I love to travel and have been lucky enough to visit some amazing places around the world. I think holidays really are so important – they give you something to look forward to, allow you to spend quality time with your friends and family, and experience and learn about new cultures and places. I always think we’re so lucky in the UK to have Europe right on our doorsteps – 50 countries so readily accessible to us both in terms of distance and affordability (gotta love those budget airlines!) I’ve spent some amazing times exploring Europe with my friends and family, so when Yelloh Village (who offer luxury campsites in Europe) asked me about my favourite European holiday memories I thought it’d be fun to share them here with you too. Who knows, it might give you some ideas of places to visit this year and help banish those January blues!
When I was younger we’d spend our holidays camping in the south of France at large holiday camps. It was so fun to spend our days together enjoying the great outdoors and my brother and I loved running around doing all sorts of activities with other kids our own age and our parents no doubt enjoyed having a bit of relaxation! I still maintain that one of the nicest things my brother has ever done for me is give me his cuddly toy Larry the Lamb when our parents had gone out for the evening and left us with the site baby sitter only for me to discover my beloved Blanky was still on the back seat of the car!
One of my favourite ever holidays was spending 5 days at Disneyland Paris with 3 of my best friends at school. We literally had the best time ever watching the parades, meeting characters and going on all the rides. My boyfriend and I went back to DLP in February last year to celebrate my birthday and, whilst he wasn’t quite as enthralled by the magic as the girls and I were, we also had a great few days in Paris itself. The Eiffel Tower lit up at night is so stunning and we loved walking around the city soaking up the atmosphere, marvelling at the beautiful architecture and drinking gallons of Angelica’s famous hot chocolate!
The most romantic break I’ve ever had was when my boyfriend surprised me with a weekend away to Bruges to celebrate our first anniversary. What a babe! We stayed in a gorgeous boutique hotel and loved exploring the quaint town, (especially as we’re both huge fans of the film In Bruges) and we definitely had more than our fair of Belgian chocolates!
Tony and I also love to explore more rural areas and one of my favourite experiences ever was walking the Samaria Gorge in Crete which at 16 km is the longest gorge in Europe. We began the hike at 8 am to beat the midday sun and were finished exhausted but exhilarated by 2 pm. It’s all down hill and you get to see some really beautiful scenery and even end up walking along a river bed towards the end, climbing over boulders and splashing through the water. The hike finishes at a beach and we devoured some very hard earned spanakopita – traditional Greek pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese. Yum!
Spain is another incredible place to visit and I’m dying to go back and explore Madrid. We went with a group of friends last October and stayed in a big villa in the remote hills of Casarabonela. Think hiking, swimming, lounging and A LOT of red wine and chorizo. It was absolutely brilliant (and you can read my full post of what we got up to here).
Where are your favourite places to holiday in Europe?
Where’s top of your wanderlust list?
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