Average flight time: Three hours
It takes just under three hours to fly to Croatia, and it’s more than worth it. Escape into Croatia's wilderness for a long weekend digi-detox – ditch the smartphones for hikes on mountain paths and dips in the Adriatic. And don’t worry, a Croatian break isn’t just for Bear Grylls types. In Dubrovnik, walk the city walls, explore the local museums, or take a Game of Thrones tour.
Average flight time: Two hours
There’s plenty to do on a long weekend in Spain. Football fans flock to Madrid and Barcelona, while Marbella is a hen party favourite. The Balearics, meanwhile, are perfect for both party-goers and those who want to relax by the pool. The islands are guaranteed sun spots in the summer, so it’s easy to spend three or four days working on your tan.
Average flight time: Two-and-a-half hours
Italy is home to one of the world’s quintessential city breaks, but Rome isn’t the only option if you’re itching for a few days in the birthplace of pizza, pasta, and piazzas. Consider Tuscany, where you can indulge in long lunches beneath the sun. Or, head out on bike rides through sprawling vineyards and tiny villages, and tick off big names like Pisa and Florence. Whichever way you spend your time, it only takes a short break in Italy to reconnect with the simple things in life.
Average flight time: Two-and-a-half hours
You can expect temperatures in Portugal to be in the 20s for almost the entire year, so summers are deliciously warm. If you’re taking the kids with you, The Algarve is a great option for short beach breaks – loads of the golden stretches of sand across this region are kid-friendly, and the whole family can have a go at watersports like snorkelling when you’re tired of building sandcastles. Meanwhile, golfers can tee off at one of the many world-class courses on offer.
Average flight time: Three-and-a-half hours
Greece and its surrounding islands are the furthest away out of our long-weekend picks, but it's worth making the journey. In Crete you’ve got something to keep everybody happy. Beach bums will love the 650km of coastline on offer, while history buffs are in their element. The island is over 4,000 years old, and considered the home of the first modern European society. And, if that wasn’t enough, it even has a starring role in the Ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.
The TUI SENSATORI Atlantica Caldera Palace is well-versed in the art of indulgence. Everything from meals to spa treatments are served with a touch of classic, Greek style.
The hotel comes with sea and mountain views, and was recently refurbished.
Enjoy an adults-only escape at the TUI BLUE Falesia in Portugal. This place boasts a secluded clifftop location and à la carte dining options.
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