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If you’re thinking of a short weekend break to recharge your batteries, or just to let your hair down, here are some of our favourites

The life-saving weekend break. Theres no better way to get away from it all without having to break the bank.

With so many great destinations in Europe and beyond to choose from, theres something for everyone.

City cycling
City cycling

Trans Europe Express

Forget waiting around in the departure lounge. With regular Eurostar services from London, you can be in the heart of Europe in a matter of hours. Return trips to Paris, for example, can come as low as 70pp, making it a perfect spur of the moment getaway.

The first stop on the Eurostar, its widely seen as the most romantic city in the world, but a short getaway to the City of Lights neednt be only for loved up couples.

If youre taking the kids with you Euro Disney is a perfect way to keep the whole family entertained (and much cheaper than its American cousin).

While the cheeky Moulin Rouge and amazing Louvre gallery are just some of the world-famous spots more suited to adult tastes.

Eat your way through the weekend
Eat your way through the weekend

If youre a bit of a culture vulture, alighting in Amsterdam is a must for a weekend break. The citys architecture and stunning waterways make it the perfect place to unwind. Getting around is easy by bike, and the citys relatively small size makes it easy to explore. Of course, no visit to Holland would be complete without sampling a few of the local brews and a visit to the Van Gogh museum.

Bruges is the last stop on our Eurostar trip, and takes roughly 3 hours from London. The citys charm and history make it a weekend break perfectly suited to those who like the more relaxed pace of life. Dont forget to sample Belgiums famous chocolate either.

Make a spalsh
Make a spalsh

Come fly with me

If the stops on the Eurostar route arent to your liking, there are loads of great, inexpensive destinations within just a few hours of the UK. Barcelona still stands in the top ten most visited cities in the world, and is just over a 2 hour flight from the UK. The Spanish city boasts extraordinary sights, like Barcas Camp Nou stadium, and some of the best food and drink in Europe. What could be better than tucking into some tapas before a sunset stroll to Gaudis Sagrada Familia?

One of the closest getaways, Dublins nightlife is world-famous. Temple Bar is the beating heart of the Celtic capital, and thousands of tourists flock there to enjoy the famous Irish atmosphere and a pint of Guinness or three.

Melt away the week's worries
Melt away the weeks worries

Prague has long lost its reputation as the stag and hen party capital of Europe. If you want to let your hair down, there are still plenty of places to drink and dance the night away but with impressive architecture, fascinating museums and great restaurants, Prague can be a great place to unwind.

If you want the perfect way to get rid of those winter blues, a short weekend break to one of these European cities is sure to put a smile on your face.

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