If your dog grows concerned when the word “holiday” gets thrown around, get ready for some good news. Whether you’re looking for an active trip or a city break, there are loads of fantastic dog-friendly holidays all across Europe. From strolling the streets of Belgium to running wild on the beaches of France, here are some of our favourite spots for the whole family.
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.
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.
Sweeping from Inishowen all the way down to Bundoran, the northern headlands of the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal feature some of the most stunning coastline in Ireland. Whether it’s craggy cliffs or sandy beaches with pristine rolling waves you’re after, there’s a little piece of paradise here for every taste. Take a trip down the winding coastal roads and you’ll soon discover why locals are so proud of their beautiful region. Here’s a look at some of the very best things to do in Donegal.
The exciting portside capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is steadily making itself known as one of the top cities to visit in the UK. As well as a buzzing cultural scene and awe-inspiring natural scenery, there’s also plenty things to do in Belfast for kids. With interactive activities, museum exhibitions and a mammoth 55 acre zoo, this thriving city has something for all the family.
Home to the famous Book of Kells, a buzzing theatre scene and astounding historical architecture, there’s plenty of things to do in Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital city. With a history of inspiring writers and academics including Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, it’s a true cultural melting pot, and a P&O ferry will land you right in the heart of it. Between flowing pints of Guinness and deliciously hearty eats, a wander through its cobbled streets will take you on an unforgettable journey. Got 24 hours to spare? Check out our guide to visiting the delights of Dublin in 24 hours.
A land full of striking scenes, hidden gems and must-see sights, some of the most beautiful places in Ireland can be found along the Irish coast. From crystal clear waters to wave-battered cliffs, each coastal town offers a different adventure, and there’s no limit to the plethora of places to explore. To help you plan your own Irish exploit, we’ve picked some of the most exciting coastal settings the Emerald Isle has to offer. A voyage of discovery awaits.
Northern Ireland’s southernmost county of Fermanagh hides a paradise of endless meadows and peaceful forests. The star attraction in this scenic part of Northern Ireland is the island-dotted Lough Erne, which attracts plenty of fishermen and sports enthusiasts – no surprise given that the waterways are some of the quietest and least congested in Europe. With so many activities at your fingertips, check out exactly what’s on offer for an active escape in the Fermanagh Lakelands.
Whiskey is as much a part of Ireland’s identity as the country’s endless rolling landscape of meadows, quiet villages and untamed coastlines. That’s because the Emerald Isle naturally provides the perfect conditions to cultivate each ingredient needed to create this honey-coloured spirit, especially thanks to its abundance of barley and fresh, clean water. Indeed, Irish whiskey dates all the way back to the 13th century and a handful of distillers still use the same time-honoured traditions that have served the people for generations. Check out our guide to the best distilleries, and discover why whiskey is the true spirit of Ireland.