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Modern travel means there are always plenty of options on how to get to your destination. Budget airlines, increased rail links and low-cost bus services give you better access to places that previously may have been inconceivable for a weekend visit.

It’s still wise to investigate your travel schedule though, and consider the time and distance you will need to cover. After all, a weekend break is hardly worthwhile if you spend more time travelling than you do at your destination.

Wherever you decide to go, Owners Direct is sure to have the perfect holiday rental nearby to ensure you fully enjoy your getaway.


Historic Amsterdam and its circular canals and cobbled streets provide the traveller with truly unique weekend breaks in one of the world's most romantic destinations. Visit the many museums in the city, including the Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt House Museum for some culture and Dutch art or stroll through Vondelpark before making memories on a canal cruise. Ideal for romantic weekend breaks, enjoy some tasty bitterballen (savoury meat-based snack), poffertjes (tiny pancakes) and great Dutch koffie verkeerd (café au lait) while in the city.



The favourite city of many travellers, Barcelona is certainly one of the world's most diverse and vibrant cities. As the capital city of Catalonia in Spain, this wonderful city is a pure delight for weekend breaks. History, a sense of timelessness, great cuisine and a touch of romance are embodied in a visit to the Gothic Quarter which is Barcelona's Old City or a trip to marvel at the Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic Basilica designed by Antoni Gaudi.



As one of the world's most romantic cities, and ideal for those last minute weekend breaks, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the timeless landmarks of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, or taking a stroll down the Champs Elysees. Fine cuisine is a Parisian notable that you will likewise enjoy immersing yourself in on your weekend breaks. Sample fine French chocolate and walk along the river Seine, enjoying the best of long weekend breaks.



Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and as such is one of the globe's most visited and loved cities for weekend breaks. Well-known for the Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Michelangelo's statue of David and the Ponte Vecchio, this city is a captivating and memorable destination for all who are lucky enough to enter its gates. Tuscany wine in Florence is world-renowned for its flavour and quality.



One of the world's most loved cities for European weekend breaks and famous for its historic landmarks, The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and St. Peter's Basilica, Rome is a popular travel destination with both young and old. Italy's capital city is a delight for the senses and a favourite for romance and art. Steeped in Roman history, the city never fails to delight during weekend breaks. After a day spent viewing the sights, head to its famous restaurants for great cuisine.



Most famous for its canals and gondolas, Venice is well known as a city of romance, history and culture. Taking a trip on the Grand Canal simply has to be on your itinerary as are visits to Saint Mark's Basilica, the Piazza San Marco, meeting place of all in Venice, the memorable Rialto Bridge and the historic Doge's Palace. Ideal for weekend breaks, Venice is both serene and very thrilling. Plan romantic weekend breaks during the fascinating Masquerade Ball.



Weekend breaks in the city of Lisbon offer ideal opportunities to discover the wonders of this fascinating Portuguese capital. Ideal for long weekend breaks, you will be captivated by the Belem Tower, Sao Jorge Castle, Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon Oceanarium and the Jeronimos Monastery. Cheap weekend breaks in the city are the ideal way to enjoy a sense of history and culture in a bustling and dynamic city, well known for its great community spirit and fine food.



Ideal for weekend breaks that are affordable and memorable, the capital city of Biscay offers the tourist a great mix of city life, history and culture in this city of contrasts. Start your trip with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum for some historical and cultural interest, before heading to The Pagasarri, one of Bilbao's most iconic mountains which forms part of the Basque range. As night falls, take in a show at the Arriaga Theatre and then visit one of its fine restaurants and bars.


How much is too much?

Everyone works to a budget, and it’s common sense that a weekend break should cost less than your main holiday of the year.

That’s where holiday rentals can offer you a major benefit. Many of the properties available on our site can save you up to 50% in comparison to hotels. All of which means you can spread your travel budget further and spoil yourself with another weekend break sooner rather than later.

Space and freedom to do as you please

The weekend is your time, so you should feel relaxed and at liberty to do as much or as little as you choose.

By renting a holiday home you can enjoy complete privacy with no unwanted interruptions, all in the enhanced space of your own property; perfect to spend special time with those closest to you without feeling cramped or claustrophobic.

With a huge range of different holiday rentals available in amazing destinations, Owners Direct invites you to experience a weekend break you’ll never forget.