My Top 5 European Holiday Destinations & Giveaway!

We all know that I have well and truly caught the travel bug. I’m forever looking at different holidays online and finding new places to explore. I’ve teamed up with Contact Numbers UK on their #Top5EuroHols campaign. Contact Numbers UK are a fab online directory with info for companies from across different industries. For example, they’ve got many different travel brands such as Thomson Holidaysย and you can find all the contact information for the company. Making it super easy to get in contact with companies with enquiries.

I’ve been challenged to divulge my Top 5 European Holiday Destinations for Summer 2017. It’s quite a broad challenge but as it’s my personal preference, I’ve gone for some great sunny destinations where you can spend time at the beach yet discover different cities too. Also, I’ve got a cheeky giveaway to win some Travel Essentials. Stay tuned until the end to find out how you can win.

My Top 5 European Holiday Destinations & Giveaway! - Ibiza - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger


Ibiza is a destination I’ve visited quite a few times throughout my life and I feel like I’ve experienced the many sides to the Spanish island. From the insane superclubs, incredible sunsets, picturesque beaches and charming capital city, there’s something for everyone. Last year, I visited Ibiza with and had the time of my life. Aside from pushing myself out of my comfort zone to go parasailing, experiencing the beautiful sunset at Cafe Mambo and seeing David Guetta at Ushuia were highlights of the trip. I do have to admit, it’s quite an expensive island but it’s well worth it!

My Top 5 European Holiday Destinations & Giveaway! - Barcelona - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger


Barcelona may as well be my second home, I’ve just returned from my third trip this year (albeit a very short but sweet visit). I’ve well and truly fallen in love with Barcelona. There is so much to see and you’ve got the beautiful coastline to relax on too. Most of my posts about Barcelona haven’t gone live yet but I have so much to talk about, there is so much to do in the city. Obviously visiting the incredible works of Gaudi is a complete must, along with the cable cars up Mount Montjuic & drinking copious amounts of Sangria along Las Ramblas. I’m already planning my next trip to Barcelona next year.


I’ve mentioned in a few other posts about my love for Rhodes. I’ve not visited the island since I was a child but I have such fond memories. Lindos is an unbelievably pretty destination with charming and dainty backstreets lined with small white buildings. The whole place is just so greek and bloomin’ gorgeous. If you want a break from relaxing and sunbathing on the golden sands, take a trip to Rhodes Town where you can explore the medieval history.

My Top 5 European Holiday Destinations & Giveaway! - Monaco - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

South of France

Last year, I spent the week exploring the French Riveria. Along the coastline it’s unbelievably easy to get around on the train where you can hop on and hop off at each town. We based ourselves in an apartment in Nice and each day took the train to different places such as Monaco, Antibes, Cannes, Eze and San Remo. I was really lucky to visit Monaco whilst the Historic Grand Prix was on and also Cannes Film Festival making the trip pretty exciting. I’ve been lusting over Amy’s photos from her recent trip to Antibes, it’s making me want to book another trip.


Out of all the forementioned destinations, I’ve not actually visited Croatia. However, it’s pretty high up on my wanderlust list. I must admit, I wouldn’t know where to start with planning a trip as there is so many incredibly beautiful cities, beaches and national parks. A great way to explore Croatia would be to go island hopping which is what my friend Emma did. Sailing around is such a unique yet fun way to see so much of the country.

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Have you visited any of my Top 5 European Holiday Destinations? What are your top European Holiday Destinations?


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  1. July 22, 2017 / 8:42 am

    I really want to visit Croatia too!
    My favourite European destination is Prague because it has such beautiful architecture. Old Town Square has so many gorgeous buildings and Charles Bridge is so impressive!


  2. Tracy Nixon
    July 22, 2017 / 9:48 am

    I love Portugal – beautiful scenery and I love their rose wine!

  3. Solange
    July 22, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Italy because it has great food and drink, scenery and weather.

  4. Hali Kinson
    July 22, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I love Italy and the food!!

  5. July 22, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Geneva, because my two gorgeous grandchildren live a few miles up the road from there!

  6. Kim Styles
    July 22, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Italy for me too as I love pasta and pizza and skiing

  7. iain maciver
    July 22, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Italy fab giveaway

  8. ashleigh allan
    July 22, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Italy for the food – lovely pizzas and icecream!!

  9. July 22, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    we had a break in amsterdam last year and loved it! Utrecht was fab because of the miffy museum which i adored.

