The 1900s saw the rise of artists, dancers, and writers, all of whom flocked to this village in Paris. Take a walk down Rue Lepic, famously known as the very street where Vincent Van Gogh lived and where indie French movie Amélie was filmed. Nourish the explorer in you by climbing up the hills at dawn to catch the sunrise above Paris in front of the magnificent Sacré-Cœur. End with a night at the Hotel Particulier Montmartre for artistic luxury. www.hotel-particulier-montmartre.com
At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains sits Granada, the capital city of Andalusia, Spain. This is where the treasured remains of Muslim architecture and art still stand. Discover the Cartuja district for its Gothic architecture, Bib-Rambla for a gastronomic quest or two, Albayzin (a Moorish quarter that once housed the very people who built the Alhambra), and wonderful streets along the way. Granada is also home to quaint boutique hotels such as Hotel Hospes Palacio de los Patos. After a day of wandering, wind down at the Wellness: Bodyna Palacio de los Patos with a massage. www.hospes.com
This is an otherworldly destination said to be easy enough to explore on a solo adventure. Revel in the historic beauty of the old city, Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle, and other epic landmarks. Admire the little in-betweens that are made up of many streets, lined with charming and colourful houses as well as antique bookstores. Inspiring in its own quiet way, Prague is ideal for a weekend away when in Europe.