With one of Europe’s most modern skylines and a buzzing cultural scene, there’s so much more to Rotterdam than its famous port. While most of its architecture is gleamingly new, there are still beautiful places to discover which hint to its rugged past, making it the perfect place to explore with the one you love. Whether it’s a canal side stroll amongst stunning architecture, or an escape to the idyllic Delfshaven, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Rotterdam for a romantic break.
It may be known as the Gateway to Europe, but Rotterdam’s magnetic charm makes it a stunning destination in its own right. If you’re used to passing through Amsterdam’s sister city, it’s time to stop and take in a place of remarkable contrasts, with stark modern architecture mixed in with quaint historic buildings on stunning riverscapes. World-class museums, fantastic family days out and diverse entertainment fuelled by the influx of artists from surrounding areas are just a few of the reasons to visit Rotterdam.
Whether the unique city views have you reaching for your own paintbrush, or you simply appreciate the vibrant strokes of a masterful oil painting, Brussels is the perfect getaway for any art lover. Art is a key part of the Brussels aesthetic, from the many murals covering the walls of quaint houses to the avant garde sculptures constantly popping up in local parks. Take a walk through the painted city streets of the Belgian capital and you can’t help but be inspired by the city. Here are some of our top tips for exploring art in Brussels.
For many of us, the next week will see us looking to find the perfect gift to show mum our appreciation. There are no hard and fast rules about what to buy your mum for Mother’s Day, but we bet all she really wants is to spend some quality time with you. So we’ve put a unique travel twist on some traditional gift ideas to inspire you. Eschew traditional chocolates and flowers for something altogether more exciting. Here are some wanderlust-inspired treats to show your mum how much she means to you!
The following post comes from Starley Pro Cycling rider Gaby Leveridge, who also blogs at Go Faster Gaby. Here she reveals everything you need to know before tackling the Paris-Roubaix route.
While you shake and rattle your way around the course, you can rest assured that this is a brilliantly organised sportive designed to host thousands of classics enthusiasts. There are plenty of feed stations and mechanical help along the route, so if your bike struggles a bit with the terrain or you need more fuel to get you through, there will be a helping hand available.
Did you know that St Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated national holidays in the world? Every year on March 17th, people across the globe throw on their finest green garments and glug rich, velvety Guinness in a nod to Irish culture. In previous years, the London Eye has been illuminated green and the Chicago River tinted emerald in homage to Erin’s Isle but, of course, the festivities are always at their peak in Dublin. Here’s a guide to the good stuff going on in Ireland’s capital on St Patrick’s Day 2017. Erin go bragh!
The following post comes from Starley Pro Cycling rider Gaby Leveridge, owner of Go Faster Gaby.
Over the past few years I have raced for both British and Australian professional teams. I specialise in the longer road races and find that tough conditions suit me. I fell in love with road cycling whilst living out in the French Alps, where I rode a lot of the well-known mountain sportives before going on to compete in ultra-distance events before signing for a race team.
The portside capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is steadily growing a reputation as one the UK’s top cities to visit. As well as the awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Giant’s Causeway and the historical draw of the Titanic Museum, there’s also a buzzing cultural scene just waiting to be discovered.
As part of our #rediscovertravel campaign, we’re encouraging visitors to Northern Ireland to try the road less-travelled. So be adventurous, and head off the beaten track to see historical distilleries, traditional pubs and some of the world’s best golf courses with our guide to the hidden gems of Belfast.
Quick enough to see the sights, and leisurely enough to not miss anything, there’s nothing quite like exploring a new place on two wheels. Whatever your cycling ability, there’s a fantastic destination just waiting to welcome you. Try casually coasting down city streets, getting your heart thumping on off-road routes or even packing up and taking a long tour right across the continent. So grab your bicycle and get ready for an adventure you won’t forget – here are some top cycling destinations in Europe.
What springs to mind when you think of a German getaway? Pulsating youth culture in Berlin? Steins of perfectly-frothed beer in Munich? Or maybe the fairytale backdrop of Bavaria? All these German jewels deserve the hype they’ve earned amongst wanderlusters, but if you’re a regular reader you’ll know that here at P&O, we’re on a mission to #rediscovertravel. Today we’ll be exploring the allures of Dusseldorf, a true hidden gem that has more than enough charm to rival the more famous German cities.