[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Summer is upon us and it is high time that we make the plans, pack our bags, hop on a plane, and stock up Instagram-worthy photos. If you are tired of the usual tropical paradise, then maybe it’s time to experience a European dream escape.
Visited by more than 538 international tourists every year, this continent is filled with activities to do, places to visit, people to meet, food to enjoy, culture to immerse, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Being made up of 44 countries spanning from the Atlantic Ocean in the west, the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Mediterranean Sea in the south, all types of travelers will find something perfect for them.
Here are the best places in Europe to spend your summer in 2019.
There are over 6,000 islands in Greece, and only 227 of them are inhabited; meaning the rest are up for the public to enjoy. Being located in the Mediterranean Sea, that features dry summers and wet winters, this country will let you enjoy its almost forever summer vibes. Greece is blessed with beautiful islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Zakynthos, Crete, Corfu, and Rhodes.
If you want to have a romantic summer, then Santorini is the best place for your getaway. With its whitewashed buildings, paired with sky blue roofs and accents, you would feel as if you are in the midst of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Every corner of this island is picturesque and breathtaking which make a perfect setting for romantic moments.
The largest and capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik is the place to go if you want to experience the amazing natural icy landscape, steaming hot springs, paired with a vibrant and lively nightlife. You may want to visit one of their public swimming pools. With their ingenious way of using energy, they are able to maintain such feature in a very inexpensive way – making swimming pools and saunas a favorite pastime for the locals.
There are 18 public swimming pool in the city alone and if you want to make friends and meet locals, it is not in the club or coffee shop, it is in these pools.
St. Peterburg, Russia
If your dream summer getaway is not about the beach, the sand, the pool or the pina coladas, and more into diving into culture, arts, architecture, and cityscape then St. Peterburg in Russia should be your destination. St. Peterburg is the perfect combination of Russia and European culture and traditions. This sophisticated city has the canals of Venice, cobbled pavements of France and magnificent architecture of Italy.
Make sure to watch the drawbridge in the city, especially at night as it looks as romantic as it can be with all its lights.
The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga, Spain is the city you want to be if you thrive not just on the beach and hiking but also arts, architecture, and food and shopping. This region is blessed with 300 sunny days and has the warmest winter in all of Europe. Making it an actually all year round travel destination.
Do not miss out on the huge murals, mosaic floors and street arts littered in the streets of the city. Chomp on in the Mercado Central de Atarazanas, a busy market where you can get great food. And being on the coast, swimming, sunbathing or even deep sea fishing is an option you can choose if you want to escape the cityscape.
If you want to visit King’s Landing, then you book a flight going to Dubrovnik, Croatia. This city is the location of Game of Thrones for its King’s Landing and the Red Keep scene. There are multiple sites in the city where momentous scenes in the series were taken like the St. Dominika Street for Cersei’s walk of shame and Pile Bay as the Blackwater Bay.
Apart from the glitz and glamour bought by the HBO series, Dubrovnik on its own is beautiful. Lokrum Island is an escape from the busy streets with peacocks and rabbits as its main habitats. Take a dip on the Adriatic Sea or bask in the historic atmosphere of the Old Town Walls.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]