Explore Europe this Bank Holiday

With the May bank holiday fast approaching, reinvigorate your summer wardrobes at jet off on a short break.
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If you’re looking to jet away to warmer climates, but wanting to eliminate those tiresome long journeys, you may want to think about taking a trip to these hidden gems that Europe has to offer. Sunglasses at the ready!


Consider a romantic escape in this beautiful Italian city.  The fascinating island has an array of hidden treasures to explore.

Take an enchanting gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Our top tip is to sail through the quieter back canals as opposed to the hustle of the main streams.

Absorb the beautifully crafted bridges, while getting serenaded by the local gondoliers. Make sure you allocate time to visit the Guggenheim collection to admire the vast collection of artwork on display by more than 575 artists. Situated on the Grand Canal in the in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice.

Be aware, Venice can be pricey, so it’s well worth prioritising the key hot-spots you want to visit!

Plitvice, Croatia

Plitvice, Croatia


The intriguing island of Croatia has recently become a firm favourite Mediterranean destination for UK mature travellers. Boasting a short flight time you can be transported to the crystal clear, Adriatic Sea waters within two hours.

Rich with history, the ancient town is oozing in culture and caters for all. If you’re looking for pure relaxation, the unspoilt island of Mljet may be the hidden paradise you’re looking for.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to revel in a new adventure away from the coastline, why not explore the Plitvice Lakes or hike the Paklenica Mountains.

Whichever route you take, you’ll be sure to indulge in rich history and fascinating flavours thanks to the exquisite cuisine options on offer in this architect’s paradise.

Promenade des Anglais


It’s no secret the dazzling sights that Nice has to offer. Located on the French Riveria, the urban gem promises a weekend of sight-seeing in luxury.

True to its name, Nice is the definition of beauty. The mild Mediterranean temperatures make for the ideal humidity for tourists.

Divert to the idyllic side café to watch the world go by while experiencing the French delicacies.

We advise taking a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais and absorb the city from the fascinating stretch of palms.

Super cars, high fashion and fabulous food are just a few elements that make Nice the perfect hotspot, so what are you waiting for!

So get your suitcases ready for a trip of a life time!

By Abby East content writer at Chums

Last modified: June 10, 2021

Written by 10:27 am Europe