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Costa Brava, Brittany, and the Basque Country: some of the best holiday destinations

Welcome to Costa Brava

Fancy getting away from it all? Spain’s Costa Brava boasts some of the most scenic beauty spots imaginable, making it a fantastic holiday destination. It lies in the north-eastern corner of Catalonia, in the Girona province. Its name means “wild coast” and it offers a host of sandy and pebbled beaches which are perfect for walking, exploring or picnicking. Nature parks are also in plentiful supply, so you won’t have to go far to soak up the stunning local scenery during your stay. If you’re feeling pensive, then the Cap de Creus peninsula or the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà wetlands both offer an inspiring backdrop, while outdoor active types can take up the water sports on offer, such as windsurfing and kite surfing across the crystal clear Mediterranean waters. Back on dry land, a stroll around Salvador Dali’s hometown is well worth doing. With its little fishing harbours and relaxed lifestyle, the Costa Brava is a true haven of peace.

Costa Brava

Enjoy a holiday to remember in Brittany

Brittany appeals to wanderers, history-lovers and adventurous souls alike. It is on the north-western tip of France, flanked by the English Channel to the north, and the Bay of Biscay to the south. It’s a popular destination for holidaymakers looking for custom trips in Europe. It abounds with rugged beaches and secret coves. It is a haven of peace, dotted with historic towns and forts. The town of St Malo is a must. It offers a generous range of hotels and accommodation, with something for everyone, from local tourists to foreign holidaymakers. Nature lovers will be impressed by the region’s majestic landscapes, while travellers seeking new adventures can spend a couple of days in the capital of the region, Rennes, exploring the town’s basilicas, cathedrals and churches, many of which are listed buildings. Brittany also has a great festival line-up, with Transmusicales and the annual Celtic music festival drawing in music-lovers from near and far. For something a little calmer, a stroll around the region’s ancient castles provides fabulous views over the region.

Brittany

Take it easy in the Basque Country

Straddling the Spanish-French border, the Basque region will delight adventurous souls from all four corners of the world. Nestling in the Bay of Biscay and stretching from Ebre in Spain up to Adour in France, it has lots to offer: beaches, coves, hotels and tourist attractions for all types and budgets, traditional sites, and so much more. The French part of the region is acclaimed for its thermal spas and thalassotherapy centres, and definitely one to put on the to-do list while you’re there. And the Basque coast has some of the best surfing spots you could wish for, including Anglet and Saint-Jean-de-Luz. After an energetic day catching the waves, holidaymakers can enjoy a leisurely stroll around one of the quaint local villages. The relaxing setting and holiday atmosphere is perfect for recharging your batteries.

Basque Country

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