Europe Travel Guides
From all our trips throughout Europe we are bursting to share with you our best kept secrets from each of these countries. All so different and varied we have created guides so you can get the best out of each of them. How to miss the crowds in Rome, where best to capture the insta-perfect sunset in Santorini, where to sample the best baklava or what clothes to pack for your ski trip, we are here to make your trip as seamless and relaxing as possible.
To whet your appetite and inspire your imagination, we’ve put together a number of guides for Europe which answer some of the questions we get asked most frequently.
November and December are fantastic months to visit Europe and experience its magical Christmas markets. Soak up the festive atmosphere as you listen to traditional carols, pick up beautiful traditional handicrafts, and enjoy speciality foods and drinks as you wind through stalls surrounded by miles of twinkling fairy lights The most popular Christmas markets outside Germany and Austria are in the other central European cities of Prague, Budapest and Strasbourg, but there are now important Christmas markets taking place all over Europe, from Russia to Spain and the UK to Italy.
When Africa bumped into Europe millennia ago the force of the collision created the Alps, Europe’s highest, most extensive mountain range. So came the soaring peaks, crevasse-laced glaciers and sparkling rivers and lakes of a massif that meanders through France, Monaco, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and Germany. From Chamonix to the Dolomites and St. Moritz, winter in the Alps is a mecca for powder hounds who love its world-class ski runs and off-piste thrills. Snow-dusted towns, brilliant blue skies, woodlands and medieval villages; this is the home of après-ski; a nightly festival of culinary delights (think raclette and Genepi) and parties in slope-side bars.
Get active in the Mediterranean
Most of our holidays around the Mediterranean cater for guests at both ends of the active spectrum. Tennis fans love our villas Can Toxta, which has its own court. Some of the best facilities around can be found at our hotels in Cyprus and Sicily. The array of land and water sports will keep the most energetic adults and children busy, from golf to sailing, mountain biking to wake boarding. So whether you’re looking to learn something new or just make the most of the facilities or terrain, you won’t have to look far.
Head North for Winter
For us, a winter escape is not all about seeking out the slopes or the sun. Instead, it is the snow dusted wonderlands of northern Europe, the breath-taking landscapes of the Arctic Circle, the endless adventure offering of Scandinavia and the luxurious boltholes of Iceland that tick all our travel boxes for a snowy sojourn.
Year Round Europe
For little ones and loved ones, thrill seekers and chill seekers, curious minds and curious palates, Europe has got it all. Year round, the continent is full of seasonal surprises perfect for a short haul getaway come rain, shine or snow. Ski across Scandinavia’s hinterland on a winter getaway, step back in time to Italy’s Renaissance in spring, bask on a beach in the Med for the summer and sip on Spanish wine in the spirit of autumn for the best way to experience this vast and varied continent, no matter the time of year.
Best for guide to Scandinavia and the Nordic countries
Looking for a family adventure with forays through Nordic cuisine, great winter activities, beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife in Scandinavia, or a romantic retreat? Then this 'best for' guide is for you.
Most of Lapland is in Scandinavia, occupying a third of Finland and Norway and covering the northern reaches of Sweden, even parts of Russia. It’s synonymous with snow blanketed landscapes waiting to be explored by husky or reindeer drawn sled and delivers year round beauty and unique experiences.
Scandinavia and Nordic Countries guide
With seemingly never ending Nordic days in summer and boundless Arctic winter nights mean year round this area of Europe remains enchanting. In winter, regions contend for the best place to see the Aurora Borealis and in northern Sweden, Finland and Norway, snow blanketed landscapes wait to be explored by husky or reindeer with local Sami people (see our Lapland guide).
Our Guide to Iberia
An intoxicating mezcla of soul stirring scenery, world class cuisine, captivating cities and passionate people, Spain and Portugal have long been on our radar as two of Europe’s most loved holiday destinations. Yet whilst the Peninsula has for years promised sun and sangria right on our doorstep, it is the endless charm of Andalucía, the tantalising foodie scene of San Sebastian and the untamed coastline of the Atlantic that have captured our attention once again, turning our heads – and our travel plans – back towards Iberia. Feast your eyes on our handpicked selection of itineraries, experiences and hotels to inspire your next holiday, only a stone’s throw from home.