2019 is fast approaching and with it comes all the usual thoughts about what to do and where to go throughout the year. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in fantasising about far flung, luxury locales like Tahiti or Bora Bora, it can be just as fun – if not more – to look into realistic holidays for you and your family! With so many amazing destinations with in budget ranges to choose from, picking just one can be a daunting task. If you aren’t sure where to start with it, here are some top European picks that work all year round for your holidays, whenever you plan to take them!
While it can get chilly in the north of Spain, the south remains fairly temperate year round and can be visited almost any time. Of course, it depends what you want out of a trip to this fantastic and unique country. Hiking is popular and the geography is ideal for a good rocky hike. Check out the hiking route ‘Santiago de Compostela’, a famous pilgrimage route that many people walk it as a form of spiritual growth to reach the site of the shrine of the apostle, St James the Great in Galicia, where his remains are said to have been buried. Not your cup of tea? Check out the Costa Brava for beaches and interesting ruins as well as some hidden coves to dip your toes into! For food, be sure to try local paellas – all authentic and each a bit different from the last!
If you fancy an island getaway you can fly to Kos for your holidays. Kos is one of the Greek Dodecanese islands, well loved travellers from all over the world for its numerous sandy beaches and welcoming locals. Both Greek and Roman ruins litter the island, making this a history buff’s dream come true. With many activities available from boating, kitesurfing, and fishing to beachcombing and picnics on secluded stretches of sand, it’s no wonder people pick Kos time and again.
The French Riviera is one of the hottest spots in Europe for those wanting a bit of sun, sea and sand but with culture intertwined. Sample delicious French wines in seaside cafes while watching impressive yachts of the mega rich sail by. If you’re a fan of films, plan your trip to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival where you can catch some seriously unique films, new pieces by some of Hollywood’s biggest names as well as new independent films. Be warned though – around film festival time the prices increase dramatically, so book early for the best deals!
What’s Europe without a bit of Italy? It seems everyone loves Italy, and for good reason. Whether you want to hit the slopes of the northern Alps or you’re looking to spend some time on the winding road twisting their way past beautiful sights like the Amalfi Coast, Italy has something for everyone. Even without the major tourist attractions, there’s a bit of everything in the countryside of this beautiful country. Stay in a winery, take art classes in Tuscany or try your hand at helping a local estate make their own olive oil. It’s all there in Italy for the taking – you just need to get there!
So if you’re in need of some great ideas for that holiday next year, consider one of these European hot spots for your getaways. With so many cool places to check out, the only question you will have is “where to first?”