Escape The Crowds: 10 Best Places To Visit In Europe This Summer

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Escape The Crowds: 10 Best Places To Visit In Europe This Summer

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One of the most amazing things about traveling in Europe is how incredibly easy it is to get around. That’s why the “whirlwind European adventure” is still such a classic for summer travel. With so much to see and do, a summer trip through top European destinations is a new experience every time you go.

To get you ready for a little summer fun in Europe, here is our list of the 10 best places to escape the crowds in Europe this summer!

Kotor, Montenegro

Hidden in a ria canyon, this beautiful, secluded Mediterranean port is surrounded by history—literally! The Venetian fortifications are only part of its long history, written in the town’s unique blend of architecture. With its Medieval old town, WWII memorials, and Napoleonic gates, it’s a quiet town with a long history to explore.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the 10 most well-preserved Medieval cities in the world, Dubrovnik is more well known for its perfect seaside charm. You’ll definitely want to spend your time outside on its many beaches, in its botanical gardens, and in the Arboretum Trsteno, the world’s oldest arboretum! Bonus for Game of Thrones fans: the town is one of the filming sites for Kings Landing.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is a big winter destination in Switzerland, but it’s much less crowded in the summer. With an elevation of 1,856 meters, it boasts plenty of sunny days yet it never gets too hot. Outdoor lovers can enjoy the many hiking trails in the area and those looking for a relaxing getaway have plenty of spa resorts to choose from.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland’s capital is the perfect destination for travelers who are interested in wilderness adventuring but who want to be able to return to the comfort of civilization after a hard day’s hike. Day-trips let you explore the solitary beauty of Iceland’s landscape, and you can keep enjoying it after with a relaxing trip to any Reykjavik spa featuring one of its many hot springs!

Bergen, Norway

If you want to see the fjords of Norway, Bergen is the perfect gateway city. Not only does this charming town offer easy hiking access to a trove of nearby landmarks, it’s colorful houses and cozy charm also make it the perfect place to curl up with a good cup of steaming fish soup. After all, the town is well known for its fishing history!

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Gothenburg Archipelago is a collection of islands, some big and some only large enough for a single house! If you’re into island hopping, Gothenburg is definitely an ideal destination. In the city proper, you can spend an adrenaline-filled day at Liseberg amusement park, walk its many parks, and enjoy its famous music scene.

Tenby, Wales

Amazingly picturesque, this Welsh town is perfect for travelers looking to enjoy a quaint English seaside summer. Between trips to any of its several beaches, you can enjoy visiting some of its gorgeous art galleries and museums, like The Glass Gallery, which specializes in stained glasswork, or the Tenby Museum. Nearby Pembroke Castle looms over the town and was the birthplace of Henry VII.

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is the place to go if you’re a fan of Renaissance art. From Reubens House to the Old Museum, there are plenty of museums, tours, and architectural masterpieces to help you get your aesthetic fill. Bike tours of the city are especially popular, as Antwerp is especially biker-friendly, and can be an enjoyable way to get your bearings if this is your first visit.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana (pronounced liu-bliana) is Slovenia’s capital city. Despite being a capital city, Ljubljana still holds a friendly small-town charm, with the benefit of modern amenities like free WiFi. The summer is filled with outdoor events like plays in the park and even an outdoor library, so take your time enjoying the sun and various street festivals.

Tallinn, Estonia

Like Ljubljana, Tallinn is a capital that nonetheless manages to retain a lot of quaint, historical charm. During the summer, its long coastline becomes a popular destination for beachgoers. Nearby Kadriorg Park extends behind the Kadriorg Park, offering beautiful botanical walks with rich history and architectural wonder.


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Best Places to Visit in Europe this Summer

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Our travelers rate Iceland, with its famous hot springs and midnight sun, as Europe’s top summer trip. Whether you’re looking for an alpine adventure in Switzerland or a city escape in Germany, these are the top countries to visit for Europe vacations in June, July, and August. Some top choices may even inspire you to plan your next trip.

1. ICELAND

Iceland puts on one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. Rainbow-arched waterfalls cleave mountains with snow capped peaks just beyond its happening capital, Reykjavík. You can climb mountains, ford rivers, watch birds, catch fish, and even tend herd at a typical Icelandic farm. Rugged fjords and lush valleys lace the countryside, while fingerlike peninsulas reach toward the Arctic Circle. In the south, a veritable land of fire and ice await, from Iceland’s still-active Hekla Volcano to the chilling splendor of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.

2. SWEDEN

Sweden requires the visitor to travel far, in both distance and attitude. Approximately the size of California, Sweden reaches as far north as the arctic fringes of Europe, where glacier-topped mountains and thousands of acres of forests are broken only by wild rivers, pristine lakes, and desolate moorland. In the more populous south, roads meander through miles of softly undulating countryside, skirting lakes and passing small villages with sharp-pointed church spires.

3. ENGLAND

From medieval cathedrals to postmodern towers, from prehistoric stones to one-pub villages, England is a spectacular tribute to the strength—and flexibility—of tradition. In the capital city of London and beyond, you can explore grand manors and royal castles steeped in history, and also discover cutting-edge art, innovative cultural scenes, and trendy shops. Quintessentially English treasures like the Georgian town of Bath, academic Oxford, and eccentric Brighton remain vibrant, and silvery lakes and green hills provide enduring grace notes.

4. SCOTLAND

Scotland packs spectacular landscapes, as well as rich history and tradition, into a small country. From the Lowlands to the Highlands, its lush woodlands, windswept moors, and deep lochs may take your breath away. Impressive castles, whisky distilleries, and golf courses entice, and cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow tweak tradition with cutting-edge festivals and vibrant cultural scenes. Scotland’s iconic products and customs—from tartans to bagpipes—may travel the globe, but there’s nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

5. SWITZERLAND

Whether on snow-capped mountains or in glitzy resort towns, you can experience the high life in Switzerland. Visitors are elated by its soaring outdoor recreation, riding cable cars up peaks near the Matterhorn, sipping Swiss wine while cruising on a crystalline alpine lake, and skiing the immaculate slopes of St. Moritz. At the end of the day, lavish spas beckon, along with lively après ski scenes and pots of fondue. Sophisticated cities like Zurich and Geneva take luxury to new heights, with posh boutiques and upscale restaurants lining their cobblestoned streets.

6. AUSTRIA

A “blast from the past” is how one recent visitor described her journey through Austria. It remains, she explained, a place where children laugh at marionette shows in the parks, couples linger for hours over pastries at gilt-ceiling cafés, and Lipizzan stallions dance to Mozart minuets—in other words, Austria is a country that has not forgotten the elegance of a time gone by.

7. GERMANY

From half-timbered medieval towns to cosmopolitan cities, Germany offers a thoroughly engaging mix of tradition and modernity. You can explore Bavaria’s magnificent baroque palaces one day, and immerse yourself in Hamburg’s cool, redeveloped HafenCity the next. In hip Berlin, historic sites such as the Brandenburg Gate and contemporary art galleries create exciting contrasts. Throughout the country, discovering world-class museums and cutting-edge design is as quintessentially German as grabbing a stein of beer at a centuries-old biergarten.

8. TURKEY

In modern Turkey, the legacy of centuries of history coexists with progressive and contemporary culture. Its exciting capital, Istanbul, spans Europe and Asia: here, upscale eateries and swanky nightclubs are squeezed between Byzantine and Ottoman structures, with calls-to-prayer from city mosques sounding above the city. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts mix ancient Roman ruins with stunning beaches and resorts. Still, the real cultural lessons come from the Turkish people, always welcoming and eager to share their homeland’s fascinating past and present.

9. WALES

Wales is a land of dramatic national parks, plunging, unspoiled coastlines, and awe-inspiring medieval castles. Its ancient history and deep-rooted Celtic culture make Wales similar in many ways to its more famous neighbors, Scotland and Ireland; and yet it doesn’t attract the same hordes of visitors, which is a big part of the appeal.

