What better way to get yourself into the holiday spirit than at one of Europe’s Christmas festivals? This time of year snow-covered towns host delightful Christmas festivals with sparkling lights, carol singing, market stalls and mulled wine. From delicious food in Padstow to irreverent traditions in Barcelona, here are some charming Christmas festivals you can visit for a memorable festive season break:
I guess we all have a list of Places To See Before We Die – stashed away somewhere in a drawer or, more probably, in a far corner of our memory. Most of us, however, will have compiled this list ourselves: the idea of letting someone else determine our favourite holiday destinations may seem a little bit too frivolous for most. But then again: who has never been tempted to supply his or her personal details (and personal preferences) to an Internet Dating Agency, just to see what “perfect soulmate” they would come up with – in the safe knowledge that they could not force us to follow up their suggestions all the way to the altar? So I filled in the form and told HomeAway my criteria for a “perfect holiday” – expecting to be just a little bit baffled by their answers. I was, as it turned out, not disappointed.
Whether you’ve got toddlers or teens, skiing holidays with kids can be a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors during winter and create special memories. Spending quality time with your children while you enjoy crisp mountain air is just priceless and with so many great destinations to choose from you’re sure to find one that’s a perfect fit for your family. Here are some excellent locations for a family ski adventure:
HomeAway.co.uk have a fabulous microsite open at the moment that can map all your future holiday plans! All you have to do is upload your age and a photo and pop in your birthdate to make a virtual passport. Then you check off what kind of holiday you fancy e.g. romantic/beach/active. The site then generates a list of places for you to visit before you die and tells you at what age you should visit them at!
“Pack your bags. We’re leaving in 30 minutes.” If you were told you could take a holiday to anywhere you wanted – but the only catch was that you had to leave in a heartbeat, what would your response be? “Awesome, I’m ready now.” Or would you baulk at the prospect of going on holiday without the six suitcases and umpteen wardrobe changes you’re accustomed to?
While there’s nothing wrong with planning your holiday months in advance and drawing up a packing list the length of your arm, sometimes it’s nice to indulge your spontaneous side. We’ve rounded up five cities that retain their appeal all the year round. With plush HomeAway holiday rentals in every city, you could be living it up in a foreign destination within 24 hours. Where would you like to be this time tomorrow?
To many, Barcelona evokes two C’s: Catalonia and Culture. Spain’s second-largest city is unique, in keeping with its fiercely Catalan roots. The language, the food, the architecture and the football that are engrained in Barcelona’s culture are at the heart of everything that makes the city so irresistible. Walking through the Gothic Quarter, with its medieval buildings and the mesmerising spectacle of Antoni Gaudi’s church of the Sagrada Familia, will be an experience you will never forget. Find your spontaneous Barcelona holiday rental.