If you haven’t already got your copy of our new 2019 brochure, now is the time to start getting some inspiration for your next trip. Once again, we have a fantastic range of destinations across Europe for you to consider, whether you’re looking for a short city break or a week-long, multi-centre adventure.
Alongside ever-popular cities like Paris, Berlin and Rome, there are some that you may have never thought about before – and even a few that you may never have heard of. So, if you are looking for something a little bit different, how about somewhere like this…
Croatia may be a very popular destination at the moment, but the chances are that Pula isn’t on your radar – especially when everyone is talking about Dubrovnik, Split and the islands off the Dalmatian Coast. This historic city is situated on the Istrian Peninsula, further north than those other places but still in a beautiful region that’s famous for its great food and hiking opportunities.
The biggest highlight of a trip to Pula, especially if you love history, is the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre at its heart. The fact that it’s still used for events and festivals shows its importance in the past and present. The coastline is also dotted with some rugged beaches and the cuisine is heavily influenced by Italian dishes.
Many people forget that Germany has beaches, but the North Sea and Baltic coast do have a few sandy spots for those that like to relax. Warnemünde is one of the most popular points here, featuring nostalgic lighthouses, traditional Strandkorb (wicker, hooded seats), and a picturesque canalside promenade lined with charming shops and local restaurants.
You could also combine your stay with some time in nearby Rostock, a city which grew to prominence during the time of the Hanseatic League. Here, modern districts contrast with the few architectural highlights which made it through the war unscathed.
If you want your next holiday to be a cosy one surrounded by snow, rather than a sweltering beach break, head to one of the northernmost points of the European mainland for a real adventure. Tromso, way up in the farthest reaches of Norway, is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. Excursions are available to help you track down this natural phenomenon throughout the night.
There are also plenty of active pursuits to keep you busy during your break. Husky rides, snowmobiles, whale watching and skiing are just a few of the activities that will get the adrenaline pumping.
Bilbao is unlikely to be somewhere that you’ve never heard of but, with draws like Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, it’s also unlikely to be your first choice when thoughts turn to Spain. However, after 20 years of regeneration, the crowds are flocking to this part of the Basque Country and, in particular, to the striking Guggenheim Museum.
This eye-catching building is just one in a long line of modern buildings that have made Bilbao a hub for brilliant architecture. Structures like the Azkuna Zentroa, the Ministry of Public Health building and the Zubizuri Bridge are juxtaposed with the traditional and passionate way of life that the people of Bilbao are so proud of.
If you would like to know more about any of the destinations in our 2019 brochure, call the team on 0800 988 3369. We can tailor-make your holiday so that it includes everything you need. Order your copy now by clicking here or read the online version.