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

May Day around Europe

Milan's Primo Maggio celebrations in the park with crowds of people

Milan enjoys May Day in the sun. Credit: Roberto D'Angelo.

It’s not just about leaving winter behind and dancing around a maypole – May 1st is marked on the calendar as a national holiday for much of Europe, where workers, students and love-struck couples all have their turn in the spotlight.

Find out how different countries start the month in their own special way. Continue reading May Day around Europe

Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks 2013 Line-Up: Book Now!

Example takes to the stage at Mallorca Rocks.

Christmas may be just around the corner, but here at the easyJet Holidays blog it's already time to start getting excited about 2013 festivals.

Why? Because sister festivals Mallorca Rocks and Ibiza Rocks have just announced that Jake Bugg and Example with DJ Wire will be rocking the stage next summer. Continue reading Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks 2013 Line-Up: Book Now!

World Tourism Day 2012: Two Tourist Places for your Bucket List

Fancy a bit of the Northern Lights?

Did you know that today is World Tourism Day? Here on the blog it seemed only right to celebrate with a look at some of the coolest destinations to add to your Bucket List. Continue reading World Tourism Day 2012: Two Tourist Places for your Bucket List

International Talk Like a Pirate Day: Travel Ideas for Buccaneers

Hmm, sail the seven seas or just stick with a day at the beach?

In case you hadn't heard, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties, so the blog team has come up with a short list of the best places to get into the pirate spirit.

Do you see yourself sailing the seven seas, or plundering some treasure in the Mediterranean? Get your inspiration here. Continue reading International Talk Like a Pirate Day: Travel Ideas for Buccaneers

Eurovision: Weird and Wonderful Traditions

eurovision logoThe Eurovision Song Contest: taken by the continent as one serious singing competition, but interpreted by us Brits as a good excuse to have a giggle and laugh at what some of our neighbours are calling music.

From the days of Terry Wogan gently jibing some of the more eccentric entries, to the politically loaded votes that seem to have become more predictable each year, Eurovision definitely has notoriety.

So as the acts warm up for a weekend of outrageous costumes, weird and wonderful dance routines and a whole load of European cheese, take a look at what exactly might be bringing some luck behind some of the act’s closed doors… Continue reading Eurovision: Weird and Wonderful Traditions

June’s Bizarre Events in Europe

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride. Image credit: Dominic Alves

Europe is home to a number of quirky traditions and events, and the calendar is full to the brim of unusual celebrations going on throughout the year. Take a look at some of the unusual events happening in June this year, at home and further afield.

Brighton’s Naked Bike Ride

The streets of Brighton become a sight to see on the second Sunday in June, when cyclists come out in their thousands to celebrate their love of bikes, but there’s a twist – they’re all naked. Continue reading June’s Bizarre Events in Europe

Opening Parties: Top DJs who started out in Ibiza

Ibiza RocksFamed since the 1970s for its unique party scene and Balearic beats, Ibiza is one of the world’s hottest party destinations.  Every summer season Ibiza super-clubs like Space, Pacha, Eden and Amnesia start things with a big bang at their opening parties.

These opening parties are like no other with internationally famous DJs drafted in to set the tempo for the summer.  This year is no exception with David Guetta, Pete Tong and Calvin Harris opening at Pacha, Carl Cox and 2ManyDjs at Space, and Mar-T and The Zombie Kids at Amnesia. Continue reading Opening Parties: Top DJs who started out in Ibiza

Cannes Film Festival: Glamour and Luxury in the French Riviera

cannes film festivalCannes Film Festival is perhaps the most famous of its kind in Europe, boasting a stunning line-up of films, awards and events, showcasing the very best in cinema from across the world.

The festival celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, and is expected to be one of the biggest and best yet, with a line-up spread over 11 days, from May 16th – 27th. Highlights are set to include Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, a midnight showing of Australian musical favourite The Sapphires, and a special screening of Roman Polenski: A Film MemoirContinue reading Cannes Film Festival: Glamour and Luxury in the French Riviera

Czech Beer Festival: Top Brewery Tours in Prague

staropramen beer

Staropramen, a favourite Czech beer. Photo credit: Neil Barnwell

Now in its 5th year, the Czech Beer Festival in Prague is a city-wide celebration of local beers, food and music, with a fantastic selection of ales, pilsners and lagers.

Held between the 17th May and 2nd June 2012, the centre of the festival is held in the Vystaviste Praha Holesovice Park, which is filled from corner to corner with beer tents, each offering beers ranging from local microbrewery creations to the biggest Czech names, including Staropramen and Pilsner Urquell, as well as live folk music and food platters served in traditional beer hall style!
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