On the 17th March each year, Ireland puts on a fantastic St Patrick’s Day party to honour its most revered religious patron. Thanks to the spread of Irish culture, the festival has grown into a global phenomenon, and today everywhere from New York to New Zealand takes part. While the parade and fireworks in Dublin may be renowned as the spiritual heart of the festivities, this is by no means to only way to celebrate. Take a look at some of these alternative activities across the Emerald Isle that you can enjoy during St Patrick’s Day.
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 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.
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.