Cold cobbled streets, mulled wine, candlelit squares and snow-flecked churches; Europe really is a magical, fairtytale-esque place come Christmas time. Though most cities offer something akin to a winter wonderland at this time of year, there are some that really take the Brunkager. Here’s a rundown of the top five European cities to explore for a Christmas break:
Vienna is a wonderland of grand architecture, fabulous opera, mind-blowing museums and quirky art galleries. But the real buzz of the city comes from its coffee houses – a charming social experience that has shaped the Viennese culture. Keen for a caffeine hit surrounded by old-world charm and cultural heritage? We’ve rounded up the best coffee houses for you to visit in the unique European capital of culture and coffee.
The stuff of modern legend, Santorini seduces and serenades with its cerulean domes, whitewashed walls, and villages that cascade down the side of its mountainous edge. This Cyclades island flawlessly combines natural beauty and pristine glamour, making it a desirable destination for travellers looking to splash the cash. Whether you want to venture to this contemporary Greek paradise for a romantic weekend or a short break with friends, discover our must-dos on the island, from the iconic towns to volcanic landscapes.
Paris lures all manner of tourists in with its romantic aura, timeless elegance and grace. Whether you’re boating across a quiet lake or tumbling out of atmospheric bars, the French capital offers endless ways to please its first-time visitors and keep them coming back for more – and with speedy Eurostar services from London, you’ll have every reason to do so.
Beyond the shores of Croatia’s ruggedly beautiful coastline lie over a thousand islands, each with their own distinct Adriatic flavour. Most of these islands can easily be reached via ferry services from Split and Dubrovnik, making an island-hopping detour particularly attractive for travellers. From glamorous Hvar to historical Korcula, here are six Croatian island destinations worth setting sail for.