Welcome to Europe

Europe is home to a range of different people, landscapes, and weather. From the sunny beaches of Barcelona, to the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps – there’s something for everyone in Europe. The majority of the 50 countries use the Euro and are part of the European Union.

Kim Lamb

The gold, the gardens, the grandeur! France’s Palace of Versailles is ridiculously ridiculous. Yet it’s totally worth battling the crowds and making the 30-minute train ride from Paris, as it’s a four-course feast for the eyeballs.

Lisa Owen

When you think of Spain, I bet you think of Barcelona – the bars, the abstract architecture of Gaudi, or the beaches. Or maybe Madrid springs to mind initially with its many museums. But I bet the town of Valencia doesn’t rate a mention unless you’re talking about the annual food fight La Tomantina, which is held in the nearby town of Bunol.

Princess on a Plane

Ah, Italy. The land of good food and fine fashion.

A country where slim, impeccably styled women effortlessly traverse across steep cobblestone streets in chic shift dresses and towering wedge shoes. A country where a man can style a searingly bright yellow Andy Warhol banana design T-shirt with an edgy navy blue blazer (navy blue is the wardrobe colour of the season if you're Europe bound, by the way), with a pale blue floral pocket square and a chunky oversized Panerai watch to offset the chaotically stylish combination.

Lisa Owen

A palace, Gothic cathedral, bullring, beach, bustling port and a base for spectacular day trips are some of the attractions in the Spanish city of Malaga.

Jess Buchan

The Cinque Terre in itself is a pretty amazing place. Five villages full of colourful houses precariously squashed together on jagged cliff edges, overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Steep and narrow streets make up the towns that are filled with gelatarias and cute little cafes.

Lisa Owen

Summer, winter, autumn or spring, it’s always a good time to go to Budapest. It’s a big call, but I would have to say Budapest is my favourite European city.

Dan Moore

Paris, France is known as the city of love where couples can be seen kissing on park benches or strolling down boulevards hand in hand. So how do you navigate this romantic city when you have kids with you who cover their eyes when they see kissing on TV?

Thanks to its three long stretches of coastline, France can boast about its abundance of great beaches. They range in accessibility, amount of historical importance, ability to sunbathe “au natural” and much more. Therefore, it goes to say that there will be a French beach out there with what you are looking for.

We’ve pulled together a quick guide from some of the top cities in Europe targeted for the layover or short stay travellers. In this post, we’ll look at Madrid, the capital of Spain and a city that contains one of the busiest airports (Barajas Airport) in Europe.

Michaela Paval

Michaela’s family holiday to Italy was filled with history, culture and lots of delicious Italian food. Here she shares with us some of her experiences, and advises getting off the tourist track to experience the real Italy.