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Plan a Rural Retreat for Your Next Holiday

Sometimes you just need to flee the city to unwind. What better, then, than a relaxing countryside getaway? Forget the trouble of boarding a plane. You can take a weekend trip to historical attractions and stunning scenery in rural areas and get back to normal routine on Monday.

The Best Destinations for a Countryside Break

To get out of London without the faff, consider one of the following places for proper countryside breaks. Get ready for a naturally inspiring environment, from the marsh-studded coastline in Norfolk to Bristol, the foodie capital. And for an unforgettable countryside break a bit farther afield, consider the fields of lavender in Provence to the rolling vineyards in Tuscany.

  • Norfolk

    Countryside breaks in Norfolk are all about leisurely strolls. Sit back on the windswept coastline and sip one of the local ales in a pub. The meandering waterways and vast skies provide a scenic setting for winding down. Make time to see the seals at the village of Blakeney, home to the National Nature Reserve. Spend a night in luxe rooms at Thornham in one of the establishments that date back to 1500.

  • Bristol

    Foodies can't get enough of Bristol. Taste all the region's delicacies, including sourdough toasties accompanied by a side plate of Gallic charm and cheesecake. Do not miss the merguez, which is usually served with buttered kale for brunch. Remember to stop over at Clifton Suspension Bridge where spectacular lido and Stokes Croft's street art dominate. At the Coronation Tap, sip the legendary exhibition cider that comes in halves due to its strong taste.

  • Winchester

    The cathedral city of England is the coolest corner to explore in all of Hampshire. For starters, the food is sensational. Get some cruffins for breakfast and settle in for tacos and brews. While watching comedy at Piecaramba, tuck into a beef burrito pie with chilli.

  • Provence

    Provence, France is a storybook of lavender fields and vineyards stretching all the way from the Mediterranean Sea near to the French Alps. Stop at any local town be it the streets of Aix-en-Provence or Avignon.

  • Franconia

    Villages in Franconia, Germany are filled with timber and steepled churches. A trip to Franconia takes you to forgotten castles, river valleys, and rolling hills. Learn the ancient wine culture that started in Roman times. Adventure into northern Bavaria for a dreamy road trip as you take a look at Nuremberg, a red-roofed city with medieval castles.

  • Asturias

    The unique geography of the hilly Asturias is sandwiched between France and Portugal where Atlantic winds are moderate. Quiet beaches line the coastal landscape, which is known for Moorish influences and hot sun.

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