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European destinations you will not want to miss

Whether you are a seasoned traveller or a newbie looking to explore Europe for the first time, it can be difficult to decide where to go first. It can be helpful to think about the type of holiday you want: are you looking for a relaxing family beach holiday, an exploration of history and culture such as European city break, or perhaps you want to experience the thrills of a foreign music festival? Whichever category you’re in, here are our top three European destinations you will not want to miss 2023.

These three European destinations you won’t want to miss in 2023

Protaras, Cyprus

This island of Cyprus is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. With tropical beaches and heavenly weather, it isn’t hard to see why. The small town of Protaras is a purpose built family holiday paradise, offering everything you could want for a successful trip.

With calm, shallow ocean waters which are as warm as a bath in high summer, a multitude of parks and attractions, to the strip of cafes and restaurants to suit even the most fussy eater, the kids simply cannot complain here. After sunset, be sure to head to Protaras’ famous and extravagant light show. It is complete with dramatic visual effects and musical accompaniments.

If you’re travelling in the summer months, make sure you pack lots of sun cream and remember to keep young children out of the strong Mediterranean sun in the middle of the day.

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Brussels, Belgium

Belgium has a rich history and its capital is the perfect place to explore. Particularly if you favour a more urban atmosphere for your holiday. Must-see historical sites include the iconic Grand Place, a world heritage site with over 400 years of stunning architecture. You can also visit the Town Hall, Kings’ House, and the Breadhouse.

If you are looking for a thrill, be sure to book in for the amazing Tomorrowland festival, held in Boom, just north of Brussels. This creative masterpiece features over-the-top displays and electronic music alongside innovative storytelling. It aims to collaborate the ‘people of tomorrow’ with peaceful, nature-loving values and fun.

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Sardinia, Italy

If you are a Disney fan you may be eagerly anticipating the new live-action remake of The Little Mermaid due to be released later this year. Why not head to Sardinia to dip your toes in the same crystal-clear waters in which the film has been set? The small cove of Cala Moresca even has its own partially submerged mermaid. The Mermaid is Canto della Sirena, a bronze statue placed in tribute to the first Italian fishermen.  

If mermaids aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy Sardinia’s beautifully unspoilt coastline which stretches for over 1800 km. A perfect example of blissful shores, the beaches will not disappoint. Inland, the landscape is dramatic and offers a wide selection of opportunities to suit thrill seekers and beach-loungers alike. Hike through lush woodlands to discover some of the island’s many Bronze Age ruins and tombs, or explore the quaint villages where there are more sheep than people.

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With these incredible places just waiting for you to enjoy them, where will you go first?

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