Warm your heart with a spring break in the Italian city of romance and grandeur. As well as being the perfect place for a lovers' weekend away, Venice is a cultural haven, with more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world! The city has changed very little in 600 years which is evident in the character of its crumbling but majestic architecture. The best way to explore Venice is by Vaporetto (water bus), or for a more romantic experience, hop aboard a Gondola and cruise the winding Venetian waterways with musical accompaniment ('O sole mio' optional).
Faro is the jumping-off point for one of Europe’s most popular summer holiday destinations, The Algarve. The region's welcoming capital makes an excellent base to explore this particularly sunny part of Portugal, especialy in spring, when you'll find the coast and countryside quieter and cooler than in the peak summer months. Faro itself has more of an authentic Portuguese feel to it compared with many other resort areas in the country, and its charming old town brimming with outdoor cafes and plazas are perfect for soaking up the local atmosphere.
In Crete, time seems to stand still. Renowned for its natural beauty, this stunning Greek island boasts spectacular mountain ranges, palm forests and beaches. Its diverse history can be seen across the island from Minoan temples, Venetian fortresses and Byzantine monasteries. The Cretans value their culture and traditions, particularly their music, so you may well be serenaded as you dine on a taverna terrace at sundown. Away from the resorts, take a drive into the mountains you will still find shepherds tending their flocks near traditional villages.
Flights to Prague have never been cheaper, making the capital of the Czech Republic a seriously enticing city break destination. Straddling the Vltava River, Prague is home to a mix of modern and traditional Czech culture; from the opulence and elegance of its concert halls, to the buzz surrounding its galleries and world-class films. Prague has an incredible live music scene, set among the hidden basement bars, dimly-lit and wreathed in smoke and absinthe. Cafes and restaurants serve up world renowned local beers and hearty Czech fare, as well as an array of international cuisines.
Alicante is one of the best known towns on the Costa Blanca and firmly placed on the tourist trail with its popular resorts like Benidorm and Torrevieja. The coast of Alicante is home to many miles of palm-fringed, sandy beaches that attract sun worshippers and pleasure seekers every year. Set at the foot of a mountain, its 'old quarter' or 'barrio' has a quaint, rustic charm, with narrow cobbled streets, white washed buildings and cascading floral window boxes.
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