Travel Man returns to UK TV screens this week with a series of European minibreaks that will have us reaching for our suitcases.
This year’s Travel Man is Joe Lycett, a comedian who will take other celebrities on 48-hour tours of cities.
Split, Cyprus and Antwerp are all featured in the Channel 4 new series. It is hosted by comedians James Acaster and Aisling Bea. Katherine Parkinson also appears.
The long-weekenders are led by Lycett, a puntastic editor who has a knack for finding the most interesting and unique attractions in Europe. It’s worth the 20-minute effort to be whisked away each episode with such quick editing.
Here are our top picks so far from the series.
Antwerp, Belgium: City golf sightseeing
An exciting way to discover Antwerp, Belgium’s port city is to play golf. City golf tours’ knowledgeable guides will help you find the best places to play and teach you.
You can make these facts sink into your mind by hitting the statue of Peter Paul Reubens, a Flemish painter. Or you can send a golf ball across the Great Market.
Six holes cost EUR20 each
Travel notes Joe and Katherine traveled by train from St Pancras Station to Antwerp Station on return tickets for PS78 (EUR93). It took them three hours each. Anterwerpen Centraal station with four platforms received a great review.
Katherine described it as “My kinda station.” It expands your imagination about travel.
Halloumi-making in Cyprus
Cyprus is an idyllic, sun-soaked country known as the ‘playground of the gods’. It’s also home to one of its most important exports, halloumi.
You can visit the source if you are a cheese lover or simply enjoy exceptional culinary experiences. To learn more about goat milking and cheese making, you can attend a workshop. After that, you will get to taste your creations. Joe said that the experience is “from teat-to-table” in three hours.
From Cyprus Taste Tours, workshops cost approximately EUR90 per person.
Travel notes – We’re absolutely sold on the colorful paradise that Joe and Mo stayed in Limassol. Anthos Myriathous, a Cypriot designer, created Euphoria Artland using recycled materials. He used a bioclimatic approach to create rooms in all shapes and colors.
Joe noted that there are “a lot of cats” in the accommodation, which is a bonus for animal-lovers.
Split, Croatia: A Froggy Museum
Froggyland is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most unique attractions. It has 507 stuffed animals. 21 exhibits show the dead amphibians in various scenes including classrooms, gymnasiums and carpentry.
Ferenc Mere, a taxidermist expert, stuffed the frogs’ mouths with cork in order to give them their unique appearance. The frogs have been kept alive ever since and made a lasting impression on Split tourists over the years.
Aisling comments, “It’s almost like the Sylvanian Familys took a lot of acid.”
Travel notes – Arrive like Joe or Aisling by taking a speedboat transfer from the airport. Fast Sea Transfers are also available to take you to Split’s surrounding islands, such as Brac, Hvar, and the ‘Blue Grotto” on Bisevo.
Take a Pintxo Tour in San Sebastian
Joe and James’s whistle-stop tour through the Basque Country was full of highlights and funny moments. A Pintxo tour to San Sebasatian’s most popular eateries was a highlight.
This tour by Mimo will take you to the best tapas in the resort town. After being presented with a bowl caramelised French Toast and vanilla ice cream, Joe and James were left speechless. They entered a strange world of table banging.
It’s almost like you are asking me to choose between two perfectly human beings I just met. And one happened to have French Toast in his pocket.
Joe, Off Menu podcast host, was asked to pick between San Sebasatian or Bilbao. They enjoyed the Guggenheim Museum as well as a bit of beret-buying. He said, “It’s almost like you’re asking us to choose between two perfect humans that I just met and one of them had some French Toast in his pocket.”
Travel notes The Artxandako Funicular takes you to breathtaking views of Bilbao. The comedians stayed in San Sebasatian at the Arimo Hotel. This pioneering Passivhaus design uses rainwater to flush the toilets and is powered by clean energy.