How to choose where to go for your best ever girls' weekend

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From high-flying career gals to full-time mammies, everyone lives in the fast lane these days - and we all need some downtime with our favourite gal pals once in a while.

While a quick chat over coffee is fine, girly catch-ups are even better when they're an experience. Jetting off on a weekend away with your girls is the perfect way to have a proper get-together, but where's the best place to go?'s travel expert Anna has sourced the top cities in Europe for a fun-filled girls' weekend away.

  • London


The high energy and constant buzz surrounding the UK capital means a girls' weekend in London is filled with enticement. Shop 'til you drop on Oxford, Regent or Bond Street; take a canal boat from Little Italy to Camden Lock, where you can feast at the dozens of yummy food stalls found in Camden Market.

Visit landmark sites such as the crown jewels in the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Take quintessentially English afternoon tea in one of the city's high-end hotels and end on a high with a taste of London's electrifying nightlife at legendary night clubs such as Fabric, Egg London, Electric Brixton and Heaven.

Plan your amazing trip to London here.

  • Berlin

Known for its iconic music scene, cheap booze and plentiful bars and clubs - a weekend in Berlin is perfect for blowing off steam.

During the warm summer months, you and your girlfriends can chill at one of Berlin's many outdoor music events, urban beaches and sunny beer gardens. Visit the city's museums to discover its fascinating history or head to the main shopping area, the Kurfürstendamm (KaDeWe) for a little retail therapy.

If you're thinking of taking your trip in Berlin, find out more here.

  • Barcelona


How many cities have an amazing beach, a cool cultural scene, a buzzing nightlife and Mediterranean vibe? On a  girls' weekend in Barcelona, you can get a taste of everything the sizzling Spanish city has to offer.


The Gothic Quarter is the area to see and be seen, especially around the Plaça Reial. Located just off the famous shopping street Las Ramblas, it's filled with quirky design shops and trendy pubs and restaurants where you can hop from one to the other sampling tapas and sangria along the way.

The city is filled with cava bars, where you can enjoy a glass of bubbly for a fraction of the cost you'll pay at home. Sip cocktails on the beachfront as the sun goes down at Ice Barcelona or Princesa 23, then continue the party until dawn at the many clubs that stay open 'til the early hours.

Barcelona awaits! Discover more here. 

  • Budapest

Nothing says girls' weekend like a spa break. Relax at one of Budapest’s natural thermal baths located beside the river Danube (The Gellert's outdoor pool and sauna have fantastic views).

You can easily explore the city's cultural vibe on foot, where you'll find vintage clothing shops, hand-made craft studios, markets and art galleries. The Great Market Hall is worth a visit - where you can pick up Hungarian paprika, wooden Matryoshka dolls and other handicrafts.

For a truly unique experience, have a drink in one of the city's ruin pubs (located in formerly abandoned buildings in the city - Szimpla Kert is our favourite), where the drinks are cheap, and the eclectic decor provides the perfect backdrop for group selfies.

Learn more about planning your Budapest break here. 

  • Madrid


Home to the second biggest Penneys in Europe (yes, really!), Madrid is a shopping mecca. You can lose hours browsing the city's huge shopping malls - Moda, Centro Comercial Príncipe Pío and ABC Serrano. Bar hop through the fashionable Chueca district close to Gran Vía or head to Puerto del Sol for Madrid's popular cave bar crawls.

After midnight, head to one of Madrid's mega clubs, such as Kapital, Ocho y Medio or Pacha. In party-happy Madrid, the nightlife doesn't get going until late - but then it doesn't stop!

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These are just the top 5 girls' weekend city break destinations - but there are many more to choose from. provides excellent value packages with hand-picked hotels in central locations (close to attractions, shops, restaurants and nightlife) and return flights. Plus you can even secure your fun getaway with a low deposit of €1 pp*. 


*Applicable to city and sun holidays to Europe and the Canary Islands that include Aer Lingus flights, booked at least ten weeks in advance.

And there's great news for you if you have a touch of wanderlust because is offering you the chance to win a €100 city break voucher! To enter, just head on over to the competition page. 

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