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Where to travel in Europe during university holidays

Want to explore Europe during your student holidays but don’t know which country to go to? Worry no more, check out our guide for some helpful advice!

For art lovers

France

I believe every single one of you has heard of The Louvre, the world’s largest and most famous museum, housing many works of art, including the Mona Lisa. Paris, the city, has attracted artists from around the world for centuries, all arriving in the city to educate themselves and to seek inspiration from its artistic atmosphere. Paris has acquired a reputation as the “City of Art” because of that.

When you’re walking around the streets of Paris you can picture yourself as a painter from the 18th century, being inspired by the scenery, the architecture and the people. The pavement you are walking on today might have been the usual route of your favourite artist.

paris-city-view

What you need to know before you go

For citizens from non-European countries you may need to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter France and 26 other European nations (see the list of nationalities which require a visa here). Find out how to apply here.

Spain

Compared to Paris, the artistic atmosphere in Barcelona is much more passionate and outgoing. Spanish art blends in with the city and it comes in all different shapes and forms. Burgos Cathedral, Antonio Gaudi’s renowned Sagrada Familia church and his Casa Batllo are all great representations of Spanish architecture that you can’t find anywhere else.

Is Spain covered by the Schengen visa? Yes

Burgos Cathedral

For food lovers

Europe has thousands of culinary delights to offer, we explore the best places with the tastiest food on offer.

Italy

The history of this Mediterranean country is what made their cuisine so diverse. Their passion about finding the best natural ingredients and exploring the finest spices has made Italian cuisine one of a kind. The differences between northern Italian food and the southern Italian food make it even more fascinating. You can really taste the country while you travel.  If you call yourself a food aficionado, then Italy should definitely be your next destination.

Covered by the Schengen visa? Yes

spaghetti bolognese

Portugal

The Portuguese use lots of fish and seafood in their dishes, so if you’re a big seafood fan you’ll love Portugal. Francesinha, the signature dish of Porto, is a sandwich stuffed with steak, ham and cheese and an egg on top and a gravy-based sauce all over it. Doesn’t it sound mouth-watering? Carne de porco a alentejana is another signature Portuguese dish, it will blow away your tastebuds with the amazing flavours and the interesting combination of pork, clams, potatoes and coriander.

Check out the ultimate Lisbon food guide for more ideas: Lisbon in 100 bites

Covered by the Schengen visa? Yes

Francesinha-Portugal

carne de porco a alentejana portugal

For music lovers

Germany

Classic music and Techno music, two completely different genres have both found their place in Berlin. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms were all born and lived in Germany which now also has the largest electronic music scene in the world. Germany has some of the best music colleges because of this. Just as artists flock to Paris so too do many classical musicians head to Berlin and Germany to learn from the best musicians. Berlin’s renowned nightclub Berghain is a temple for electronic music lovers and party goers, so many people flock there in their thousands each year. On the weekend, the east side of Berlin is lit up with clubs and up and coming DJs, where you’ll always have a great time partying into the early hours.

Of course Berlin is not just about nightlife, its history, architecture and Christmas festivities are world renowned, you will be spoiled for choice with all the Christmas markets and the Christmas lights.

Covered by the Schengen visa? Yes

brandenburg gate berlin germany

sony centre berlin