6 reasons why this is a great year for a European holiday
Good news: Now is arguably one of the best times to visit Europe since years
And it's not just because the Euro is definitely dipping but experts predict that flight prices are declining too and if you want to get the lowest price for your airfare ticket, the cheapest time to buy international flights is about 171 days before your planned trip. So the advice is "If you find a rate that you like, lock it in now" whether it is pertaining to hotels or flights.
PLENTY OF UNDISCOVERED ONE-OF-A-KIND PLACES
Keep in mind that there are plenty of places which are not world famous and popular destinations but this doesn’t mean that they are not worth as a tourist attraction; nevertheless you will enjoy a peaceful retreat and not an overcrowded place. The beaches of Hvar and the yet undiscovered pristine beauty of Paklinski islands archipelago enjoy the same weather and water as the highly promoted isles of Santorini and Capri but are out of the way and some of them are wonderfully deserted.
Europe is so rich in culture and events you can easily swap between interesting places just a few hours away. A very popular itinerary is to arrive in Venice, Italy, visit the city and head to Bled lake in Slovenia, after an overnight in Slovenia the best is to continue to Zagreb the capital of Croatia and spend one day/night there. Then take the bus to Plitvice lakes, a heavily forested national park with 16 crystalline lakes which tumble into each other via a series of waterfalls and cascades. After Plitvice you can stop to Zadar where a fascinating sea organ will mesmerize you with its enchanting lullaby or proceed directly to Split where you shouldn’t miss a hydroplane ride over the turquoise sea and beautiful islands all the way to the famous Hvar island for a flight duration as quick as 13 minutes. In Hvar you can choose many itineraries from unique activities, gastronomic trails, historical & sightseeing tours or just enjoy the laid back flair of this newly discovered St. Tropez. After a stay at one of the best island hotels your concierge can arrange ferry tickets which will lead you from Hvar to the praised medieval city of Dubrovnik. If you want to proceed visiting this remarkable part of the Mediterranean you can head south to Montenegro, the “in the making” next “en-vogue” European destination or you can fly back to Venice.
THE MEDITERRANEAN CLOSER THAN EVER
New flights for 2015 make access even easier too:
- Starting from May and during all summer season British Airways will fly to Split from Heathrow and easyJet from Belfast
- SkyGreece Airlines will connect Toronto to Zagreb from June 22
- Qatar Airways now flies direct to Zagreb from Doha, and FlyDubai from Dubai
- For about €150 you can fly direct to Split from Rome, Paris, Copenhagen and Munich
- For as little as €20 you can fly direct from Split to Venice
- Air Serbia is the quickest connection from Australia to Split, with just one change in Belgrade.
- Charter flights from China to Zadar started in March
- and European Coastal Airlines has new hydroplane flights to Hvar from other islands all the way to the capital city of Zagreb.
DIFFERENT 365 DAYS IN A YEAR
Unfortunately, not all of us have flexible enough jobs and lifestyles to cherry-pick when to take their vacations, luckily, Europe welcomes visitors 365 days a year — and each season offers a different ambience and experience.
Spring or fall? If debating the pros and cons of traveling before or after summer, consider your destination. Both weather and crowds are about the same in spring or fall. Mediterranean Europe is generally green in spring, but parched in fall. For hikers, both seasons are ideal because of rich vegetation wich blooms all over the year and mild climate. As well the sailing season starts with the end of March and continues till the end of November (weather permitting).
Low season-Enjoy having Europe to yourself. Off-season adventurers loiter all alone through the charming villages of inland Istria, ponder in Split’s Diocletian Palace undisturbed, take long invigorating walks on lonely Adriatic beaches, enjoy local specialties during food & wine festivals and chat with laid-back fishermans during morning strolls by the harbor to little charming caffes. In wintertime Venice, you can be all alone atop St. Mark’s bell tower or watching the clouds of your breath roll over Zagreb’s domes and churches to a horizon of absolute greenery.
FULL OF EVENTS
Game of Thrones has played a large role in boosting tourism to Croatia – and it continues to do so again in 2015, when season five hits tv screens, with medieval Dubrovnik once again starring as King’s Landing. If you are interested in visiting the stages of the set, direct day trips from Hvar to Dubrovnik with fast catamarans are available as of May, 2015. The country’s reputation as Europe’s festival capital grows ever stronger – Ultra Beach Festival is absolutely the place to be next summer, brought to partygoers by Ultra Europe. It will be held at the Cascades pool area at Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort on Hvar island (the same location as the For Festival), you can still find the best deals for both festival periods with great discounts. And for those who like to travel for sport events, you can combine Wings for life World Run, an open admission humanitarian event in Zadar on May 3,2015 and a bicycle ride through the picturesque shores of Hvar and if you wish to explore the island longer you can check the “Discover Hvar on a bicycle” package powered by Riva hvar yacht harbor hotel luscious accommodation.