Throughout history, the 40 days leading up to Easter have been a religious time for fasting- a tradition that still stands today through giving up various things for Lent. But before this sobering custom took place, Mardi Gras celebrations have long provided a hedonistic revelry of feasting, dancing and outrageous costumes to get observers through the six-week period. Today, the tradition is as strong as ever in France. Between January and March, the country unleashes its wild side in a series of colourful street parties taking place across the nation – and everyone’s invited. From thrilling circus acts to mad carnival parades, find out where to catch the best carnivals in France for all ages.
With the bright winter sun rising over frozen canals, winter is one of the most beautiful seasons to see your favourite European cities. And while the long summer days of lazing at the best of the festivals may be over for this year, the colder months bring a whole host of exciting events with them. From awe-inspiring illuminations in Amsterdam to curious literary themed carnivals in France, there’s a full programme of activities to keep the whole family entertained throughout the iciest of seasons.
Located along the southeast corner of France, the Principality of Monaco is steeped in sophistication and intrigue. This tiny country might be the second smallest in the world after Vatican City, but it’s still renowned as a billionaires’ playground and home to A-list celebrities. Monte Carlo’s picturesque harbour of mega yachts and world-famous casino have made it a hotspot for visitors seeking a slice of Mediterranean charm. For anyone hoping to visit on a day trip from neighbouring city of Nice, here’s what you can get up to during a day in Monaco. Continue reading A Day in Monaco: Glitz and Glamour Along the French Riviera
24 of Europe’s best footballing nations come together this summer to compete in a thrilling football tournament. The 2016 edition takes place in France, and there will be a dedicated supporter area set up in each of the ten stadium cities to make sure those who didn’t get match tickets don’t miss out. We’ve put together a guide to France’s fan zones, so revel in the excitement of the matches and enjoy the party atmosphere.
Europe’s biggest international football competition kicks off this summer in France, and supporters from all over the continent will travel over in hope of catching some of the excitement. However, not everyone’s interested in the beautiful game, so a quiet 90-minute adventure is the perfect way to escape the footie fever. The sun-drenched city of Nice will host four games throughout June, and we’ve come up with the perfect activities you can enjoy in peace until the final whistle blows.
What once began as a period of merrymaking just before Lent has transformed into a series of colourful events celebrated across the world. Carnivals are now some of the biggest and boldest parties on the planet, with masks, costumes and spectacular parades the norm. While Brazil may be renowned as the spiritual home of carnival, you can catch many of the most extravagant celebrations without even leaving the continent. Slip on your brightest outfit and check out our favourite carnivals in Europe to revel in the delightful madness.
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.