There’s no better way to beat the January blues than jetting off on a trip, so get inspired by these 7 beautiful cities

Nothing sparks excitement like having a holiday booked – especially if you are dealing with a rainy Irish winter. We have selected 7 European locations that are brilliant spots for a getaway, either for a weekend jaunt or a week-long retreat. Even better, they are all less than a 3-hour plane journey away, so are convenient to travel to. Enjoy!

Nice, France

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Nice is the favoured New Year getaway for royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and it is clear to see why. With mild temperatures and bouts of sunshine, aptly-named Nice is the perfect spot to beat the January blues. The seaside city has chic restaurants, the beautifully historic Old Town, and, most importantly, an abundance of French wine. Magnifique!

Cologne, Germany

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The fourth-largest city in Germany and sitting on the famous Rhine river, Cologne is perfect for a weekend break. The city is brimming with arts and culture, from the grand cathedral Kölner Dom to its famous chocolate museum.

Brussels, Belgium

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Lovers of beer and chocolate will adore Brussels. The city boasts stunning architecture, ancient streets, and the statuesque Grand Palace Square. This destination is a must for art lovers, with the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique hosting some famed international pieces.

Valencia, Spain

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If you need a seaside getaway after our chilly Irish winter, Valencia is the place for you. Known as the City of Arts and Sciences, it boasts a warm Mediterranean climate, stunning architecture, and traditional Spanish Paella Valenciana.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam is a city with a rich history and truly has something for everyone. It’s Anne Frank House is perfect for history enthusiasts, while the Van Gogh Museum is a must-see for fans of the legendary artist.

Madrid, Spain

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Visitors to Madrid will not be short of things to do in Spain’s capital. Must-sees include the Prado art museum, world-class Bernabéu football stadium, and the impressive Royal Palace. Madrid is the ideal spot to enjoy some tapas and get a taste of Spanish history.

Vienna, Austria

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Beautiful Vienna is a top destination for architecture aficionados, with a mix of baroque buildings and modern structures. Don’t forget to visit the Hofburg Palace, one of the city’s famed concert halls, and enjoy a coffee in one of their grand coffee houses.