With the promise of longer days and finer weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start planning a solo holiday in Europe. Whether you’re a people-watcher or an off-the-beaten-track explorer, there’s nothing quite like discovering a new city at exactly the right pace. And with solo travel more popular than ever, you can even choose between surrounding yourself with new people or spending some coveted time alone. Here, we take a look at some of the best solo holidays in Europe – all just a hop, skip, and a jump away from one of our ferry ports.
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.
America might have founded the first events back in the 1960s, but fast forward to the present day and Europe has a firm grip on the festival baton. The UK alone hosts approximately 500 festivals each year, and the incredible roster of European events continues to evolve every summer. Attending a classic festival or boutique weekender has long been a rite of passage, wherever you hail from on the continent. From hip hop legends in Holland to cutting edge electro in Belgium, there’s a festival for everyone. Here’s the best of what’s coming up in 2017.