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Europe holidays

With the oldest, richest and most varied culture on earth, Europe is a holidaying region to explore further without needing to travel farther.  From the endless beaches of the Mediterranean coast, to ancient port cities and coastal capitals that date back to the ancient world, our continent remains the most diverse on the planet.

Greece is now top of the shop for classy Med action in the likes of Santorini and big nightlife in Faliraki et al. Turkey is fave for many due to its amazing value and perma-sun climate - the inclusive resorts there going tops for families. For many, Spain is the OG jet-set destination gone mainstream, and the classy and glamorous come still. Culture, gastronomy and the world's most popular beaches - viva España!

Top European holiday destinations

Popular European hotels

Browse our exclusive selection of chic boutiques and luxury hotels in Europe. With romantic seascapes, adrenaline-packed excursions, plus family-friendly entertainment, Europe has It all.

Kivotos Mykonos is a grand oasis nestled at Ornos Bay, only 10 minutes from Mykonos town centre. Boasting minimalistic architecture of elegant design, this resort was built to preserve the environmental area and traditions of Mykonos. Guests get a warm welcome with a premium bottle of Champagne and private yachts, helicopter rides, and a luxury cinema are only an inch from all the world-class facilities in Kivotos.

Lara Barut Collection is a tropical paradise in Antalya, Turkey. Botanical gardens surround the resort, and emerald-green palms dotted around the pools. Since 2005, Lara Barut entices guests to the epitome of luxury with childcare amenities such as a kids club, games room, nightclub, cinema, and spa, plus an array of more entertainment.

Quinta de Casa Branca is situated in Madeira, Portugal, and hosts a blissful experience in the Portuguese sunshine. This stylish boutique features rooms with private terraces overlooking its lush gardens home to banana plantations and tropical groves. You can find various amenities in the hotel including a games room, outdoor freshwater pool, and sun loungers.

Where is Europe

Europe sits in the Northern Hemisphere, at the western end of the Eurasian landmass. Composed of several larger islands, Europe covers an area of 10.2 kilometre squared and is the second smallest continent in the world. Islands in Europe include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Albania, Bulgaria, plus a few others. Europe extends from the north of the Tundra to the Mediterranean South, boasting a diverse climate, from snow-coated lands to sultry deserts.

European travel FAQ

When to go to Europe largely depends on the specific countries and regions you plan to visit and the type of experience you’re seeking. In a nutshell, the summertime, between June to September, is the best time to visit - longer days, balmy weather, and vibrant activities such as outdoor excursions and festivals are all in the cards when travelling almost anywhere in Europe. During this time, the temperatures can vary around 30°C, with the hottest month being August.

Springtime, April to May, and autumn, September to October, are known as the shoulder seasons. This time is perfect for holidaymakers that wish to visit the region with fewer crowds and pleasant weather amidst sightseeing and a bucket-load of excursions. The Winter season offers a magical experience in Europe, with streets filled with festivities, aromatic Christmas markets, and winter sports in the Alpine region. The temperatures drop and are a lot cooler, but destinations near the Earth’s equator, such as the Canary Islands in Spain, stay consistently hot with no rain.

An abundance of diverse activities and experiences for every kind of holidaymaker awaits in the melting pot of Europe. From exploring rustic castle ruins to tasting culinary delights and dancing away at music festivals, Europe is brimmed with boredom breakers.

As Europe was the foundation for the Roman Empire and many others, it’s a historical playground enriched with a wealth of history to discover. Visit iconic cities such as Barcelona in Spain, soak up the ancient stories of old settlements in Greece, and set your eyes on the magnificent Roman ruins such as the classic Ephesus city in Turkey. You’ll immerse yourself in cultural landmarks, authentic architecture, and rich history.

If you’re into the creations of global artists like Leonardo De Vinci or Vincent van Gogh, visit some of the world’s most magnificent art collections. Many inspiring galleries are scattered all around Europe, and some of our notable mentions include the national gallery of Athens, the Folklore Museum of Chania, the Lady in Red Lagoa, and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

Europe is the hub for breathtaking landscapes and you’ll be surrounded by boundless beauty in every destination. One of our favourite things to do is Island hopping around the charming islands of Greece: from the azure beaches of Paros to the white-hued houses of Santorini to the cobalt streets of Kefalonia coated in floral, Greece boasts a paradise for every holidaymaker.

The iconic, European region boasts some of the most tranquil bays of sweeping beauty in the world, with something for every beachgoer...

No matter how many times you’ve seen pictures of the Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, it must be seen to be believed. Also known as Navagio Bay, the snow-white patch of sand here is home to a rustic wreck of the name MV Panagiotis Ship, drawn to the shore dating back to 1980. Loomed over by rising cliffs of limestone, it’s a sensational setting with aquamarine waters.

Playa de Ses Illetes is a heaven on Earth, nestled in Formentera, a small, Balearic Island in Spain. Famed for its turquoise waters of glass-clear visibility, its powdery-soft sands match to create picturesque scenery. This stunning beach sits at the tip of the island, and its unique beauty has earned its reputation as one of the most scenic beaches in Europe. Thanks to its shallow waters, it's idyllic for a snorkel or a gentle paddle. The Bay is part of the Ses Salines National Park, known for its ecological significance and protected status.

If you wish to see the marshmallow-pink sands of Elafonissi, head to Crete in Greece. This majestic beach pleases the eye of all beachgoers. Another great gem from Greece is a lush crescent, Myrtos Beach, surrounded by mountainous cliffs dressed in Khaki. May to October is the best time to visit Myrtos - that’s when its waters offer the best conditions for swimming and water excursions.

Other great beaches to check out include Praia de Marinha in Algarve Portugal, La Concha Beach in Spain, and Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa, Italy.

Holding the title of a ‘food lover's paradise’, Europe offers a variety of cuisines and beverages to savour. From locally made cheeses to freshly smoked seafood and traditional dishes, each culture hosts delights for every taste bud. In Spain, you will devour dishes such as traditional tapas, paella, and churros amidst inhaling the vibrant culture. Sangria is a renowned cocktail famed for its blood-red colour. In Greece, you’ll indulge in Mediterranean delights like moussaka, souvlaki, grilled meats, and fresh Greek salads, accompanied by ouzo or local wine. Portugal boasts a platter of flavours with dishes like bacalhau (salted cod), pasteis de nata (custard tarts), and port wine. Of course in Italy, you’ll delight in a variety of pasta-based dishes, pizzas, gelato, and risotto. Italians tend to quench their thirst with a hot cup of espresso.

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