If there’s one thing that Europe is known for, it’s harbouring a rich history of art from all influences. Whether it’s hanging on a wall, painted as a mural or performed on a stage, this continent holds some of the greatest artistic artefacts the world has ever seen. Holding fast in an ever-changing field, European artists are continuously creating works that affect audiences worldwide – pushing boundaries and questioning the norm both in terms of materials and their subject matter. Experience this inspiration for yourself with our guide to some of Europe’s best alternative art festivals.
Every year, cinephiles journey in their droves to film festivals across the globe. Although Hollywood is eternally popular as a producer of blockbusters, Europe may well be the true home of the art form. Attending a film festival gives you the chance to experience movies in their best possible iteration – on the big screen, surrounded by equally enthusiastic people. Whether you’re an expert on underground horror, a black comedy buff or a sucker for a political thriller, there’s an amazing film festival in Europe just for you.
With a history as rich as its Michelin-starred food, it’s no wonder that everyone from the old masters to the new architectural innovators have been swept away by the sights and sounds of Holland. When you spot the fields of flowers with giant windmills turning majestically overhead, you’ll see how the natural colours have fused with the nations’ art, influencing whole cities of delicate architecture, well-trimmed parks and magical streets – every inch a masterpiece. There’s a whole wealth of things to see and do in this beautiful part of the world – here are some of our top picks for the perfect holiday in Holland!
With one of Europe’s most modern skylines and a buzzing cultural scene, there’s so much more to Rotterdam than its famous port. While most of its architecture is gleamingly new, there are still beautiful places to discover which hint to its rugged past, making it the perfect place to explore with the one you love. Whether it’s a canal side stroll amongst stunning architecture, or an escape to the idyllic Delfshaven, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Rotterdam for a romantic break.
It may be known as the Gateway to Europe, but Rotterdam’s magnetic charm makes it a stunning destination in its own right. If you’re used to passing through Amsterdam’s sister city, it’s time to stop and take in a place of remarkable contrasts, with stark modern architecture mixed in with quaint historic buildings on stunning riverscapes. World-class museums, fantastic family days out and diverse entertainment fuelled by the influx of artists from surrounding areas are just a few of the reasons to visit Rotterdam.
For many of us, the next week will see us looking to find the perfect gift to show mum our appreciation. There are no hard and fast rules about what to buy your mum for Mother’s Day, but we bet all she really wants is to spend some quality time with you. So we’ve put a unique travel twist on some traditional gift ideas to inspire you. Eschew traditional chocolates and flowers for something altogether more exciting. Here are some wanderlust-inspired treats to show your mum how much she means to you!
Holland might not technically be a city, but since Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam equate to the same area size as greater London, you could easily argue that this region of Holland is just as compact as one – but as varied as a continent too.
Situated along the sandy North Sea coastline, The Hague is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Netherlands. This culture-rich metropolis is famed as the heart of the nation’s government and home to the Dutch royal family, and is a favourite among art lovers too, with Jan Vermeer’s world-famous oil painting Girl With a Pearl Earring on show at the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Only 45 minutes from Rotterdam Europoort, getting to The Hague couldn’t be simpler.
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.
The Easter Half Term is just around the corner and with the days getting longer (and hopefully warmer) it’s the perfect time to plan a holiday away. While far flung places may be more difficult to organise with young children who just want to run around and play, there are actually plenty of fantastic destinations just a stone’s throw away. To inspire your fun family adventure we take a look at some of the easiest places to escape to this Easter Half Term.