Vacation time is a precious commodity, especially when you have limited leave days a year. Most of us plan vacations around public holidays so we get more time to experience a destination — soaring prices of flight tickets be damned.

It’s easy to book a flight to neighbouring countries for a weekend. However, if you’re looking to go further than just Southeast Asia, here’s great news: a four-day weekend awaits us in August (9 August to 12 August). The trick is to take a few days on top of that, so you get at least a full week in your destination.

What more, the period coincides with summer in Europe, which is even more beautiful in the sunshine. Here’s when its cities come to life with live music, colourful outdoor festivals, and endless sangrias by the sea. If you need ideas, we’ve rounded up the best destinations in Europe to head to this summer.