The Brexit negotiations may have got underway in June but that’s no reason why you shouldn’t head for Europe yourself this summer – especially as by the summer of 2019 it may well not be quite as easy to pop over for some Euro-fun.
There are literally thousands of places just waiting to be visited from seaside resorts to exciting capitals everywhere from Amsterdam to Zurich – but to help you make up your mind we’ve picked five of the very best for you
Every summer millions of sun-worshippers head for this, the largest of the Greek Islands and a place where there really is something for everyone. If the heavy partying scene of Malia’s not your cup of tea then you’ll find many quieter parts of the island like the area around Souda Bay to the south of the island. Or you could head for Knossos where you’ll find plenty of remains left from the Minoans. If you’re feeling more intrepid you can even venture through Europe’s longest gorge or visit the cave where Zeus was said to have been born.
You might think that Monaco’s only for the super-rich and celebrities but it’s well worth a visit if only to gaze in awe at the supercars that prowl the streets and the jaw-droppingly extravagant luxury yachts that line the marina. But the one place that you should include on any itinerary is the Le Grand Casino – but don’t expect to find any Monegasques there as they are barred from entry.
If you want the best of both worlds with an exciting city break plus the chance to swim in the sea then Barcelona’s a must. It’s a place where life’s lived outdoors whether you’re enjoying the freshest seafood or brilliantly moreish tapas. The architecture’s stunning too whether it’s the ornate and over-the-top designs of Gaudi or the wide boulevards lined by imposing apartment buildings. Football fans should also make sure they take in a tour of Nou Camp which is a little way outside of the city centre.
There can’t be many European cities that have played such important roles in modern history as Berlin. All but destroyed in the Second World War and split in two by the Iron Curtain, the post-reunification city has echoes of its past everywhere you look. From the 1936 Olympic stadium and the remains of the notorious Checkpoint Charlie to the stunning Reichstag offering panoramic views of the city, you’ll find more than enough to do however long that you decide to stay.
A city with a very different, but no less turbulent, history makes the perfect introduction to Italy and Italian culture. Visit the Colosseum and the Ancient Forum to imagine what it was like in Roman times and see the Mussolini-era architecture of the EUR. You’ll find many of the city’s best restaurants along the Via Veneto and, when you’ve had enough of sightseeing, the Romans’ favourite seaside resort of Ostia is only a short train ride away.