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Travelling through Europe this summer? There are a number of beach bars and clubs spread across the Mediterranean which will make you want to change your flight path, or even take a quick detour. Want to know where the party’s at? Try our top 5 beach clubs below – you won’t be disappointed with any of the options!
Ushuaia Beach Hotel
Playa d’En Bossa, 10
07817 Sant Jordi de Ses Salines. Illes Balears, Spain
Hailed as the party central of Europe, there’s no wonder that Ibiza is number one on our list. Ushuaia has hosted the likes of international DJ’s such as David Guetta, Axwell, Ingrosso and so much more. Guests can expect to find a pool in the middle of the club and non-stop music until 7am.
Hula Hula Beach Bar
Splitsko Dalmantina, Hvar
Hvar Island, Croatia
What’s better than an uninhibited view of the coast with a cocktail in hand? Hula Hula Beach Bar is one of the best of its kind in Croatia and its guests travel from all points of the world just to get a taste.
Psarou Beach, Mykonos
A hot-spot for celebrities, this world-famous beach bar puts everything else to shame. You can expect partying until the sunrise, endless amounts of cocktails and maybe a few celebrity sightings (with the paparazzi in tow). The club also offers fine dining if you’re feeling peckish throughout the night.
Coccaro Beach Club
72015 Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia, Italy
If you’re making your way through Italy during the summer, make sure Puglia is part of your itinerary. Coccaro Beach Club is one of the most popular beach clubs of the Mediterranean thanks to its stunning views of the sea and sand.
Guaba Beach Bar
Amathountos, 4531, Limassol, Cyprus
Located just south of central Cyrpus, Guaba is home to countless festivals between the summer months of May-September. Hosting acts such as Fedde Le Grand, Gareth Emery and Martin Garrix just to name a few.
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Have you ever been on a holiday wishing that you’d packed that one cute dress you have or the more comfortable shoes? The future of traveling will eliminate the stress of packing the right clothes because European clothing chain Pimkie has come up with a simple, but genius idea: The Mini Fashion Bar.
Imagine arriving at your hotel and besides a mini bar full of overpriced drinks and snacks, you find an entire wardrobe packed with the latest trends and weather appropriate clothes. Sounds too good to be true? Well, in Antwerp (Belgium) it’s already become a reality.
Pimkie has stocked hotel rooms with their latest collection so that you can browse, try on, and shop from the comfort of your hotel room. Need a different size? Just call the fashion concierge at reception and they will get it for you.
In every Mini Fashion Bar, you will find handy staples like a raincoat, comfortable shoes and accessories to dress up any outfit, but it doesn’t stop there; Pimkie stocks the Mini Fashion Bar with items that are appropriate for current events in the city that you might want to attend. How clever is that?
The easiest part is paying, as the clothes that you want to buy are simply charged to your room and you can pay everything when checking out. Can shopping get any easier? If you ask me, this is one of the best fashion related ideas in a long time and I wish every hotel I stay in from now on will have a Mini Fashion Bar.
So far, there are only plans for hotels in Europe to introduce it, but I have a feeling that this concept could soon go global.
What do you think about the Mini Fashion Bar? Would you use it?
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This small coastal city located on Bay of Biscay in Spain, is one of the most popular summer travel destinations in Europe.
Whether you’re going for the beaches, arts, festivals or simply to un-wind or sightsee, there’s always something exciting to do in San Sebastian during the summertime.
Playa de la Concha
Kick-back and relax at one of the many beaches located in San Sebastian during the spring-summer months where the water is just right.
There’s so much to do in the surrounding areas such as water sports in Playa de Gros, activities with the kids, and even a sightseeing tour which operates round-the-clock.
Bodegon Alejandro: Calle de Fermin Calbeton 4
There’s one thing San Sebastian is known for, and that’s the seafood. Bodegon Alejandro is one the best restaurants to enjoy baked lobster, take in the view of the ocean, and indulge in some of the local wines.
Check out one of the main observation decks in Monte Igueldo which is best at dusk. Here, you will have complete views of the stunning coastline, surrounding mountains, and of course the beauty of Bahia de la Concha.
Bar Borda Berri: Calle Fermin Calbeton 12
Who can resist a good drink after a long day of sightseeing in the sun? San Sebastian is packed with bars, brasseries, and everything in between so you’re bound to find a place you like.
