No slides are available in this galleryWelcome to Europe a stone’s throw away from the UK and offering a multitude of options for a weekend or longer for active pursuits, gastronomy a romantic sight-seeing holiday.
France is an ideal destination to spend a few days, a weekend or longer as it is a hive of activity any time of the year. French champagne, wine and food are just the beginning of what you can expect to experience on your trip to France. With numerous art galleries, museums and cultural monuments and buildings, you are sure to be fascinated and inspired. France has many inviting cities each with their own uniqueness and abundance of fun. Each city hosts a variety of festivals and events including Fashion, Wine, Art History, Gastronomy, Religious, Cultural and choice of bars and restaurants. Other cities in France offer plenty to see and do and with transport links direct to some of these cities, means you can get there and back in very little time. For more exuberant activities, you can cycle, hike, ski and golf with great weather in the summer you can enjoy its many beaches whilst in winter its ski slopes.
Paris renowned for romance and love will captivate you as you savour the finest in French cuisine complemented with French wines and champagnes. Whilst in Paris, be sure to take a riverboat cruise, an enjoyable and relaxing way to see the many sights and soak in the sophistication of Parisian life.
The French Riviera is famed for its beaches and is world renowned a great opportunity for some celebrity spotting.
Italy is often seen as expensive when compared to other places in Europe. With its iconic Amalfi Coast which conjures up images of the rich and famous, it’s easy to see why it is one of the most desirable holiday destinations in Europe. Italy’s host of destinations gives it a wide appeal and for many it remains a destination which many aspire to especially given its status in world design and craftsmanship, food and wine, fashion and shoes, jewellery and accessories, these only add to its prestige.
Rome capital of Italy for ancient Roman architecture delicious mouth-watering Italian ice-cream
Venice for Modern Art and Gondolas twisting turning in the mystical canals of Venice
Naples a world heritage sites which houses 448 churches, castles palaces, piazzas and museums
Florence where you will find Michael Angelo’s Statue of David
Vatican City – a world of its own with
In winter go skiing in the Dolomite Mountains and in summer bask on the many beaches around Italy’s magnificent coastline.
Take a cookery tour in Italy where you sample the best local cheese, wine sand pasta dishes a great way to explore the birthplace of pizza.
Shopping in Italy is perfect for shopaholics with Armani, Versace, Gucci and Missoni fashion is top here. Other popular items include lace, Venetian glass and ceramics and leather. The Made in Italy brand conveys an excellence in taste and quality such that its goods are coveted the world over.
Music and Opera Italy’s is widely celebrated in its world famous operas and orchestras that abound in Italy throughout the year signifying its continued love affair with opera and music.
With over 4,660 miles of coast, Italy is an ideal destination for every type of water lover. There are fishing villages, beaches, lakes and bays offering a variety of activities of fun. Lake Garda and Lake Como attract visitors from across the globe with its beautiful lakes and mesmerising views.
There is so much more to Spain than sun, sea and sand. Given its diverse landscape you’ll never be disappointed no matter what time of year you visit. It’s a place for all seasons! In one holiday you can go from sea and sun to mountains and waterfalls. Spain known for its Spanish foods and wines and fashion is a great magnet if you want to experience more Spanish culture and tradition.
As with all cities there is a history to discover and Spain makes that remarkably interesting through its captivating fiestas and festivals and its fusion of modern culture with ancient architecture.
Barcelona thanks to Antonio Gaudi the famous architect of modernism created Sagrada Familia Cathedral and Guell Park who has now become a reference for modern architecture.. A city with its very own beach, Zoo and Avant-Garde restaurants serving world class cuisine to the most traditional dishes such as “pamb tomaquet” ( country bread with tomato and olive oil).
Catalonia’s Costa Brava offers a rugged coast and fine sandy beaches with quaint fishing villages in the surrounding areas well worth a visit for its Salvador Dali museums, Picasso and the Maritime Nature Reserve.
Fuerteventura is a quiet paradise when compared to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. It is closest to the African coast and is most famous for its white sandy beaches and has temperatures of 72F degrees all year long due to its tropical position.
Madrid boasts Paseo del arte “Art Avenue” which is home to the Prado Museum, one of the 1,400 museums in Spain with works to take your breath away. Visit Las Ventas for bull fighting or for something less emotive, see Real Madrid Football Team play in the Santiago Bernabeu football pitch.
Granada a place of Islamic legend, visit the mighty fortress of the Alhambra, with its mysterious palaces and exotic gardens. This multicultural nucleus is the stage for film, music and theatre, set in palaces and an ideal place to enjoy flamencos aficionados.
Spain has some distinctively impressive golf courses, Club de Golf Costa Brava which opened in 1968, an 18-hole course with a challenging first 9 holes and a more relaxed second 9 holes is one of its finest examples.
Take a gastronomical tour and experience the delicious flavours of cheese, wines and traditional Spanish dishes. Dining Tapas in Spain means strolling from bar to bar and trying the various canapés of traditional or modern recipes. Restaurants open till late serving paella, gazpacho and other typically Spanish dishes. You can’t leave Spain without having tasted the famous “cocido madrileño” (a kind of soup with chickpeas and meats) which is the traditional Madrilean dish of excellence.
As the second most mountainous country in Europe, skiing and hiking, cycling and trekking are possibilities worth exploring as you will see the volcanoes and marshes natural treasures of Spain.
Madrid’s Xanadú mall not only offers great shopping but which includes a snow park where you can ski on artificial snow and Lanzarote has over 300 volcanoes which has an area in which you will be surprised to see grapes and vegetables growing covered by the black ash.
Theme parks in Spain like “Warner Bros. Park” and the “Parque de atracciones de Madrid” (Madrid’s Attraction Park) will provide aqua adventure, thrills and spills.
Besides the capital, other outstanding city in the province of La Corunna is Santiago de Compostela, a beautiful town which welcomes thousands of pilgrims every year. The city’s cathedral is the destination of a famous medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St James (in Spanish the Camino de Santiago).