Alternative Christmas Markets in Europe

Barcelona is full of festive cheer and twinkling lights.

So, you’ve done all of the conventional Christmas markets like Prague, Cologne and Copenhagen… where to hunt for presents next?

For a festive shopping experience somewhere a little different, try one of these options around Europe, where you can just as easily shop for gifts and sip mulled wine.

Warning: may induce a spending spree! Continue reading Alternative Christmas Markets in Europe

Unforgettable Petra

The stunning architecture of the 'lost city'.

Are you looking for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, rather than a once-a-year-in-the-same-resort holiday?

Don’t settle for a cocktail by the pool if you’d rather get your kicks riding camels, seeing incredible archaeology and hanging out in a destination loved by filmmakers and photographers.

Tempted by a bit of the extraordinary? If so, make Petra your next getaway. Continue reading Unforgettable Petra

Reykjavik with Children

Sat on the lava rocks outside Reykjavik.

Guest blogger Nichola tells you why Reykjavik should be on your radar for a city break with the kids.

Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital city has long been on my personal bucket list but I wasn't sure how family friendly it would be with three young children.

What we found was a city which was so welcoming and interesting, with plenty to keep us all occupied. Continue reading Reykjavik with Children

Photo Essay: Greek Islands

Crete is one of several popular Greek islands with stunning views.

A firm favourite with travellers looking for postcard-worthy views, Greece's islands aren't just incredibly photogenic - they're also great fun to explore.

Narrowing down which island to base yourself on, and which to visit first, can be pretty tough!

Here are some inspiring photos to help you make those tough decisions. Continue reading Photo Essay: Greek Islands

Quirky things to do in Croatia

Croatian island on the Dalmatian Coast with orange rooftops and sailing boats

Croatia is quirky and cool.

Croatia became a member of the EU last month, making it easier than ever before to travel to this Eastern European paradise.

With a warm climate and friendly locals, you'll be made to feel really welcome when you arrive. Continue reading Quirky things to do in Croatia

Now’s the time to explore Tallinn

Tallinn has an irresistible blend of urban and seaside charm.

Perhaps Estonia’s capital isn’t the obvious choice when it comes to European city breaks, but Tallinn boasts bags of character and deserves to be on your travel radar.

Over the years it’s been strongly influenced by the culture of its neighbouring countries, including Russia and Latvia, but you’ll find that a Tallinn city break has a charm all of its own. Continue reading Now’s the time to explore Tallinn

Palma, Majorca – the perfect Spanish island escape

A glimpse of Majorca. Credit: Maria Pasquale.

Blogger Maria Pasquale, of heartrome.com, takes the helm for her second guest post, this time focusing on the lively city of Palma in Majorca.

I'm not sure if it was the sparkling turquoise waters, the sangria or jamon being shaved fresh off the bone, but something about Palma was just so right that it's left me longing for more. Continue reading Palma, Majorca – the perfect Spanish island escape

Photo Essay: Costa Brava

Calella beach on the Spanish coast.

Just one of the many Costa Brava beaches worth visiting.

Spain's Costa Brava is a must-see destination for many Brits, with its family-friendly resorts, calm waters, natural beauty and traditional heritage being constantly in demand.

What's more, the local towns are full of attractions, including castles, live music, marinas and museums, so you'll never be short of things to do. Continue reading Photo Essay: Costa Brava

Easy summer holiday escapes

Kassiopi looks picture-perfect.

Those of you who have left it a little late to plan your summer break shouldn’t get into panic mode – there are loads of top notch destinations to choose from, thanks to easyJet Holidays.

Not only can you take advantage of the constantly updated late deals on the website, you can also find inspiration from the suggestions below. Continue reading Easy summer holiday escapes

A Rome City Break with the Kids

Roman Forum with blue sky

The whole family can enjoy Rome.

Taking the family on holiday doesn’t always have to involve a beach or a pool.

If your kids love great food and plenty of sightseeing, or they just fancy themselves as wannabe gladiators, why not consider a city break to Rome? Continue reading A Rome City Break with the Kids