Learning holidays: the world’s most creative retreats

Learning holidays: the world’s most creative retreats
If lazing on a sunbed doesn’t exactly float your boat, and you want to come back from your holiday enlightened, educated and fulfilled, a creative holiday could be the answer.

From photography to watercolours, and cookery to sculpture, more and more creative holidays are becoming available; perfect for those looking to enhance the grey matter or learn a new skill.

The Travel Team at RAC has taken some time out to research the best of the best when it comes to booking a learning holiday, and we think we’ve found something for everyone. 

Get snap happy in Iceland

If you’ve always wanted to take photos like a professional, a photography course could be the perfect solution, and what better location to capture for all eternally than Iceland.

There are many photography breaks and holidays that take you through some of Iceland’s diverse and beautiful landscapes. 

Raft building in Sweden

This is a great holiday for the entire family. Here you’ll get to learn the ancient craft of traditional raft building using just logs and rope.

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You’ll need to pay attention as your raft is going to take you on a journey along the river from Branäsäng to Björkebo and you’ll even get a chance to dock your raft and camp in the wilds overnight. Don’t forget to look out for wild beavers on the way.

Turkish carpet weaving workshops

For something traditional and a little different, why not give Turkish carpet weaving a try?

There are many workshops available, and the best thing is you’ll be able to take the fruits of your labours home with you. You’ll also get to enjoy Turkish food, explore the sights and even relax on the beach for a few hours. 

Paint a pretty picture in Italy

Whether you’re an accomplished painter or a complete novice, Italy is an ideal place to perfect and improve. One of the most popular artists’ residences is Palazzo Rinaldi.

Set among beautiful rolling hills and with a fabulous panoramic terrace just begging to be immortalised on canvas, you won’t find many better creative holidays than this.

Learn the art of printmaking in Austria

Ever wanted to learn the art of etching or printmaking?

Well, how about learning these traditional skills in the heart of the Austrian forest surrounded by wildlife, fields and inspiring countryside?

At the Dekkle Intaglio Workshop, you’ll get to work on your own etchings and create many pieces to take home and show off. You can also combine your holiday with a few days in Vienna or even take to the slopes if skiing is your thing. 

Mosaic Arts In Portugal

Mosaic art is detailed, intricate and fascinating. It’s little wonder that mosaic art workshops are so popular.

If you’d love to learn the art of cutting, breaking, laying out tiles and grouting, then how about taking a mosaic art workshop in the Algarve?

There is plenty to inspire you here, and thanks to its almost year round sunshine, it’s a great place to visit no matter what time of year you choose. 

Whatever your preference, there really is a creative holiday available to suit everybody.

Whether you are travelling with your own equipment or travelling light, you’ll want to ensure you have the right level of travel insurance to protect what matters. RAC Travel Insurance is here to offer you a range of packages and bespoke options to suit your needs.