Traditional destinations for Brits for villa holidays include Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy. Similarly when it comes to self catering apartments, there are a number of these in European countries, typically within cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Venice, Rome and Athens. Europe can be an amazing place to visit. Bearing in mind the UK's relative proximity to Europe, we could be forgiven for taking the beauty of Europe for granted but let's not forget the allures of Europe.
Gems of Europe:
Europe has so very much to offer for self catering holidays and for holidays in general. Each country has its own unique highlights. The beauty and magnificence of certain European cities are hard to surpass.
Beautiful European cities include:
- Venice, Rome & Florence in Italy
- Brussels and Bruges in Belgium
- Paris in France
- Vienna in Austria
- Amsterdam in Holland
- Edinburgh in Scotland
Many European cities house amazing art collections and museums which can be a real pleasure to visit. Some European cities may not hold great reputations for their beauty but cities such as Barcelona in Spain are of note for their artistic vibe and architecture and cities such as Athens with its white marble Acropolis are a sight to behold in terms of their ancient heritage.
For further information about self catering holidays in Europe view our free destination guide.
Areas of Europe renowned for their beauty include:
- The Cotswolds in England
- The Tuscan countryside of Italy and the Italian lakes
- The Loire valley in France, rich with vineyards
For many Brits, Europe is still the destination of choice when it comes to holidays. If you get a good deal, staying in self catering apartments in the cities, holiday gites in France or holiday villas can help keep your holiday on budget.
With the rise of the Euro, some people are now considering other currently cheaper destinations, as at 2011, such as Turkey and Eastern Europe.
Countries outside the Eurozone:
With the rising cost of holidaying in Europe in 2011, some people are considering other options.
Summer Sun Destinations:
Turkey is a country which appeals to some on account of its beautiful ancient sites, beach resorts, fascinating mix of East and West and value for money. If you are seeking a summer sun holiday then take a look at some photos of the beaches and blue seas of Turkey.
A typical supermarket shop in countries such as Turkey in 2011 is considerably cheaper than the price of shopping in the UK. Eating out in Turkey also offers comparatively good value compared to UK prices. Don't miss the chance to enjoy Turkish delight whilst holidaying in Turkey, possibly a gift from the Gods?
Eastern European Holiday Destinations:
Countries like Poland which is currently outside the Euro, can offer excellent value for money when it comes to eating out and food shopping.
Poland is home to some amazingly beautiful cities. Krakow and Wroclaw are particularly beautiful with a real café society feel. Gdansk in the North of Poland is also a city of considerable charm, although this city has a much more Germanic than Polish feel.
Eastern Europe can be a good place to spend holidays in the summer with miles of countryside waiting to be explored. If you enjoy walking then how about a holiday in the Polish Tatras where, who knows, you may even spot a bear on your travels…
Eastern Europe is also very competitively priced when it comes to winter sports. In 2011 you should find that most European ski resorts are very competitively priced in comparison to Europe when it comes to ski hire, ski lifts and ski lessons. Ski chalets can be great for large groups or big families looking for some winter fun.
For further information regarding self catering holidays in Eastern Europe check out our free destination guide.