Hop to it to grab a great weekend …

by Ian Begley

DREAMING of an exciting few days away that ticks all of the boxes? Why not treat yourself to an incredible getaway in one of the wide range of weekend offers available?

Gohop.ie are offering amazing value on weekend breaks away in some of the most distinguished cities in Europe.
Spend three nights in a three-star hotel in Barcelona from only €133pp with return flights on February 22. A three-day visit to Barcelona is perfect for a short but powerful introduction to the Mediterranean lifestyle.
If you’re in the mood for visiting some of Spain’s most impressive beaches, architecture, artwork and food, then Barcelona is definitely a city that you can’t afford to miss.
In Portugal, spend three nights in a four-star hotel in Lisbon from only €118pp with return flights on March 1.
Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), and is one of Europe’s most captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills with scenic views from every angle.
Lisbon offers all the delights you would expect from a trip to Portugal, such as Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums, which are all part of the colourful cityscape.
The city has become an increasingly popular place to visit in recent years, with a warm Mediterranean climate, perfect for those looking to get away from the cold Irish weather.
Full of bleached white limestone buildings and intimate alleyways, Lisbon’s mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture makes it the perfect place for a family holiday.
Even exploring the city centre will take a few days out of a family holiday, as there is no real central district, while in downtown Lisbon, the Gulbenkian – which is Portugal’s answer to the British Museum – is full of fascinating cultural artefacts with some superb gardens in its grounds.
In Madrid, spend two nights in a four-star hotel from only €155pp with flights leaving on June 19.
Madrid, which boasts a renowned setting for culture, food and nightlife, makes the city stand out amongst many other European capitals.
An attraction for many art lovers and culinary buffs, Madrid has evolved into a city that has embraced everything that Spain has to offer.
On the other hand, Amsterdam’s gentle canals make a perfect backdrop for exploring the Jordaan and Rembrandtplein square, and a visit to The Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum is an experience that you can’t afford to miss.
Those hoping to get away for a city break can spend two nights in Amsterdam in a four-star hotel from only €184pp, with flights leaving on February 13.
A two-day getaway to Paris will certainly shake off any remaining post-Christmas blues that you may have. Spend two nights in a four- star hotel from only €267pp with flights leaving on February 13. Any trip to Paris must include a visit to The Louvre, Notre Dame and The Eiffel Tower, along with the city’s grand boulevards and cafes, bistros and brasseries.
And don’t forget the shopping—whether your tastes run to Louis Vuitton or Les Puces (the flea market)!
For further information, or to book any of these deals, see www.Gohop.ie or call GoHop.ie at 01 241 2389.

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