With a whopping 50 countries making up the continent, Europe is the granddaddy of holiday destinations. Whether you’re a sun seeker or snow bunny, history fanatic or foodie – there’s no doubt Europe boasts a region to satisfy all passions.
Before you go predicting your next European escape, put down the crystal ball and take our travel quiz to find out which European destination is the perfect match for your next holiday.
What is your favourite breakfast food?
A) Tostadacon tomate, aceite, y jamón (toast with olive oil, tomato and ham) and freshly squeezed orange juice.
B) A ‘Full English’ – bacon eggs, sausages, black pudding, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast).
C) Smørrebrød– an open-faced sandwich made from dark rye bread with cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumbers and dill.
D) Cold cuts of meat with olives, feta cheese and cucumber, with a side of yoghurt and honey.
E) Cornetto (similar to a croissant but smaller) with butter and jam and a cup of espresso.
You’re at your local bar – what’s your go-to beverage?
What is the first item that you pack in your suitcase before every trip?
A) A pair of dancing shoes!
B) An umbrella
C) Thermal socks
D) A sun hat
E) Stretchy trousers
What is your favourite plane read?
A) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
B) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
C) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
D) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
E) Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
What is your personal travel style?
B) Warm. My Patagonia raincoat goes everywhere with me.
C) Practical. That mountain can’t be climbed in heels.
D) Minimal. What else do you need on the beach?
E) Stylish. Gucci or Prada? I’ll take both.
What kind of weather do you enjoy the most?
A) Steamy. Por favor.
B) Chilly and wet. Snuggling inside is the best.
C) Snow. There’s nothing quite as magical!
D) Scorching. The hotter, the better.
E) Warm and dry. The ultimate gelato weather.
A word that best describes you?
You have a day all to yourself in a foreign place. What do you do?
A) Sleep – I’ll need energy for tonight’s flamenco class!
B) Cosy up in a local pub with a good book.
C) Don my hiking shoes and get into nature.
D) Straight. To. The. Beach.
E) Tick off every food item on my bucket list.
Favourite mode of transport?
B) Black cab
C) My own two feet
True beauty is…
A) Anything by Gaudí
B) Historic architecture
C) Breathtaking mountainscapes
D) A private beach
E) A Renaissance art work
MOSTLY As: France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco
Bright, cheery and always up for a good time, your personality is as warm as the steamy streets of Spain. If you’re not sipping sangria in Seville, head straight for the lively streets of Lisbon in Portugal, where the barrios don’t come alive until well into the night. In need of a ‘holiday outfit’? The boutique-lined boulevards of France will satisfy your shopping fix. Or if you’d rather splurge on Moroccan leather than Louboutin, dive headfirst into the rousing markets of Marrakech.
Suggested trip: Spain, Portugal and Morocco
MOSTLY Bs: Great Britain & Ireland
Forget battling your way to the front of the ice-cream stand. The idea of sweltering on a crowded beach is your idea of a nightmare. Instead, you’d much prefer to cosy up in front of a roaring fire – book in one hand and Hot Toddy in the other – listening to the rain hit the thatched roof of your old English cottage. Admire the rolling green hills of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and learn of tales featuring poets, writers and history that can’t be matched.
Suggested trip: Wonders of Britain and Ireland
MOSTLY Cs: Central, Eastern & Northern Europe (including Russia & Scandinavia)
Imperial cities, remarkable natural beauty and a treasure trove of Soviet history await you on your next trip to central, eastern and northern Europe. Unperturbed by heading ‘off the beaten track’, you’re always up for adventure and have the highest mountain in your sights. You get your kicks from nature, so it’s no surprise the hulking fjords of Norway and snowy slopes of Switzerland are on your bucket list. If cold isn’t necessarily your thing, don your hiking shoes for a trip to Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, where the temperatures are generally milder.
Suggested trip: Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords
MOSTLY Ds: Eastern Mediterranean (including Greece, Israel, Jordan & Turkey)
A true sun seeker, you plan your getaways around the ocean and find the smell of exotic spices to be the true sign of a cultural escape. You might thrive in the local markets, but you thrive on the beach even more (just). Your friends refer to you as a ‘lounge lizard’ but you know you’re not lazy– you’d just prefer to top up your tan than hit the hotel gym. When you’re not chasing sea turtles in the waters of Greece, you’re quite happy to delve into your own cultural pursuits – getting lost in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar or channelling Indiana Jones at Petra in Jordan.
Suggested trip: Best of Turkey
MOSTLY Es: Italy
You have two major loves in life: food and fashion. What better place to indulge your passions than Italy? You might wear stretchy trousers to accommodate the grand Italian feasts, but you can be sure those trousers are Armani. Venture to the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre for a taste of la dolce
Suggested trip: Best of Italy
For another hit of travel inspiration or to learn more about the region that you landed on, head to our site to see all the exciting European holidays we have on offer.