Everybody needs a holiday now and again – even your pooch. But while flying can be incredibly expensive and traumatic for your pet, ship travel can provide a much more comfortable journey for your little companion. 50,000 dogs a year currently travel with P&O Ferries, helping you to share wonderful memories with every member of your family, without having to leave anyone behind. Take a look at our pet-friendly holiday ideas to inspire your own escape with your four-legged friend.
What once began as a period of merrymaking just before Lent has transformed into a series of colourful events celebrated across the world. Carnivals are now some of the biggest and boldest parties on the planet, with masks, costumes and spectacular parades the norm. While Brazil may be renowned as the spiritual home of carnival, you can catch many of the most extravagant celebrations without even leaving the continent. Slip on your brightest outfit and check out our favourite carnivals in Europe to revel in the delightful madness.
With experts agreeing that a well-earned break can help to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit, spa weekends provide a healthy diversion from our busy everyday lives, offering both soothing relaxation and sheer indulgence to minimise stress levels. Hotel sanatoriums can be found almost everywhere now, but for those seeking great alternative spa breaks in Europe, we shine a light on some of the continent’s most blissful temples of calm. With thermal infinity pools, holistic treatments and soothing massages, these tranquil retreats will leave you feeling fresh, light and ready to face the world.
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.
Whether you’re looking to beat those January blues or keep to your 2016 travel resolutions, a European city break is the perfect way to start the new year in style. From the vibrant colours of National Tulip Day in Amsterdam to the cobbled pavements of Bruges and the cosy pubs of Dublin; if you’re wondering where to go in January, this is the perfect inspiration for your early 2016 trip.
Widely hailed as Germany’s most beautiful region, the Black Forest’s landscape of deep river valleys, ancient woodlands and mountainous peaks makes it an enchanting place to escape. According to legend, the Brothers Grimm were inspired by the mysterious aura of this place to write their iconic fairy tales Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel. Despite the forest’s shadowy reputation in these fables, this scenic landscape is actually one of the sunny corners of the country, tailor made for cycle rides, village explorations and thrilling road trips. To inspire your adventure, take a look at some of the most amazing things you can do in Germany’s biggest nature park.
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.
Taking place each on the 19th September to the 4th October, Oktoberfest is one of the most important Bavarian festivals of the year. Held in a meadow outside Munich city centre, around 6.4 million visitors and locals alike come to the 16-day carnival to sing, dance and drink traditional German beer. The festival has been keeping its vibrant traditions alive since it began in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of King Ludwig I. Oktoberfest offers beer-loving visitors a chance to taste local Bavarian beer, regional food and revel in the atmosphere of one of the world’s most iconic festivals.
Once a year, the German capital undergoes a curious makeover. Every evening from 9th – 18th October, buildings across the city are bathed in dazzling light projections that make up the Berlin Festival of Lights. The annual event attracts over two million visitors to the city, making it one of the most successful light shows in the world. Continue reading Berlin Light Festival: Illuminating the German Capital