Europe is home to some of the most exciting cities in the world and offers a fascinating blend of destinations and cultures. Whether you are seeking a sun-soaked beach holiday, a romantic city break for two or an adrenaline-fueled skiing trip on some of the best slopes in the world, you’ll find a holiday to suit in Europe. Here are five of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations:
Spain is the number one destination for British holidaymakers and millions visit the country each year to enjoy year-round sunshine and sandy beaches. Younger visitors flock to the Balearic Island of Ibiza with its world-famous party scene, whilst the islands of Majorca, Menorca, Tenerife and Lanzarote are popular destinations for tourists of all ages. On the mainland, the Spanish Costas are home to miles of sandy beaches, whilst the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Seville offer culture, shopping and nightlife.
France comes just behind Spain in terms of popularity for British tourists and its close proximity to the ferry ports in addition to the Channel Tunnel makes it easily accessible. France has something for everyone and people come from all over the world to appreciate the spectacular scenery and enjoy gourmet food and wine. The vast country stretches from the bustling northern ferry towns to the glittering resorts of Nice and St. Tropez on the Mediterranean. The central wine-growing regions are dotted with vineyards and châteaux and the cobbled streets of Paris are crammed with art galleries, museums and nightlife. You can also ski in the French Alps or wow the kids with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland Paris.
A land of myths and legends, Greece has long been a favourite destination for British holidaymakers. The whitewashed tavernas, sandy beaches and ancient architecture combine to make it an ideal location for sun-seekers and those who appreciate culture. There are ancient Greek ruins to explore and the sun-kissed beaches of the Greek Islands boast warm waters and secluded rocky coves. Younger visitors also flock to Greece for its all-night party scene.
Great beaches, fantastic food, beautiful weather and ancient culture combine to make Italy one of Europe’s top holiday destinations. Head to the historic cities of Rome, Florence and romantic Venice for art galleries, museums and classic architecture. Explore the islands of Sicily with historic sights and volcanic beaches and Sardinia, home to the glittering Amalfi coast.
Republic of Ireland
For a holiday crammed with Gallic charm, enjoy the craic and explore picturesque scenery on a holiday to Ireland. Featuring medieval towns, a rugged coastline and emerald-green countryside, the country is known for its Celtic heritage and ancient mythology. The vibrant city of Dublin features great pubs, shopping and historic buildings, whilst romantic Galway is a hub for culture and traditional Irish music. Ireland is a remarkable country with stunning scenery and friendly locals who will be sure to give you a warm welcome.