10. FINLAND

If you like majestic open spaces, fine architecture, and courteous locals, Finland is for you. Mother Nature dictates life in this Nordic land, where winter brings perpetual darkness, and summer, perpetual light. Crystal clear streams run through vast forests lighted by the midnight sun, and reindeer roam free. Even the arts mimic nature: witness the music of Jean Sibelius, Finland’s most famous son, which can swing from a somber nocturne of midwinter darkness to the tremolo of sunlight slanting through pine and birch, or from the crescendo of a blazing sunset to the pianissimo of the next day’s dawn. The architecture of Alvar Aalto and the Saarinens—Eliel and son Eero, visible in many US cities, also demonstrates the Finnish affinity with nature, with soaring spaces evocative of Finland’s moss-floored forests.

11. IRELAND

It’s a Celtic mystery: how can a country as small as Ireland be packed with so much majestic history, natural beauty, vibrant culture, and, of course, fun? Norman castles overlook wild, empty beaches, Georgian country houses host impromptu traditional music sessions, excited theatergoers spill out into bustling Dublin pubs. Drama and spectacle lie at every turn, with a pint of Guinness to toast it all. But the real Irish secret is the people: their unique blend of warmth, humor, and irreverence will ensure your trip to the Emerald Isle is a true adventure.

12. SPAIN

Spain conjures images of flamenco dancers, café-lined plazas, white hillside villages, and soaring cathedrals. Beyond these traditional associations, this modern country offers top-notch art museums, inventive cuisine, and exciting nightlife. From the Pyrenees to the coast, its landscapes and varied cultures are worth exploring. Especially enticing is the national insistence on enjoying everyday pleasures. The Spanish live life to its fullest whether they are strolling in the park, pausing for a siesta, lingering over lunch, or dancing until dawn.

13. BELGIUM

Belgium has attractions out of proportion to its diminutive size. From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to forested hills and famous World War I and II battlegrounds for contemplation and remembrance, it’s a little country that packs a big punch.

14. DENMARK

The Kingdom of Denmark dapples the Baltic Sea in an archipelago of some 450 islands and the crescent of one peninsula. Measuring 43,069 square km (17,028 square miles) and with a population of 5.5 million, it is the geographical link between Scandinavia and Europe. Half-timber villages and tidy agriculture rub shoulders with provincial towns and a handful of cities, where pedestrians set the pace, not traffic. Mothers safely park baby carriages outside bakeries while outdoor cafés fill with cappuccino-sippers, and lanky Danes pedal to work in lanes thick with bicycle traffic.

15. ITALY

Italy is the kind of destination that travelers return to over and over. They come for awe-inspiring art and architecture that influenced Western civilization, and stunning historical ruins—as well as for some of the world’s best food and wine. Also beckoning irresistibly are Italy’s sun-kissed olive groves and vineyards, the sparkling waters of Lake Como and the Mediterranean, and atmospheric monasteries, castles, and farmhouses. And if you seek vibrant cities with renowned museums, restaurants, and shopping opportunities, Rome, Florence, and Milan await.


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Summer in Europe: Hit the road in Ireland

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With so much spectacular scenery on offer in Ireland, we’ve taken to the road to deliver the most wondrous four-wheeled trips throughout this enchanting island.

Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow

Steeped in history, Ireland’s Ancient East boasts legends and tales spanning from ancient times to the modern day. And this south-of-Dublin road trip through the Wicklow Mountains is resplendent with wonderful and wild flora and fauna and fascinating local characters to meet along the way.

Take the Old Military Road out of Dublin’s southern suburbs and you’re already driving along a slice of history. It was constructed to put down the insurgents of the 1798 uprising and is Ireland’s only surviving purpose-built military road.

It’s not long before you reach the 503m-high mountain pass of Sally Gap, a captivating mountainscape with its barren, rugged scenery and heather. Bogs may not sound very appealing but those around Sally Gap are home to wildflowers, bees and butterflies, and dragonflies float above the ponds.

From Sally Gap, head southeast along to Lough Tay, known as Guinness Lake. Unfortunately Lough Tay isn’t the magical source of the black stuff. It’s so named because it’s part of a Guinness estate – although the cream-coloured manmade beach may remind many of the head on a good pint.

Backtracking, head south to Glendalough which offers a snapshot of Ireland’s monastic heritage. The more than 1000-year-old stone towers, chapels and churches, and Celtic crosses are a testament to the vision of St Kevin, the industrious hermit who founded it.

About 16km south of Glendalough, the traditional Irish village of Avoca is perfect for a spot of lunch. And a glass of real Guinness.

Connemara’s Sky Road, County Galway

 

Clamber into your motor in Clifden to set off on an 11km circular route along the Wild Atlantic Way that showcases some of Ireland’s most spectacular, rugged beauty.

Soon after leaving Clifden the Sky Road divides into two. The lower road lets you get up close and personal with the landscape while the upper road gives you the big picture, letting you gaze out over the entire area.

At its highest point there’s a car park that doubles as a lookout, with views of the Connemara countryside, the Atlantic Ocean and islands; as well as the coastline of County Mayo to the north and County Clare to the south.

Off the western edge of Connemara is the enchanting tidal island of Omey, almost hidden from the mainland to which it is linked by a sandy strand.

The island was home to 396 people in 1841 but 10 years later, after the famine, the population had halved. The island’s last permanent resident, a stuntman who worked on Crocodile Dundee, died in 2017. St Féichín’s well, where pilgrims have left strange trinkets, is perched above the island’s southern shore.

You can walk or drive to the island but note that it’s cut off at high tide. Before setting out, ask for advice from the convivial folk at Sweeney’s shop and pub in Claddaghduff.

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim

 

From the moment you set off, you’ll discover attractions including the walled garden at Glenarm Castle and the rope bridge to tiny Carrick-a-Rede island. Ideal for cliff-top ocean views and loosening up limbs that may have started stiffening up in the car.

From there, eventually you’ll come to a steep narrow road that winds its way down to Ballintoy Harbour. The white-washed parish church at nearby Ballintoy village is one of Ireland’s most photographed.

Next up is the myth and sea-drenched Giant’s Causeway – a Unesco World Heritage Site, which legend has it was flung down by an Irish giant so he could pick a fight with his Scottish counterpart across the sea. The 40,000 interlocking basalt hexagonal columns stacked alongside each other are actually the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Then it’s on to Bushmills, where the Old Bushmills Distillery has been dripping out drops of the finest Irish whiskey for more than 400 years.

Don’t miss Dunluce Castle, a dramatic clifftop ruin that’s inspired many writers and artists including Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis.

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

The Dingle peninsula is described as beautiful, serene and romantic and the best way to sample these charms is a drive out to Slea Head, its westernmost part. Charming wildlife and foliage are among the wondrous scenery as you traverse the Wild Atlantic Way.

Heading west out of Dingle, over the Milltown Bridge and past the woodlands at Burnham, you’ll reach the seaside village of Ventry with its long curved beach.

Leaving Ventry, after Dunbeg Fort (a series of Iron Age defensive ramparts and ditches) there’s a sheer cliff on one side and the wild Atlantic Ocean on the other. At the end of this road is Slea Head itself, with views to South Kerry and the Blasket Islands.

The scattered village of Dunquin on the end of the peninsula is a poignant sight, with many ruined rock homes that were abandoned during the famine.

Heading back east is the far more lively town of Ballyferriter, established by a Norman family in the 12th century. Although its bars serve food and the old schoolhouse is a museum, the Tigh Bhric pub a few kilometres further on not only boasts a microbrewery but is also famed for its lunches and spontaneous bursts of music.

Be sure not to miss the nearby Gallarus Oratory before returning to Dingle. Built about 1300 years ago, it is one of Ireland’s best-preserved early Christian churches. Shaped like an upturned boat, amazingly its dry stone walls are still waterproof.


