There are so many places to holiday within Europe that it can become a real dilemma trying to choose a favourite. In many instances there is little to distinguish between resorts. Many boast access to great beaches and are situated within tourist towns that offer the best cuisine and local nightlife. So it is really down to personal preference when it comes to choosing the right place for you and your companions. If you want to travel somewhere with a bit of a difference, the searches become just a little more intriguing.
If you decide to go via a travel agent like Thomas Cook then they will be able to help you find suitable locations. Head into a shop and they’ll happily give you the entire lowdown on some of the most suitable destinations, but if you want to search yourself then there are some excellent destination guides online. For instance, if you’re a party animal looking for sun, sand and superclubs, the major tour operators – Thomas Cook included – have a great selection of guides on the best places to party in key locations like Ibiza, Kos, Crete and Corfu.
If you want to go on a historical or cultural holiday then the obvious place would be Italy or Spain, but to go somewhere completely different then consider Romania with its Gothic churches, Croatia and its complex political history or Turkey, where you can discover its rich and diverse past. These destinations offer a refreshing and stimulating environment for culture vultures and anyone looking for something a little different.
If you’re looking for a more adrenaline-pumping break to clear the head and invigorate the soul, then try some of the magnificent mountain ranges which are plentiful throughout Europe. There is excellent terrain in most of the countries throughout Europe for cycling, climbing or hiking. Some of the best climbing is obviously in Switzerland but other great mountains are located in Slovenia, France and Italy. For the cycling enthusiast you can pretty much travel anywhere as many destinations boast off-road paths and rocky climbs or sedate coastal paths, so it is down to you to pick a favourite.