  10. fiona waterworth
    July 22, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Norway, my brother lives there!

  11. July 22, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Ibiza and Barcelona are the best places I have visited so based on the fact they are in your top 5 I think it would be wise to check out the other 3! x

  12. Sarah Mackay
    July 22, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    I love to visit Munich as Oktoberfest is absolutely amazing.

  13. July 22, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    I haven’t been on many European holidays but I think my favourite has been to Crete! I love Greece!

  14. Debbie B
    July 22, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    I love Paris. I went there as an au pair when I had left college and I love to return and see how things have changed. That’s one of the wonderful things about travel, it leaves you with so many memories

  15. Ashley perez
    July 23, 2017 / 12:16 am

    I love it all!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love to travel.

  16. Sue McCarthy
    July 23, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Majorca – great for bird watching (would need a hire car though) and the weather’s good!

  17. Suzanne
    July 23, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Love Rome for the art, culture, history, food and atmosphere.

  18. Tony Metcalfe
    July 23, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Italy, great weather, cuisine and natural beauty.

  19. Claire glace
    July 23, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Paris for memories of my honeymoon x

  20. clair downham
    July 23, 2017 / 11:24 am

    greek islands so beautiful

  21. laura banks
    July 23, 2017 / 11:31 am

    majorca the scenery and beaches are lovely

  22. Vicki D
    July 23, 2017 / 11:46 am

    There’s so many to choose from it’s hard to chose just one. I really love Barcelona but I also love Seville because the city is beautiful and there’s easy access to North Africa from the southern Spanish cities.

  23. Katie Howell
    July 23, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Barcelona because that’s where i got engaged!

  24. stuart hargreaves
    July 23, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    the algarve portugal – ideal walking country

  25. Alex
    July 23, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    A tough choice but I would have to say Sweden, it is unbelievably beautiful even though a little chilly in the winter!

  26. Sheena Batey
    July 23, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    I loved Venice only been the once but it was so beautiful and lived up to expectations

  27. Graham Ross
    July 23, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I love Spain,nice people and food

  28. Sidrah Ahmed
    July 23, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Italy as the views are amazing and their is so much to see and explore

  29. Helen Tovell
    July 23, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    We like the UK as so much variety of open spaces and landscape, the only thing that lets it down is the inconsistent weather

  30. Tracy Hanley
    July 23, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    We love La pineda , its a little place in Costa Daurada just outside salou, lovely place for familys and easy to get around

  31. Jodie A Green
    July 23, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    weve never been on any yet ๐Ÿ™ weve been waiting for the children to be old enough to enjoy it first, but we would love to visit Paris – disneyland ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Heather Hibbert
    July 24, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Never been abroad but I’d love to see Paris, it’s so romantic

  33. July 24, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I have been to Ibiza! I would love to visit Budapest, Prague and Vienna just to name a few.

  34. Marc H
    July 24, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    I love going to Amsterdam. Such a vibrant, fun city. The people are always so friendly.

  35. Lisa Wilkinson
    July 24, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    I love Hamburg. I lived there for a while so it’s like a second home but it’s also a vibrant and beautiful city

  36. Rebecca Nisbet
    July 24, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    i love Budapest, such a beautiful, but sad place full of hitory.

  37. July 25, 2017 / 12:02 am

    such a great post .. love to win goodies

  38. Stevie
    July 25, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I like travelling around Scotland as it’s where my mum was from and we had our childhood holidays there.

  39. July 25, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I’ve just booked a trip to Barcelona! I’m so excited to go and these goodies would go so well for my holiday!

    Loved this blog post!

  40. Fay
    July 25, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I’m with ya on Ibiza. I loved it, there was so much to do. My highlights were watching Sigma & Mark Ronson at Ibiza Rocks hotel, because we staying there we were right up the front

  41. Carol Thomas
    July 25, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Kefelonia Greek Islands is our go to every year for extended 4 weeks. Totally unspoilt by mass tourism we are part of the 80% returning visitors to the island which is far away from the massing crowd as they say. Quaintly Greek and far away from the rat race and materialism if you want peace and quiet this is the place to go. If you want to get back to basics with yoir children you will also beable to do that here too

  42. Lorraine Kirk
    July 25, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I love Dublin because everyone is so friendly and the city has a cosmopolitan feel

  43. Stephanie keill
    July 25, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Has to Be Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น because I love the people, culture and food ! Lid the views are just breath taking b

  44. July 25, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    My fave European destination is Barcelona! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had my hen party there and it was so much fun. I’d love to go back with Sam!

