Check out these places for your next weekend getaway

Whether you're looking to lose a weekend in a bustling big city or soak up some rays on a sunny beach, you've got plenty of options for your next weekend away. Here's your guide to the best weekend getaways in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Winning weekend trips throughout the UK

From city sights to charming countryside, these weekend break ideas throughout the UK offer plenty of options for travellers of all stripes, whether you're looking for a lively get-together or a quiet weekend away.

Spectacular scenery and city sights in Sheffield

Skip the crowds in London and Edinburgh and head for the bustling city of Sheffield. Accommodation here will suit all tastes, from cosy side-street lodgings to modern lofts. Many are a quick trip from sights like the Winter Garden, a plant-filled glasshouse, and the art and metalwork in the Millennium Gallery. From your holiday rental, it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the stunning scenery of the Peak District, a sprawling natural area known for its limestone valleys, high-altitude moorlands and ample hiking trails.

Why not a weekend in western Wales?

For a more laid-back approach, you might consider exploring the quaint seaside fishing villages on Wales's western coast. Here, you'll find accommodation ranging from charming holiday cottages to airy holiday homes. Many of them offer easy access to the rugged coastline and scenic walking paths in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, a sprawling wilderness that also boasts rolling moorland and a wealth of ancient sights from as far back as the Neolithic period.

Try the best weekend getaways in Europe

A short flight from most UK airports, these great European destinations offer a winning mix of local flavour and cosmopolitan culture. Whether it's a holiday rental in bustling Budapest or an airy Amsterdam apartment, you'll find the ideal digs for you weekend away.

Budapest's best – holiday homes in the Hungarian capital

A thriving city with a history that dates to the Middle Ages and beyond, Budapest is a great choice for a quick weekend away. With ample holiday lettings among its winding, cobblestone streets, the city boasts a wealth of cultural sights and scenic views over the Danube River. Besure to check out Buda Castle, originally built in the 13th century, and the Gothic Revival-style Hungarian Parliament Building, before finishing your tour with a bite at the Great Market Hall.

Live like a weekend warrior in Amsterdam

Ever a popular choice, Amsterdam boasts picturesque canals flanked by handsome 17th- and 18th-century buildings, as well as a wealth of museums, parks and restaurants. Up the ante with a canalside townhouse rental and make your way through the city's killer cultural sights, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House. Then, scope the modern art of the Stedelijk, or just take a breather at one of the city's famous coffee shops.

Endless summer – weekend getaways in the sun

No matter the season, it's always summer somewhere nearby. From the beaches of the Balearic Islands to the deserts of Morocco, book a holiday home in one of these toasty spots for a summer break any month of the year.

The mercury's rising in Marrakech, Morocco

With balmy temps in even the coolest seasons, Marrakech offers plenty of fun in the sun all year round. Holiday lettings in the walled medina put you right in the heart of the city's famously winding souks – where you can buy everything from handicrafts to spices and jewellery – and close to Jemaa el-Fnaa, a bustling square with vendors and street performers. Listen to the call to prayer from the Menara gardens, or hop a camel for a trek into the mysterious Sahara Desert.

Plenty to see in picturesque Palma

The capital of Spain's Balearic Islands, Palma offers pleasant year-round temperatures in the Mediterranean Sea. From your Palma holiday home, you can make the quick trip to Platja de Palma, a popular beach known for its broad, sandy shoreline. After that, you can explore the Moorish architecture of the Old City, and snap photos at the historic Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma – completed in 1601 – and Bellver Castle, which dates from the 1300s.