Old World sites in Europe

As the birthplace of many of a civilisation, Europe is undeniably saturated in historical value. In fact, aside from its delicious food scene and exciting calendar of events that take place in the ‘Old Continent’, the majority of tourists also visit to immerse themselves in its wonderful heritage. From the Medieval town of Bruges to the picturesque Loire Valley, take

Gift ideas from the Christmas markets

It’s that wonderful time of year again – where people gather together in the chilly town squares to visit Europe’s best Christmas markets, soak up some festive cheer, see the twinkling light displays and enjoy a steaming mug of comforting glühwein. While the markets’ winter wonderland atmospheres are undoubtedly a huge draw, there are countless unique gifts to find for

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Is there anything as festive as a traditional Christmas market? As you wander down historical streets laced with the warming scent of cinnamon, where fairy lights twinkle from the branches of towering trees and magnificent landmarks stand over dainty medieval houses, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the season all over again. Treat yourself to a pre-Christmas getaway with

A chocolate lover’s guide to Europe

No matter the question, chocolate is the answer. So whether you prefer Switzerland’s creamy Alpine milk chocolate or the delicate constructions of a French artisan chocolatier, you’ll find the perfect tonic among Europe’s superlative cacao creators. Spend your days marvelling at decadently decorated chocolateries and attend some of the most renowned chocolate festivals in the world. And if you’re travelling

Spooky Spots and Haunted Places in Europe to Visit this Halloween

In the words of a deviously dark novel from the 1960s, ‘something wicked this way comes…’ If you’re interested in all things macabre and supernatural, prepare for your preferred time of year: Halloween is almost upon us. Between gorging on sweets and carving creepy pictures into pumpkins, why not take the time explore a notoriously haunted spot? With Europe on

#WhatNext: Two trips in one – try one of these dual holidays in Europe

Beach or city? Town or countryside? With these dual holidays in Europe, you won’t have to choose! These kinds of trips (which are also known as a multi-centre holidays) mean you can visit more than one kind of place in a single getaway. Think mornings people-watching in a buzzing town plaza followed by long afternoons on deserted white-sand beaches, or

#WhatNext: Walking or driving? The best self-guided tours in Europe

As part of our #WhatNext campaign, we’re encouraging travellers to explore the road less travelled. And what better way to do it than with a self-guided tour, where you’ll have the freedom to explore a city at your own pace? In the spirit of spontaneity, we’ve featured destinations that can be discovered on two feet or four wheels – whichever

9 things you can do in one day in Bruges and Ghent

The following post and photos come from Olga of @liolaliola. Brugge and Ghent have been on my travel wish-list list for a very long time. The Flanders’ finest medieval gems that are known for its picturesque architecture, cobbled lanes, dreamy canals, soaring towers and market squares. I couldn’t be more excited when P&O Ferries invited me to join on a weekend

“See it, then, and weep”: Bringing Journey’s End to the Ypres Battlefields

Last year, the battlefields of Ypres were transformed into the set of R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End. The show received rave reviews, one calling it “enthralling, good-humoured, finally heart-rending”. This autumn, the cast and crew of MESH Theatre return to Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice. Here, director Sally Woodcock describes what it’s like to recreate history on the

3 Wildlife Reserves in Europe

Europe has a wide variety of protected landscapes that provide a safe home for many extraordinary species. From indigenous horses in France to native lynx in Belgium, you can find some of the world’s most interesting wildlife just across the pond. But it’s always a good idea to choose a well preserved area to observe these wonderful creatures without disturbing

May Half-Term 2018: Four family-friendly destinations in Europe

Visit Europe in late May and you’ll be served up with reliably warm temperatures, longer daylight hours and resorts which are considerably less crowded than high season – making it perfect for a half-term break. Looking for fun stuff to do in Europe with the kids this May half-term? Here we have city breaks, adventure holidays and beautiful breaks in

#WhatNext – Why you should book a minicruise in 2018

For the history buffs and the dancing queens, the city-breakers and the party-planners, whatever your holiday style you’re sure to find a minicruise that’s just right for you. Pack all of the style and relaxation of a longer trip at sea into just a few days, with all of your transport, accommodation and entertainment planned for you in one cost-effective