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Summer in Europe: The 20 must-do experiences for a European summer

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It’s official: summer is here. Not here-here, of course – it’s getting pretty chilly in Australia. But way over on the other side of the world, summer is upon us, and no one celebrates summer like the Europeans.

If you’re planning to migrate north soon, there are certain experiences that should be on every to-do list…

Party at Exit Festival

Dance all night in a medieval fortress with a whole bunch of crazy Eastern Europeans? Yes please. There are plenty of other great music festivals in the summer months in Europe – Glastonbury, Tomorrowland, Rock am Ring, Sonar – but everyone should get to Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia at least once.

Go on a pintxos crawl in San Sebastian

There’s great tapas in Granada, and a similar scene in Seville. But still, nothing tops a night out in San Sebastian, a small Basque city with a huge passion for good food. Feast on gourmet snacks at budget prices as you make your way around the old town, drinking local wine and soaking up the atmosphere.

Ride a scooter around Italy

You could choose to do this anywhere in the country, but my advice would be to go for either Sicily or Sardinia. The islands are a manageable size for scooter trips with plenty of quiet country roads down which to let your Vespa rip. There’s something extremely romantic about seeing Italy on its quintessential mode of transport. And don’t forget to stop for gelato.

Cruise the Croatian Islands

Forget the clichéd bus tours of Western Europe – island-hopping is now the must-do activity for backpackers seeking a little fun in the sun. Best way to do that is to cruise around the Croatian islands: it’s essentially a series of parties and hangovers surrounded by exotic locations, and other boozy travellers. A great time is had by all.

Check out an Austrian sauna resort

Up for something a little different? Try spending a few nights at somewhere like Aqua Dome, an Austrian resort where there’s little to do but get naked with a whole lot of strangers in a series of saunas, thermal pools and other bizarre places like a “waterfall room”. It’s… an experience.

Go on a foodie pilgrimage

Choose one high-end restaurant that really interests you. Maybe it’s Faviken in northern Sweden. Maybe it’s El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Maybe it’s Maaemo in Oslo. Regardless, if you go on a pilgrimage to somewhere a little exotic, a little out of the way, you’ll not only get amazing food, but you’ll get an adventure to even make it there.

Bag a Munro

A Munro is a Scottish mountain peak higher than 3000 feet, and there are 282 of them, so plenty of choose from. All you have to do to “bag” a Munro is walk to the top, which, given the variable weather conditions in Scotland, is harder than it might initially sound. The highland scenery, however, makes it well worth your while.

Go to Portugal

You might choose to sun yourself in the Algarve, or bar-hop in Porto, or wander the streets of Lisbon, or even check out the wine regions of the interior. Whatever your decision, the main thing is just to get to Portugal, an extremely underrated and affordable destination that won’t stay that way for long.

Ski in summer

At Hintertux in Austria, Tignes and Les Deux Alpes in France, and Saas Fee in Switzerland, it’s possible to ski and snowboard all year round, which means you can break up your beachy holiday with a bit of time on the slopes.

Discover more of Amsterdam

There’s so much more to this great city than the Red Light District. And summer is the perfect time to discover it. Hire a bike and spend a few days checking out the lesser-known parts of Amsterdam, areas like the Jordaan, de Pijp, the Vondelpark and the Albertkyjp. They’re all far more interesting than those infamous seedy lanes.

Go narrow-boating on a canal

You might choose to do this in England, cruising the canals north of Manchester, or maybe in France, taking a leisurely ride on a river barge through the Dordogne, or the Languedoc region. Regardless of where you do it, canal boating is the perfect antidote to those 15-countries-in-four-days mega tours – a slow, simple way to see Europe.

Try to get into Berghain

One of Europe’s most famous nightclubs, Berlin’s Berghain, is also one of its most notoriously difficult to get into. People spend hours queuing for the privilege of being turned away from Berghain. At least in summer, however, you can do that queuing in warmth, and quite often in broad daylight.

Go to the beach in Paris

What do you do when you live in a city that’s warm enough for going to the beach and yet hundreds of kilometres away from the coast? You build your own beach, as the Parisians do each year on the banks of the Seine. Paris-Plages is the best place to find locals at play in the summer.

Watch the bridge-divers of Mostar

It’s become something of a well-known tourist attraction now, gathering at Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia, to watch daredevils take a leap of faith from this 24-metre-high bridge into the river below. For €25, however, you can up the ante by having a go yourself. Good luck.

Go “Interrailing”

It’s not the cheapest way to get around Europe, but it’s still the classic, and something that many locals do as well as foreign tourists: buying an Interrail pass and spending a summer moving from city to city by train. It’s amazing the people you bump into over and over again.

Shop for records in Brussels

One of Europe’s most unlikely hotspots for vinyl lovers is Brussels, which has a spate of great stores that specialise in everything from bootlegs to vintage records to rarities to new indie, hip-hop and dance releases. Most are in the city centre, an easy stroll from each other.

Go to a weird festival

There’s a festival for pretty much everything in Europe, and these celebrations of the absurd can often provide a great window into the lighter side of a culture. Don’t miss the “Hopping Procession” in Luxembourg, the Bog Snorkelling Championships in Wales, and the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in Germany.

Wander the streets of Istanbul

There are plenty of great cities for walking in Europe – Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome – but perhaps the best of them is Istanbul. With just a short stroll you could visit the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, and Galata Bridge. And that’s just the start.

Hit the sand at Barceloneta

If you come from Australia, you’re not going to think this is a pretty piece of sand. What it is, however, is one of Europe’s best city beaches, a place that’s as much party venue as it is somewhere to go for a swim. Head down to Barceloneta in the late afternoon with a few cheap cans of beer and you’ll find all the entertainment you need.

Drink a “mass” at Oktoberfest

Yes, it’s kind of a cliché, and if you head into the Hofbrau tent you’ll be surrounded by more Australians than anyone else, but one of the great ways to round off a European summer is and always will be drinking huge, one-litre steins of beer at Munich’s Oktoberfest.


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22 Best Europe destinations in July for 2018

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Finding a great destination in Europe in the month of July is quite easy, so narrowing down your choices is really the tricky part. This is the single most crowded month in most of Europe’s most touristy cities, although July (and August) can be less crowded than you might expect in the largest business cities such as Milan and Paris.

Those with a Europe trip to plan for July should even consider the Nordic countries because this is part of the short time of year that they have decent weather and the long daylight hours can make up for the high prices. Here are our best 22 suggestions for where to go in Europe in the month of July.

Rome, Italy

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Rome is hot and crowded in the month of July, so if you can go in April. May, September, or October, you’ll be at least a bit better off. But Rome is also one of the world’s great cities and the evenings are cool enough that it’s still very enjoyable. Many cheaper hotels don’t have air-conditioning, so that’s something to consider before you book.

Most people head north from Rome to Florence and Venice (see below), but if you’ve got a bit more time you might consider visiting Sorrento, which is a bit south of Naples and it’s the ideal base for a day-trip to Naples as well as Pompeii, the island of Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento will be much less crowded and more pleasant in July, so it’s a nice place to just relax and enjoy the food and scenery.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €50 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €65 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €14 per person

Florence, Italy

  • July avg high: 88F/31C
  • July avg low: 63F/17C
  • July avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Florence does get hot in July and it’s very crowded all summer as well, but just as we mentioned with Rome (above), it’s just such an interesting and beautiful city that you shouldn’t skip it if you are doing a July Europe trip at all.

Another great thing about Florence is that it’s an ideal base for day trips to Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and some lovely hill towns nearby, so this is a good place to pad your Italy trip. Hotel rates here are lower than in Rome and Venice as well, but again, cheaper hotels might not have air conditioning.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €55 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €97 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €21 per person

Venice, Italy

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/6.3cm

Since Venice is located on an island in a lagoon, it doesn’t get quite as hot as the other Italian cities on this list. Still, it’ll be hot and humid, and most of all insanely crowded. Nevertheless, if you are going to Europe in July and especially to Italy, you have to stop in Venice for at least a day or two.

