for an epic girly weekend in the UK you can’t go far wrong with Brighton in East Sussex. This cool seaside city is just over an hour’s train journey from London and has a host of things to see and do for every type of weekend traveller.
Start at the beach for seaside fun on the pier, head along the prom and see the views from 450 ft up in the British Airways i360 space age pod. History lovers should check out the Royal Pavilion, Prince Regent’s opulent seaside pad. If it’s shopping you’re after there are two types. The Lanes offer designer shops, art and jewellery or for kitsch and vintage the bohemian North Laine is a fun area to explore along with its street art pubs, cool coffee shops and vegan cafes.
Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, England
Angie | Silverspoon London | www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk
Soho Farmhouse is my favourite hotel in the UK and is absolutely ideal for a girls getaway. The style is rustic-luxury with a feeling of being on the farm but in a very chic way! Think outdoor tin bathtubs (with the best bubble bath!), log fires in the room and a full cup of hot chocolate served in a tin mug to enjoy in the cosiness of your room. There’s delicious British food, a Japanese restaurant and even a night club to get your dancing shoes on. But if you can quite bring yourself to leave the cosy confines of your room than there a mobile cocktail bar that comes straight to your door… and a van that brings your breakfast in the mornings. My favourite part has to be the spa that offers gorgeous treatments by Cowshed… there’s also a hot tub with a handy phone to order champagne with!
In your experience, what are the most amazing girls weekend destinations that should be added to this list?