Anyone who reads my blog with know that I love the travel and do so as much as I can. While I’d love to jet off on elaborate exotic holidays every few month’s I generally find that European holidays suit my limited holidays better. Contact Numbers UK recently got in touch with me and challenged me to pick my #Top5EuroHols and it got me thinking about the places I’ve been around Europe. I’ve only managed to scratch the surface and I know there’s so much left to explore.
Contact Numbers UK are a directory of customer service numbers which cover a huge variety of industries including Thomson Holiday’s who I’m sure you’ve all seen on the high street. I remember booking my very first holiday without my parent’s through them when I was 18 and headed off to Zante to live it up after my A Levels, oh naive me. If you’re struggling to find a contact number them their directory service can provide you with access to pretty much any number you’d need and the right people so easily.
I’ve got to start with one of my favourite European cities; Budapest. I’ve been to the city twice, both within September when it was very warm both times. Budapest itself is absolutely stunning with one of my favourite buildings there; the Parliament. Budapest is usually pretty cheap to fly to and everything is reasonably priced and much cheaper than a lot of Euro based countries. There’s a lot of interesting history within the city which is split into Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube river and a variety of stunning bridges. There’s plenty to explore in the city but with so many natural hot springs you can spend a day relaxing in the warm waters and getting a massage. Here are eight things you have to do if you visit the city.
If you’re looking for a great combination of relaxation/ sunshine and exploring then Crete is the place for you. I headed there in May and managed to get a tan while visiting some pretty beaches but also complete a full day Gorge trek. There’s a lot to see and do in Crete but much like other Greek Islands it’s warm a lot of year round and is great if all you want to do is swim, sunbathe and eat out.
Copenhagen seems to be the buzz country of the past year with everyone I know seeming to head there. I went for the first time in October 2015 for about four days where me and my best friend managed to explore a large majority of the city, but since I have been back twice more to see other bits of the city and visit Tivoli at another part of the year. I absolutely love the city as it’s small enough to walk everywhere and there’s so much to do including a fantastic aquarium and zoo alongside various palaces, gardens, and attractions. Tivoli is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and is said to have inspired Walt Disney when creating the Disneyworld parks. Everyone say’s the city is very expensive but if you’re careful and don’t eat at fancy restaurants all the time I didn’t find it too bad, it’s on a par with London in my eyes. Here’s an idea of what you can cram into a day in the city.
Famed for it’s Red Light District and the legality of cannabis the city is actually so much more than that with interesting museums all over the city and some beautiful spots. You can take a relaxing canal boat tour of the city or just hire a bike and explore yourself, again the city is pretty small in regards to the main things you’d want to see and we only took one train which was to go to a live show in the city. Having been twice during the colder month’s of the year I really want to head back and go a bit further out to see the more traditional windmills and the tulip fields. Take a read at what I got up to in the city when I went in February 2017.
Now to the closest of all the European cities and just a hop over to Scotland. There’s no denying that Edinburgh is one of my favourite places in the world have been able to explore the city twice last year alone. The city is home to a stunning castle and the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Queens’ official Scottish residence at Holyrood house, the only panda’s in the UK at the Zoo and a beautiful view over the city from Arthur’s Seat. There’s so much to do in the city that I know I’ve only scratched the surface but it’s somewhere that I believe everyone should visit at least once. On a tight schedule? Here’s what you could do in just 48 hours within the city. If you have a bit more time here’s 12 things you should do in the city.
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Where’s your favourite place in Europe?
*This post was written in collaboration with Contact Numbers UK but all words and opinions are my own