When it comes to the best weekend breaks in January, time is precious. You don’t want long flights or arduous transfers eating into your holiday. You want to get to your destination as soon as possible to get out there and explore.
With that in mind, the following destinations make for the best weekend breaks in January.
Amsterdam is freezing in January but it is also one of the best times to visit as you get to see the Amsterdam Light Festival.
Amsterdam’s winter festival illuminates the city’s streets and waterways with spellbinding light installations by international artists. Join the locals and stroll along the canals stopping at each bight display before moving on to the next. Make sure you pit stop in some of the cafes and bars that line the street and warm up with some hearty food and hot drinks.
This year’s Amsterdam Light Festival runs until 20 January 2019.
For more destination inspiration, here’s our guide to the 9 best things to do in Amsterdam.
Lisbon is a lovely and lively city and just 2.5 hours away via a direct flight. There are plenty of things to do in Lisbon with many museums and galleries to visit. There’s usually lots of cultural events on too. You can also just wander the old streets and discover Lisbon’s mouthwatering food and wine culture.
Lisbon also has a thriving nightlife scene with some great bars, cafés, clubs and live music venues. Make like the locals and start your night off at Titanic Sur Mer, a cool live music venue right on the waterfront.
Lisbon’s mild winter weather makes it one of the best weekend breaks in January.
Start planning you Lisbon city break with our list of the top 7 things to do in Lisbon.
OK, so the weather in London may not be any better than back home, but January is one of the cheapest months to visit the city when it comes to flight and accommodation prices.
If you don’t mind the grey skies, London is a great walking city. A stroll along the Thames Path National Trail is a great way to see a lot of the sights. You’ll also see some of the less well-known areas too.
However, what makes London one best weekend breaks in January is that there are also plenty of indoor activities to make you forget about the weather.
Check out the sales in one of the world’s most famous department stores, Harrods, or marvel at vast collection of world art and artefacts at the British Museum.
Both of these things are free, and that’s the beauty of London, there are so many wonderful things to do for free.
Looking for more free things to do? Here’s our guide to London on a budget.
Prague, Czech Republic
There’s something very magical and romantic about Prague in the winter. Walking across the Charles Bridge is made all the more enchanting when it is encased in fog. The frosted roof tops glistening in the distance also add to the charm.
To beat the cold find an old inn and cosy up by the fire. Warm up with a cup of traditional Medovina (honey wine) or a decedent hot chocolate.
What makes Prague one of the best weekend breaks in January is that there are very few tourists. Therefore, you won’t have to queue and battle thought the crowds at Prague Castle.
Did you know that Prague Castle has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records? It is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². So, make sure you pack good walking shoes and allow plenty of time to explore the castle.
Looking for more travel inspiration? Here are our top 7 things to do in Prague.
Like Prague, Rome is one of the best weekend breaks in January because of the low crowds. It just makes getting around the city and seeing the sights a lot easier, not to mention quicker. Less queuing!
Spend a day strolling around the Roman Forum with its marble temples and amphitheatres. Sip espresso on a terrace by the Trevi Fountain and soak up La Dolce Vita. Eat gelato on the 18th century Spanish Steps. And, of course, enjoy some wonderful food and wine in one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Plan your pizza and pasta pitstops with our list of 12 of the best restaurants in Rome.
If you can’t decide between a city break and a skiing trip, Salzburg is a great compromise. This is due to its location just 45 minutes away from a number of ski areas such as Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Salzburger Sportwelt and St. Johann-Alpendorf.
Back in the city, treat yourself to some luxury shopping and fine-dining restaurants. Stroll around the charming old city or take a Sound of Music Tour and visit the sites of the famous Hollywood musical.
With all that skiing and singing, you’ll have worked up an appetite, so chow down on Austrian schnitzel and apple strudel.
Looking for more ideas? Here’s our top 8 things to do in Salzburg.
Seville in Southern Spain in less than 3 hours flying time away and temperatures can reach 16°C. Therefore, it is one of the best weekend breaks in January, perfect for escaping the cold temperatures of home. So, don’t bother packing the hats and gloves.
But make sure you pack the walking shoes as Seville is so pretty that you’ll just spend hours strolling around. For example, one of the best places to visit is Barrio Santa Cruz, as it is one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the whole of Spain.
Game of Thrones fans should visit the Alcazar, which was the primary filming location for the Dorne and the Water Gardens in the t.v show.
Travel inspiration: Top 8 things to do in Seville.