Our favourite is Bar Borda Berri which is known for its decor, and similarly the large selection of beverages. Open from noon-midnight 7 days a week.
Playa de Gros: Paseo de Zurriola 24
If you’ve ever want to learn how to surf, Playa de Gros is the perfect place for beginners to learn on the mellow waves. Weekend courses are available if you’re travelling with a group, or you could take some surfing lessons at nearby Pukas.
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From the fashion bloggers to the food, nothing beats Sweden – especially during the springtime.
Now is the best time to book your ticket to this Scandinavian country and indulge in all it has to offer, including style, design, and a relaxed way of life.
Where: Bageriet Bulleboden
Parmmatargatan 7, 11224 Stockholm
If you’re coming to Stockholm for the traditional Scandinavian food, then you will find many cafes scattered all over the city. Don’t miss Bageriet Bulleboden, which offers delicious pastries known as kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls), and freshly brewed coffee.
Where: Stockholm Market
Riddargatan 3, 11435 Stockholm
There’s a reason Swedish style is big all over the world, so much so that a street style blog created by Caroline Blomst has put it on the map. Popular fashion labels include Acne Studios, Filippa K, and Nelly just to name a few, but the best place to grab a deal on a bespoke item is at the market. Pick up a beautiful souvenir for a family member or friends as you’re leaving and catch the exclusive pieces from some of Sweden’s up-and-coming designers.
Where: E. Torndahl
Vasterlanggatan 63, S-11129 Stockholm
Scandinavian design is renowned all over the world for its approach to clean, sophisticated lines and timeless techniques. Rather than going to one of their many Ikea stores (there are more than 20 in Sweden alone), the smaller more independent sellers are where you’ll find some of the most original pieces. While they might come with a heftier price tag, you will keep them for years to come as a memory of your travels.
Sodra Blasieholmshammen 35, Stockholm
If you’re visiting between October – February, why not take a boat tour which takes you across the entire archipelago. The tour comes with a bowl of traditional Swedish tomato soup or pea soup (it’s your choice), and a glass of arrack to keep you warm. Tours can run anywhere between 1.5-3 hours.
Where: Nada Bar
Asogatan 140, Stockholm
Sweden might have a strict view on alcohol (drinks are heavily taxed), but the nightlife is nothing but booming. There is a plethora of small bars and venues which offer a modern take on traditional cocktails and a few bites on the side to keep you full for your next travels. If you’re not into the nightlife or alcoholic beverages, look out for a fika cafe, which is usually located in a beautiful garden.
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Rather than staying in the heart of Paris, head north to Montmartre for genuine taste of Amelie Poulain’s life.
Located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris and part of the Right Bank, travellers come from all over the world for various reasons; religious pilgrimage, art, food, and even a break from the hustle and bustle of central Paris.
If you’re undecided about where to spend your time in Montmartre, this list will even put Anthony Bourdain’s suggestions to shame.
Where: 112 Rue Championnet, 75018
Pop into one of Montmartre’s most famous watering holes for a drink, aperitif, or even a light snack before you’re off exploring the rest of the city.
La Renaissance which was made popular during the sexual revolution of the 1970s, and featured heavily in Michel Deville’s film, Le Mouton Enragé, as well as Inglorious Basterds.
Where: 1 Rue Norvins, 75018
A brasserie meal is a must-have while you’re in France, since the menus are quite concentrated and small in comparison to other cuisines. But if you’re just peckish for a traditional French croissant, then La Galette des Moulins is the perfect fit.
Where: 20 Avenue Rachel, 75018
A trip to Montmartre isn’t complete without visiting the Cimetiere (cemetery) located next to the Place de Clichy. While it might seem a bit morbid at first, it’s actually a major tourist attraction since many French and international identities call this their final resting place.
Some personalities include Jim Morrison, Alexandre Dumas, and filmmaker Francois Truffaut.
Where: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018
One of the biggest landmarks in Paris, not to be confused with the Galeries Lafayette, has to be the Sacré Coeur located in Montmartre.
The Roman Catholic church sits at the top of Montmartre and at one of the highest points of the city. Sacré Coeur is open 7 days a week, and entry is free.
