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.
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.
Clinging to the wave battered north east coast of Northern Ireland, a dramatic seaside road runs all the way from the capital of Belfast to Derry – Londonderry. Known as the Causeway Coastal Route, this winding, snaking passage contains some of the country’s most awe-inspiring natural backdrops and is renowned as one of the world’s greatest road journeys. Expect dramatic cliff faces, majestic castles and 195 miles of some of the most breath-taking scenery on the face of the planet.
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.
Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland, with its rich heritage, famous filming locations and breath-taking natural scenery it attracts millions of visitors every year. From the world’s largest Titanic museum to the dramatic volcanic rock formation known as the Giant’s Causeway, you certainly won’t be short of things to do in Belfast. The distance from Larne Harbour to Belfast is only 22 miles and there are a number of different ways to reach the capital.
With Halloween fast approaching, the Bram Stoker Festival is the perfect activity for anyone looking for a spooky outing in Dublin. Taking place from 23-26th October, the city will come alive with creepy crawlies, gruesome ghouls and an array of frightening activities for you to sink your teeth into. This grisly event takes visitors on a walk through Dublin’s dark side, with heart-racing adventures and creepy living stories for adults and children alike.
Magic, mystery and murder in medieval times; the HBO award winning series Game of Thrones (GOT) has inspired a wave of fans to visit its filming locations, particularly in Northern Ireland. As the backdrop to many scenes, the region offers a stark, dramatic landscape perfect for the fictional continent of Westeros. To help you navigate this wonderful world, we’ve highlighted a number of our favourite filming spots so you too can walk in the footsteps of the Starks and see the Iron Islands…