The Co-operative Travel £1000 Getaway Giveaway competition gives you the chance to win £1000 towards your next holiday!
A prize like that could help you go on the holiday of your dreams, jetting off to a destination you’ve always hungered for – one of those on your bucket list, or what we’re calling your #BookItList!
So where’s it to be? Basking in the sun in the Maldives? High-rolling in Las Vegas? Drinking in the kawaii culture in Japan? Or how about somewhere a bit closer to home?
We’ve hand picked some incredible destinations and experiences in Europe to inspire you! Take a look at some thrilling #BookItList holidays below.
Europe has more holiday destinations and resorts than you could visit in a lifetime, and it’s packed with romantic cities, a wealth of incredible natural scenery, a vast choice of cuisines, and even the country known as the birthplace of western civilisation.
Whatever kind of holiday you’re hankering for, there will be somewhere in Europe that perfectly suits your tastes. Beach resorts and theme park holidays, romantic capital cities and wild clubbing islands, family vacations and adults-only trips abroad – Europe has it all.
Let’s look at some of Co-op Travel’s handpicked choices for your European #BookItList.
1) Go sledding with huskies in Finland
It’s hard to imagine a more exciting holiday for a dog-lover than one that lets you ride a sleigh pulled by worker dogs who are cared for and loved. This incomparable experience will see you surrounded by gorgeous dogs, many of which love to be petted and played with before they take you on an unforgettable husky safari.
There are many husky farms across Finland, but why not visit Lapland for the ultimate husky holiday? Once there, alongside your incredible sleigh ride you could stay in an ice hotel, go snowmobiling, do some skiing, and maybe even see the Northern Lights.
2) Ride the water at Siam Park, Tenerife
For fun family holidays, Siam Park in Costa Adeje could be the most spectacular waterpark in Europe. There’s entertainment for both thrill-seekers and visitors looking for a relaxing splash, so as long as you aren’t afraid of water, you’ll find something to love at this spectacular attraction.
Ride the Mai Thai River, chill out at Siam Beach, or even visit the champagne club if you are looking for a soothing day out. Ride floats on the Jungle Snake and brave the biggest artificial surf in the world at the Wave Palace if you’re looking for family fun. Then zip along the Mekong Rapids, defy gravity on the Dragon, and experience the 28m-drop on the Tower of Power if you’re feeling really brave.
3) Experience true romance in Paris
It may be a cliché, but holidays in Paris really are the most romantic on Earth. The iconic architecture, walks by the River Seine, the heady vino, the endless art, the rich cuisine, and the oh-so-trendy bars make Paris the perfect destination for lovers both old and new.
You can barely turn a corner without seeing an iconic Parisian scene that has been snapped by a million romantic photographers and featured in a big screen love story. Enjoy the astonishing panoramic city views from the Eiffel Tower, stand in awe before the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, then take an atmospheric boat tour along the River Seine. There are shows to see at world-famous venues such as the Moulin Rouge, and lovers of the arts will find much to enjoy at the Opera Bastille and Theatre du Chatelet.
For those wanting a more playful holiday – or at least a day trip to somewhere fun-packed – Disneyland Paris is just a 30-minute drive away from the city.
4) Take a sensational sunset cruise in Santorini
The colourful Aegean Island of Santorini is one of the most blissful holiday destinations in the world, and it’s famed for its spectacular sunsets. The whitewashed towns with their roofs painted in vibrant primary colours stand against the majestic ocean patch-worked with nearby islands. A Santorini holiday also gives you the perfect opportunity to experience a beautiful sunset cruise with loved ones.
There are numerous places from which to enjoy a sunset around Santorini, including from the popular northern town of Oia, the Santo Winery with its dramatic views and wine tasting experiences, and the city of Ancient Thera, the highest point on the island. However, Santorini’s world-famous sunset is best viewed from the spectacular ocean, where the colours of the dipping sun turn the seawater gold and make for an unforgettable evening.
5) Go clubbing in Ibiza
Ibiza is still Europe’s euphoric clubbing capital, and any party-going fan of DJs and megaclubs should already have this sun-kissed Balearic Island on their #BookItList.
You’ll find boat parties, DJ events, and eclectic club nights, plus an endless stream of tourists visiting for the stunning nightlife. By day you can soak in the sun on the island’s powder-soft beaches, while by evening there’s the chance to watch the sun set, enjoy some drinks, and prepare yourself for a huge night out at one of Ibiza’s major clubs such as Eden, Amnesia, and Pacha.
While an Ibiza holiday is just about unforgettable, take plenty of photographs to make sure those wild nights and warm days stay in your mind forever!
6) Go Sea Kayaking in Croatia
A beautiful country & edged by over 1,000 islands, a holiday in Croatia spent kayaking is the perfect way to see the coast’s blue caves and spectacular cliffs.
Croatia is a country of lush landscapes and has a wonderful coastline edged by the Adriatic Sea, hiding countless coves and bays, mythical forests, and winding rivers ripe for exploration. Kayaking tours can be spread across several days and will take you close to the coastline beside a range of varied but equally beautiful views and terrains.
On land, you will also find plenty of places to visit and explore. Dubrovnik is a coastal city that welcomes around a million visitors every year, which include revellers looking to party, culture vultures, beach lovers, and even Game of Thrones fans excited to visit the locations where some of the show’s most famous scenes were shot.
Wherever you want to go, don’t forget to enter the £1000 Getaway Giveaway here, for your chance to win £1000 towards your next holiday!