Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Most of us love a bargain and when it comes to fashion, particularly 'brand name' items, who can resist? Whilst your European holiday is probably going to include visits to plenty of churches, museums and monuments, why not take some time out for a bit of retail therapy and head to one of Europe's many outlet shopping villages?


Factory outlet shopping in EuropeImage © Production Perig / Dollar Photo Club 

Europe offers a number of different outlet shopping centres with stock and discounts varying, but if you're nearby, they might just be worth a visit to see if you can bag a bargain.

Ladies, you might need to be a bit persuasive to convince your male travelling companions to partake, but with the promise of designer labels at reduced prices, it's definitely worth the effort. And if hubby or boyfriend aren't convinced, the outlet villages are home to plenty of coffee shops where they can sit and watch the beautiful people whilst you shop till you drop!


Just remember you have to get everything you buy home and airlines are very strict with their luggage limits. Forking out for excess baggage charges could easily negate any savings you make on your purchases.


Many of Europe's outlet villages feature stores by the big-name European brands like Armani, Prada, Gucci, Bally, Dolce & Gabbana and Adidas. Here's a few outlet shopping villages to consider visiting:


Milan, the fashion capital of Italy, and perhaps even the world, offers plenty of shopping choices, and when in Florence, you can visit the Prada factory store or the Barberino Designer Outlet.


Just over the Italian border into Switzerland, Foxtown Outlet Shopping Village has over 130 stores to browse, with discounts of 30 - 70% available.


Paris is home to La Vallee Village where more than 100 prestigious brands offer their previous seasons' collections at reduced prices.


Visitors to Germany can choose from a number of outlet shopping options including Wertheim Village near Wurzburg; Ingolstadt Village (between Nuremburg and Munich); and Metzingen, located south of Stuttgart.


Bicester Village, just an hour from London, is one of the world's premier luxury shopping destinations. A daily coach service takes shoppers from London directly to the Village.






What's your favorite outlet shopping experience in Europe?  Please tell me about it in the comments below.






# Carolyn 2013-11-01 13:29
Hi Suzanne,

Probably the best place to start learning more about Europe and the things to see and do is to grab a few brochures from a travel agent. That will give you an idea of where you might like to visit. I also add a new destination article to the blog each week which might give you some travel inspiration, too!

For more info on factory outlet shopping, I find the websites of each specific country generally have some useful information.

Thanks for stopping by.
# suzanne gomes 2013-10-31 22:49
i would love to learn more about Europe.Give me as much info with regards to factory outlets,tourist spots ,food,history etc

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