FOOD! We might be accused sometimes of taking for granted the HUGE variety of fine food on our doorsteps in Europe. Where else, however, can you find the home of such iconic dishes and ingredients within such a short distance. We're thinking Pain au Chocolat, Calamari, Greek Salad, Tortilla, Paella, Moules Frites, Schnitzel, Tiramisu, Pizza, Gravadlax, Tarte Tatin, Dolmades, Parmesan...we could go on.
Pip, Original Traveller
Europe is AMAZING. Fact. We could wax lyrical all day long about the beautiful beaches, great ski resorts, rich heritage, cultural diversity, buzzing cities etc etc. but as it is conveniently close to the UK we highly recommend you put one (or several) of its countries to the test.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Great for a much needed city break or long weekend
- Fabulous range of five star luxury European beach hotels
- Ski, sip and swim - Europe has powdery slopes, ripe vineyards and swathes of stunning beaches
- What's not to love? And it's all on our doorsteps...
From the gallery
Our guide to holidays in Europe
Europe contains more countries than Asia, a continent five times its size. This is both a testament to Europe's extraordinary cultural diversity…and to the inhabitants' unerring ability to have a punch up and then redraw the boundaries every few years.
Did you know
- Europe is the world's second-smallest continent with the second-largest population
- The Violin and Piano are European inventions
- Europe is the only continent without any deserts
We in the UK are extremely lucky to be perched on the edge of a continent with such extraordinarily rich heritage in what is a relatively small area. That the region in question also incorporates towering mountain ranges, beautiful beaches and pretty much everything in between makes it all the more fortunate. Culture vultures and adrenaline junkies alike will find plenty to keep them interested, and there's not an overnight flight in sight.
This is the perfect region for taking one of our trademark and award-winning Big Short Breaks - be that an adventure, ski or city break or just a last minute long weekend of R&R. All our Big Short Breaks are designed around the concept of 'Minimum Time, Maximum Experience' and only the trips that are truly accessible and original make the grade.
The Original Travel team have lived, worked and travelled in the vast majority of European nations, and we have spent the last few years sampling the Continent's finest hotels, landscapes, cities and restaurants so we can point you in the right direction when you're there.