Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, a small eastern European country formally part of Czechoslovakia, surrounded by the five nations of Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria. Blending old world charm and plenty of historic monuments with modern facilities such as good restaurants, chic bars, and busy nightclubs, this is an ideal all-round destination for a short break away.
Bratislava is rapidly becoming a popular cheap holiday destination, especially for stag parties, hen dos, and last minute holidays. A Bratislava stag weekend is now in high demand as groups opt for short breaks abroad combined with typical stag activities such as kiteboarding, go-karting, quad biking, paintball, and pub crawls etc. With many attractive bars and pubs, plenty of late night clubs and very cheap beer from only 50 pence per pint, your Bratislava stag do will be an unforgettable weekend!
Cheap Holiday to Bratislava
A relatively new destination, Slovakia has been an EU member since 2004 and booming Bratislava is now providing really cheap holidays for people who want an exotic break on the Danube, or a last minute holiday in Europe. The city is bisected by the river, with the quaint old town to the north and the bulk of the housing estates to the south. Connecting the two is a huge old bridge from the 1970s called the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) Bridge, where you can ride a lift to the top and eat at the restaurant while admiring the panoramic views.
If you're looking for good ideas for European city breaks, why not travel to Bratislava for your holidays and see the key sites of gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, the domineering ancient castle, St. Michael's Tower - the remaining gateway from the city walls – where you can see views of Austria and Hungary, and the busy main square. This is just round the corner from the Primate's Palace, with its pink facade housing a hall of mirrors, a modest art collection, and some old English tapestries. Don't forget the Old Town Hall and City Museum where you can see a hideous, gruesome dungeon!
One of Europe's busiest holiday destinations, the Costa Brava is a hundred mile stretch of golden beaches - from Port Bou on the French border to Tosa del Mar, just northeast of Barcelona. The rugged coast boasts a diverse and extraordinary landscape of rolling, mountainous terrain and fine sandy beaches. Land of the Catalans, although small in size it is rich in heritage and unique for its contrasting features of beautiful beaches, coves, natural parks, and the Catalonia Pyrenees Ski resorts.
Tourist attractions in Costa Brava
The wonderful Catalonian coast has been a source of inspiration to many a great artist, including Picasso, Klein, and Chagall. However, it goes without saying that it was Salvador Dali who brought international fame to the area. The Dali Theatre - Museum, situated in the artist's home town of Figueres, is a work of art in itself. Cadaqués is home to the Salvador Dali House Museum, where the artist found refuge to paint a majority of his greatest works.
Romanesque churches and monasteries illustrate the rugged coast's homage to history, with medieval towns like Peratallada, and Palamos - Catalonia’s most visited archaeological site. The quaint medieval city of Girona, with its winding, cobbled streets and unique old town character is a must-see. It is here that you will discover the magnificent 12th century Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, and the14th-century cathedral built in Catalonian Baroque style. Such is the wealth of culture and history that travel websites have hailed Costa Blanca a superb location for both winter and summer travel.
Written in Spanish as Mallorca, Majorca is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Balearic Islands. Located near Ibiza and Menorca, in the warm Mediterranean Sea just off the southeast coast of the mainland, Majorca, Spain is a sparkling green gem nestling in a dazzling blue setting.
In contrast to the north of the island, the south of Mallorca has an active nightlife bustling with energy, and has become a magnet for young crowds seeking lively entertainment on their holidays in the sun. With an excellent all-year-round climate, Majorca is the ideal destination for both adventurous excursions into the interior, and lazy relaxation on its many sun-kissed, golden beaches. The holiday weather in Majorca tends to bring out most visitors' fun-loving side!
While a majority of visitors to the island tend to bask around the coastal regions, those seeking a break from the norm will be pleased to discover the magnificence of Majorca's inland scenery - where you can find both incredible long, low, plains, and breathtaking mountains.
Majorca Tourist Attractions
There is much more to Mallorca than just beach life and bars. The highest point in Mallorca reaches 1,445 metres above sea level; climbing the Sierra de Tratmuntana reveals the exquisite beauty of this mountainous island. A trip for the more adventurous, trekkers will have to travel through tunnels built into cliffs to reach the incredible limestone gorge at Torrente de Pareis. For something a little less energetic, take in the magnificent views of the Almudiana Palace in Old Palma where historical delights fuse with a super day out shopping.
