Make a resolution you won’t want to break this year with a spot on one of Europe’s best foodie courses. Book a weekend away to immerse yourself in the art of cooking a boeuf bourguignon Julia Child would be proud of, sweet pastries fit for a patisserie window, or mix it up with a bartending course in the heart of Ireland. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to return home with a head full of ideas just rearing to get going in the kitchen. Here, we give you some of the best courses and workshops in Europe you can work into even a short weekend away.
Landlocked by three of Europe’s most powerful countries, Luxembourg has historically been eclipsed by its larger neighbours as a top tourist destination. The miniature nation appears as a mere dot on the map in the centre of France, Germany and Belgium. At just 2,586 square kilometres, the country is only a fraction bigger than the county of Dorset in the UK – but it’s much more than France’s garage. There’s lots to discover in this underrated, pint-size place, so what are you waiting for?
Whiskey is as much a part of Ireland’s identity as the country’s endless rolling landscape of meadows, quiet villages and untamed coastlines. That’s because the Emerald Isle naturally provides the perfect conditions to cultivate each ingredient needed to create this honey-coloured spirit, especially thanks to its abundance of barley and fresh, clean water. Indeed, Irish whiskey dates all the way back to the 13th century and a handful of distillers still use the same time-honoured traditions that have served the people for generations. Check out our guide to the best distilleries, and discover why whiskey is the true spirit of Ireland.
France is the worldwide number one consumer of snails – otherwise called escargot – making it the best place to try this unique delicacy. If you can get over your initial nerves, you’ll see why this high-protein, low-fat and vitamin-rich meal is just as loved by the French as camembert and baguettes. Check out our guide to enjoying this timeless dish and learn just how to eat escargot like the locals do.
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.
Vibrant, eye catching and picturesque; Rotterdam is not only one of the world’s largest ports, but home to amazing feats of architecture, maritime heritage and Europe’s leading indoor food market. For those pressed for time in this incredible city, we have put together an itinerary of essential sights to ensure you make the most out of a day trip to Rotterdam.
Set within the heart of Garonne, the largest wine region in France, Bordeaux is famed for its gorgeous vineyards, but has far more to offer than its brilliant claret. Named the Best European Destination of 2015, the neoclassical architecture and old world splendour of Bordeaux’s historic inner city makes for a real melting pot for culture, earning it protection as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. To inspire your own adventure to this exciting wine capital, we take a look at some of the fantastic activities the port city has to offer.
With its picturesque canals, cosy wood panelled cafés and awesome activities, Amsterdam is one of the best cities to explore, even when the temperature drops. Fast becoming one of the hottest winter break destinations in Europe, we decided to take a look at the best reasons to visit the Netherlands‘ capital this festive season.
A historic city with all the benefits of a modern metropolis, Ghent is a hidden treasure brimming with life. Even a short trip will allow you a chance to see the best this medieval city has to offer, making it the perfect minicruise destination. To help you find the highlights this fascinating city has to offer, our guide details the best things to do in Ghent on your minicruise.
The vibrant city of Paris has long been associated with the arts, attracting visionaries like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway to it’s many drinking spots. Fast forward to the present day and the Parisian nightlife is still a favourite of the millions that visit the city every year, thanks to a rise in trendy cocktail bars. To help you seek out the best the city has to offer, we’ve created a guide to the best bars in Paris that are sure to quench your cocktail craving.