No other continent offers such diversity as Europe. With its rich and complex history, world-class arts and culture and jaw-dropping beaches, it’s possible to discover something different every day of your European holiday. Whether you’re planning a trip through several countries or craving some city break excitement, Europe is an exciting and fascinating place to explore.
Spain’s exuberant love of music, food and the great outdoors is impossible to resist. A holiday in Spain is a fiesta; try the exquisite cuisine and throw yourself into the party spirit to get the most of what this beautiful country has to offer. Its beaches are ideal for relaxing, swimming and watersports, and its cities such as Barcelona and Granada showcase remarkable histories and architecture.
The weird and wonderful Gaudi architecture of Barcelona is ideal to explore for a weekend. Take in the imposing structure of the breathtaking Sagrada Familia before taking a stroll down Las Ramblas. After dark, the streets come alive with tapas restaurants, salsa fiestas and quirky bars.
Turkey is a richly diverse and historic country that seems to span two continents. European and Asian cultures intermingle, creating a fascinating mix of foods, activities and art for visitors to try. Istanbul is part polished westernised city and part traditional bustling town, with exuberant nightlife and lively markets. The more relaxed coastal regions offer water sports and trekking through dramatic scenery.
If Europe was a house, Italy would be the kitchen and Greece would be the living room. Renowned for their warmth and faultless hospitality, the Greek people love their country and welcome you into it with open arms and wide smiles. There is a distinct laid-back feel to Greece, in the balmy air and the gentle lapping of the Mediterranean on its countless islands.
Lively Athens is a city of contrasts. It is ancient and modern, elegant and grungy, and traditional and progressive. Walking around the city centre is like being in an open air museum and the magnificent reminders of ancient Greece are quite humbling.
A hugely important cluster of islands in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta has a coastline begging to be explored and waters that offer stunning scuba diving. Its beguiling cocktail of cultures gives rise to a cuisine that boasts incredible flavour combinations and a culinary heritage that is alive and well.
A group of extinct volcanoes just off the coast of Africa offers an ideal European holiday destination for families and party-goers. The vast expanses of sand on the beaches of Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria are very popular, but there are quiet spots to be found. You can get active by hiking up a volcano or trying your hand at kite surfing.
The Balearic Islands are ideal destinations for cyclists, families and party people. Beyond the beach resorts and super clubs is a world of tiny secluded coves and dramatic mountains, and holidays in the Balearic Islands are as exciting and varied as they come.
Rome is a world-class city break destination, with more famous landmarks, historic architecture and priceless art than you could ever need. Visit out of the peak summer months to avoid the crowds and take in the unique atmosphere of the ancient city of Rome.