With the bright winter sun rising over frozen canals, winter is one of the most beautiful seasons to see your favourite European cities. And while the long summer days of lazing at the best of the festivals may be over for this year, the colder months bring a whole host of exciting events with them. From awe-inspiring illuminations in Amsterdam to curious literary themed carnivals in France, there’s a full programme of activities to keep the whole family entertained throughout the iciest of seasons.
While nowhere in the world celebrates Halloween with quite the same gusto as America, that’s not to say that Europe – with its ancient ruins, gory history and fascinating folklore – isn’t an amazing place to be on October 31st. If you want to scare yourself silly, some unforgettable celebrations can be found a short ferry ride away, in three of Europe’s most fright-filled cities.
The days may be a little bit shorter and the air a little nippier, but that doesn’t mean the holidays should come to an end! In fact, the autumn months offer a great time to get away, with cities and hotels offering much cheaper prices in the lull of the summer crowds – not to mention the clear roads which are yours for the taking. October’s stunning golden landscapes make it the ideal month for exploring hidden vineyards just off the beaten track, or taking a short break in your favourite city without the heat leaving you wilting in the shade. Treat yourself to a last minute holiday this October with these fantastic deals on our crossings.
If you’re visiting the European hub of futuristic art and cutting-edge design, take a romantic break from the thrill of the bright lights at one of these cosier destinations just a stone’s throw away. Rotterdam is home to Europe’s biggest port, making it the perfect base for a starry-eyed long weekend in South Holland. And with excellent connections to some of some of the most quixotic locations in the Netherlands, you’re just a ferry ride away from an unforgettably idyllic adventure. All of these suggestions are under and hour away from the city by train or car – making them ideal locations for a day trip, or even a long weekend if your schedule is more flexible. The only question is, where first?
With a history as rich as its Michelin-starred food, it’s no wonder that everyone from the old masters to the new architectural innovators have been swept away by the sights and sounds of Holland. When you spot the fields of flowers with giant windmills turning majestically overhead, you’ll see how the natural colours have fused with the nations’ art, influencing whole cities of delicate architecture, well-trimmed parks and magical streets – every inch a masterpiece. There’s a whole wealth of things to see and do in this beautiful part of the world – here are some of our top picks for the perfect holiday in Holland!
With the senses filled with the scent of colourful tulips and the sight of towering windmills, food may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you turn your mind to the Netherlands. But much like France and Germany, the country is positively filled with delicious culinary delights just waiting to be tried. From the aptly named ‘Cheese Valley’ to the sweet treats of speculaas and stroopwafels, your mouth will be watering after reading our food lovers’ guide to the Netherlands.
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.