Where: Rue de Steinkerque, 75018
Any type of shopping is essential on an international trip, and visiting the Rue de Steinkerque located in the 18th arrondissement speaks for itself.
It’s the perfect place to pick up handmade knick-knacks, souvenirs and even tasty food and drinks made only by the locals.
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In its goal to create as many happy couples across the world as possible, online dating service MySingleFriend has scoured the European dating scene and developed an interactive dating map detailing the need-to-know basics for dating across the continent.
It’s not news that more and more couples are meeting digitally, and with the introduction of dating apps that enable you to connect with new people from wherever you are in the world – location is now not a factor in finding love. Broadening your horizons has developed a whole new meaning!
Reports from the Economist show that within British marriages, 9 per cent include a spouse born outside the UK, whilst in the Baltic states, more than 15 per cent of married couples include a non-native partner.
With this in mind, it’s important to know some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to dating abroad. For example:
- In Malta, you should never turn up empty handed if you are visiting a girlfriend or boyfriend’s house. Even a houseplant will do!
- If you were to date an Icelander, be prepared for the freedom! Nudity is embraced in the Nordic country, and body confidence is something that can only be seen as a positive!
- In the Czech Republic, if you want to impress the ladies – roses and tulips are the way to go. Avoid Cala Lillies, they may look striking but are often associated with funerals.
- Have you ever heard of the saying ‘going Dutch’? Splitting the bill with your date in the Netherlands is the norm – equality and all that jazz?
The capital city of Budapest is known for it’s unique architectural structures which date back to the art nouveau style of the early 1900s, delicious national food, and even it’s bustling night life. If you’re ever planning a trip to Budapest, make sure to add the following destinations to your list.
Allatkerti korut 9-11, 1146
Hungary is known for it’s extensive natural bodies of water used for healing and recreation. Széchenyi is home to Europe’s largest public baths which are perfect if you want a little extra relax and recreation time during the trip.
Central Market Hall
Vamhaz korut 1-3
If you’re in town for the Christmas and holiday season, it’s best to make the most of your time at the Central Market Hall. Filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade trinkets, and local sellers, it’s the perfect place to enjoy what the real Budapest has to offer.
Disrict V, 1051
Try one of the fun and innovative taxi’s of Budapest, and enjoy a visual tour of the entire city. It’s often referred to the bohemian way of going with the flow, and seeing where exactly the city takes you! It’s also pretty cheap and affordable when compared to a standard taxi fare.
Balatoni ut, Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223
A must-see if you love nothing more than to sit back and enjoy the local art scene of the city. Most statues of the time depict the fall of communism in Hungary, most of which were demolished during the change of power in 1989.
Blue Rose Restaurant
Wesselenyi utca 9, 1077
For the best goulash in the entire city, look no further than Blue Rose which is located in the heart of central Budapest. Here you will find traditional Hungarian delicacies such as dumplings, vadas (stew), and chocolate kurtosh which is bound to be a crown pleaser. Ask for extra nuts and powdered sugar for an intense flavour!
Images via Szechenyifurdo, Viator, We Love Budapest, Sophiaca, Kat Cakes
Vienna is Austria’s most populous and intriguing city, located in central Europe. Rated number 19 in the Human Development Index, the bustling city is best known for it’s amazing natural scenery and rich culture dating back to the pre-Roman empire.
Don’t miss a few of these magical destinations the next time you find yourself in Vienna, or are planning a trip to Austria.
Stay: Hollmann Beletage Design and Boutique Hotel
Kollnerhofgasse 6, 1010 Vienna
A short train ride from the city centre is one of Vienna’s up-and-coming hotels. The Hollman Beletage features modern sophistication for a fraction of the cost, and is perfect for anyone who loves a quirky place to stay while they’re enjoying their holiday. Rooms are extremely spacious, which are perfect if you’re planning to entertain before heading out to one of the many bars around town.
Feeling Peckish: Café Central
Strauchgasse/Herrengasse, 1010 Vienna
A traditional Viennese coffee house which boasts a charming interior and 19th century architecture to match. The entertainment starts at 5pm sharp where a grand piano is played for all to enjoy and dance the night away.
Shop: Wilhelm Jungmann and Neffe
Albertinaplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
This quaint store is home to classic mens and women’s fashion which has been supplying clothes to the public for over 125 years. Their specialty is menswear, especially crisp button-down shirts which are tailor-made on site.
