Best Weekend Breaks

Peugeot's guide to the top spring breaks

While we all know we can never really rely on the weather here in the UK, the start of 2018 has been particularly bad, with rain, snow and freezing temperatures all forcing us to stay indoors longer than usual.

But now the clocks have gone forward and the lighter nights are in full swing, we can all finally start thinking about better weather, so if like the rest of us, you're keen to break free from the never-ending winter blues, why not book a short break to recharge?

If you're looking for inspiration on where to go, check out our tips for the Top Ten Best UK and European weekend breaks out there, for all tastes and budgets:

Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has it all - beautiful beaches, colourful and cultural architecture, shopping, football, lively nightlife and wonderful food! It boasts a traditional Spanish vibe and has something for all the family.

Our Tip: Take the open top hop on/hop off bus from the bottom of Las Ramblas,  and cherry pick your favourite stops from two different routes. We recommend the Spanish Village for gorgeous boutique shopping, the imposing Sagrada Familia, the Camp Nou Stadium, home of FC Barcelona and the Plaza de España.

Florence

Florence, Italy

Capital of Italy's Tuscany region, Florence is a stunning gem that will take your breath away. A mecca for amazing views, gorgeous  architecture, designer shopping and beautiful art, you'll be spoilt for choice  - oh, and the wine isn't bad either!

Our Tip: Explore the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery of Florence to see  Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' and Michaelangelo's 'David', then climb the famous il Duomo at Florence Cathedral and finally take a stroll along the Ponte Veccio, the city's oldest bridge and home to a plethora of jewellery, art and souvenir shops.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is famous for it's winding canal system,  popular museum district, characterful narrow houses and streets, beautiful tulip fields and artistic heritage.

Our Tip: While you can do the usual bus tours, we prefer the hop-on/hop-off boat tour which shows you the best of everything the city has to offer at a more leisurely pace. Alternatively, you and the family can opt to take a cycle tour to see the sights. The best places to visit include the Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank's House and the Heineken Museum.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland's capital city is a must-see. The city that inspired the J.K Rowling to write the Harry Potter books, with Edinburgh you get two cities for the price of one, as it boasts a Medieval Old Town and a regal Georgian New Town.

Our Tip: Explore Edinburgh by foot, taking in the stunning views over the city from Edinburgh Castle, then wander down the Royal Mile for shops and souviners galore. Further out from the city centre take a short bus ride to Edinburgh Zoo - the only place in the UK to see Giant Pandas - or explore the Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoy afternoon tea fit for a Queen!

Brighton

Brighton, East Sussex, England

This popular seaside town is perfect for a short break or even a day trip. With its shingle beach, bustling pier and Regency buildings, it's fun for all the family, but also a shopper's paradise, with a fantastic nightlife to boot.

Our Tip: Head to the Pier early to take advantage of the arcade and fairground while its at its quietest, then explore the arty shops that line the seafront and enjoy some fish and chips before boarding the new British Airways i360 for a birdseye view of the coastline.  Another must-see is the Royal Pavilion, with its mix of architectural styles, and the famous rabbit-warren of shops known as The Lanes.

Peak District

Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England

Based in Central England, the Peak District is an outstanding area of natural beauty characterised by limestone walls, rolling hills, moorland, ridges and peaks (as its name suggests) and pretty villages.

Our Tip: After a couple of days exploring the peaks by foot, head to pretty Bakewell for its specialist markets, river walks and of course, to sample its most famous creation - the Bakewell Tart. Also nearby is Chatsworth House, a stunning stately home and gardens and perhaps most famous for the setting of the BBC series of Pride & Prejudice starring Colin Firth.

York

Yorkshire, England

Known for its Roman and Viking heritage, Yorkshire is a Northern England county steeped in history and is home to castles, abbeys, and two national parks. Whether you're after a rural escape or a city break, you're sure to find something in Yorkshire to love.

Our Tip: The undisputed jewel in Yorkshire's crown is the city of York. Explore its narrow streets and climb the tower at York Minster, or walk along the vast city walls. For history buffs, and kids alike, a visit to the Jorvick Viking Centre with its interactive displays is fun for all the family.

The Lake District

The Lake District, Cumbria, England

Also known as the Lakes, the Lake District is located in North West England and is famous for its beautiful lakes, such as Windermere and Ullswater, and mountains including Scafell Pike. It's also the perfect place for dog walking and taking in the many wonderful panoramic views.

Our Tip: The Lakes are vast, but easy to explore over the course of a few days. Our favourite place is Windermere, which allows you to explore the charming villages of Ambleside, and Bowness-on-Windermere, and then enjoy a leisurely boat ride or hire a canoe to explore England's largest lake.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

A visit to Stratford is like stepping back in time. The birthplace of William Shakespeare and home of the recently rennovated RSC Theatre, it offers culture, beauty and plenty of history for all the family to discover and enjoy.

Our Tip: Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, located right in the centre of town to discover the humble beginnings of England's most famous playwrite, then enjoy a picnic by the river. Journey out of town to visit Mary Arden's Farm, the home of Shakespeare's mother - the kids will love the friendly farm animals.

Cardiff

Cardiff, Wales

Located on the south coast of Wales, and the country's capital, Cardiff has alot to offer for a short break. Home of cultural, historical and sporting institutions, there's something for everyone's taste.

Our Tip: Cardiff is a shopping mecca with all the high street stores yo could ever want, overlooked by the magnificent Cardiff Castle. But if you want to escape the city buzz, head to the waterfront at Cardiff Bay and relax at one of the many bars and restaurants, or visit the nearly Millenium Centre or the Doctor Who Experience.

So if you're inspired by any of the above places don't delay, get on the web and book your perfect Spring break. And if you do visit any of our featured locations and take your Peugeot along for the ride, why not post a photo of you with your Peugeot in tour on our Facebook page. #PeugeotPride