City breaks are commonly seen as the preserve of couples, HouseTrip conducted the research to help parents find the city that is most welcoming to families, so that they too can enjoy the city break experience and for a little while at least credibly say “Ich bin ein Berliner”.
The research examined a number of factors important to families both living in a city and visiting for a holiday in 15 different locations across Europe. Areas analysed included pollution and greenery, safety and crime levels, cultural attractions and prices, in order to crown an overall winner which scored the highest across all of the categories. Continue reading
Some come to Europe for the history, others arrive for the culture and there are those who travel there to admire the continent’s varied landscapes. And then there are those who come to eat. Not pizza in Italy, not schnitzel in Austria, nor paella in Spain, but burgers, glorious burgers, everywhere.
Once upon a time a long, beautiful Spanish coastline was washed by the Mediterranean. Great mountains pierced the bluest of skies. Moorish palaces, whitewashed chapels, tiny villages and ancient towns sat peacefully in the sun. The people were known for their warmth. Fiestas filled the summer evenings. It was a charming and welcoming place and loved by all.
If you don’t recognise the description it’s probably because you – like most people – think of the Costa del Sol post 1960’s package-holiday-plague. And its famous names like Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella are bywords for tacky – whether tack’s cheap beer and chip shops or monster yachts. Continue reading
The heat is on and according to some reports it’s not going to get turned down for a while as we reach the mid point of what is predicted to be one of the hottest European summers on record. This is great news, but don’t underestimate how important cooling off will be once the mercury starts to rise, especially in Europe’s cities.
Family Holidays are a bit like Christmas: there’s the perfect one we’re sold and the reality. How can there be a ‘perfect family’ holiday? You’d need a perfect family to start with – good luck with that. But a great family holiday is doable.
Here are ten tried and tested ways to get as close as you can to those tanned, terrific types lounging on sunbeds while their organically-fed offspring reproduce ancient Zen gardens by the gently lapping waters of an azure-blue sea – you know the kind of thing? Continue reading