The crowds in Venice are nightmarish even in the winter months, or at least they are during the day. So the trick to visiting is to book a hotel on the main island and do as much walking around and sightseeing in the early morning and evening as possible. Most of the daytime crowd heads off to buses or hotels on the mainland, so Venice is surprisingly peaceful in the off hours.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €85 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €134 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €32 per person

Reykjavik, Iceland

  • July avg high: 56F/13C
  • July avg low: 47F/8C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Even though Reykjavik somehow earned a reputation as a nightlife capital in recent years, it’s still not a place you want to linger in any longer than you have to. The magic of Iceland is the scenery all over this extremely photogenic volcanic island, and Reykjavik is the only plain-looking place here.

If you have at least a week you should consider driving a lap around the Ring Road in a rented car. You won’t believe your eyes. Even though the country has become more expensive in the last few years. Food and accommodation are on the pricey side, but it’s worth it.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €172 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €241 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €55 per person

Paris, France

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 61F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Paris is obviously one of the world’s most popular tourist cities, but it’s also a major business city as well. And since there are very few meetings or conferences in July, most of the business hotels are less full than normal. So not only do you get the excellent weather, but sometimes you can find bargains at 4-star hotels in the city center.

August is a more popular month for French holidays, although some people do get the entire month of July off instead. This means that a few things will be closed, but all the attractions will be open and you’ll have no problem doing whatever you want to do this month.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €67 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Interlaken, Switzerland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 5.5″/13.8cm

If you want to visit the Swiss Alps to witness the most amazing scenery in all of Europe, Interlaken is the best place to go. July is actually one of the wettest months in this part of Switzerland so you might need your umbrella, but still it’ll be worth it.

The top attractions here are the mountaintop visits of Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch, which are reached by cable car and tourist train, respectively. Things can be foggy or wet up top even in July so it’s best to schedule your visits immediately once you know that things are clear at the moment. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €76 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €204 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

London, England

  • July avg high: 72F/22C
  • July avg low: 57F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

The London crowds in July can make you feel like you are in Disneyland, but it’s still one of the world’s great cities and it’s not so crowded that you should skip it if you are heading to Europe this month. The weather in July is actually quite good as well, which is something you can only say for a brief time in summer, so at least you’ll be able to spend most of your time outdoors.

More good news is that all of the United Kingdom is far more reasonably priced since the currency fell in 2016 following the Brexit vote. In fact, since every UK city outside of London is cheaper, this is a good time to tour the island. Bath and York are the two best other tourist towns in England, but really you should also head to Edinburgh (see below) in Scotland.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €120 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €129 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €60 per person

Edinburgh, Scotland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 51F/11C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Many people know that London is famous for lousy weather all most the whole year round, but in Edinburgh it’s actually worse. Still, it won’t get any better than it is in July and this is a really wonderful place to visit. July is also much better than August because Edinburgh famously holds dozens of large festivals in August (including the Festival Fringe), pushing crowds and accommodation prices into the clouds.

Edinburgh is worth three nights if you can spare them, but you might also consider heading north from here up to Inverness, which is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Skip the dull Loch Ness tours and make your way to the Isle of Skye out west for some scenery you’ll never forget.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €74 for two people
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  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

Dublin, Ireland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 53F/12C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Dublin is a pleasant enough city for a couple days, but really it’s the rest of the island that you want to focus on for a summer trip. As you can see above, the weather is still a bit chilly even in July, but at least you get very long days and the Irish countryside is absolutely stunning.

Many people rent a car for a tour around Ireland, but you can see a lot by train or on coach tours as well. The smaller towns can be magical with historic stone pubs filled with local musicians most evenings. Galway is a good base for a couple days, and it’s easily reached by train from Dublin.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €105 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €127 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

Lisbon, Portugal

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

We’ve removed Barcelona and Madrid from this list for the months of July and August, but Lisbon gets to stay all year because it’s got the best weather of all of them. This is a gorgeous and under appreciated city that is also surprisingly affordable.

In July you’ll find half of Britain packed into the hotels and flats in the Algarve, which is the southern coast of Portugal. It’s worth a look in July if you don’t mind crowds, but this is probably a better month to head north to Porto instead.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €47 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €73 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Berlin, Germany

  • July avg high: 75F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Berlin is no longer a secret, as its reputation for being among Europe’s most interesting cities seems to have reached everyone by now. So July will be crowded in Berlin, but this is a very large city that is rather spread out so crowds aren’t really a problem except for when you are in the ticket queue for an attraction.

Most of the interesting things to see are in the former East Berlin, especially when it comes to the famous nightlife. Another wonderful thing about Berlin is that it’s surprisingly cheap compared to other major European capitals and other cities within Germany. You can afford a nicer hotel here than you can in Rome or Paris, and the beer is much cheaper as well.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €62 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €65 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €9 per person

Salzburg, Austria

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/15C
  • July avg precip: 6.2″/15.5cm

With its location at the base of the Alps, Salzburg does get a decent amount of rainfall in July, but it’s still the most lovely time of year to visit this stunning city and its surrounding area. You won’t find a more charming historic town center anywhere in this part of Europe, and the countryside (where The Sound of Music was filmed) is also extremely photogenic.

Obviously July is a busy month in Salzburg and there are some classical music festivals in July that could make visiting near the end of the month more expensive, but the home of Mozart is still worth a visit if you are anywhere near it in summer.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €95 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €32 per person

Vienna, Austria

  • July avg high: 78F/26C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Vienna is a major cultural capital, but most of the major operas and other performers take the summer off. Still, there are performances going on and plenty of other major sights so a July visit is very worthwhile. Many of the residents will have the month off as well, so crowds in certain areas will be less packed than usual.

This city is also known for its cafe culture, much more so than its nightlife, and the lovely July weather is a perfect time of year to spend parts of each day outdoors watching the city go by. The palaces here are also among the best in Europe.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €57 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €61 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €9 per person

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • July avg high: 69F/21C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/7.3cm

You won’t get many warm days in Amsterdam in any month, but at least in July you’ll get a few of them. The July days are also long with the sun still setting around 10pm, so this is an excellent time to have a Heineken in one of the outdoor cafes all over the city.

Residents of Amsterdam flock to the open areas in summer, hoping to get at least a bit of sun. So Vondelpark, Museumplein, Dam Square, and Leidseplein are all full of life this time of year. Things do get crowded around the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, but since there are so few busy streets in Amsterdams center, it can still feel peaceful.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €86 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €129 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €12 per person

Bruges, Belgium

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

If you are visiting Amsterdam (see above) in July, you should also consider spending 2 or 3 nights in Bruges. Actually, both cities look quite alike since they were both built mostly in the 1600s and well preserved since then. But Bruges is more peaceful and less filled with the nightlife crowd, if you know what I mean.

On your way to Bruges you’ll almost certainly need to change trains in Brussels, and spending a few hours there is a good idea. It’s mostly a business and government city, but the area around the Grand Place (main square) is extremely impressive and interesting.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €99 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • July avg high: 68F/20C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Copenhagen is another one of those Northern European cities where the weather is almost never very good, but of course it won’t get better than July so this is the ideal time to visit. The city center is almost as beautiful as the local citizens, and that is saying something.

You could save a bit of money by visiting Copenhagen in the shoulder season, but it may not be worth it because summers here are so much more alive than the rest of the year, with a sun that barely even sets before heading back up into the sky again. Copenhagen is expensive, so it’s helpful that it’s usually easy to get cheap flights on one of the local airlines.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €86 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €100 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €15 per person

Stockholm, Sweden

  • July avg high: 71F/22C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

If you read the description of Copenhagen (above), then pretty much everything also applies to Stockholm. The cities are both gorgeous and well organized, yet fortunately they look almost nothing alike since Stockholm is a collection of islands.