European city breaks are an ideal way to get away from it all for a few days, and experience life in a foreign city. For a short break, a city in Europe is exciting, but visiting cities that used to be hidden away behind the Iron Curtain provides an extra thrill.
Prague has really come into its own as a short break destination since the demise of communism in the early 1990s. Since then, Prague has become a popular holiday city because of its wealth of cultural attractions and lively, vibrant atmosphere. A Prague weekend break is hardly long enough to fully soak up the atmosphere, but it will provide a great taste of the city that will make you want to come back for more. Prague holidays of a week or more are ideal for families with older children, or for couples with more flexibility once the children have flown the nest.
When to go to Prague?
Prague city breaks are available all year round. Prague weather can be variable in the high summer months of June and July - blue skies and unbroken sunshine are more likely in May or September, making these the ideal months for a Prague city break. The Prague Spring Music Festival is held annually each May, but late summer in the city offers a fantastic opportunity for eating outside in the Wenceslas Square. Christmas brings the traditional markets, stocked with local delicacies and a really authentic, festive atmosphere. Booking your accommodation can be left until just before you depart, taking advantage of last minute rates on our website.
Riga is the beautiful, historic capital of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltic States. Officially founded in 1201 it is now a very popular tourist destination, and a great place for a stag party abroad. A Riga stag weekend gives you all the classic activities you want on your last night of freedom, such as eating good food, pub crawls, parties, and nightclub entertainment, but also offers historic monuments, pavement cafes, art nouveau buildings, old houses and relaxing city parks. Perfect for a hen party abroad too!
City Breaks, Riga
Only one night train's journey away from Moscow or St. Petersburg, Riga sits at a political and cultural crossroads, offering a glimpse of a faded communist era, the spirit of ancient middle ages, plus modern tourist facilities such as good restaurants serving both Latvian and European food, busy bars, and popular dance clubs. If you're thinking of having a Riga stag do, or taking a last minute city break abroad, you can combine old and new in Riga, with colourful farmer's markets, glamorous opera and ballet shows, and in winter, an ice skating rink in central Liv Square.
Short Breaks in Riga
Taking European city breaks is an increasingly popular way of having a complete change, and getting away from it all for a few days. The huge Dome Cathedral in old Riga is a wonderful place to listen to choirs, especially around Christmas time, and can be admired for its variety of architectural styles. One of the largest collections of art Nouveau buildings in the world is situated in Riga, built by Mikhail Eisenstein at the turn of the twentieth century, and makes a short break around Christmas a truly magical occasion. Riga is also a fabulous destination for city break holidays in spring and summer, as the city has been designed with space for beautiful parks and gardens and is therefore one of the greenest city centres in Europe.
Tallinn is the UNESCO World Heritage capital city of Estonia, and is situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, in the north of the country. A short break to Tallinn brings you to the centre of a beautiful historic old town with plenty of modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. More and more people are choosing to have their stag weekends in Tallinn, to really go wild, enjoy the culture of a distant European city, but still take part in all the usual stag do activities such as paintballing, go-karting, pub crawls, and nights out clubbing.
In past times Tallinn was a bridge between eat and west, the Soviet Union and Finland, and also a highly strategic port. In addition, a limestone cliff runs through the city affording marvellous views across the bay and the quaint old town buildings. A fantastic place for a hen party, stag weekend, or just a short break in a foreign city, Tallin has all the ingredients you need for an exciting and very different holiday break away.
Stag and Hen weekends in Tallinn
If you're someone who likes short breaks in lovely destinations in Europe, you should consider Tallinn as one of the primary locations for exploring beautiful walks, deep lakes, and ancient monuments, along with modern tourist facilities such as top quality restaurants, lively bars, and late night clubs. A Stag and hen party in Tallinn is becoming increasingly popular as people discover this hidden gem in the northernmost Balkan country - only a two hour flight from London. It even has Europe's oldest operating chemist, opened in 1422, to help with cures for over-indulgence the night before - so no need to be restrained on hen nights in Tallin!
Flights to Tallinn are available from London airports and you can book a cheap flight by calling us on 0871 472 8880