Living in the UK means you have several beautiful countries to explore that are a short flight away. Europe is home to countries with unique cultures, scenery and histories, meaning there is plenty for all types of holidaymakers. Here are 5 popular countries you should consider when planning your next holiday.
When you think about Italy, you may picture Roman ruins, pizza and pasta, or fast-paced driving but there is so much more to this country.
If you head to the coast you will find white sandy beaches dotted with some stunning towns. Here you will find quiet corners and delicious authentic cuisine. If you want nothing more from a holiday than to relax on the beach then the Amalfi Coast is the place for you.
Italy is such a beautiful place that it can be hard to narrow it down to one place. Book yourself onto some Italy tours to experience a unique view of the country.
If you visit Spain for a city break you will be spoiled for choice. Barcelona and Madrid both offer a cosmopolitan feel with an array of world-class bars and restaurants such as Batea or DiverXO.
With the evenings sorted, the days will need filling too. Why not wander through the streets, spending up a storm at the wonderful shops and boutiques? Just make sure you have enough room in your suitcase.
Winter can be a great time to holiday abroad, and France should be that destination. The French Alps cement its place as one of the best European skiing destinations.
Val d’Isère has something for everyone from self-catering chalets to luxurious hotels. If you fancy a day away from the slopes then make sure to visit the 17th Century church and soak in the history and architecture.
Iceland sits around 3.5 hours by plane from London, meaning you won’t end up wasting a day of your holiday on travel.
Adventure-seekers will love the natural wonders of Iceland. Waterfalls, hot springs, caves and lagoons are everywhere, so you will always be close to a breathtaking view. Hikers will love the endless possibilities for walks which are suitable for all abilities. Remember to keep an eye out for the magical Northern Lights which frequently appear above Iceland’s skies.
Greece is an incredibly charming country, filled with beautiful scenery and tasty food. Foodie travellers will be spoilt for choice with the local cuisine. Head to Tudor Hall in Athens for a meal with a view as the restaurant serves an unparalleled view of the Acropolis. Once dinner is complete, you could top off the evening with a stroll around the city, taking in some of the ruins left by the Ancient Greeks.
Island hopping is another way to experience the magic of Greece. You may instinctively head to the more well-known isles such as Santorini, Crete and Rhodes, but there are so many smaller islands that are just as special.