The bit about the summer sun certainly applies here, and since the weather is so terrible most of the year, the whole city pulses with energy during the short summers. In fact, many attractions are only open in July and August, so it’s probably better to join the crowds and soak it all in.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €73 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €101 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €16 per person

Bergen, Norway

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 54F/12C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Speaking of expensive northern cities, Bergen is another one not to miss if you are going to be in the area. The sun barely sets at all in July, so the whole city has a glow that lasts all but just a few hours when everyone is asleep. Oslo is obviously the capital of Norway, but honestly Bergen is the better city to visit if you have to pick one.

Located on a lovely harbor, Bergen is also known as the gateway to the fjords. If you want to see the stunning scenery up Norways jagged coastline, this is the place to come for boat tours or even the Hurtigruten that goes all the way into the Arctic Circle. Food and drinks here are expensive, but hotels are pretty good value because quality is high.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €120 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €159 for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 59F/15C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

If you are looking for Europe’s best bargain destination, you’ve found it in Krakow. This lovely and historic city somehow manages to be near the top of the cheap cities, even as it’s one of the more pleasant and interesting cities as well.

The July weather will make spending time in the abundant parks and open areas all the nicer. You can expect some crowds in the main town square, but overall Krakow is still far enough off the main trails that it doesn’t get overwhelmed like so many others on this list can in summer.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €35 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €62 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €10 per person

Prague, Czech Republic

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

Similar to Venice, Prague is ridiculously crowded pretty much all year round. And in July it’s at least a bit worse. Still, it’s a pretty big city so once you walk a few blocks off the main tourist corridor stretching from the castle to the Charles Bridge into the main square, you can still enjoy yourself.

Hotels here can feel pricey, but there are affordable apartments and food is still good value even if prices have gone up in recent years. With 2 or 3 more days in you should consider a side trip to the wonderful small town of Cesky Krumlov, which is 3 hours away on a scenic bus ride or train.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €40 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €56 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €11 per person

Budapest, Hungary

  • July avg high: 80F/27C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest and Prague (see above) have a lot in common, but fortunately Budapest doesn’t get nearly as crowded as Prague, so it can feel a bit more pleasant in summer. The main attactions along the river on both sides can feel full, and prices of nearby hotels and restaurants can be pricey as well, but if you go a bit inland on the Pest side of the river, crowds are smaller and prices are lower.

This city has its fair share of outdoor cafes and bars, so you can take advantage of the unusually low drink prices to spend a long evening in one. The famous “ruin pubs” have an open-air courtyard in the center, so they are particularly enjoyable during the summer months.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €46 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €74 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €14 per person

Istanbul, Turkey

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

You might expect Istanbul to be outrageously hot in July, but it’s actually surrounded by water that keeps it mild. This would normally be a very crowded month, though in recent years Istanbul has struggled to draw tourists due to some protests that have made international headlines. At this point things are safe and calm, so it can be a good time to explore the city with smaller crowds than normal.

Another reason to consider a visit to Turkey is that the currency has plunged in recent years, so now everything here is a bargain once again. In fact, Istanbul will feel fairly cheap, and literally every other place in the country is even cheaper. It will be warm in Cappadocia or Antalya, but when you see how wonderful and cheap those places are at this point, it’ll be worth the visit.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €23 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €31 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €8 per person

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Best National Parks in Europe

You love nature, forests, lakes, flora and fauna? Discover the most beautiful national parks in Europe. Forget the crowd, forget the beaches, forget cities and shopping, and come to relax in the most beautiful national parks in Europe.

Discover incredible national parks such as Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, The Saxon Switzerland National Park, Belluno Dolomites National Park and the Goreme National Park.

Book your hotel, guesthouse, B&B, campsite, apartment at the best price guaranteed and discover the most beautiful national parks. There is so much to discover in Europe.

Plitvice Lakes

Croatia

The Plitvice lakes National Park belongs to Dinaric karst area and due to its specific geology, geomorphology and hydrology it truly is one of the most impressive karst entities in the world. Apart from dolomitic rock, mesosoic limestones with dolomite inserts are predominant here. The ratio between less porous or water-retaining dolomites and porous Jurassic limestone sediments in the karst has influenced the landscape of the overall area today. Specific hydrology properties of rock have enabled water retention on Triassic dolomite rocks, as well as canyon formation by water cutting through Cretaceous limestone deposits. Tufa barriers are a phenomenon enabling water to remain inside the lakes.

 

Saxon Switzerland

Germany

The Saxon Switzerland National Park (German: Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz), is a National Park in the German Free State of Saxony near the capital city of Dresden. It covers two areas of 93.5 km²  in the heart of the German part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains which is called the Saxon Switzerland. The National Park adjoins the Bohemian Switzerland National Park  in the Czech Republic.

Belluno Dolomites

Italy

The Dolomites  are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Val Sugana). The Dolomites are nearly equally shared between the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol and Trentino.

Wild Taiga

Finland

Wild Taiga covers an area of natural wilderness untouched by human hands, ideal for viewing and photographing animals in the wild. Here you may spot brown bear, wolverine and wolves, as well as elk, forest deer, flying squirrel, beavers and some of our great predatory birds in their natural habitat. These species may also be viewed in our neighbouring provinces Kuusamo and Pohjois-Karjala.

Ecrins

France

The Ecrins National Park is the fifth French national park. It is located in the Alps, covering a large portion of the Massif des Ecrins. The park has been crowned “European Park of the mountain” by the Council of Europe.

Durmitor

Montenegro

The Park is located at wide mountain region in North West of Montenegro, limited by Rivers Piva and Tara between which there are 23 mountain tops over 2300 meters of altitude. Park is 39000 acres large and includes 82 kilometers of canyon of the Tara with altitude of 1600 meters above level of the River. Office of the Park is in Zabljak.

Region of Durmitor is the most important part of Dinara range of mountains characterized by high tops, abundant forests, deep gorges. Canyon of Tara is the largest in Europe and has over 1500 kinds of flora and 130 kinds of birds.

Triglav

Slovenia

The Triglav National Park (TNP) is the only Slovenian national park. The park was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). The origin of the name Triglav is rather uncertain. Triglav (»three-headed«) owes its name to its characteristic shape as seen from the south-east side or to the highest Slavic deity who was supposed to have its throne on the top of the mountain. The mountain is a true national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag.

Soomaa

Estonia

The flora and fauna of Soomaa National Park are compelling. When travelling on the rivers it is often necessary to navigate past fallen aspen trunks – typically the work of floods and beavers. Other signs of beavers, such as chewed stumps and beaver lodges are often clearly visible along the riverbanks. Besides beavers, another little water loving creature is quite common here – the otter.

During the great floods each year, numerous migratory water fowl can be seen on the flood plains. In the swamp forests it is possible to run into the White-backed Woodpecker and the Three-toed Woodpecker, while Lesser Spotted Eagles and Black Storks can be seen hovering above the flood plains. There are numerous nesting areas for Great Snipe on the alluvial meadows and Golden Eagles dwell in the fens.

Ordesa

Spain

In the Ordesa National Park you’ll find routes suitable for everybody, so you can explore, at your own pace, the valleys, pastures and rivers which lie at the foot of Monte Perdido, the highest peak (3,355 metres) in this part of Spain. A series of easily accessible trails will lead you to natural wonders such as the waterfall known as the “Cola de Caballo” (horse’s tail) (where you’ll see the water drop from a height of over 1,700 metres), the Gradas de Soaso rapids, and to viewing points like the Garganta, set atop a cliff. You’ll be surrounded by mountains over 3,000 metres high, and you may be lucky enough to see bearded vultures –with wingspans of over 2 metres– as they soar above the summits.

