Europe’s size may only make up a quarter of Asia, but with so many hidden treasures, it can be difficult to select the dream destination for a summer getaway.
With so many choices across the globe, how can you possibly narrow it down? Some will simply close their eyes, spin around and stop, randomly pointing to a country on a map and jet there without a second glance, while others prefer to pick a destination a little closer to home. So, to help, we have narrowed it down to our top three places to visit in Europe that offer a little more than your typical tourist destinations.
First stop? Budapest, Hungary.
One of the largest cities in the European Union, this gem seems to be pulling more and more tourists towards it and it’s easy to see why. This destination is perfect for those travelling on a shoe string, offering free entry to many of the city attractions, making the capital a friend to your wallet as well as an architectural dream with the Roman, Gothic and Turkish style buildings.
There’s no better way to relax after sightseeing than to take a dip in the famous outdoor spas, or by visiting one of the many delicious farmers markets or by wining and dining in ruin pubs and garden bars. This city is guaranteed to enchant you so much, you’ll never want to leave.
Next, getaway to Cinque Terre, Italy.
A brief warning – this is not the place for those of us who use our getaway as an excuse to take a holiday from our exercise regime! Instead, this is an idyllic retreat for hiking historians, as the Italian haven is a long walk of five prehistoric villages, (‘Cinque Terre’ literally translates as ‘five lands’) which date back to the early medieval period.
After devastating floods in 2011, the villagers rebuilt their homes, making the place better than ever, with a national park, protected waterway, fishing villages and some of the most stunning coastal scenery on the planet. Cinque Terre takes you back to a much simpler way of life – something you just won’t find looking out the office window.
Final destination? Marseille, France.
Paris? Paris where? It’s all about Marseille, the country’s oldest city. Situated in the southern part of France, the key attraction is simply the city itself. On arrival, take a moment to take in the atmosphere, the views and the city hustle. With tourist spots like the Vieux Port as the focal point, it leaves high expectations for the rest of the city, but other city charms prove to be strong competition; the glorious Marseille cathedral, the Notre Dame de la Garde and the maritime heritage, not forgetting of course the breath taking seaside roads, coves, sandy beaches and cycling tracks.
We’ve narrowed Europe’s hidden treasures down to just three, so pick one and get packing, ready to embark on an amazing city break. For our troubles in helping you make the final decision, we’ll gladly accept a one way ticket with you – see you on the plane!