Holidays are always an exciting time, especially when you’re heading off somewhere you’ve never been before. While jet setting to far flung, tropical beach destinations may seem like a great idea, sometimes the best holidays are had not far from home! If you live in Europe, it’s common for many families to take holidays in neighbouring countries, often spending several weeks a year exploring different cultures and regions. If this sounds like something you might be interested in doing, check out these top tips for countries to consider for your holidays next year.
One of the most visited countries from the UK, France is home to not just amazing food such as wines, bread and cheeses but also to impressive architecture and history too. Visits to wine country such as Bordeaux allow you the opportunity to stay in fantastic countryside Chateaus where wine production is still family led. Take a trip to Paris for the traditional tourist scene with the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the world famous Louvre museum with all its delights inside. For something for the kids, why not visit Disneyland Paris – Europe’s answer to its Florida counterpart. With all the same themes and trappings of the American Disney parks, Disneyland Paris will have kids of all ages beaming from ear to ear.
The Czech Republic (sometimes known as Czechia these days) is a large central European country with beautiful cities, rolling countryside and impressive finds throughout. The capital, Prague is a beautiful city with some of the most amazing public transport around between buses, trams and metros getting you around the city in record time with almost no waiting in between trains. For cheap intercity buses, consider checking out ‘The Student Agency’ for bus options that are often much cheaper than regular buses. In the northwest you have Karlovy Vary – a beautiful spa town in low mountains. To the east of Prague is Kutna Hora, the site of one of Europe’s most impressive ossuaries, the Sedlec Ossuary. Both are well worth a visit, as is the tiny town of Cesky Krumlov on the border with Austria for its beautiful back alleys, lazy river and artist vibe.
While many people may be put off of Greece by their recent woes with finances in the EU, you wouldn’t know anything was amiss when you’re there. Filled with fantastic people, amazing ruins up and down the country and delicious food, it’s no wonder many people visit Greece time and again, regardless of whether it’s the islands or the mainland you’re interested in exploring, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful, welcoming country. Whether you like hiking, sailing, caving or just beachcombing and lazing about in the sun, you will find something in Greece amid its rich, deep history to tickle your fancy.
So if you’re looking for the perfect family holiday for 2019 but you aren’t sure where you should try, hopefully one of these great European destinations has caught your eye and will have you coming back for more!