Europe is on every traveller’s bucket list, and with good reason; it’s a collection of so many different cultures, all within easy reach of each other, and there is plenty of choice depending on the kind of holiday you want. As an added bonus, most destinations in Europe won’t break the bank, so why not see which places you can cross off your list this summer.
It might seem like a cliche destination, but Spain is always at the top of everyone’s Europe list for a reason; it’s one of the best countries to get a combination of city and beach holidays. You don’t even have to do extensive research on where to find cheap holidays to Spain because Barcelona, one of the most popular destinations, is cheap, culturally interesting, has the best of both a city break and a beach holiday, and has great food. Barcelona is a lovely city to explore in the warm summer months. You can make the most of the sun by strolling around outdoor attractions such as Gaudi’s Park Guell, hiring a bike to zip along the seafront or sipping a drink in a pavement café.
Rome is the dream destination for history enthusiasts everywhere, because they get a side of education to go with their tan. What better place to learn about the Ancient Romans than Rome itself? Wander through the ancient ruins, take tours through the major historical landmarks, and learn more than you ever learned in school from local tour guides. Not to mention, the most delicious pizza in the world.
Mont St Michel, France
If you’re looking for a holiday that’s off the beaten path, you’ll find nothing better than a barrier of water. Mont St Michel is a tidal town located off the coast of Normandy. When the tide is in, the town is cut off by a natural moat, and can only be accessed again when the tide is out. This is a perfect destination for history lovers. The island is home to a Gothic Abbey, where prisoners were held during the French Revolution.
For fans of the TV show, Game of Thrones, a holiday to Dubrovnik is the closest they will get to visiting King’s Landing – with significantly less chance of getting your head chopped off. The best place to get your bearings is by taking in the views from the city walls, then cool off with a drink and a swim from Café Bar Buza, which is perched on the rocks overlooking the water. Alternatively, you could simply head to the beach for a dip in the sea. You could also visit one of the nearby islands on a day or overnight trip.
August seems to get very expensive for holidays, yet Berlin seems to be an exception to this rule. Berlin is at its most alive during August, with continental crowds swarming in for the International Beer Festival or Dance. Not to mention all the year-round attractions. It’s a truly amazing place to visit so it should be at the top of your list!