Goreme

Turkey

Goreme National Park and Cappadocia is a unique design of nature with slopes full of fairy-chimneys, rich water resources at the base of the valley, abundant flora, and numerous rock cut, frescoed churches.

Cappadocia, which was sculpted out of the tuff of the Erclyes and Hasan Mountains through millions of years by sand and water erosion, became the seat of several civilisations, and a silent witness to the cultural history of Anatolia. Cappadocia also covers underground cities. These enchanting and only partially revealed subterranean cities of Cappadocia are believed to have deeper levels awaiting exploration. The most extraordinary underground cities are in the regions of Kaymakli, Derinkuyu, Mazl Ozkonak and Tatlarin. The underground cities, for long periods used as sanctuaries, were recently renovated and made available to visitors.

Sarek

Sweden

The high mountain area of Sarek looks a lot like the Alps with high mountain massifs and deep valleys. The most known is the Rapa valley with its magnificent delta and rich animal life. Some hundred glaciers form with the melted water, rapid mountain rivulets and small waterfalls. Six of the peaks are over 2000 meters over the ocean. Sarek is not easy accessible and have demanding terrain conditions. Except for the Royal Trail that passes in the southern parts, there are no hiking trails.

Vatnajokull

Iceland

Vatnajökull National Park consists of glacier Vatnajökull and some of its surrounding areas. Visitor centres are located in Skaftafell and Höfn (southeast Iceland), Skriðuklaustur (east Iceland) and Jökulsárgljúfur (northeast Iceland).

Large areas of the park lie in highland areas. If you are heading into the Icelandic highlands, you must be properly prepared, as the weather, river flow and driving or walking conditions may change very suddenly.


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Best Diving Destinations in Europe

Europe is not only the perfect destination for city breaks, it is also a perfect destination for diving lovers. Get your masks, your fins, your diving suits ready and enjoy a wonderful dive in the clear blue waters of Europe. From Croatia to Spain via England, we have selected for you some of the Best diving destinations in Europe.

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Gozo Island

Malta

Malta offers you the best climate in Europe as well as warm waters throughout the year. Discover the underwater depths of the Mediterranean in the clear waters of  Gozo island at anytime since diving is possible all year round.

Book your hotel at the best price in Malta as well as the best activities as a full-day Gozo island excursion from Malta or a full-day Gozo and Blue lagoon Cruise tour.

Moreover the inhabitants of Malta are very friendly and generous people, they will make you adore their incredible country.

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Tenerife

Spain

Enjoy the blue waters of one of Europe’s sunniest destinations. This island of the Canarieswelcomes divers from all over the world every year. They enjoy its warm and clear waters as well as its incredible fauna and flora.

Book your hotel at the best price in Tenerife as well as the best activities on the island and come and swim with the turtles of Tenerife.

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Losinj

Croatia

Croatia is a paradise for lovers of nature and diving. Its preserved nature and exceptional landscapes make this country one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Treat yourself to a holiday away from the crowd, noise and pollution on the Losinj island. Dive into the blue waters of Losinj to discover its underwater treasures. You can of course book your hotel, apartment, villa, guesthouse at the best price in Losinj but also in the nearby towns that connect the island such as Zadar and Pula. Losinj is not a paradise lost since it even has its own airport!

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Guadeloupe

France

Guadeloupe is certainly one of the most beautiful regions in France for diving! Guadeloupe is quite far from Paris, but has nothing to envy to the capital with an excellent tourist offer. 6000 km from the French coast it is located near Venezuela.

You will enjoy both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Come and discover its exceptional seabed and book your hotel at the best price in Guadeloupe for a dream holiday.

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Capri

Italy

Mariah Carey uses to spend her holiday in Capri. If you absolutely do not want to see her, jump into the blue waters of Capri : they  are as rich and dazzling as its landscapes.

This Italian island has seduced the most discerning travellers. Make a tour of the island and do some of the best activities that  we have selected for you ! Book your hotel at the best price in Capri for a perfect holiday in the blue waters of a 5 star destination.

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Pembrokeshire

UK

Located in southwestern Wales, Pembrokeshire offers breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

This unique destination in the world also inspired the directors of “Robin Hood” which was filmed in Pembrokeshire. Come and discover the underwater depths of Pembrokeshire and book your accommodation at the best price for holidays in the great outdoors and in the unspoilt nature of Wales.

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Murcia

Spain

Come and enjoy one of the sunniest destinations in Europe and its exceptional seabed. Murcia is one of the best diving destinations in Europe. The waters of Murcia are perfect for scuba diving. Murcia has all that can make a scuba diving lover happy with its protected marine reserve and an incredible flora and fauna.

Book your hotel, villa, apartment at the best price in Murcia and your best activities in Murcia for a holiday under the Spanish sun.

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Brac

Croatia

Croatia is a paradise for nature lovers ; the Brac island is one of the largest islands in the Central Dalmatian region. It is also one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The beauty of the island will leave you speechless !

Its underwater depths will subjugate you. Visit this gem which offers everything you could wish for an unforgettable holiday in a preserved nature. Book your hotel on the Brac island at the best price and the best activities in Dalmatia for an unforgettable stay in Croatia.

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Genoa

Italy

Visit the capital of Liguria, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe. If you are not brave and  do not want to dive, experience the Genoa Aquarium. If you are more adventurous, come diving in Italy. The “Abazzia Di San Fruttuoso” is awaiting you!

This abbey located in the province of Genoa is not within easy reach but is worth the trip. The original bronze statue of the “Christ of the Abyss” has been there since 1954. The bronze comes from medals of athletes, cannons, spare parts of boats…

There are many replicas of this statue in the world. The statue pays tribute to those who dedicate their lives to the sea. Book your hotel in Genoa and your best activities in Liguria for an amazing holiday in Italy.


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Best Destinations to get retired in Europe

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You have had a hard worklife and are fed up with it ! You need a long rest or want to start a guest house or a bed and breakfast in the sun? We have selected for you the best destinations in Europe for a happy retirement.

Sea, sun, farniente, affordable real estate, good airline connections, good hospitals, cultural activities and good restaurants are guaranteed! Come discover the best European destinations to get retired in Europe and before settling in the country make your first visit by booking your hotel at the best price.

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Soller – Mallorca

Spain

Mallorca is not just a holiday island it is a small paradise on earth  for all. Nature is protected and the sun shines all year round. Want to retire in the sun ? Come and discover Mallorca by booking your hotel  in the main town of the island, Palma de Mallorca or your accommodation in a quieter and traditional village like Soller. Come and enjoy your retreat in the Balearic Islands.

 

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Brittany

France

There are some regions in France with a very strong identity like Alsace, Corsica or Brittany. They offer breathtaking scenery and sumptuous beaches such as that of the “plage de l’île vierge” of Crozon, Brittany is a perfect area for retirees who want to enjoy a pleasant living environment, direct contact with nature, the elements, the sea, the real sea, full of ardor, energy.

Brittany is perfect for great outdoors and pancakes lovers. Brittany remains one of the most affordable regions in France for real estate and a good place to invest. Come and discover Brittany by booking your accommodation at the best price in Saint-MaloRennesDinanQuimperDinardLorient or Brest.

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Martinique

France

You will soon retire and life in continental Europe has become too hard? No problem! Give a try in Martinique which is also called “The island of flowers” You will certainly be captivated by the beauty of the place!

Book your accommodation and your plane tickets at the best price and go discover the different places in Martinique. Enjoy life, get informed about the price of apartments or houses. Book your hotel in Fort-de-France which is the county town of the French department situated in the Caribbean, but also in Le DiamantSaint-Anne or Les Trois Ilets.

 

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Istria

Croatia

Istria is located in the north of Croatia. It is close to the border with Slovenia and very close to the very famous city of Venice. Istria is a perfect place for retirees looking for sun, relaxation and gastronomy, who love both the sea and the forests, truffles and wine, olives and fresh fish.