Visit: Hofburg Palace
Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna
Home to some of the most powerful Austrian ancestry including teen-queen Marie Antoinette, Hofburg has been completely restored in the vision of it’s former glory. There are more than 10 wings of the palace, all of which can be visited under strict supervision.
Drink: Do & Co (Onyx Bar)
Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Vienna
Enjoy exquisite cocktails and world-class views of the city from Onyx Bar in Vienna’s city centre. The exclusive bar is a hotspot for politicians and locals of interest, so remember to dress smart and stay on your best behaviour.
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If you’re ever passing through Europe, one of the main attractions has definitely got to be Spain. Officially known as the Kingdom of Spain, this southwest European country shares borders with France, Portugal, and Gibraltar on the southern end of the peninsula.
But what exactly is there to do and see in Spain if you’re only in town for a limited time? Below are just ten activities you should definitely be a part of before you jet out of this majestic country.
Visit: The Alhambra Palace, Granada
This iconic tourist attraction is often bombarded with swarms of visitors, and rightfully so! It is one of the most beautiful architectural wonders in the entire world, especially if you’re into traditional Moorish architecture.
Take a day trip to Granada and don’t forget to visit the Generalife Gardens, which is also a well-known UNESCO Heritage site.
Taste: Street Food, Barcelona
While the sale of street food in Barcelona is strictly prohibited, there are still hundreds of outdoor vendors selling signature Spanish foods for both tourists and locals. If you love something a little sweet, then definitely try a churro – choux pastry that is fried until golden brown, then sprinkled in sugar. Finish off your meal with a refreshing drink called a Horchata which is mad of tigernuts, sugar and water – it has a sweet flavour almost like milk and is served cold.
Go: La Tomatina, Buñol
The festival is held annually on the last Wednesday of August, and is basically a large-scale tomato food-fight. However there are a few rules, the tomatoes must be squashed before thrown, and participants must keep their shirts on.
La Tomatina has been an annual festival which was started by a bunch of students in 1945, and has been happening every year since.
Swim: Menorca, Balearic Islands
Just a short distance away from mainland Spain is the magical sea-side town of Menorca. Known for it’s traditional summer fiestas, sports and crystal-clear beaches which are much-loved by tourists from all around the world.
Be sure to taste some of the local gin which is made in honour of the patron saints of the island.
Go: La Boqueria, Barecelona
You’ve probably seen dozens of pictures of the fresh fruit and vegetable produce at The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, which is a huge public market in Ciutat Vella. Try one of the tasty fruit juices or even the refreshing popsicles to beat the heat.
See: Bullfighting, Seville
If you want to catch a traditional Spanish bullfight while you’re in the country, then head over to Seville. It’s referred to as one of the main cities of bullfighting and the best season for this is usual between April-October. Stadiums are usually completely packed-out, so make sure to book your tickets well in advance.
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Ever wanted to splurge your savings on a beautiful trip abroad with just your partner? Enjoy the finer things in life with a romantic getaway to just one of these unbelievable holiday destinations, where you can rekindle your romance and relax with a cocktail or two.
Corsica is known worldwide for it’s stunning scenery and sightseeing, which is located just off the coast of France and Italy. This majestic island is not only the birthplace of Napoleon, but is filled with world-class boutiques, charming villages and amazing food and drinks.
Nothing says romance quite like a relaxing trip to one of the many islands of Hawaii. Relax in the luxurious surroundings of the resort, enjoy the white-sand beaches and capture some of the Instagram-worthy sunsets.
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Why travel abroad when you can enjoy a slice of paradise in your own backyard? Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island, located just south-west of Adelaide. Enjoy a swim on one of the picturesque northern beaches such as Stokes Bay, and get-up close and personal with the sea lions which are natives of Sea Bay.
Anguilla, Caribbean Islands
Explore the magical island of Anguilla which is home to elegant restaurants, white-sand beaches and unlimited amounts of water activities. Beach bars are also popular nightspots to unwind after a long day of relaxing by the sea.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Home to crystal-clear beaches, breathtaking mountain scenery and elegant resorts which the Kardashian-Jenner clan even approve of, Bora Bora should definitely be at the top of your bucket list.
