Here in the UK we may think of ghosts and ghouls at Halloween, but across Europe it is actually a very different affair. Many countries see it as a time to welcome the dead and celebrate those who have passed away.

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All Saints day is a big festivity in Italy. It is a public holiday and is particularly popular in Sicily. Instead of being a sad or scary day, the dead are celebrated. Children wake up to find toys and sweets left by their dead relatives – but only if they have been good!

Until fairly recently, All Saints Day was the only time of the year when children would receive presents making it bigger than Christmas and Birthdays in many areas.

The Frutta Martorana sweets which children receive are made from almond paste and are shaped to look like fruit. They are a speciality in Palermo, Sicily and simply must be tried if you ever visit at this time of the year!


If you ever get the chance, make sure you go to Kürbisfest a pumpkin festival in Austra. There is a stunning pumpkin parade, parties and a world famous pumpkin harvest.

It is also a local tradition in Austria to welcome your dead relatives by leaving a cake out for them and making sure you have a warm room spare for them to stay.


Noche de los Muertos (night of the dead) is a similar festival celebrated across Spain. Huge bonfires symbolically burn away bad luck and if you are in the north, make sure you try out quernadas (the local firewater) which is a drink of their celtic ancestors.

Don’t forget to hang about for Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) too which is slightly more traditional. Huge crowds gather around tombs, not to mourn but to celebrate – it is almost like a café!


Germans celebrate Halloween as well as a similar festival every spring time – exactly 6 months after Halloween. The forests and mountains of Germany fill with witches and bonfires. The tradition started when pagans were forced to convert to Christianity. They carried on practicing their pagan faiths secretly in the woods, under the cover of darkness with cloaks and masks to protect their identity.

If you fancy celebrating Halloween in a slightly different way this year – why not hire a car and head to one of these fascinating European countries to experience something new!

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Every year, tourists from all over the world travel to Spain to enjoy the summer. Spain remains one of the few countries which have become synonymous with the word summer. From the regional festivals and great beaches to cultural and historical attractions, there is not much more you could wish for when looking for a summer holiday destination. Here are a few cities to consider should you be heading for in Spain for your summer holidays.

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This Spanish island off the city of Valencia is popular for its summer club parties and which attract party-seekers from all over Europe. Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni are the main music and nightclub hubs on the island and from early June to October, the island is buzzing with activities. Many DJs present their works at its many music events with genres ranging from Trance to Chill-Out music. However, there is more to this island than the parties. Did you know that large parts of this island are registered as U.N. World Heritage Sites? Attractions like the Cave of Can Marca, the walled enclosure of Dalt Vila, the Ibiza Castle “The Almudaina” and its four museums amongst others; Ibiza has a lot to offer for visitors who would like some cultural and historical experience during their holidays.

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What the capital and largest city in Spain lacks in beaches, it more than makes up for in cultural attractions. Madrid is one of Europe’s top destinations for the arts enthusiast. With over 60 monuments and over 40 museums, it should come as no surprise. Best known is the Golden Triangle of Art which comprised of three museums, the most famous of which is the Prado Museum which houses one of the world’s finest collections of European art. It has works from greats such as Francisco de Goya, Titian, Rubens and Bosch. The national museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are also great museum with great collections. For visitors interested in architecture, Temple of Debod, Gran Via, Royal Palace of Madrid, Canalejas Square, Torres Kio and Madrid Barajas International Airport will all keep you amazed. Madrid also has a number of churches which have great visual architecture and some of them have religious artworks which will keep visitors marvelled such as St. Jerome Church, St. Anthony church and Royal Convent of La Encarnación. Visitors can also visit the largest bullring in Spain – Las Ventas. There is much to experience in Madrid, Warne Bros Park, Madrid Amusement Park and the many great parks and gardens are worth a visit for families visiting the city.

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Despite its multitude of beaches, marinas, Malaga is famously known as Europe’s golf capital. Home to historical monuments such as the Alcazaba Arab Citadel and the birth places of famous painter Pablo Picasso, there is more to this city than 9-irons, fairways and greens and great beaches. Visitors to this enchanting city who have an interest in arts have the rare opportunity of visiting the Picasso Museum which is located on the first floor of the building where the painter was born. Malaga which is located on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), visitors can choose from the Mediterranean, Cantabrian and Atlantic seaboard or even better check out all three. If you happen to be in the city in August, do not miss the August Malaga Fair (Feria de Malaga) which is a great portrayal of Spanish culture at its celebratory best. If you are visiting with family, Tivoli World amusement park is a great place for a family outing.

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With a Mediterranean coastline, golf courses, marine resorts and vineyards, Barcelona is another of Spain’s holidaymaker haven. Beaches of which there are too many to list aside, there are several other reasons why Barcelona is amongst the most visited in Europe. One of which is, Gaudi. The artist and architect’s famous works such as Sagrada Familia Church (which the he worked on for 40 years), Güell Park (which provides one of the best views in the city) and Casa Milà House attract visitors from the world over. Tibidabo Amusement Park and El Pueblo Español are leisure parks which will offer families a fun day out. If you are interested in arts and culture, the city offers a few arts, history, maritime and science museums which provide an enlightening and educational experience. With a host of World heritage sites, cathedrals, monasteries, churches, palaces and monuments to visit, Barcelona has something to appease even the most demanding of visitors.

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This island attracts beach seeking tourists and despites its relatively smaller size compared to the other Spanish islands, it almost as many beaches as Mallorca and Ibiza combined. It is a great destination for visitors who like boating, sailing, surfing, kayaking, wind-surfing and so on. With its clear blue waters, it is the perfect destination to a quiet, relaxed and restful holiday. Similar to this Ibiza, most visitors to the island are so drawn in by the blue water and sandy beaches that they fail to appreciate the other places of interest in Menorca. A few to include in your itinerary should you find yourself in this beautiful island include; Castell de Santa Agueda (a 2000 year old cobbled Roman road), Cavalleria (declared an area of special interest and home to an outdoor museum with a collection of archaeological remains found at this location), Ladro (offering shopping, go karting, swimming pools, climbing frames and more, there is something to keep every member of the family entertained) and the Menorca Harbours.

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Enjoy Spain!

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