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October Bank Holiday Weekend in Bilbao, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €299!

48 hours in Bilbao

One of the world’s finest art museums, some of the best Spanish cuisine and a bustling old town, spend the October bank holiday weekend in Bilbao.


We enjoyed the October bank holiday weekend in Bilbao last year and loved it.  The city is so easy to navigate on foot but there are trams, buses and a metro too. The old town is full of character with pintxo bars (similar to tapas) on every corner. Locals spilled out of bars enjoying a glass of Rioja and light bites, the buzz was electric. Prices are great too, with a glass of wine from €1 – €2 and pintxos from €1 – €5.

For a great view of the city, take the three minute funicular to Mount Artxanda at a cost of only €2!  If like us, you manage to get nice blue skies, you can also pop down to one of Bilbao’s many beaches. Shoppers will love the Gran Via and make sure you visit the Plaza Neuva to chill out when you are done. This old square is packed with tourists and locals enjoying the Spanish culture. Of course no visit to Bilbao would be complete without a trip to the famous Guggenheim museum. Even if you are not an art lover you can not help but be impressed with the stunning architecture. For more details on my weekend in Bilbao, read my blog, 48 hours in Bilbao.

If you fancy going further a field you could rent a car ( prices from only €40) and visit the wine lands of Rioja (75 minutes away) or the Game of Thrones stunning location, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, 50 minutes away.  We visited both as we took a week long road trip of the basque country, visiting Rioja and San Sebastian too.

I found a great deal to the highly rated 4* Barcelo Bilbao Nervion. Ideally located in the heart of Bilbao, only a ten minute walk to the old town and the Guggenheim, this is an excellent choice to explore this great city. Fly from Dublin to Bilbao with Aer Lingus on the 28th of October and enjoy a three night stay for only €299 per person.

Click here to book flights: €147 per person

Click here to book hotel:  €152 per person


All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability. Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.



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Dubrovnik for May Bank Holiday Weekend, Flights & 5 Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €393!


I went to Dubrovnik last year and absolutely LOVED it. Try this amazing deal to Dubrovnik for the May bank holiday weekend and I know you will love it too!

One of Europe’s most dramatic cities, I was a bit awestruck when I stepped inside the old town of Dubrovnik. This walled city, although smaller than I expected, is remarkably well kept. In fact it’s almost like you stepped on to a movie set at times. When you walk along the medieval city walls ( something you just have to do ) you come across turrets, drawbridges and the most spectacular views.  Sunrise and sunset are the best times to catch the light on the city’s terracotta roof tops 👌 You should also ride the cable car to the fortress on Srd hill, to catch the view of the whole city, the museum there is worth a visit too.

Dubrovnik, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Once inside the walls, the city is quite small and very east to navigate. This makes Dubrovnik an ideal choice for a weekend break because unlike other European cities, you should get to see all the sights in three days. Streets are mixed with stylish shops, trendy restaurants and some of the coolest cliff-top bars you are likely to find -anywhere! For more info on where to go and what to see in Dubrovnik, read my blog here.

Cafe Bard, Dubrovnik

I found a great deal flying direct with Aer Lingus from Dublin to Dubrovnik on Friday the  28th of April. Spend three nights in the highly rated 5* Hotel Croatia for only €393. Situated in the upmarket resort of Cavtat, one of the areas prettiest resorts. This gives you the best of both worlds, you can enjoy the relaxing resort of Cavtat and catch the ferry to Dubrovnik at any time. This hotel receives excellent reviews on tripadvisor and includes FREE wifi and FREE breakfast!


Click here to book flights: €225pp

Click here to book hotel: €168pp


Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.



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