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The bank holiday is always the perfect opportunity to disconnect yourself from the city life and venture somewhere different for a few days. All in all, it’s more travel for you! If you’re working, at university, or working whilst at university, you’ll know that your holidays are precious and to be honest, they never seem long enough. By using this time, you can squeeze in a lot more travel in a year than you may have thought!
So, if you’re looking for a long weekend getaway this may, why not have an unforgettable travel experience that is close to home? You don’t need to travel 12 hours on a plane or trek half way across the world to explore a vibrant new city. Europe hosts a variety of different activities, cities, cultures, nightlife and cuisines that will make you feel as if you’re in a different world. We created a list of our ‘MAYbe here, MAYbe there’ location we think are the perfect places to travel this May bank holiday.
Always buzzing and full of life, Split is Croatia’s second largest city. This exuberant city has just the right balance between traditional and modernity. Being a coastal Mediterranean city, the city springs great traditional culture, while also capturing modern influences as well. The old city of Split is one of the oldest in the world, and it is really authentic! To top it off, Split has a unique setting. With beautiful dramatic coastal mountains and blue waters, it helps divert your vision from the many shabby high-rise apartment blocks that fill its city.
- So, what can you do there? Here’s a list of our top picks:
- Visit the Old Town and Domnius Palace
- Visit Saint Dominus Cathedral
- Go up Marjan Hill and see the picturesque view
- Take a walk on the Riva – Split’s harbour
- Relax on one of the many beaches
- Wine tasting
- Try sea kayaking
- Zipline over Cetina Canyon
- Relax during a sunset sailing tour
If you fancy wandering outside of the city, why not check out Krka. It’s a famous national park located 1 hour outside from Split. Near there is Strafinski Buk, a natural pool with many gorgeous waterfalls. Why not take our Glacier Blue Waxed Authentic Bali Backpack to hold your camera and laptop, that way you’ll be able to capture your favourite travel memories whilst the blue of the bag sits perfectly with the scenery!
One of the most underrated countries to travel to in Europe, Slovenia is rich in culture and scenery. There are so many things to do there: from white-water kayaking, exploring cute cities, to tasting delicious local delicacies and conversing with the friendly locals. What can we say, it even has s(LOVE)nia in its name. There’s something to do in every season. Spring is the perfect hiking weather and you get to see all the fresh flowers begin to bloom. Summer is nice and hot, perfect for relaxing, white-water kayaking, or taking a dip in an unpopulated lake. Autumn in this part of Europe is stunning with colourful foliage and crisp fresh air. Winter is the perfect time to explore cosy towns, enjoy the Christmas markets, and ski at affordable resorts. We’ve selected our top 2 places to visit whilst there, you wouldn’t want to miss it!
One of the most iconic places in all of Slovenia, Lake Bled is well worth the day trip. You’ll probably recognise this famous lake because it fills up your Instagram feed, but no one knows where it is. Top place to check out is the focal point of the lake, the assumption of Mary Church that sits on the island in the middle of the lake. It is rumoured that if you ring the bell and make a wish, it will come true! You can take a Plenta boat for €11.
We would say that Ljubljana is the cutest city in Europe. Small and easily walkable, this dream of a city has gorgeous architecture, fantastic farmers markets and a quirky art scene. Our top pick? You must see the icon of the city, the Dragon Bridge, which has become a symbol of the city as a dragon is on the city’s coat of arms. And of course, you’ll walk by one of the many farmers markets in the town. You should try the fresh cow’s milk, it’s delicious!
We know that city life isn’t for everyone – no matter how charming the city is – so why not venture out to Bovec to get some quality time with nature. Only an hour from the capital, this picturesque village is surrounded by mountains, with amazing rivers flowing through it. Why not try some extreme sports! You can do white-water kayaking, canyoneering and ziplining. The best thing about all this? It’s all centred around the stunningly clear Soča River; a clear blue river cutting through the charming mountain town. If that’s not for you there are many beautiful hiking routes to explore. Hike the Soča river gorge, featuring deep blue water rushing through a narrow gorge is a photographer’s dream. Why not hike to Boka waterfall, a short hike from the road which gets you to an impressive lookout of the large waterfall.
Located on Turkey’s famous Lycian Way and only accessible by water, the Butterfly Valley is home to roughly 100 species of butterflies, including the endemic orange, black and white Jersey tiger. This large canyon is considered to be one of the most breath taking and amazing places in Turkey. Featuring a waterfall that cascades from the 350m high canyon, this majestic piece of nature eventually becomes a gentle stream, watering the trees: the butterflies’ natural habitat. The Turkish Government named the valley a preservation to protect the butterflies and local flora – a distinction that has protected the valley from tourism and modernisation. What’s great is that during the eight months of the year a small and diverse group pf backpacker and ‘hippies’ come to the valley, practise yoga at sunrise and sunset, and have evenings of unplugged music sessions.
If you want to disconnect from the world, this is the place to go. With minimal internet signal or WIFI, there is not a mobile phone or laptop in sight – the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the modern world. The only way to get to butterfly Valley is to take a motorboat or sailboat over the crystal waters along a mountainous coast. It’s worth the trip, seeing thousands of butterflies floating amid wildflowers is a sight to behold! Our top tip: relax in one of the beach huts placed on the bank of the beach, it’s the perfect spot to watch the turquoise blue waves crash against the sandy shores whilst the sun sets on top of the ocean’s surface.