Team Supply Desk have collaborated to give you our top European destinations for your bucket list! From the gorgeous waterways in Venice, to the charming streets of Paris, we’ve included our favourite touristy sights, food hotspots and must-do activities. It’s time to start planning your European getaway!
Whether you’re a solo traveller, a group of friends or a couple, Venice is a must! It is one of the most charming places in the world and I fell in love with the city instantly. Getting lost is part of the experience and it’s the best way to find local places to eat and cute little hidden corners. Gondola rides are expensive, but a trip to Venice isn’t complete without one. If you’re travelling on a budget like I was, team up with some travel friends to split the cost. The architecture, history and scenery in Venice is incredible and unlike anything you have ever seen before. I recommend visiting Saint Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge and The Grand Canal to name just a few key sights to see. Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive, there are plenty of markets near the Grand Canal that offer street food and souvenirs to take home with you. Just a 2-hour flight from London, it is the perfect weekend getaway!
Paris is always an incredible place to visit but at Christmas time it is truly magical! Like many people living in the UK, I popped over to Paris just for a long weekend. When it’s a 1 hour and 15 minute flight or a 2 hour train ride from London, why wouldn’t you! Even though Paris is of course the perfect location for a romantic getaway, I had a wonderful weekend there just with a couple of friends. A big highlight of the trip for me was the food! While exploring the Christmas markets, we enjoyed sampling Nutella crepes and Tartiflette with crusty bread (they literally melt rounds of cheese on top of potato bake and it is amazing). While shopping in the city we snacked on roasted chestnuts and in the evening we enjoyed mulled wine. Don’t even get me started on the pastries! Being Christmas time, the decorations in shop windows, covering the buildings and lining the streets were out of this world! Really unlike anything that we see in Australia, they take the festive season to the next level. We were even covered in white powdery snow while doing a walking tour of Paris – a real white Christmas! Of course you have to visit all of the main attractions in Paris too – the Eifel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur, and the Latin quarter (just to name a few). This city is truly something special!
It’s your week off and you’re planning somewhere to go. Why not choose Barcelona, Spain? Going to this destination was one of the greatest experiences I had travelling Europe. You have a choice between the mountains, the city, and of course, the Mediterranean Sea. Keep in mind that the sea isn’t always warm, but dipping your toe in is worth the trip! If you are travelling on a budget like I was, I would recommend staying outside the main city centre and taking public transit in. The metro system is quick and easy to use, and much more affordable then taxis! While you are in Barcelona, make sure you check out the architecture by Gaudi; it is spectacular! If you choose to not take public transportation, walking is always an option. While walking around Barcelona, it is in your best interest to stumble upon the Park Guell, The Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, and of course, La Rambla! If you are a soccer fan, you can check out the stadium. Barcelona has incredible food and you must try Sangria before your departure. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. This trip does not need to be expensive, so pack your bag, grab some friends and hop on the next 2-hour flight to Barcelona!
It’s not called the ‘City of a hundred spires’ for nothing! Overflowing with stunning, Gothic architecture at every turn, you’ll spend most of your time walking around and looking up! I had an amazing time in this city but I don’t think my 3-day stop was long enough. You could spend weeks exploring this place and all of its hidden treasures. Make sure you visit the Old Town Square to explore the markets and get a glimpse of the incredible show at the Astronomical Clock. When you’re ready to see one of the most amazing views in the world, head up to Petřín hill and climb the stairs at the lookout tower. Prague has enough churches, cathedrals, castles, parks, stunning bridges and museums to keep you busy for days! But if that’s not enough, the shops and restaurants are pretty good too. I even did a night time ‘ghost tour’ of Prague where I learnt all about their superstitious culture and dark past, and explored the underground city. 2 hours from London by plane, this city is a must.