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.
You may think of Bruges as your second home, walk like a local down Amsterdam’s winding back streets and have a cafe in Paris where the baristas know you by name. But have you ever felt your travels were starting to lack a little… je ne sais quoi? If you’re starting to find your favourite destination a little too familiar, maybe it’s time to shake up your holiday ritual. These fairytale European cities are sure to steal your heart – and don’t worry, we won’t tell.
If recent festivities have left you feeling decidedly frazzled, a rejuvenating escape could be just what you need. Whether it’s a dip in a therapeutic mineral pool, or a bracing mountain walk amongst some of the world’s most stunning scenery, our guide has something for everyone. Get 2017 off to a happier and healthier start with our pick of the best places to realise your New Year’s resolutions in Europe.
Whether your heart’s set on learning the local cuisine in the French countryside, or discovering hidden gems down the narrow winding streets of Dublin, travelling by ferry gives you the freedom to explore countries beyond their biggest cities, and all at your own pace too. The only tricky bit is knowing where to start.
Treat yourself to a last-minute getaway and cross the last names off of your Christmas list while you’re at it. As you wander down historic 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 festive season all over again. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in France, Germany and Belgium.
There’s no better way to rediscover your favourite destination, or to try somewhere completely new, than with a good book as your tour guide. In fact, some of the greatest locations are hidden within the very pages of a well-thumbed story. Stroll the streets of these stunning cities and you’ll soon see why they inspired some of the world’s most beautiful novels.
Looking for holiday inspiration? Here’s a guide to the best cities in Europe, from the authors who loved them most.