Our Newmarket Travel Predictions
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:
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!
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.
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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