A Mini-Break with Friends: The Perfect Destinations

By NH | 13:26

Who doesn’t like a mini break with friends? And nothing’s better than discovering somewhere new together. There are destinations that are renown for family holidays, others for romantic weekends, and then there are those that are perfect to share with friends. And, no, we’re not talking about those famed party destinations. So, where are we going to be sending you?

 

Budapest

In the Eastern part of Europe, the beautiful capital of Hungary awaits you, resting upon the Danube, the second longest river in Europe. Of course, we are talking about Budapest, great for travelling on a budget, and the locals are known for their openness and kindness, making you and your friends feel more than at home.

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So, what to do? Well, between Buda and Pest (yes, the city is split in two), there are numerous activities to be enjoyed. Even just walking around its beautiful historic center is a joy in itself, as well as trying to cross all of its 8 bridges in one day, from one side of the city to the other. You can’t miss the Hungarian Parliament Building, sat on the Danube river or Liberty Square, both just 10-minutes away of our NH Budapest City. There’s also the incredible Central Market Hall with its Neogothic-esque look, and, of course, take advantage of the opportunity to experience the Opera at the Budapest Opera House. After all, cultural leisure spent with friends is always a nice change.

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And how about the thermal baths? Yes, Budapest is the only capital in the world that has thermal springs, some of which have medicinal effects. They are one of the biggest attractions the city has, understandably so, especially when it’s bitingly cold outside and the waters are warm. What’s more, is that these baths are not just for relaxing… some are also for partying. What do you think about that? Check out the Szechenyi Baths and see what’s on. If you’re not in the mood to take a dip, you will find the famed ruin pubs all over the city, built inside abandoned buildings where you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks together after a long day of sightseeing. You also have to try the delicious Hungarian dishes, like Goulash and Langos, and the much loved wines from the Eger region.

 

Madrid

One of the best things about Madrid is the fact that it’s so easy to walk, plus it has an extensive metro network that connects all the major sights within the city centre and its surroundings. If you and your friends fancy a touch of culture within an urban environment, then Madrid is your city. There are numerous places to flex you cultural prowess; galleries, quirky bookstores, boutique shops with creative twists, and the big hits like Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum.

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Once overloaded with cultural, you’ll find that Madrid is also the perfect place to simply sit back and relax, with locations around its historic center being top picks for people watching as well enjoying a drink or two; Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Sol or beautiful Retiro park. Of course, you’ll have investigate traditional bars in which to enjoy tapas with a glass of sangria, vermouth or a ‘tercio’ (bottle of beer), something that you’ll find locals doing.

Football fans? Go chant as part of the crowds of a match at Real Madrid or Atlético de Madrid (depending on your allegiances), and even take a tour at their outstanding stadiums. A great experience!

All of you will love this cosmopolitan city, full of sky high rooftops bars, like the one at NH Collection Madrid Suecia, and especially the nightlife that never stops. You’ll find yourself coming back for more before you know it. 

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Are you visiting Madrid on a budget? Don’t worry, here are some affordable NH options for your stay.

 

Brussels

Here it comes, one of the most emblematic capitals of Europe: Brussels. It is undeniable that this city has a special charm; The Grand Place, the famous Manneken Pis sculpture, Mini-Europe, Atomium, Cinquantenaire, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Comic Book Tour… just few of the many amazing things you can’t miss. They are all well connected, easily accessible by foot, and perfect to while away a long day together.

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Brussels is loved for its young spirit, which will make you and your friends feel closer to the city. Good beer, delicious waffles, tasty moules-frites, great pubs and the best possible accessibility with two airports near the city center are reason enough to love Brussels. But this is not the only city.

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If your type of mini-break involves getting to know a place’s personality by foot, you can also consider short trips to some of the most beautiful towns not too far from Brussels, like Ghent or Bruges. Already looking for a place to stay? Check our NH Hotel Group hotels in Brussels. There’s a special one for everyone!

 

Bologna

Ahh Italy, beautiful Italy. How can you not have love for la bella italia? Are you familiar with Bologna? The historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, bringing together all of the best bits of Italy; good weather, great Mediterranean gastronomy, beautiful architecture, grand squares, museums and creative people. This city is well-known for its antique University: Archiginnasio, built in 1088, and is considered the oldest University in the whole Western World.

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Plan your day whilst sat in a bar on la Piazza Maggiore, enjoying un café e una brioche. Then visit the Basilica de San Petronio and start your session of cultural sightseeing around Bologna. One place you will all be amazed by is the Torre Asinelli, the famous symbol of Bologna. Climb to its top and admire the views of the red rooftops of the city that contrast with the surrounding green hills.

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Afterwards, who’s in for a typical aperitivo with a Spritz? No one will be able to say no to your proposal, the best way to start an evening of fun! After the night has drawn to a close, your room at the NH Bologna de la Gare will be waiting to give you the best rest.

 

Buenos Aires

Last, but not least at all, the capital city of amazing Argentina invites you and your friends to experience a wonderful mash of traditions, old and new, set against an eclectic, enigmatic backdrop. Buenos Aires is perfect if big cities with intriguing corners to discover are what are you’re in to. One of the things that distinguishes this city from others is the variety of neighbourhoods to be visited, from which you can’t skip the coastal Palermo, or the colorful La Boca, La Recoleta or San Telmo.

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Moreover, you should make time to make the best of its gardens and green parks. What about drinking mate and enjoying an authentic tango performance in the street? A great side plan for chilling together whilst discovering the special charm of this city. Where in the city do you want to stay? In the historic centre? Right on the Plaza de la República? We’ve got all the options covered.

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So, where do you think you and your friends will spend your mini-break? Which of our ideas tickle your fancy?

 

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