European destinations for every type of Dad
Spoiling Dad with a getaway for Father’s Day this year? Whether he’s going alone, together with Mum, or just the two of you, it’s his time to decide where he’s going on his well-deserved trip. With thousands of options to choose from, he could probably use some destination inspiration to enjoy his getaway. Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for! We’ve listed the best destinations. Is he the adventurous dad, the nature lover, or the beach bum? Find your type of dad on the list, and we’ll give you the best destination for his next getaway. Let’s make sure it’s going to be the trip he’ll never forget.
“Un billet pour Paris, s’il vous plaît.” Paris, France, is the ideal destination for the dads who know their wines and how to handle their class. From enjoying a classic breakfast with a croissant and coffee to strolling through the beautiful streets along the Seine in the evening, there’s no doubt he’ll enjoy the refined culture of the city of lights. When staying in a hotel such as Hôtel L’Échiquier Opéra Paris, it’ll be hard for Dad not to feel like a true Parisian.
For the dads who always seek adventure, the Lake District, U.K., is the perfect destination. This is the place where he can hike to his heart’s content while being mesmerised by the unbelievably beautiful surroundings. Put his adventurous skills to the test in the largest National Park in the U.K. between the rugged fell mountains and glacial ribbon lakes. On his resting days, he’ll have fun exploring the market towns, such as Kendal and Keswick, which are full of traditional restaurants, inns, and art galleries.
Beach bum Dad
Are sun, sea, and beach three things that describe your dad’s idea of what heaven looks like? Then we found it on earth. Malaga, Spain, offers all that and more. With many beaches to choose from, your dad will always experience something new while doing his favourite activity. With just a few minutes walking from the city centre, beaches such as La Malagueta and La Caleta will be the ideal place to top-up his tan while reading a book and sipping on a cocktail. Is he up for a short trip? Then the Las Acacias Beach in the village Pedregalejo will be a wonderful experience. Even in hotels such as Soho Boutique Hotel Malaga, your dad will never feel like he’s leaving the beach.
Europe has many cities to offer that are known for their traditional gastronomy. One of these cities is Bordeaux in France. Surrounded by historical wine districts, this city has no other choice than to provide hundreds of wines that are all worth trying. And what is wine without great food? The city centre and boulevard are full of streets that have one great restaurant after the other. Take your pick! This city is known for its traditional French cuisine mixed with the influences of other cultures, which is due to the fascinating history of Bordeaux’s global trading routes. And don’t worry, Dad will get to walk off those wines and dishes by admiring the old city centre and architecture.
For the dads who are perfectly happy with a pint in their hand while enjoying some good company, Manchester, U.K., is the place where they can feel right at home. What will make them happier than hopping from pub to pub and trying out the best beers that Manchester has to offer? The traditional pubs such as The Marble Arch will be an experience he’ll never forget. Is your dad also a football fan? Take a break from your pub crawl to visit the National Football Museum, it’s worth it! For a hotel that’s centrally located, Hotel Novotel Manchester Centre is a great option.
Is your Dad all about the historical facts? He’ll have an unforgettable time in the heart of Europe, in the city of Prague. It’s the capital of the Czech Republic, as well as the cultural centre. This city is known for its vast history, both breathtaking and heart-breaking. From musical legends to destroying kings, Prague has known the golden age to terrible wars. Get ready for Dad to soak up all of Prague’s stories that he can tell you about in one of Prague’s traditional breweries. Getting around Prague is easy, as almost everything is within walking distance, especially if you’re staying in a centrally located hotel, such as Vienna House Andel’s Prague Hotel.
The nature lover
For the dad who can spend hour after hour watching the wonders of nature, Interlaken in Switzerland is the place to be. It’s a destination that we dream of, with emerald-coloured lakes and snow-covered mountains. Hiking, kayaking, driving, railway, every type of transportation will be a joy to do. Not afraid of some slopes? Trade the boots for skis and get up the mountains. The days in the town aren’t any less exciting, with the medieval buildings and traditional restaurants. Stay in one of the authentic Swiss hotels, such as Hotel Chalet Swiss, for a true Swiss experience.
Does your dad know how to appreciate good art? Then he’ll be unstoppable in Madrid, Spain. With dozens of museums to choose from, the days will feel too short to admire all the masterpieces of Picasso, Goya, Dalí, and many others. The famous museums such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo del Prado will not disappoint. However, the smaller museums are also worth visiting. One example is the Sorolla Museum, which is located in the actual family home of the Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla. Want to make it extra artsy? Staying in the Puerta de Toledo Hotel will be the finishing touch. Are you joining Dad on the trip and are you not a big fan of stopping at every painting? Madrid has many other things to offer, from food to flea markets and beautiful parks, such as Retiro Park.
A Whisky connoisseur for a father? Edinburgh in Scotland is probably on his bucket list. This city has a great variety of experiences with the best Whiskys in the world. From distillery to walking tours and pub crawls, Dad is going to learn from the best guides while tasting all different kinds of flavours and aromas. While he’s there, the beautiful architecture of the old buildings won’t go unnoticed. Do you think Dad would appreciate staying in a classic Edinburgh-style building? The Murrayfield Hotel is exactly what he’s looking for.
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