If presenting your Pa with the usual slippers, socks and bottle of whisky each Father’s Day is beginning to feel a little tired, why not gift him a last-minute mini break? Even Dads deserve the odd surprise!
Father’s Day traditionally lands on the third Sunday of June, which makes the big day 17th June this year. So, the time’s about right to make the most of those last-minute deals. Whether your father’s into wining, dining, history or culture, suggest one of these mini breaks – they’re bound to fit the bill!
They don’t call Lyon the capital of French gastronomy for nothing. With a sumptuous smattering of Michelin-starred restaurants standing alongside traditional Lyonnaise bistros, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to satiating their hunger. Drop into the lively food market Les Halles de Lyon for a luxurious taste of oysters, succulent sausage or tender offal, washed down with a glass of wine. Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed either – this is the home of the pink almond-flavoured praline after all! Exploring one of the largest medieval Old Towns in Europe should help walk off all that over-indulgence… just in time for dinner.
Hip Berlin offers all the trendy eateries, shops and bars you can expect from one of Europe’s top cities, along with a fascinating side serving of history and culture. Visit the impressive glass-dome of the Reichstag Building, marvel at the vibrant artwork displayed in the East Side Gallery, and explore the archaeological treasure trove that is the Pergamonmuseum. Whether you want to educate yourself on the Cold War, immerse your mind in 2,000 years of Jewish history, or relax and discuss your discoveries on the peaceful banks of the Landwehr Canal, you won’t be short of bonding opportunities in this thought-provoking destination.
For families of the mind that a mini-break isn’t a mini-break without a bit of rest and relaxation, jetting off to Menorca should top the holiday wish list. This beautiful Balearic offers unspoilt coastline, encircled by crystalline turquoise waters straight off the front of a postcard. Gentle landscapes make the island ideally suited to long walks, cycling and riding – you don’t have to be super fit to enjoy these activities in Menorca as there’s a distinct lack of challenging inclines. With plenty of delicious seafood restaurants to while away the evenings and glorious beaches, bays and coves to explore during the day, visiting this stunning island outside of the peak summer months will certainly ensure a trip to remember.
This year, Hungary is hosting the Formula One Grand Prix near Budapest. So, what better excuse to book a Father’s Day mini-break and make the most of the races? With the big day planned for Sunday 29th July and practices covering the two days leading up to it, the weather will be perfect for cheering on your favourites. Just make sure you put aside some time to enjoy the delights of Budapest with its famous thermal baths and countless affordable places to eat and drink.
Don’t forget to make sure your Dad books his travel insurance as part of his trip – Medical Travel Compared can help find the best deals, including cover for those with pre-existing conditions.