  45. Jules Eley
    July 25, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Barcelona for its beautiful coloured buildings

  46. Victoria Thurgood
    July 26, 2017 / 1:01 am

    Salzberg is very pretty and the locals are lovely

  47. cheryl hadfield
    July 26, 2017 / 10:19 am

    My family love to visit spain, due to the friendly atmosphere and perfect scenery

  48. Louisa
    July 27, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Italy for the food

  49. Jo Carroll
    July 27, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Dublin in Ireland. A great city, great craic and very friendly people.

  50. Kelly Hirst
    July 27, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    I love Greece because the food is delicious and the sun is always shining

  51. Anastasia T.
    July 29, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    My favourite European destination is Barcelona- a beautiful city

  52. Rich Tyler
    July 30, 2017 / 10:31 am

    I love Prauge, its so beautiful

  53. July 31, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    I love Paris. It has nice food,drink and weather.

  54. Rose P
    August 2, 2017 / 2:42 am

    Rhodes is my favourite place .Having gone there for many years I have found nowhere else to compare as the locals are so friendly and the weather so good

  55. Fiona MacLeay Marshall
    August 2, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    There are so many European destinations I love but one of my favourite is Icmeler in Turkey and we have visited many times. It is such a lovely wee resort.

  56. Mary H
    August 3, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I love Croatia because the food is delicious and it’s really beautiful

  57. Naila
    August 4, 2017 / 12:08 am

    My favourite European destination would be Barcelona, looks really beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Naila
    August 4, 2017 / 12:10 am

    My favourite European destination would be Barcelona, looks beautiful and the weathers really nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Diane Searle
    August 6, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I will always love Ibiza. I got married out there and visit the island every year with my husband and his family. I love the music and how beautiful the island is. Like you say it is expensive but it’s worth it!

  60. Rosie Miller
    August 7, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    I love Barcelona for the art and the food, I absolutely loved it there and would instantly go back if I had a chance!

  61. lynn neal
    August 9, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    We love Majorca for the kind of holiday where we just relax by the pool and on the beach!

  62. Sian Budgen
    August 9, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I’ve only been to Corfu but it was lovely!

  63. sheri Darby
    August 9, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I love Barcelona – I love the architecture and the beach. The perfect city

  64. Anneka Avery
    August 10, 2017 / 12:24 am

    It has to be Istanbul for me! I know it’s split into Asia and Europe but I just love the culture there and the people are just so amazing! Have you ever been Rachel?

  65. Carly Belsey
    August 10, 2017 / 6:43 am

    I love Paris, such a beautiful romantic place to go. Although I wouldn’t take young kiddies there

  66. Emma Ferguson
    August 10, 2017 / 7:34 am

    I love Rhodes in Greece

  67. Sophie B
    August 10, 2017 / 8:31 am

    Verona….the most romantic & beautiful city you could imagine.

    August 10, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Dublin – I’ve been a few times and always had a brilliant stay. Friendly people, lots to see, restaurants, and the BARS! It’s great for a long weekend away.

  69. stephanie
    August 10, 2017 / 11:46 am

    I love Barcelona! I got engaged there last year so will always hold a place in my heart x

  70. Susan B
    August 10, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I haven’t visited for years but loved Corfu when I spent some time travelling there.

  71. Stewart Biddle
    August 10, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Would love to visit venice only been to madeira but going to bulgaria next year this lot will come in bery handy

  72. pete c
    August 10, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    My favourite is either Barcelona or Nice, both have so much to do in and nearby with great accommodation options too!

  73. Margaret gallagher
    August 10, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Culture and BEAUTY
    Fashion and fine DINING
    Art galleries and museums
    The only thing I m not keen on are the prices!!@

    August 10, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Reykjavik, Iceland. I love the natural beauty of his place.

  75. Jenny Jones
    August 11, 2017 / 8:43 am

    The Algarve in Portugal ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. Kayleigh Watkins
    August 11, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    We have never been abroad but love staying in Devon it has beautiful beaches countryside and scenery and is only a four hour drive away xXx

  77. Andrea Lloyd
    August 11, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Italy is a lovey place

    August 11, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Tenerife, its sunny and warm nearly all year round

  79. Ellen Stafford
    August 11, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I love France. I would love to explore southern France more.

  80. amanda greensmith
    August 12, 2017 / 10:22 am

    italy fab food and even better fashion

  81. carol boffey
    August 12, 2017 / 11:44 am

    lovely prize thank you

  82. Sam McKean
    August 12, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Rome. So much to see and do. I worked there for a while and it was the best time of my life!

