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.
Northern Ireland is an awe-inspiring land of endless greenery, ancient forests and crumbling castles. As well as its natural splendour, the country boasts a fascinating history, rich culture and many an undiscovered gem. To fully appreciate just how varied and exciting this region can be, check out our favourite places to visit in Northern Ireland to inspire a road trip of your own.
Amazing museums, fascinating architectural wonders and beautiful beaches are all of course great reasons to travel, but for many of us, the best part of getting away is the chance to tuck into some fine local food. From delicious snacks like creamy melted camembert or Irish soda bread, to lavish desserts such as syrup-soaked French crepes or freshly toasted waffles (piled high with lashings of chocolate and fruit, naturally), you just can’t beat Europe’s selection of decadent treats. It goes without saying that these moreish snacks are at their best and most authentic when enjoyed right at the source, so we’ve carefully selected some of our favourite European delicacies and where you can find them.
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.