Clubbers rejoice! The season of merriment has officially started on the White Isle (‘Ibeefa’ to the Brits). The aptly-named Es Paradis in San Antonio held its opening party on Friday 18th, while David Guetta gets proceedings underway at Pacha on Thursday 24th and the legendary Space shuffles its feet into dancefloor action on Sunday 27th.
Hotel prices may be rocketing, but if you haven’t booked your travel arrangements for Euro 2012, you can still pick up a cheap flight to Poland. Fly from the UK to a choice of 11 Polish cities, including Poznan, where the Republic of Ireland play Croatia on 10 June and Italy on 18 June. Or take in Spain v Italy in Gdansk on 10 June.
It’s not just the Eurozone where your holiday money will go further this summer. Sterling is even stronger against some other European currencies. Buy your holiday cash now and you’ll get 20% more Hungarian forints for your pound than this time last year, making it a great time to book a weekend away in Budapest.
Yes, it’s true, you can fly to Belgrade for only £25. You’ll have to wait until October to get that rock-bottom price, but there are also lots of flights this summer for little over £50 to the party capital of the Balkans – perfect if you’re heading to the Exit festival, starring Guns n’ Roses and Duran Duran, at nearby Novi Sad.
If you’ve done Disneyland and Alton Towers is too tame, satisfy the cravings of thrill-seeking kids with a trip to Futuroscope in Poitiers. 2012 is its jubilee year, which it is celebrating with an Imax Festival. As well as the theme park – one of Europe’s best – there’s some cracking chateaux in the region. The kids will be well up for visiting them.
Croatia has become a favourite destination for summer holidaymakers thanks to its hot and sunny climate, beautiful beaches, unspoilt coastline and get-away-from-it-all islands. But the up-and-coming Dalmatian city of Zadar is well worth a weekend in itself, with its mix of ancient Roman ruins and hip nightlife.
Oh we all like to be beside the seaside. But not in Brighton, Bournemouth or Bognor when it’s bloomin’ cold and rainy. Do it in traditional Italian style in the resort of Rimini, which means gelati on the beach, a pre-dinner promenade in your finest, a long dinner with a bottle or two of quality vino, and dancing at the disco until dawn.
If you can’t afford to get away in the peak summer months, the price of flights to many European destinations, and accommodation when you get there, falls significantly in the ‘shoulder season’. Don’t know where to go yet? You can search for ‘Everywhere’, departing in September, only on Skyscanner. Get inspired. Go!
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