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4 European holidays to brighten up your life

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Blue Lagoon Spa Iceland Silken Al Andalus Seville Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Someday you’ll find it, the rainbow connection — but why not today? Trip out on a European holiday full of colour: from vibrant paintings, to blue lagoons, we’ve found a spectrum of sojourns to brighten your day. Leprechauns and singing frogs not included.

You’ll be seeing red with a Tipsy Lenin tour from Budapest Statue Park, where you’ll come across communist relics removed after the collapse of the red regime. The guide tells all about life under the spectre of Stalin, like the locals who would jam radio stations and run illegal black markets to survive. Oh and try the famous dessert wine ‘Bull’s Blood’. Bring colour to your ears with a stay at the Budapest Hotel, where the restaurant has great live music, Hungarian style.

It may not be tropical, but this Blue Lagoon is just as tantalising. Take a trip from Reykjavik, relax in the geothermal spa in a lava field with water at 100 -110 degrees Fahrenheit (36 – 39 degrees Celsius). Why blue? Because of a type of blue-green algae, which nourishes and softens the skin, perfect when combined with the natural mineral salts for exfoliation. Get buzzed from the inside too by staying at the Radisson SAS 1919 Hotel, where rooms have their own Nespresso machine.

See rainbows come to life in the paintings at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It contains the largest collection in the world, including the rich yellow shades of the Sunflowers, and the purples and blues inspired by his years in Provence. Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the red light district. Stay at the five-star NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, where you can toast to fun with a colourful cocktail at The Golden Palm Bar.

What rhymes with orange? Fun! Well not quite, but on a trip to Seville you’ll be so juiced up on cuisines and wines, everything sounds like poetry. Walk around the local tapas bars tasting Sevillian ham, authentic gazpacho soup and the popular orange wine and sangria. Then take in the colours of over 15,000 square metres of gardens at the Silken Al Andalus Palace Hotel, before dancing back to the piano-bar for some live music.

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