With Europe just a train ride away, you’d be mad to stay in the UK all summer – especially with the famous British weather. So get out there and enjoy these European summer adventures. With sun. Probably.
La Tomatina, Spain
Take part in the world’s biggest food fight in the small town of Bunol, Spain, on the last Wednesday in August. More than 150,000 over-ripe tomatoes are thrown around the streets for a full hour of insane vegetable tossing followed by a hosing down of both the streets, and people, by the local fire brigade. The closest airport is Valencia, easily reachable from the UK in under 2 hours. Don’t forget your goggles.
Sonus Festival, Croatia
Croatia plays host to many festivals throughout the summer and one of the best is Sonus, a 4 day electronic music extravaganza held on the stunning beaches of Pag Island. Now in its fifth year, expect three on site clubs, beach parties, boat parties and top class DJ’s and acts.
Ibiza Beach Camp, Ibiza
One of Europe’s most naturally stunning islands and with a reputation for vibrant nightlife, Ibiza is the place to go to party and relax – both in equal measure. Camp on Cala Martina beach in the heart of the action, party all night and relax with yoga classes and swimming during the day. Dates throughout August and into September.
Fingal Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Held on 11th and 12th August, the premier film festival in Dublin makes a perfect excuse to visit this gem of a city. Focussed on up and coming filmmakers both local and international, grab tickets for screenings, Q&As and glitzy film premieres. Make a beeline for the world famous Guinness brewery for a pint of the dark stuff after all that cultural action.
Il Palio, Siena, Italy
This thrilling horse race sees 10 jockeys decked out in the colours of their Contradas (or city district) ride bareback at break neck speed around the central square of Siena. Unsurprisingly, it’s not uncommon to see horses finish the course without their riders! The next race takes place on 16 August.
Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
This is the jewel in the crown of European festivals. Running for over 20 years this multi-genre festival is held in Hungary’s capital on Old Buda Island or the “Island of Freedom”, a leafy 266 acre island on the Danube river.