FILLED WITH SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
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.
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.
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