Europe – home to over 742 million people. Home to the Eiffel Tower. Home to the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Coliseum, the Parthenon, we really could go on forever. It’s a continent with just about everything, from ancient ruins, to rolling countryside, to cities that are alive with rich culture, and even richer shops, all waiting to be discovered. Of course some places more than others, you only have to play the Europa Casino geography skill quiz to realise you don’t particularly want to be dropped in the most northerly part of the Romanian countryside, but here are a few locations that could become the top of your wish-list.
Beautiful, elegant, stylish – and that’s just the catwalks. Milan is of course well known for its fashion – the famous Fashion Week is held twice a year – but its beauty goes well beyond skin deep.
Of course, fashion week is a great time to visit the city, the atmosphere is electric, and getting to sample what’s hot for next season is a must for all those fashionistas. But outside of the Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, the likes of the Duomo and the Parco Sempione are certainly excursions to make your trip that extra bit special.
If mingling with the elite is your idea of a holiday then look no further than the French Riviera. Sit and watch the Ferraris and Lamborghinis line the street, whilst the yachts sit by the bay, only the sounds of champagne flutes clinking stopping you from hearing the calm Mediterranean Sea rolling into the bay.
And if you’re in town for the F1, then it manages to get even more luxurious, as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel motor through the streets in one of the most unique sporting events in the world.
There are few cities in the world more alive than Madrid, but when you boast a supreme artistic pedigree, two of the world’s best football teams, a rich culinary heritage, and more bars per person than anywhere on the planet – it’s probably quite difficult to rest.
The city prides itself on its fabulous galleries, and you don’t have to look much further than the Prado. Housing some of the greats including Velazquez, Titian, and a large collection by Francisco de Goya, the museum is the first port of call for most, whilst a walk down the road to the Reina Sofia and you can see some of the finest works by Picasso.
Rolling green hills, quaint little villages, and lots of bicycles – well if you happened to visit during the Tour de France this year anyway.
Yorkshire was thrust onto the world map this month with the Grand Depart taking off from the UK region, thousands turned out and millions witnessed the beauty of the Dales on the television. An ideal place to relax or enjoy some of the county’s more extreme activities, you can sample some of its renowned tea in Betty’s before heading out on a hike across t’hills as local folk would call them. Team that with York’s medieval city walls, or the grand Harewood House and you’ve found yourself the traditional British countryside in all its glory.
It’s no wonder Istanbul is slowly earning the right to be called the ‘World’s Hippest City’. The colourful city in the Mediterranean heat, is full of life, energy, and the influx of galleries and museums in Europe’s largest city in the past housing work by Botero, Picasso, and some of the country’s most-loved artists.
Outside of the museums, a trip to Grand Bazaar will a breath-taking excursion. One of the oldest covered markets in the world, you can work your way through the 3,000 shops, admiring the buildings beauty as well as picking up a few bargains too.