If there’s one thing Europeans know how to do well, it’s how to put on a show. Thousands of different regional and national festivals take place across the continent each year, with everything from crazy carnivals to colourful floral celebrations. To inspire your own adventure, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite festivals in Europe this year.
Europe boasts countless cities of timeless allure, each packed full of hidden gems and must-see sights. With so many wonderful places to discover, where will you choose to holiday this year? To help inspire your own adventure, we’ve carefully selected our hottest destinations for 2016 so you can start planning that dream getaway now.
With Valentine’s Day only a month away, loved up couples across the world are busy planning their ideal getaways. Well-travelled romantic cities like Rome, Venice or Paris have become a bit clichéd, but there are plenty of charming cities in Europe that offer a unique Valentine’s Day retreat. Fall in love with these alternative destinations and impress your partner by choosing an exciting escape that’s a little more out of the ordinary.
Set within the heart of Garonne, the largest wine region in France, Bordeaux is famed for its gorgeous vineyards, but has far more to offer than its brilliant claret. Named the Best European Destination of 2015, the neoclassical architecture and old world splendour of Bordeaux’s historic inner city makes for a real melting pot for culture, earning it protection as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. To inspire your own adventure to this exciting wine capital, we take a look at some of the fantastic activities the port city has to offer.
Flying down a mountain while carving up fresh powder is every skiers idea of heaven. However, even the most prolific ski bums need to spend a day or two away from the slopes now and then to recuperate. Luckily there are plenty of incredible activities on offer that will set your pulse racing, without needing skies. We took a look at some of the most thrilling activities you can enjoy across the French resorts that don’t involve skiing.
Twinkling lights, the crunch of snow underfoot and the comfort of a steaming glass of mulled wine; if there’s one thing keeping many of us going during the winter it’s the welcome arrival of Christmas markets. The rich scent of roasted meats mingle with the homely smell of gingerbread, making these yuletide gatherings impossible to resist, even when the temperature drops down.
With the festive period almost upon us, we decided to share with you some of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe.
UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites showcases both mankind’s greatest architectural achievements and the planet’s most naturally stunning landscapes, making them some of the most awe-inspiring places to visit on earth. While you may never be able to see all of the sites scattered around the globe (there are over a thousand at time of writing), there are many located only a short distance from the UK. To help you seek out these cultural hotspots, we’ve created a guide to five of the most beautiful UNESCO sites you can reach via ferry.
Europe is bursting with adventures to be discovered, stories to be told and priceless memories to be made. Whether you love blissful beaches, icy glaciers or quaint medieval cities, there is something for everyone. To help inspire your own escape, we’ll be sharing our favourite adventures across Europe, starting with the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc.
The vibrant city of Paris has long been associated with the arts, attracting visionaries like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway to it’s many drinking spots. Fast forward to the present day and the Parisian nightlife is still a favourite of the millions that visit the city every year, thanks to a rise in trendy cocktail bars. To help you seek out the best the city has to offer, we’ve created a guide to the best bars in Paris that are sure to quench your cocktail craving.
Better known to locals as La Fête Nationale, Bastille Day takes place on the 14th July each year and is one of the biggest annual celebrations in France. The public holiday owes its roots to the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, a historical day which moved the country towards revolution and eventually becoming a republic. Now, each year the whole nation joins together to celebrate the anniversary of the momentous day with parties, fireworks and live events; and there is nowhere better to experience the incredible atmosphere than Paris.