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Group E - Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia

 

Group E, it’s your time to shine. The undeniable excitement that only competitive sport  - on a global stage - can deliver, has us thinking about these four countries in particular detail:

  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Slovakia

You might have an inkling that Slovakia won't fare too well against Poland, or that Spain will easily be the best in Group E, but as part of our Alternative Euros, we’re considering these places in terms of holiday potential only. So let’s play!

 

How do these travel destinations compare?

 

Just as Spain is the group favourite in a sporting sense, it’s also a beloved travel destination because of its year-round sunshine, irresistible tapas, the art and architecture of Barcelona, and party islands. Of course, you won’t find any beaches in the landlocked nation of Slovakia, but the rustic, regional cuisine including zemiakové placky (crispy potato pancakes), kapustnica (sauerkraut soup), and halušky (a soft, indulgent variety of potato dumplings), as well as historic architecture in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Levoča, makes it a unique, less-touristy option for travellers.

To the north is Slovakia’s northerly neighbour Poland. One of the largest countries in central Europe, Poland has a diversity of landscapes, stretching from the Baltic coast in the north to the dramatic Tatra mountains in the south. The country covers 312,696 square kilometres, giving intrepid travellers plenty to explore. Adventure-seekers will also find their bliss in Sweden, which offers an array of outdoor activities including skiing, lake swimming, and of course, catching a coveted glimpse of the Northern Lights.

 

The winner is…

 

Poland! Poland is one of the most underrated European travel destinations. A lesser known fact is that it’s the proud home to 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the historic city centre of Krakow to the fascinating 16 wooden tserkvas in the Carpathians. Poland is truly a country with a long history, much of it staked in conflict. When in Poland, pay a visit to the Auschwitz Birkenau camp and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, to commemorate the lives lost.

You might be fascinated to hear that Poland has an entire northern coast of pristine white sand beaches. During summer, locals flock to the resorts and the smaller beach towns to enjoy kitesurfing, swimming, and walking in the dunes.

If you’re not afraid to brave the cold, then head over to Poland for a white Christmas. The nation is renowned for its Christmas markets, with cities such as Krakow and Warsaw transforming into cosy, light-filled havens during December.

 

Suggested tour: Spirit of Krakow

 

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Kraków Christmas Markets
  • 4.32 (213 reviews)
  • Poland
  • 1 excursion included
  • 3 meals included
  • A guided walking tour of Kraków
  • Free time to browse Kraków's Christmas markets
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    • Flights Included
  • 4 days from: £396pp
  • Was: £439pp
  • 11 airports
  • 4 dates available
  • Nov 2021 - Dec 2021
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Spirit of Krakow
  • 4.21 (590 reviews)
  • Poland
  • 2 excursions included
  • 4 meals included
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Poland’s stunning former royal capital
  • Discover the great medieval square of Rynek Główny
  • Wander the market stalls and galleries of the vast Sukiennice Cloth Hall
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 5 days from: £482pp
  • Was: £535pp
  • 12 airports
  • 31 dates available
  • Aug 2021 - Nov 2022
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Seville, Granada & Classic Spain
  • 3.95 (691 reviews)
  • Spain
  • 3 excursions included
  • 5 meals included
  • Stay in the heart of traditional Andalucia
  • Enjoy a full-day visit to Seville, the city of flamenco
  • Journey towards the Sierra Nevada, beneath which the great Moorish city of Granada stands
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 7 days from: £608pp
  • Was: £675pp
  • 11 airports
  • 30 dates available
  • Sep 2021 - Nov 2022
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Little Trains of the Pyrenees
  • 4.11 (204 reviews)
  • France, Spain
  • 4 excursions included
  • 1 meal included
  • Spend five nights on the beautiful Costa Brava
  • Enjoy the views from the Roses Express road train
  • Ride the Little Yellow Train to the French Pyrenees
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £702pp
  • Was: £779pp
  • 10 airports
  • 23 dates available
  • Sep 2021 - Oct 2022
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Prague, Vienna & Budapest
  • 4.12 (578 reviews)
  • Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia
  • 4 excursions included
  • 7 meals included
  • An included walking tour of Prague
  • Journey through beautiful, forested Bohemia
  • See the Ringstrasse buildings and the Hofburg Palace in Vienna
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £819pp
  • Was: £909pp
  • 6 airports
  • 26 dates available
  • Aug 2021 - Nov 2022
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Barcelona, Montserrat & the Pyrenees
  • 4.11 (470 reviews)
  • Spain, France
  • 3 excursions included
  • 1 meal included
  • A guided tour of wonderful Olympic city Barcelona
  • See Gaudi's monumental Sagrada Familia
  • Journey to the mountain-top shrine at Montserrat
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £572pp
  • Was: £635pp
  • 7 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • Sep 2021 - Oct 2022
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Lisbon, Seville & the Glorious Algarve
  • 3.98 (137 reviews)
  • Portugal, Spain
  • 2 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Enjoy a stay in Portugal's sun-kissed holiday haven
  • Discover Lisbon, the historic Portuguese capital
  • Visit the stunning City of Flamenco - Seville
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £603pp
  • Was: £669pp
  • 13 airports
  • 11 dates available
  • Nov 2021 - Apr 2022
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  • 1 excursion included
  • 6 meals included
  • Spend four nights in stunning Kraków
  • Explore the elegant, medieval city of Kraków
  • Free time to enjoy Kraków’s Christmas markets
    • Flights Included
  • 5 days from: £657pp
  • Was: £729pp
  • 7 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 23 December 2021
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Christmas in Spain
  • 3.91 (125 reviews)
  • Spain
  • 2 excursions included
  • 8 meals included
  • Spend Christmas on the peaceful Coast Maresme
  • A full-day visit to Barcelona
  • A Wild Coast tour on Christmas Day
    • Flights Included
  • 5 days from: £680pp
  • Was: £755pp
  • 7 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 23 December 2021
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 5 meals included
  • Enjoy a stay in Palma, Mallorca’s historic capital
  • Walking tour of the atmospheric Old Town and the majestic cathedral
  • Board the Orange Blossom Train for the hour-long journey through the pretty countryside
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £761pp
  • Was: £845pp
  • 5 airports
  • 5 dates available
  • Feb 2022 - May 2022
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Christmas in Andalucia
  • 4.42 (25 reviews)
  • Spain
  • 2 excursions included
  • 11 meals included
  • A stay in the heart of the Andalusian hills
  • A Christmas Eve visit to Seville
  • A full day in Granada, including entry to the Alhambra
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £810pp
  • Was: £899pp
  • 10 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 23 December 2021
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  • 5 excursions included
  • 11 meals included
  • The royal history and elegant atmosphere of your Parador hotels
  • Follow in pilgrims’ footsteps in Santiago de Compostela and León
  • Santillana del Mar – one of Spain’s prettiest villages
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1319pp
  • Was: £1465pp
  • 4 airports
  • 17 dates available
  • Sep 2021 - Oct 2022
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