A combination of economic factors has led to a weakening of the pound, and this means that our annual summer holiday is costing more than ever. Don’t resign yourself to having to pay more though, there are still some very good value for money destinations in Europe and the one country which consistently tops the “best value” lists is Bulgaria. So should we all be looking further east to stretch our holiday cash?
Best known in the UK as home to the European parliament, Brussels isn’t perhaps the first city which springs to mind for a city break. Brussels has a lot to offer, so here are the top 10 things to see and do in the city.
It’s one of Europe’s most spectacular holiday destinations, but one of the most expensive too. Stunning Alpine scenery doesn’t come cheap, whether you’re visiting in the winter months for skiing, or to hike and explore the cities and valleys in the summertime. Switzerland is never going to be a bargain basement destination, but here are our five top tips for cutting costs to a minimum.
It’s maybe not the first destination which springs to mind when you’re thinking of somewhere interesting for your summer holidays, but the wide availability of budget flights from the UK to Eastern Europe means that more of us are considering places like Poland for a summer break with a difference.
The City of the Seven Hills, the Eternal City or the City of Love – whatever you call Rome, it’s one of Europe’s most ancient cities and one of the most popular destinations for city breaks. Packed with history and things to see at every turn, the problem most people have in Rome is working out what to see and what should be left for the next visit. Here’s our guide to the top 5 must-sees in Rome. Don’t forget your camera – you’ll need it.
As one of the main business centres in Europe, Germany attracts millions of business travellers each year, as well as people taking in the main sights of Berlin, or heading to the annual beer festival in Munich. The UK stereotype of Germany is of an efficient country where everything runs perfectly, but unless you’ve been organised and brought your EHIC paperwork with you to Germany, you might find medical care expensive. Here’s what you need to know about getting care under EHIC if you fall in in Germany.
Spain has long been one of the most popular overseas holiday destinations for British holidaymakers, and around 13 million of us visit the country every year. With that many people travelling, the law of averages says that a few of them are bound to run into trouble. It’s one thing being prepared and having your EHIC cover in place before you leave the UK, but would you know how to access healthcare in Spain if you needed to?
Greece is one of the most popular holiday destinations with UK visitors, partly because it offers such a wide variety of holidays. There are the party destinations of Faliraki or Malia, the history of Crete or the mainland, beautiful beaches on Kos – the list is endless. If you’re headed to Greece on holiday this year, hopefully you’ve already organised EHIC cover for each member of the family. We hope you’re never going to need to access medical care in Greece, but if you do, here’s what you need to know.
What’s not to love about Portugal? It’s a country bursting with history, where you can find unspoiled beaches and countryside, and if you’re heading to the popular tourist area of the Algarve, you can expect 300 days of sunshine every year. If Portugal or the island of Madeira is somewhere you’ve thought about visiting, then take advantage of your EHIC cover to access state healthcare should you need to. Here are the basics of what you need to know should you need to seek medical health.
As one of our closest European neighbours, France has long been one of the top destinations for a weekend break, business trip or longer holiday. Whether you’re off to the bright lights of Paris, or the sophisticated beaches of the Cote D’Azur, you’ll need to make sure your travel insurance is in order before you leave. EHIC cover is accepted across mainland France and also in the overseas territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique, so here’s what you need to know should you need to access state healthcare in France.