Come and discover the beauties and richness of Istria and book your accommodation at the best price in RovinjPulaMotovun.

With a high quality of life, real estate at affordable prices, a very good connection with all the airports of Europe, Istria is a perfect place to get enjoy a peaceful retirement.

 

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Malta

Malta is known all over the world for the quality of its tourist offer but more and more travellers also decide to settle down there. Come and enjoy one of the best climates in Europe and discover the 8 islands that form this archipelago and choose one of the 4 inhabited islands to enjoy a sunny retreat in Malta.

English is the second official language of the country and the inhabitants are very friendly. Come and discover Malta by booking your hotel at the best price in Valletta or if you are a nature lover go to the island of Gozo and to Mellieha rewarded with the title of “Best hidden gems in Europe” and “European Destination Of Excellence “.

Take advantage of this and book your best activities and tours in Malta and a full-day Gozo Island Experience or a Half Day scenic tour of Malta in a vintage bus.

 

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Algarve

Portugal

It is not a secret: the Algarve is one of European retirees’ favourite destinations; English, French and German retirees love the place with all year-round sunshine and unspoiled nature.

The Portuguese are friendly people and Portugal is rich in history; it is also the perfect country for gastronomes. Book your hotel, villa, apartment, guesthouse at the best price in Algarve and discover the beauties and richness of this destination.

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Tuscany

Italy

Tuscany is a beautiful region in Italy. It is famous for its magnificent landscapes ranked among the best landscapes in Europe.

Pick your luggage for a few days in Florence and come discover the place by booking your best activities in Tuscany like a visit to San Gimignano or a visit of Siena from Florence. You can also visit the Uffizi Gallery or the Palazzo Vecchio. Discover the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany and get lost in its small villages. Meet a real estate agent and visit a few houses and apartments. Then make up your mind whether to retire in your wet country or enjoy the beauty and warmth of Tuscany

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New Aquitaine

France

Bordeaux, Arcachon, Biarritz, Saint-Emilion, Gironde, come discover “La Nouvelle Aquitaine” a large region in the Southwest of France. It is famous for its history, its quality of life and the warm welcome of its inhabitants. Imagine your retirement in Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint-Emilion, in the middle of the most beautiful vineyards of France or facing the sea in an incredible region. Book your hotel at the best price in New Aquitaine.

 

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Samos Island

Greece

Located near Bodrum or Izmir in Turkey, Samos Island has been a Greek island for just over a century. The Greeks expelled the Ottomans from this island in 1912. Because of its proximity to Turkey you will have plenty of time to travel between the most beautiful Greek islands and the most beautiful seaside resorts in Turkey. Come and discover the beautiful beaches of Samos and its fishing villages and get ready to live your retirement on Samos Island.

Book your accommodation today at the best price in Samos and give a try for a peaceful retirement in the sun near the sea.

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Madeira

Portugal

The Madeira Islands are a gift from heaven to people who have worked all their lives. Like Churchill and his wife, come and rest in the Madeira Islands and enjoy the city center of Funchal, its shops and its typical market.

Discover the beautiful village of Santana and its traditional houses or the island of Porto Santoand its kilometric beach of fine sand. The inhabitants are friendly and polite. Moreover they can speak several languages; they will help you become acclimatized to the islands, their beautiful sunshine and mild temperatures throughout the year.

Come and discover the Madeira Islands by booking your accommodation at the best price on Madeira Islands.

 

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Dalmatia

Croatia

Dalmatia is one of the largest and most beautiful regions in Croatia. It is over 300 kilometers long.   Come and discover Split, a young and lively place and the biggest city in Dalmatia. Visit Zadar, the best European destination with the most beautiful sunset in Europe. Visit Sibenik and its bedazzling countryside thanks to its proximity with the Krka National Parkwhichi is for sure one of the most beautiful natural pools in Europe.

Hurry up and visit Dalmatia! You will certainly like the place for your retirement if you like good food, good wine, sun, sea and unspoilt nature. Come and discover Dalmatia by booking your hotel or apartment or villa in Dalmatia at the best price.

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Asturias

Spain

We chose Cudillero, a gorgeous hidden gem to illustrate the Asturias, but the whole area deserves to be visited and considered for a retirement in Spain. Come and discover Asturias by booking your hotel in Gijon or Oviedo and discover the beauties of Asturias.

The temperatures in summer and winter are milder than on the Costa Brava they are never too cold or too hot and the landscape with its mountains and the sea  is in constant evolution. If you like the sea book your hotel in Cudilerro or Gijon, if you prefer the mountains book your hotel in Cofino. We advise the magnificent Puebloastur Eco Resort Wellness.

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Porto & The North

Portugal

Many retirees choose to settle in the Algarve, the south of Portugal, or Madeira with its delicious climate and breathtaking scenery, but Porto and the North of Portugal are excelent destinations for retired people; the real estate is cheaper and the cultural life is richer.

Porto and Northern Portugal are perfect for retirees who want to have an active social and cultural life and benefit from an airport connected to the whole world. Porto enjoys an incredible quality of life and all the facilities of a large city such as the many shops, public hospitals and private clinics, but also a direct access to the sea and a magnificent River, the Douro.

Come and discover Porto by booking your hotel at the best price as well as your best activities and tours in Porto: for example a Douro Valley tour or a food walk tour in Porto or a River Cruise on the Douro.

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Liguria

Italy

Liguria is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. The “Cinque Terre”, a group of 5 sumptuous villages clinging to the cliffs  are worldwide famous for their stunning landscapes and villages.

Take time to discover this region by booking your accommodation at the best price in Cinque Terre. Come and discover this magnificent destination, perfect for a retreat in Italy. We advise you to plan your visit to the Cinque Terre in June, July or August and you will be amazed by the sun illuminating the colourful fishermen houses.

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French Riviera

France

The French Riviera is famous for its beautiful towns, villages and mild climate. It is a dream place for many travellers and retirees. MonacoNiceCap FerretMenton…, come discover the most beautiful destinations to retire in Europe and  book your accommodation at the best price as well as your best activities  for example a walking tour of the treasures of Nice or a day trip to Monte-Carlo.


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Most Beautiful Fortified Cities in Europe

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You are passionate about history and you want to discover beautiful destinations in Europe and cities with a rich historical past? Discover our selection of the best fortified cities in Europe.

All these cities are surrounded by impassable ramparts against invaders. Looking back in Europe’s history and its ever-evolving geographical territories, we realize that many cities have tried to protect themselves for years. Welcome to one of the most beautiful fortified cities in Europe and book your hotel, apartment, guesthouse, villa at the best price and the to discover all the beauties of these fortified cities.

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Granada

Spain

If you come to Granada, visit the Alhambra, one of the most important monuments of Islamic architecture in Europe. Facing Algeria and Morocco, Spain experienced a strong Muslim presence from the 7th to the 15th century. The Alhambra is a fortified city that will be one of the last Muslim bastions in Spain. This medieval city was given to the Christian king of Spain in 1492 without violence or fighting by Muhammad XII.

 

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Rothenburg

Germany

Located on the Romantic Road of Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a splendid Bavarian city and one of the few cities in Europe with ramparts dating back to the fifteenth century.

 

 

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Assisi

Italy

Situated in Umbria, Assisi is Saint Francis of Assisi’s birthplace He was probably the most famous saint of the Catholic Church .He always walked in the company of small animals. St. Francis of Assisi is the holy protector of animals.

 

 

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Carcassone

France

Carcassone is certainly the most famous medieval city in France. Its double 3 km long rampart and its 52 towers are the symbols of this city classified as a World Heritage of UNESCO.

 

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Segovia

Spain

The city of Segovia, located in Castile & Leon is surrounded by fortified walls and has many other impressive monuments such as the Roman aqueduct or the amazing church and castle. Book your accommodation at the best price and come discover Segovia as well as the best activities in Segovia such as a full-day walking tour.

