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6 Day Trips from Popular Study Abroad European Cities

Where to go when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of large, crowded European cities! 

Growing up in a small Ohio town, I can fully appreciate the quiet city life. While studying abroad in the big European cities is a great experience, sometimes you just need a break from the city life. There are so many unique and wonderful small cities to visit in Europe. Here are just a few places that you may or may not have heard of before and are perfect for a day or weekend trip away!

If you are studying in London…visit Brighton!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you are in England visit Brighton!! This seaside town is a truly wonderful place to visit and is only an hour train ride from London. You won’t find a shortage of things to do during your visit. You can wander the Lanes, visit the Pier, have a picnic on the beach, spend the afternoon on the water at the Brighton Marina, or admire the art throughout the city. Brighton is sure to be a hit and is a good break from the big city London life!

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Brighton, England Beach and Pier

If you are studying in Paris…visit Mont-Saint-Michel!

Go to Mont-Saint-Michel and you will not be disappointed. Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune located in Normandy, France. It is about 3.5 hours from Paris by car and can be done fully explored in a day! It is a monastery built up on a rocky island and connected to the mainland by a causeway. When the tide comes, it is an island and when it goes out, it is not longer an island! There are only a select number of rooms on the island but you can easily visit for just the day. Explore and learn about the abbey that has been there since the 900’s!

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

If you are studying in Barcelona…visit Toledo!

Toledo is rich in culture and history. It is a beautiful place to visit. It is one of the few cities in the world where multiple religions coexist with each other (Christians, Muslims, and Jews) and this is shown in the architecture and culture! Get lost wandering the cobblestone streets – you will find plenty of cute shops full of local goods and delicious little places to eat. Toledo is known for its traditional crafts, so find a little shop to purchase a few! Explore the rich history with the beautiful stone medieval churches, palaces, fortresses, synagogues, and mosques throughout the city.


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Toledo, Spain

If you are studying in Amsterdam…visit Zandvoort!

The Netherlands may be a small country but there is still plenty to explore. Take a short drive (or train or bus) to the coast of the country and visit Zandvoort. Here you can spend the day by the ocean and eat at one of the beach bars. You can also go kitesurfing or windsurfing! This town has been said to be to Amsterdam what Brighton is to London: a seaside beach resort town to escape the big city. While Zandvoort is small, it is still a great place to spend a day and to watch the sunset over the ocean!

If you are in Edinburgh…visit Inverness!

Inverness is the capital of the Scottish Highlands. It is also a great place for a day trip. Spend part of your day searching for the Loch Ness Monster at the nearby Loch Ness or take a cruise on Loch Ness. Admire Inverness Castle, which sits above the city. Inverness is filled with excellent restaurants and fun pubs for a night out! Visit Inverness to discover all the charm and character of a Scotland small town.

If you are in Rome…visit Cinque Terre!
You know all those pictures of the colorful buildings along a coast that show up on your Pinterest feed every day? That is Cinque Terre. And it is 100x more beautiful in person. The views do not disappoint. Cinque Terre is made up of 5 small coastal towns. Each one is worth the visit for the own unique reasons. You can take boats to get between the towns (which I recommend because it is just too beautiful). You can rent paddleboards for an afternoon on the water. Go shopping at the many little shops and you must get a gelato (or two) at one of the multiple gelaterias. You can also hike between the towns if you want to get a workout in with spectacular views! 

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy



6 Day Trips From Larger European Cities

Liz Domeck

Elon University | 11 stories

Cleveland born and raised. Living in the south while attending school in North Carolina working toward Strategic Communications and Public Health degrees. Has a love for Jesus Christ, all flavors of ice cream, elephants, and exploring new places. In her free time, she reads lots of books, frolics in random places, and spends time playing soccer. She's determined to fill her passport with stamps and to never stop learning.

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