  83. August 12, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    I’ve just got back from Rome and it easily stole my heart – what a magical city!

  84. Michaela Smith
    August 12, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    It would have to be Iceland for the northern lights and the hot springs ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. Sarah Parker
    August 12, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    i love france ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. August 12, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Zante , Greece we love the beaches and seeing the loggerhead turtles

  87. Laura Pritchard
    August 12, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I love Barcelona as it’s fun just to stroll around!

  88. Laura Corrall
    August 12, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Italy, because of the food, the gorgeous scenery, history, weather, and lovely people.

  89. paula cheadle
    August 12, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I love southern Spain, because of the people are so friendly, I love the food and the area

  90. Nancy Bradford
    August 12, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    France – I love the food and the culture and all of the beautiful landscapes.

  91. Jessica Barber
    August 12, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Madeira – gorgeous climate, incredible landscape!

  92. Jade Rogers
    August 12, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Rome, just so much history!

  93. Samantha R
    August 12, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    A random answer but I visited Macedonia once and it was wonderful!

  94. Jennifer Baker
    August 13, 2017 / 4:20 am

    Alcudia in Majorca! Such a beautiful beach !

  95. Danielle Pooley
    August 13, 2017 / 5:52 am

    Has to be Italy, lovely scenery & food!

  96. Alison Clark
    August 13, 2017 / 10:06 am

    I have 2 for very different reasons – Tenerife I go to for an escape I’ve been more times that I remember for guaranteed sunshine and a good relax and the Lisbon it is so oldy worldly for a capital – I love all of its back streets you be==never know what you may find.

  97. Lynn Hughes
    August 13, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Majorca it has lovely beaches and scenery I was there last month and walked every day.

  98. Jeanette Davison
    August 13, 2017 / 11:20 am

    My favourite place is Rhodes. Didn’t want to leave.

  99. samantha buntain
    August 13, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Rhodes is my favourite destinations mostly because it’s such a beautiful place and so much to do so lots of memories to make x

  100. Emma Fox
    August 13, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I love visiting Italy for the great food and interesting history ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. Hazel Grant
    August 13, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    I love Italy – particularly Venice during the Carnival!

  102. Hazel Grant
    August 13, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I love Barcelona for Gaudi architecture!

  103. August 13, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    My favourite city is Venice is it is such a unique setting, great food and scenery and won’t always be accessible

  104. Maria Jane Knight
    August 13, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    We love the Greek islands, especially Zakynthos. WE got engaged there 7 years ago and left a little piece of our hearts there.

  105. Judith Lightfoot
    August 13, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Nuremberg especially when the Christmas market is on

  106. Denise C
    August 13, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Ireland, I have lots and lots of family there

  107. Ruth Wollerton
    August 13, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I love Italy – great beaches, great culture, great people …..

  108. Lynne O'Connor
    August 13, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Venice, quite unlike anywhere else, car free with magnificent architecture and history

  109. Tracy Gladman
    August 13, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    We love going to Spain just because of the weather and food.

  110. Kim Neville
    August 13, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    We like Cyprus and have been a few times now. Gorgeous place, weather and food ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. Dean T
    August 13, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    I love Athens, the souvlaki and the history and the stuffed grape leaves<3

  112. Hayley Todd
    August 13, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    My favourite city is Barcelona, it is stunningly beautiful. It has a vibe like no other city I’ve been to. It has everything you could ever want, amazing architecture, beautiful green spaces, a wide variety of different shops and restaurants, an amazing beach – simply beautiful.

  113. Kristyn Harris
    August 13, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    I love France because there is lots of open areas and pretty villages

  114. Rachael Sexey
    August 13, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Paris ๐Ÿ—ผ

  115. Catherine Gregory
    August 13, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Barcelona! I just love Gaudi!

  116. Tricia cowell
    August 13, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I love Athens. I worked there many years ago as a Nanny. I have kept in contact with friends. I love the culture food and the people

  117. Fiona jk42
    August 13, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    very hard to pick but I think my favourite was Valencia. lots to see and great food.

  118. Alison Clifford
    August 13, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Rhodes had a great holiday, fabulous food and friendly people

  119. Lia Burns
    August 13, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Nice is absolutely stunning! The beaches are gorgeous and the scenery is amazing x

  120. Natalie Crossan
    August 13, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Paris -so beautiful and romantic xxx

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