While nowhere in the world celebrates Halloween with quite the same gusto as America, that’s not to say that Europe – with its ancient ruins, gory history and fascinating folklore – isn’t an amazing place to be on October 31st. If you want to scare yourself silly, some unforgettable celebrations can be found a short ferry ride away, in three of Europe’s most fright-filled cities.
If you’re visiting the European hub of futuristic art and cutting-edge design, take a romantic break from the thrill of the bright lights at one of these cosier destinations just a stone’s throw away. Rotterdam is home to Europe’s biggest port, making it the perfect base for a starry-eyed long weekend in South Holland. And with excellent connections to some of some of the most quixotic locations in the Netherlands, you’re just a ferry ride away from an unforgettably idyllic adventure. All of these suggestions are under and hour away from the city by train or car – making them ideal locations for a day trip, or even a long weekend if your schedule is more flexible. The only question is, where first?
With the senses filled with the scent of colourful tulips and the sight of towering windmills, food may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you turn your mind to the Netherlands. But much like France and Germany, the country is positively filled with delicious culinary delights just waiting to be tried. From the aptly named ‘Cheese Valley’ to the sweet treats of speculaas and stroopwafels, your mouth will be watering after reading our food lovers’ guide to the Netherlands.
Get ready for ice cream on the beach, camping under the stars, and plenty of new and exciting places to explore! We know planning ahead can be difficult – especially if you’re juggling a whole family’s schedule – and now the gloomy weather has gone and ruined your staycation plans. But never fear, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a spot of sunshine this summer holiday with these last minute break ideas. Whether you have a week or a day, take a look at some of these fantastic deals on our crossings this August.
With summer in full swing, now’s the perfect time to get clued up on some top tips for travelling to Europe during peak times. As the only complete month of the UK’s six-week school holiday, August brings a sharp increase of visits to places such as France and the Netherlands. Many a family set off on their annual escape during this period, so you can expect roads to be extremely busy – including those leading to our ports at Dover and Hull. Here’s all the information you need to prepare for a smooth, stress-free journey when travelling by ferry.
When it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat a quick European getaway. Throughout the continent, candlelit cuisine and bewitching scenery await any couple seeking an enchanting break for two. The twinkling lights of Paris or wistful waterways of Venice are standard settings for a starry-eyed rendezvous, but they aren’t the only locations for lovers. There are scores of secret spots across Europe for an unforgettable romantic escape.
While there’s no doubt that Amsterdam at Christmas is a yuletide wonderland, a visit to the Dutch capital doesn’t have to be all about markets, mulled wine and festive merrymaking. With fairytale architecture, cosy pubs and plenty of events to take part in, Amsterdam comes alive in the winter months, and is bursting with alternative activities to suit all.
You’ll find there’s plenty of things to do in Amsterdam for people of all interests. Here’s our guide to some of the best non-Christmas activities to enjoy in one of The Netherlands‘ most famous cities.