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The city often referred to as the cradle of Western Civilisation may be in financial troubles but if you are a culture buff then this is the place for you. Athens, Greece is a city filled with history, mouth-watering food and fantastic shopping, yet it seems to only cross travellers’ minds as a stop over for the Greek Islands. People seem off put by the old style buildings, but that is just part of the city’s charm, the juxtaposition between modern and ancient makes it the perfect treasure to explore.
The most well known attraction in Athens is located on a high rocky outcrop above the concrete jungle, as a symbol of Greek spirit and architectural greatness. Surrounded by significant Temples and Monuments including the famous Pantheon and Ancient Agora, built by and created for the leaders of the ancient world. The Acropolis is a world heritage site and is an absolute must to visit in order to be immersed in the history of not only this culture but also the beginning of democracy itself.
The National Garden
If you need some time to relax away from the busy city, spend a few hours wandering or sitting amongst the peaceful plant life, green canopy of trees, and flowerbeds. Established in 1923, the Public Garden is a gorgeous and decorative place surrounded by historical statues and small ruins of antiquity.
The highest point in Athens will provide you with the perfect evening to take a panoramic view of the city and across the Aegean Sea. The hike will be worth it in the end, by reaching its two peaks a lovely dinner is on offer in the restaurant, an open-aired theatre as well as the 19th Century Chapel of St. George.
The Plaka district is one of the most popular tourists destination for its authentic Greek experience and exceptional scenery. You will find yourself walking through a village unlike any other, stone walkways, ancient trees, museums, boutique shops with leafy green canopies falling over you as stroll. Be sure to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some unique food and wine at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
This remarkable city established among seven historic hills and mountains would capture your attention as soon as you walk out the door of your hotel. The unusual blend of old and new is confusing but interesting, there is no doubt you will want as much time as you can to journey through time in Athens.
Images via avahotel.gr and visitgreece.gr
By Amy Miller
Whether you’re heading overseas to escape the wintery weather approaching or simply just require some inspiration for your next trip, definitely add this into your favourites tab. A European summer is like no other, offering a rich sense of culture, food, architecture and unlimited white-sand beaches. Explore our favourite European destinations just in time for your next holiday.
1. Cinque Terre, Italy
This picturesque sea-side village might be plastered all over your Pinterest, but it’s beauty is most definitely in the details. With plenty of vineyards to visit, cafe’s offering the local Mediterranean cuisine and the ocean right next door it’s definitely a hidden gem.
2. Zurich, Switzerland
If you’re interested in an alpine adventure, head up to Zurich which is one of the most underrated European cities. The city combines old architecture with modern influence, lots of shopping (duty free, that is) and lets not forget it’s the birthplace of Lindt chocolate.
3. St Tropez, French Riviera
Full of tourists heading out for some sun during the annual Cannes Film Festival, St Tropez has been a holiday destination to the rich and famous since the early 1950’s. Yacht’s line the harbour, the water is crystal clear and the world famous Plage de Pampelonne is just around the corner.
4. Hvar, Croatia
One of the busiest places during the summer season, Hvar is otherwise known as party central to the many tourists that stop by for some sun. Apart from the annual music festivals, there are many family-friendly locations such as Falko a hideaway near the beach, bike riding through the old town, and tasting some of the best wines Croatia has to offer at Divino.
5. Berlin, Germany
More than just another destination for a keen history buff, Berlin is home to many museums, bars and art galleries that are sure to keep you occupied during your stay. Otherwise known as one of the best value cities in Europe, there is so much to do and see free of charge. Some activities include visiting the East Side Gallery to admire work from local artists or even having a relaxing picnic at Gorlitzer Park.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
Both the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, Prague is known for it’s numerous museums, galleries and cinemas which come alive in the spring-summer months. Continue east to Letná Beer Gardens which offers a variety of drinks and a bite to eat.
7. Hania, Greece
Located on the large island of Crete, Hania boasts a mainly Venetian influence which is highlighted in the architecture straight down the to cuisine. Tavernas are popular meeting places to eat, drink and dance, while remaining close to one of the many boutique hotels found on the island. There are many places to swim, hike and kayak to explore the large island in all of it’s beauty.
Image via kevinandamanda.com
By Felicia Sapountzis