Council of Europe

Spa Secrets: Europe’s Historic Thermal Towns

A blog post for the Council of Europe, October 2020
"Vichy might be renowned the world over for its curative waters, but the nearby ski resort of La Bourboule also has lovely hot springs that were first discovered by ancient Celtic tribes..."

Castles, Churches and Cheeses in Switzerland

A blog post for the Council of Europe, August 2020
"It’s easy to characterise Switzerland as a land of chocolate-box villages, snow-dusted peaks and chic mountain towns, but doing so overlooks the country’s complex culture and history..."

Ukraine: A Big Country with a Big Heart

A destination guide for the Council of Europe, May 2020
"It may be one of Europe's largest countries, but Ukraine isn't huge by landmass alone: big landscapes await travellers at every turn, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Black Sea..."

Lithuania: Active Adventures and Medieval Riches

A destination guide for the Council of Europe, March 2020
"A rich seam of medieval influence runs through Lithuania’s culture, from its many dark wood carvings, to its raucous celebrations of peasant music, to its taste for beverages like mead..."

Finland: Snowscapes and Bright Lights

A destination guide for the Council of Europe, February 2020
"Visitors to Finland are just as likely to find themselves tracking elk and bear deep in a snow-dusted forest as they are to be watching an up-and-coming band play in a cool Helsinki bar...."

Slovakia: Historic Architecture, Natural Wonders

A destination guide for the Council of Europe, January 2020
"Slovakia packs an incredible number of cultural attractions into a relatively small region, with travellers able to see UNESCO World Heritage sites, national parks, ski resorts and more..."

Latvia: Urban Gems Amid a Wilderness

A destination guide for the Council of Europe, November 2019
"With its Baltic coastline and vast expanses of woodlands, wilderness and water, Latvia is a small country blessed with more than its fair share of natural - as well as urban - attractions..."

Sweden: A Modern Nordic Nation with Ancient Roots

A destination guide for the Council of Europe, October 2019
"To the north of the country lies Swedish Lapland with its stunning snowscapes and dancing Northern Lights, while to Sweden's south, gently rolling hills and lush green scenery abound..."

Hungary: A Landscape Shaped by an Epic Past

A destination guide for the Council of Europe, September 2019
"Hungary exudes a very unique character, with proud Magyar residents and a history filled with Romans, Ottomans and Habsburgs helping to carve out a land of architectural marvels..."

Estonia: A Melting Pot of Cultural Influences

A destination guide for the Council of Europe, August 2019
"Historic attractions abound in Estonia, from medieval castles to graceful 18th century towns. Yet Estonia’s urban population is extremely forward-looking, with tech highly important here..."