Girls’ weekends: the best places to escape reality
Sob, the end of summer is approaching. Cashmere comes out of the cupboards; the linen is vacuum packed and the progressive tanner is applied in strips overnight. But that doesn’t mean the era of the girls’ weekend is over. Nope, we’ve rounded up the best places you can visit along your journey for a quick trip to get rid of office slump with your girls. So, keep reading for everything you need to know about planning the ultimate girly trip…
The Best Places for Girls’ Weekend – Europe
We know, we know. TOWIE has already told you that. But Marbella is up there for the best girls travel spots ever. Whether it’s drinking gallons of Whispering Angel at Nikki Beachdinner at Nobu or dance the night away The following Where Mosh Fun Kitchen– you are guaranteed to leave this place with enough anecdotes to last a lifetime.
General view of Cabopino beach on a sunny summer day. Native vegetation and wooden pedestrian walkway in the foreground and in the background the Mediterranean sea and the mountains on the horizon.
Northern Italy’s most fabulous city isn’t just a must visit for world-famous shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Milan has incredible history, stunning buildings and beautiful green spaces to wander around like Sempione Park. By day, our favorite activities were to visit Bar Luce, designed by Wes Anderson, and making a day trip to Lake Como. In the evening, enjoy the free food (aperitivo) that accompanies all cocktails before heading to a Milanese speakeasy like 1930.
Aerial view of Milan Piazza Del Duomo at sunset, Italy.
The Spanish capital offers a lot of guaranteed fun for a few days with your friends. We love amazing sunsets and sangria at Radio on the roofthe tapas at San Miguel Market, the art scene in Lavapies and the party in Chueca. For a moment of relaxation in the middle of the rioja, we recommend the oldest hotel in town, Gran Hotel Ingles for luxury rooms and a central location.
Metropolis building on the corner of Gran Via and Calle Alcala with a long exposure
One of the smallest cities in Spain, Valencia is the perfect place to stay, play, eat and dance, without getting overwhelmed. We explored the architecture on foot, sunbathed on Playa de las Arenas, rowed a boat in the beautiful city of arts and sciences before eating tapas at La Bodeguilla del Gato and dancing for hours at game clubRussafa.
The White Isle is the perfect place to rave and relax in equal parts. We celebrated at Pashaworld famous nightclub, with free entrance included with our rooms at The hotel. For dinner, the only place to be is Nobu (their miso cod will seriously change your life) and the best place to crash is around Destinyby the pool with an amazing seafood paella before the DJs get ready for another afternoon of fun.
People enjoying holidays in the lagoon of Cala Salada. Idyllic landscape. Ibiza, Balearic Islands. Spain
The Best Places for Girls’ Weekend – UK
Sometimes even jumping on a short flight can seem too much of a hassle after the chaos of security and baggage claim. So if you’re looking for the best staycation hotspots, here are Grazia’s top recommendations for girls’ weekends in the UK…
Hear us out, because the rumors are true: Margate is the new Shoreditch. Yes, all of the cool East London crowd that was kicked out of the capital has migrated to Kent and set up hip restaurants and art galleries along the coast. For accommodation, AirBnB is your best option. To eat, meet Sargassum on Stone Pier. For culture, head to Contemporary Turner gallery and for thrills try the oldest roller coaster in the UK at Dreamland amusement park.
Margate beach England aerial shot at sunrise
The biggest city in the world. London has so much to offer in terms of culture and nightlife, but we recommend sticking to one place for a stay to avoid draining your social battery. We headed to the new hotel in town Amano Covent Garden, which offers sleek, stylish rooms and a lively rooftop bar. Then we headed to the Italian favorite 40 Dean Street before ending the evening with cocktails at the Rue des Archers. For even more London recommendations, head here.
The Thames and Canary Wharf at sunrise
Hertfordshire (and other localities)
Are you feeling brave? Because there’s a place where you can get off the grid with a digital detox. Unplugged is the UK’s first cabin getaway that offers three nights away from technology in a cabin to rejuvenate and improve your well-being. Seriously, when you get there, you lock your phone in a box. But what better way to reconnect with your best friends than not having a screen between you?
Country lane in the Chiltern Hills at dawn, Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire border, England, UK.
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