Discovering Europe’s creative hotspots. A selection of trendsetting venues, innovative concepts, and the freshest ingredients to inspire your visit to Europe.
One of the best ways to witness the diversity of Europe is to participate in one of the many festivals – be it celebrating a saint, food , film or even the circus.
Fallas de Valencia, Spain
In Valencia, Saint Joseph is celebrated both spectacularly and loudly. Each neighbourhood of the city produces a model known as a falla, often a cartoon-like sculpture made from papier maché. Over 700 of these, sometimes giant, figurines decorate the city. At the end of the celebration the fallas are burnt amidst loud celebrations as firecrackers and fireworks explode, making sure all around can hear the festivities
Edinburgh Fringe Festival , UK
Every August hundreds of thousands of people flock to Edinburgh for the world’s largest arts festival. Actually made up of two separate festivals, the high-art Edinburgh International Festival and the more alternative Fringe festival, the event sees the whole city transformed into a stage, with entertainers from all over Britain and beyond putting on an act.
Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany
Ever wondered what the Brandenburg Gate or Reichstag would look like in deep purple or light green? If so, the annual Festivals of Lights in Berlin is your chance to see. Every year Berlin’s most famous buildings are lit up for one of the largest illumination festivals in the world, transforming these world-famous landmarks through light, projections, and events.
La Strada Street Theatre Festival in Graz, Austria
With the focus on how everyday life can give rise to artistic creation, La Strada Street Theatre Festival in Graz gives visitors the chance to experience art and theatre in innovative and sometimes unexpected ways. With performances spilling out onto the street and all around, don’t be surprised if you find yourselves caught up in the action on your tram or bus home…
Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic
Utilising its location at the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Karlovy Vary’s International Film Festival brings films from across the world to the diverse audience of Central and Eastern Europe. Started in 1946, it was used as a propaganda tool by the Communist government for many years, but since the Velvet Revolution it has developed into one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.
Cirko Festival, Helsinki
Based at the Centre for New Circus, the Cirko celebrates and provides a modern interpretation of traditional Finnish circus, bringing it to life for a contemporary audience. With performers coming from around the world this is a great way to see juggling and acrobatics as you have never seen them before.
Galway Oyster Festival, Galway
Oysters are the order of the day in Galway, and especially so on the last weekend of September when the world’s longest-running oyster festival is held. With a wide range of events on offer, from high-class tasting in some of Galway’s best restaurants to fun events for children, this food festival has something for everyone.
Come enjoy one of Italy’s most famous creations, the pizza, at its birthplace in Naples. As well as sampling the true Neapolitan pizza, the festival offers lessons on how to make the perfect dough and traditional tomato sauce, so you can take a little bit of Napoli back with you!
A wedding is meant to be unforgettable. That’s why it needs to be in a place that’s equally unforgettable. Europe is one of the world’s most popular places for destination weddings – and for good reason. Whether you like big spectacular weddings or charming quaint ones, there’s the perfect romantic place for you in Europe.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Some of Europe’s most magical natural wonders come in the form of waterfalls. From raging falls in Iceland to babbling brooks in Hungary, they come in many forms. See some of the favorite falls here before seeing them firsthand on your trip to Europe.
Europe’s vast landscapes create some breathtaking views. And some of the most awe-inspiring views in Europe occur where cliffs meet the water. From Ireland to Greece, picture-perfect spots can be found tucked away from everything else. Enjoy eight of the best European views right here in this photo gallery. Then, see them for yourself on your next trip.