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Top 3 European girly getaways

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You, your best mates, some wine, good food and a gorgeous city to explore and dance the night away in – bliss right? Sometimes a holiday with the girls is just what you need, and luckily there are some amazing destinations right on our doorstep…

Copenhagen

Before last year I’d never been on a holiday around Christmas, I always went home to spend it with the family. However, my uni friends and I hadn’t seen each other in ages so we decided a festive mini-break was in order. Cue wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen.

If you’re considering visiting, I’d definitely recommend finding a place through Airbnb. The Danes have incredible taste and their homes are lovely – we found a fabulous apartment right near the Amalienborg Palace.

It’s also a beautiful city to walk around, it’s very clean, there’s amazing architecture and after shopping you can climb Rundetaarn (The Round Tower). I suggest reaching the top just before sunset, you get to see the city light up beneath you with the Øresund Bridge glittering in the background – fantastic view! Head to Restaurant Cofoco for dinner and end the night with a drink in one of the cosy bars nearby. Perfect.

 

Athens

This might not be an obvious choice – when I mentioned it to people at work I got a lot of “Really? I don’t know anyone that’s been there.” Well, now I’m going to start the trend of it being the place to go. I went with my flatmate and it fast became one of my favourite cities. There’s just so much to do.

First off there’s all the historical sites – the Acropolis is amazing, but I preferred walking around the Ancient Agora and I think you get a better view of Athens from the top of Mount Lycabettus. Then there’s the different districts to explore. Monastiraki is great for bars and has a real buzz about it, if you’re more interested in shopping explore Plaka.

There’s also great food, gorgeous weather and incredibly friendly locals. One of the best nights we had was in a traditional Greek taverna – live music and lots of Ouzo fuelled dancing. Unfortunately, I’ve been sworn to secrecy and can’t disclose its location – sorry! But I would definitely urge you to go and find your own secret locations in Athens, you can thank me later.

 

Barcelona

Sun, sea, sights, sangria and… salsa! I spent an incredible few days here with two of my friends. Becky is studying architecture, so she loved seeing all the work of the city’s most famous son, Antoni Gaudí; from the Sagrada Familia to Park Guell.

Me, I love drinks and dancing, so walking down Las Ramblas and exploring backstreet bars was great – dancing with a tall, dark, handsome Spaniard is a great way to unwind. Seriously, it should be prescribed. When I wasn’t swaying to a Spanish beat I was wandering the interlinking, interlocking cobbled streets of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic quarter); visiting various museums, ranging from the bizarre (Museu de L’Erotica) to the sublime (Museu Picasso); and tapping into the tapas culture.

Hannah, my other friend, loves her sport. She took us for a look around the Camp Nou, apparently home of the World’s best football team? We had an amazing time and would definitely go back as there’s so much more to see! I particularly want to go to the Catalan Festival of Barcelona, where residents build death-defying human towers (Castells) up to 10 people high! Maybe I’ll see you there?