One of the best ways to beat the dreaded January blues is to plan your next break. And with countless cities packed full of must-see sights, plus the added benefit of being close enough for a cheap weekend escape, Europe is always a popular choice. To help inspire your own adventure, we’ve carefully selected our favourite destinations for 2018 so you can start planning that dream getaway now.
Whether the unique city views have you reaching for your own paintbrush, or you simply appreciate the vibrant strokes of a masterful oil painting, Brussels is the perfect getaway for any art lover. Art is a key part of the Brussels aesthetic, from the many murals covering the walls of quaint houses to the avant garde sculptures constantly popping up in local parks. Take a walk through the painted city streets of the Belgian capital and you can’t help but be inspired by the city. Here are some of our top tips for exploring art in Brussels.
Why wait for 2017 to kick off your resolutions? Cross another city off your travel bucket list with an adventure to one of the most exciting New Year’s Eve parties in Europe. Whether you like sharing traditional treats with the locals, cruising past the Eiffel Tower with a glass of champagne in hand or letting your hair down in the most lively venues on the continent, our guide has something for everyone. Start 2017 in style with our pick of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Europe.
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.
Whether you like your Christmas markets big or small, traditional or original, you’ll find your favourite festive stop in Belgium. Stroll through magnificent streets illuminated by fairy lights and the warming glow of market stalls as the scent of freshly-sugared treats fills the air. Attracting a huge number of vendors from all over the world, these markets combine local gifts with international goods, making them the perfect place to stock up for your Christmas festivities. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in Belgium.
Encompassing everything from the sandy beaches of Ostend to the diamond city of Antwerp and surrounding the Belgian capital of Brussels, Flanders is the perfect choice for a short family break on the continent.
Each May, the streets of Brussels are filled with the sweet sounds of music. 2016 is the 21st year of the Brussels Jazz Marathon, and a host of big names from the local and international scenes are set to perform. Commencing from Friday 20th May, five open air stages will pop up in the Belgian capital’s most iconic locations to showcase the best emerging and established artists in jazz, world, Latino, funk and blues, with many of the city’s clubs, bars and cafés putting on more intimate concerts too.
Valentine’s Day is traditionally the most romantic day of the year, and couples across the globe are preparing to spoil their loved one with candlelit meals, fragrant roses and heart-shaped chocolates. While this is great for anyone lucky enough to have that special someone, it can leave singletons feeling a bit left out. If you don’t have a date this Sunday, why not spend the holiday doing something a little different? Check out our favourite cities to discover solo or with friends, and fall in love with a new destination this Valentine’s Day.
If you can’t get enough of Gothic naves or you’re on the constant look out for stunning stained glass windows, Belgium may be the perfect place for you. With some of the most striking cathedrals in the world, this European country is full of hugely important and historic places of worship. Each inspirational building is the result of a lifetime of hard work, and every masterpiece inside has its own extraordinary story. Inspire your own adventure in this country by checking out our guide to five of the most beautiful churches in Belgium.
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.