With history, art, and music around every corner, Europe is always a destination that delights. Although the sights of any European vacation are memorable, the unique aromas and tastes bring those memories to life again and again. Make your next luxurious European getaway unforgettable by engaging all of your senses. Luxury Link’s top choices for delectable destinations in Europe will surely whet your appetite.
Florence, Italy (a.k.a Eataly)
Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, has always been the home and inspiration of many artists, including chefs. Located on the Arno River, Florence welcomes art lovers, jewelry aficionados, fans of world-class leather, and those with an appetite. Bringing together the best of the art world in combination with rich Tuscany’s wines and gastronomy, Florence is not only a feast for your eyes, but also your palate. After a day visiting the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Botticelli, relax and indulge at the Hotel Helvetia and Bristol. Located in the heart of Old Florence, there is no better finale to a day than Chef Roberto Cordisco’s fine Tuscan dining. You will be wowed! There is a reason why many joke that Italy should be Eataly!
Breakfast in Florence
Opa in Santorini
The world’s your oyster in the whitewashed towns of the Greek Islands. When in Greece, in particular, Santorini, you are living in a postcard with cobblestoned streets leading to hidden small cafes overlooking the serene beauty of the Mediterranean. After treating yourself to plates of fresh calamari, octopus, Greek olives, and tangy cucumber salad paired with local wines or chilled ouzo, retire to your Greek oasis at the Avant Garde Suites. Enjoy a dip in the pool or relax in your own private en-suite whirlpool. Although you may not understand any Greek, it’s ok because your taste buds will understand and never forget Greek food and wine. Opa!
Lunch in Santorini
Olé to Barcelona
In the country that made tapas (small plates) a worldwide phenomenon, you better bring your appetite. For any foodie, no visit to Spain is complete without stopping in Barcelona. As one of the global leaders in cuisine and culinary innovations, Barça will have you asking for seconds (otra). After touring Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, make your way to the major shopping and entertainment boulevard, La Rambla. Although many quaint cafes will tempt you, save yourself for a stop at the largest food market, La Boqueria. Under one roof, you will explore hundreds of food stalls and dozens of small restaurants showcasing Mediterranean seafood, meats, cheeses, olives, and even pizza. When it’s time for your siesta, head on over to Melia Barcelona Sky, for a nap. In the evening, take advantage of the panoramic views of the city before dancing the night away with cocktails and tapas at the Angels and Kings club. Olé to Barcelona!
Dinner in Barcelona
Bon Voyage and Bon Appetite
Hungry yet? Whether you choose Greece, Italy, Spain, or maybe all three, create memories that will last a lifetime. Make your next luxurious getaway a culinary one, full of top-notch cuisine and libations. So, pack your bags, but don’t forget your appetite. Bon voyage and bon appetite!