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Europe is a continent that helps form the westernmost part of Eurasia. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, to the east and southeast is it considered to be separated by Asia by the watershed divides which are the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River and the Caspian and Black seas. Europe is known to be the 6th largest continent by surface area, covering 10,180,000km² which is 2% of the earth’s area and 6.8% of its land area. Europe is home to approximately 50 countries with Russia being the largest taking up 40% of the continent whilst Vatican City is the smallest. Even though Europe is the second smallest continent it is still the third most populated continent after Asia and Africa with a population of approximately 740 million.
 
With Europe being home to so many countries as a tour operator we only focus on a small part of the continent mainly because we tend to focus more on long haul destinations. The countries in Europe that we offer are: Spain, Portugal, Tenerife, Cyprus and Mallorca. However, if you are interested in any other destination we can help you choose the perfect holiday.
 
Spain is a sovereign state and is located in the south-western Europe. The mainland borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the east, to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean, and to the north and northeast by France and Andorra. The Spanish territory also includes two ‘archipelagos’: the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean sea and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African Coast.
 
Portugal is also located in the south-western Europe; it is the westernmost country of mainland Europe which borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and Spain to the north and east. The country blends together tradition and modernity, with a superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitality.
 
Tenerife is the largest and most popular island out of the seven Canary Islands with a population of approximately 898,680 which is 43% of the total population of the Canary Islands. 5 million tourists are known to visit Tenerife each year. It is also home to the third largest volcano in the world from its base, El Teide.
 
Cyprus is an Island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and is the third largest and third most popular island in the Mediterranean. It is located south of Turkey, north of Egypt and east of Greece. Cyprus is a Greek speaking country, but since the invasion of Turkish the Island is now partitioned by the Government of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Cyprus. Meaning that the countries language changed to Greek and Turkish.
 
Overall there is so much to see and visit within Europe, with each of the 50 countries having beautiful cities to visit and amazing tourist attractions. The great thing about Europe is the wide variety of countries and within these are hundreds of different cultures. Meaning there are thousands of different cuisines for tourists to explore and many different drinks to discover in each country. Some big attractions to visit include the Eiffel Tower in France, the Colosseum in Rome and La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.


Flight Time:
 

    • Madrid, Spain: 1 hour 52 minutes
    • Lisbon, Portugal: 2 hours 28 minutes
    • Palma, Mallorca: 2 hours 20 minutes
    • Tenerife: 4 hours 35 minutes
    • Cyprus: 4 hours 30 minutes
      Time Difference:
       

        • Spain/Mallorca: GMT +1 hours
        • Cyprus: GMT +2 hours
        • Portugal and Tenerife: GMT +0
           
          Language:
           

            • Spain, Mallorca and Tenerife: Spanish/English
            • Portugal: Portuguese/English
            • Cyprus: Greek/Turkish
               
              Currency:
               

                • Most European counties have the Euro as their currency this is definite in Spain, Portugal, Tenerife, Cyprus and Mallorca.
                   
                  Area:
                   

                    • 10,180,000km²
                       
                      Total coastline:
                       

                        • 41,000 miles
                           
                          Population:
                           

                            • Approx 740 million
                               
                              Capital:
                               

                                • Spain: Madrid
                                • Portugal: Lisbon
                                • Tenerife: Santa Cruz
                                • Mallorca: Palma
                                • Cyprus: Nicosia

    • Wide range of culture
    • Beautiful tourist attractions
    • Variety of cuisines
    • Many museums and historic backgrounds
    • Sagrada Familia
    • Amphorae Cave
    • Scuba diving in Corvo Island
    • Amazing weather in summer months

The weather in Europe is very dependent on the area you are travelling to. Europe’s climate is generally reasonable and fairly mild which could explain why it is very populated. Without a large land mass in the north, winds in winter rarely push extreme cold air into the continent like they do in the US or Asia. Europe is on average a lot drier than the US. Most of Europe’s rainfall is found around the Mediterranean and falls mostly in the winter months. This rainfall tends to start in October time in the northern countries, whereas in Paris they can see on average ten wet days every month throughout the whole year. Germany see’s most of its rainy days throughout their summer months.

Across Central Europe summers are very hot while winters are milder than the north, however, they can still be very cold and experience major snowfall. The Mediterranean region has hot and dry summers and can go 4 to 6 months without any major rainfall as most rainfall occurs during the summer months when the temperature become a lot more mild. The average rainfall across Europe is between 20 and 60 inches but this would depend on the location.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to travel to countries within Europe would be during the summer months (June, July and August) when the weather is starting to get a lot hotter and the risk of rainfall is very low. However this is when areas like Spain, Portugal, Tenerife and Cyprus will tend to be very busy because it is the hottest time of the year and the perfect travel months for tourists. However, the winter months can get quite cold in some countries and it is then that rainfall and snow starts to occur.

Spring is also a very nice time to travel when the rainfall starts to stop and the weather is becoming a lot milder and more temperate the countries can create some beautiful views on their different landscapes.

Health & Vaccinations

When travelling around Europe we would recommend checking with your doctor to make sure you are up to date with all your vaccinations that could affect your travels, for example, Flu Jab, Hepatitis A + B. Also you will need to take with you your EHIC care which is a European Health Insurance Card. This card will enable you to access state-provided healthcare in the EAA (European Economic Area) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost, or sometimes free.

Passport & Visa

When travelling to the USA your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. The US immigration officials have said they will accept British passports extended by 12 months as long as it was done by British Embassies and Consulates under exceptional measures put in place in mid-2014. However, you will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before travelling.

When travelling to Europe from the UK no visas are required, however we recommend that all passports when travelling to these countries are valid at least 6 months on exit with at least two blank visa pages for all countries. They should also have proof of onward/return tickets and sufficient funds for their length of stay.

WHERE TO STAY

 

THANOS HOTELS ANASSA – CYPRUS

Anassa is a luxury 5-star hotel resort on the Cyprus coast overlooking the Mediterranean; the resort represents a Cypriot village with whitewashed buildings bringing the authentic Cypriot culture to your holiday.
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SIX SENSES – DOURO VALLEY

The Six Senses Douro Valley is located on a high hill overlooking the vineyard, rolling hills of the Douro Valley and the river below. The Six Senses Douro Valley has spa and fitness facilities available for guests to use.
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BELMOND LA RESIDENCIA

Set in the village of Deià, Belmond La Residencia is an elegant, spacious and ultra-secluded destination surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains.
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BAHIA DEL DUQUE – TENERIFE

The Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort & Spa, situated on the island of Tenerife, is a luxury residential complex that creates a feel of traditional Canary Island culture> The local cultural theme that runs through the resort is reflected in its colonial style as well as the clothing of the personnel.
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FINCA CORTESIN

The resort reflects the local area with its vibrant/modern theme across the hotel but also has a relaxing peaceful feel with pools and spas available located in the resort. It is a perfectly located hotel between Marbella and Sotogrande, in the centre of the Costa Del Sol.
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SHERATON ALGARVE

This Luxury Collection resort at Praia de Falasia is just thirty minutes drive from Faro Airport. The cliff top resort is surrounded by pine trees and panoramic sea views. The Moorish inspired hotel has spacious and light accommodation with garden or sea views.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Europe. Call us on 01778 382764.