Experiencing the Perfect Day in Cannes, Antibes and Nice


Glamour, glitz and seemingly endless summer sun; there are few destinations that can rival the French Riviera when it comes to enjoying a taste of the high life. Rewind a hundred years or so and the French Riviera was only a series of small fishing villages, clinging to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. However, [...]

Romans, Renaissance and Irresistible Romance: Lose Yourself in Historical and Cultural Florence


From its initial inception as a Roman garrison on the Arno River, right through to its illustrious renaissance and thriving 21st century popularity, Florence continues to maintain its reputation as one of the most historical, cultural locations on the planet. The name itself is enough to conjure up images of romantic twilight walks across the [...]

A Guide to the Italian Lakes of Bracciano and Bolsena


Rich history and culture, world-renowned food, some of the most luxurious Mediterranean beaches in the continent; its small wonder that Italy is so popular with travellers! Although many visitors flock to the country to enjoy the historic treasures of Rome or the romantic ambiance of Venice, Italy also boasts a completely different holiday experience, far [...]

Spectacular Scenery and Solitude: Top Things to do on the Swiss-French Border


The 573 kilometre stretch of land that makes up the French-Swiss border is not, perhaps, the best choice of destination for a family looking for theme parks, loud entertainment and beaches in bucket-loads. However, for many people, this is seen as a definite advantage! Quiet, reserved, with an overwhelming abundance of dramatic mountain scenery and [...]

Family Friendly Festivals in Europe


Thank You For the Music: Family Friendly Festivals in Europe Rewind a couple of decades, and holidays abroad were mostly about one thing and one thing only. Hitting the beach (and most importantly, of course, a sunny beach) was the sole priority of families heading to Europe for their holidays, and a week or two [...]

Austria in the Summer


Why Austria Should be Your Next Family Summer Break: Things to do in Austria When the Sun Shines If you’re weary of battling it out with thousands of other tourists on the jam-packed beaches of popular Mediterranean destinations, then you may well be looking to find inspiration for a slightly more alternative holiday destination. Far [...]

Theme Parks in France


Fun Days Out With the Family: The Best Theme Parks in France France is a hugely popular choice of holiday destination for families, thanks to its extensive coastline, picturesque towns and warm, pleasant climate, particularly in the southern parts of the country. It’s equally blessed with plenty of things to see and places to visit, [...]

Paris Hidden Gems

There are so many iconic sights to see in Paris – the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur to name but a few – you might think you don’t have time for the “smaller” sights. But while you probably don’t want to miss out on the main attractions, it’s also well worth [...]

Rome Hidden Gems


You can barely move around Rome without bumping into an historic building and if you’re planning a visit, you’ve probably already got a long list of “must sees” such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Alfresco Holidays has put together some suggestions for some lesser known sites both within the city of [...]

Roman Ruins in France


Roman Revolution: The Most Remarkable Roman Ruins in France These days France is a cosmopolitan, forward-thinking country, with sleek, sophisticated cities such as Paris, Nice and Biarritz, spectacular natural scenery and some of the most family-friendly beach resorts in Europe. However, rewind the clock two thousand years and the country had a rather different story [...]