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

Las Fallas festival in Valencia

Horse drawn carriage in Valencia

The charming streets of Valencia are well worth a visit

The stunning city of Valencia plays host to a number of fantastic events throughout the year.

One of its most popular is Las Fallas festival which takes place in the final days of winter, as a way of seeing in spring.

From 15th until 19th March the city becomes a mass of fiestas, fireworks Continue reading Las Fallas festival in Valencia

Deal of the Week: Venice Festival

Grand Canal Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

Venice is a city well worth visiting, with so much to see and do, and a fascinating culture to experience.

From the spectacular architecture to be found in the likes of St Mark’s Square, to the Italian cuisine to be sampled in waterfront restaurants, overlooking the canals. This week’s deal offers a two-night stay in the inviting President Hotel – located just outside of Venice. Continue reading Deal of the Week: Venice Festival

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!

Your Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Moo-velous Edinburgh Fringe at the Udderbelly

It may be a few months away, but die-hard fans of comedy, theatre and culture will know that you need to book in advance for a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the official program is launched on 31st May.

Accommodation and flights are both snapped up long before the event begins in August, and it pays to stay ahead of the game. Read on for the best tips on money saving and making the most of this world-famous five week festival in the heart of Scotland. Continue reading Your Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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

Ibiza 2012 Calling

There are still some secluded beaches in Ibiza

There are still some secluded beaches in Ibiza

Ibiza is waking from her winter slumber and getting ready to party, check in for the best night out around and get yourself to one of these opening parties.

Typically, opening parties kick off in May and gather pace until the beginning of July when Ibiza is hot, hot, hot!

Whether you want to be at the head of the queue for the opening of Space, first in the pool at Privilege, or have a penchant for a particular promo night (–Cocoon or Cream anyone?) then check out our party guide below and get those Ibiza holidays booked!*

 

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Ibiza Rocks 2012 Line Up!

The Ibiza Rocks hotel pool and a couple of hunky guests

Line Up 2012

The summer line up for the Ibiza Rocks has been announced and it promises to be the biggest yet.

Huge acts, including Example, Kasabien and Ed Sheeran, will be performing every Wednesday at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel from June till September. If you’re a fan of festivals, music and sunny Ibiza you will not want to miss out on the biggest clubbing party of 2012.

The 6th of June will see the Ed Sheeran headlining the opening party.  Performing his massive hits such as You Need Me, I Don’t Need You and Lego House, Ed Sheeran fans are guaranteed an unforgettable party at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Other headlining acts include Labrinth, Kaiser ChiefsChase and Status, Bloc Party and the inimitable KasabienTwo Door Cinema club are playing at the closing party on the 19th September and there are still some acts to be confirmed.

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Flower Power! Europe’s Spring Carnivals

Just your average back garden topiary...

With the dark months of winter slowly coming to an end, the spring months are a sign of better things to come, and over the next few weeks Continental Europe will be celebrating with its carnival season.

The word ‘carnival’ has Latin origins and literally means 'farewell to the flesh', which describes the Catholic practice of declining meat during the 40 days of Lent. Continue reading Flower Power! Europe’s Spring Carnivals