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Dubrovnik

Croatia

Dubrovnik is certainly the most famous city in Croatia. It had to face an earthquake in 1667. It is now a nearly intact medieval city with magnificent buildings, fortresses, churches in the “renaissance” and “baroque” style. Book your Dubrovnik hotel, apartment, guest house, villa at the best prices and walk in the steps of “Games of Thrones” by booking one of the guided tours and activities in Dubrovnik.

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Malaga

Spain

Malaga is a very beautiful city in Spain, especially the old town of Malaga and the Alcazaba of Malaga, that is to say the Citadel of Malaga. Linked to the castle of Gibralforo, the two monuments seem to form one block. In fact there are two fortifications. Visit the Alcazaba for a panoramic view of Malaga and its port.

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Avila

Spain

Castille & Leon is made for lovers of fortified towns. Avila is a quite citynear the  beautiful walled city of Segovia.  This beautiful city of Spain is surrounded by an intact medieval wall . Go up the Douro and get to Porto Portugal.

Avila is an ancient fortified city. Parts of its ramparts can still be seen. You can also book exciting attractions in Avila that will make your holiday unforgettable. Book your stay in Avila at the best price as well as your activities such as a full day guided tour.

 

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Saint-Malo

France

Saint-Malo is one of the most beautiful fortified towns in Brittany. Its name was changed after the French Revolution. The city was called “Port Malo” excluding any Catholic reference. It reconquered  the name ‘Saint Malo” again later. Come discover the treasures of this fortified city of Brittany as well as our selection of cheap hotels in Saint-Malo.

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York

UK

The whole medieval city center of York is surrounded by ramparts that protect it from the invader. The famous “Robin Hood’s Tower”is to the North. The Romans built the first ramparts in the 5th century but these were destroyed by the Vikings and rebuilt in the 12th century in the form that we know today.

Come and discover the North of England and the charming city of York and book your hotel, B&B, apartment, guesthouse at the best price in Yorkshire as well as your best activities in one of the most beautiful parts of England.

 

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Tallinn

Estonia

Tallinn is both the capital of Estonia and the largest port in the country. Its name “Tallinn” means “castle”. It got that name just a century ago when the city became independent. The city was called “Reval” before. Come and discover the history of Tallinn by booking your hotel at the best price in Tallinn and your activities.

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Toledo

Spain

Toledo’ comes from the Latin word “Toletum” which means “fortified population”. Come and discover this city built by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Located in the center of Spain, Toledo is within easy reach from Madrid. You can either stay in a hotel, a guesthouse or an apartment in Toledo or find your accommodation at the best price in Madrid and book your activities in the region such as a Toledo full-day tour from Madrid.

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Obidos

Portugal

Portugal has everything to make you happy: Porto and Lisbon, a breathtaking scenery, nice and friendly people and an exciting story that has changed the face of the world. Do not miss Obidos if you are passionate about ramparts. Obidos is world famous for the beauty of its ramparts.

Book your accommodation at the best price in Obidos and treat yourself to guided tours of the most beautiful things to see and do in Obidos and the central region of Portugal.


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Best Destinations for Sales

Category : Europe , Shopping

You like traveling in Europe and you want to do shopping at the best prices? We have selected for you the best shopping destinations for your sales in Europe. Here are some good ideas for a shopping citytrip in Europe.

 

Take a look and discover the fashion sales in Milan, London, Paris and the trendy sales in Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels, If you really want the best prices in wonderful cities, go to Lisbon or Istanbul, the best destinations for cheap and smart shopping and book your hotel at the best price guaranteed in one of the best destinations for sales in Europe.

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London

England


Where?
Carnaby Street & Covent Garden

Why?
London
 is one of the greatest capitals of fashion in Europe, you will find the major brands as well as designer creations.

When?
Wintersales already begin the day after Christmas! From 26th December until mid January.

Summersales: 3rd week of June until mid July

 

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Milan

Italy


Where?
In Milan and around you will find some great shops and outlets like the Dolce & Gabbana factory outlet (Via Rossini 70, Legnano, Milan).

Why?
An incredible shopping experience for all tastes and purses, in a place where design and fashion have made their home.

When?
Wintersales : from 7th January (for 30 days)
Summersales: from 7th July, (for 30 days)

 

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Lisbon

Portugal


Where ?
Leave the city center and go to the real stores where Portuguese people go. Discover the Outlets around Lisbon to make real bargains.

Why?
Clothes made in Portugal are very good and are often much cheaper. You will find all major brands at lower prices.

When?
Wintersales: from 7th January to  28th February
Summersales: from 7th June to 30th September

 

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Madrid

Spain

Where?
Shopping in style in Salesas

Why?
What makes Salesas special are its multi-brand retailers, as well as the Spanish and international boutiques – Yube, Nice Things, NAC – that line up along its streets. For urban-style clothing, head for Baccana, Elsa or Monoplaza, where design rules and shoppers can find all kinds of items, from sportswear and casual apparel to elegant and sophisticated garments.

When?
Wintersales: From 7th January to 7th March!
Summersales: From beginning of July until late September.

 

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Paris

France


Where?
Galleries Lafayette & Champs-Elysées

Why?
A symbol of French lifestyle, the Galeries Lafayette offer lively, multiple and plural fashion. A flagship of the brand, in Paris, the department store on Boulevard Haussmann succeeds in bringing together the best creations in 70,000 m² spread across 3 buildings, and offers a unique shopping experience to its visitors. Enter the largest department store in the world

When?
Wintersales : beginning of January until mid February .
Summersales: end of June until end of July.

 

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Istanbul

Turkey


Where?
Kanyon shopping mall.

 Why?
There are dozens of shopping malls in Istanbul, Forum Istanbul, Metrocity, Akmerkez, Istinye Park, besides the passages, markets and the busy shopping street Istiklal Caddesi. One of them however is particularly noteworthy because of its unique architecture. This is the Kanyon shopping mall, opened in 2006 and located in the Levent metro stop. Executives from neighbouring offices lunch there and there are several levels of chic boutiques to satisfy the fashionistas’passion.

The mall’s architecture which has the shape of a canyon – hence its name Kanyon – is remarkably successful.

When?
There are no fixed sales dates in Turkey.
Wintersales: December-January
Summersales : June-July

 

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Barcelona

Spain


Where?
El Corte Inglès at Plaça Catalunya

Why?
Barcelona is beautiful, romantic, modern and fabulous. It is a paradise for shopping enthusiasts and even in winter there are sunny days.

When?
Wintersales: 7th January until beginning of March
Summersales: 1st July – 31st  August

 

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Berlin

Germany


Where?
Berlin’s Friedrichstraße

Why?
Elegant and cosmopolitan world of shopping featuring international designer fashion, couture, leading avant-garde designers, it-labels and young contemporary fashion, accessories, cosmetics, jewelry, books, art, flowers and interior design.

When?
In Germany there is no specific dates for sales.
Wintersales: end of January
Summersales: end of August

 

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Brussels

Belgium


Where?
Rue Neuve – Avenue Louise – rue Dansaert

Why?
Shopping in Brussels is all about fashion and design. From the lower part of the city,( reserve of exclusive designers and boutiques,), right up to the heights of the capital where the emphasis is put on luxury from near and far, not forgetting the districts that are home to the big chains, there’s something to suit all tastes and all purses.

When?
Wintersales: from the 2nd January until the 31st January.
Summersales: from the 1st July until the 31 July.

 

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Amsterdam

The Netherlands


Where?
Bijenkorf shopping centre and around the Dam (city centre).

Why?
The compact size of Amsterdam’s historical city centre is just one of the many reasons why it is a perfect destination for a shopping trip.

When?
No specific dates for sales in the Netherlands.
Wintersales: in January.
Summersales: in August.


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