Jetset Weekend Away
26 September 2018
The advantage of taking a private jet for a weekend is that you can very easily visit more than one destination or country with no timewasting at all.
With a jet at your disposal you can visit a festival one day and hop on your jet to a completely contrasting destination for some leisurely sightseeing and maybe some cool nightlife.
There are no complicated travel arrangements, and certainly no waiting around at airports or train stations.
October sees a turn in the seasons in Europe, and although the temperature may cool there are often high blue skies, ideal for seeing new places in just the right light!
We suggest a long weekend taking in Frankfurt, Lisbon and Porto would make for a wonderful, cultural break with plenty of time for sampling amazing local dishes and relaxing too.
Starting off in Germany, Frankfurt is a vibrant city, known for its futuristic skyline and home to the European Central Bank, but it also has a beautiful old town, is home to Goethe and has world class museums to suit all tastes.
However, from 10-14 October Frankfurt plays host to an amazing Book Fair.
If you are into ideas, trends, and reading or maybe you enjoy writing – then Franfurt’s Buchmesse is the place to visit.
Laying claim to being the world’s most important marketplace for printed and digital content, almost 300,000 visitors flock to Frankfurt to take part in the event. This is perhaps an opportunity to network with many media and publishing professionals, find marketing opportunities for your product or service or simply enjoy the buzz and get a book signed by a beloved author.
Everyone is welcome, and whether you want to exchange ideas, find a potential business partner or want to attend some talks by your favourite authors you will not be disappointed.
Once you have had your fill of books, you can either take in Frankfurt’s nightlife, visit the magnificent opera or choose to hop back on your jet, which will be waiting for you on the tarmac and fly onwards to Lisbon in Portugal.
Here the choice of nightlife is seemingly endless – from comedy clubs, to cocktail bars, restaurants with river views, kitsch bars, clandestine basement clubs, it really depends on your mood and your taste. Whatever you choose, make it unforgettable!
The following day you will find plenty to keep you occupied: from the 11-14 October Moda Lisboa takes place in the Elegant setting of the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes. Highlighting new fashion designers and trends coming out of Portugal this is an important event in the fashion industry.
If you are more of a film buff, the same weekend there is also a French Film Festival organized by the French Embassy and the Portuguese Cinematheque.
With a whole host of French Films being screened in cinemas all around the city you are bound to discover something just perfect: From the classic 1955 film Les Diaboliques by Henri-Georges Clouzot to Cyrano de Bergerac with Gérard Depardieu in the lead role, the magic of French cinema is on show in its fullest glory.
For those of a more sporty disposition the Lisbon Marathon is also taking place – with 42 kilometres / 26 miles of stunning views by the waterfront, you can no doubt cheer on the runners whilst enjoying a local beverage and maybe a Portuguese Custard tart or Pastéis de Nata!
The following day you may want to relax and wander a little – so how about hopping on board your jet and taking a short hop to Porto. This historic city is a wonderful place to explore at your leisure.
Keeping with the book theme, there is a book shop called Lello, that is like something from a fantasy film, with books winding their way around walls and glorious carved wooden staircases taking you up in a magical spiral. With an amazing stained-glass window in the ceiling, a gallery and a vaulted roof – this is really something to behold!
If gold is more your thing, then look out for São Francisco Church. A more golden gothic interior would be hard to come by. This certainly ticks off a “bling” box.
For those who are in need of more mind stimulating treats then the Serralves Museum is for you. One of the most renowned modern art museums in Europe, the building itself is a fine example of Modernism. Set in a park which compliments the museum building perfectly – streamlined and modern, yet pleasing and relaxing at the same time.
When you have finished exploring, you may like to stay for a wonderful seafood dinner in Porto to contemplate everything you have seen and done, and maybe plan your next trip away. Your jet will be waiting to take you home! To book your weekend away just click here.