As winter settles in and the days are now shorter, we’re trading beach towels for blankets and settling into a routine that involves mostly staying in. But what if you’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet? An extra-long summer is not completely out of the question for Aussies wishing to travel this year. It’s not too late to plan your trip and find a great deal to visit some amazing European destinations.
To help you compile your bucket list we’ve collectively come up with some amazing destinations all over Europe, and they aren’t all tourist traps. Whether you’re looking to hike Mont Blanc in France, fish in the Alta River in Norway or simply relax somewhere in the Greek Islands, there’s something in this list for everyone. Here are some of our handpicked must-see European destinations of 2019!
You’d be wise not to overlook the city of Dubrovnik. This Mediterranean gem is one of the most popular tourist destinations, so prepare for crowds during the summer. You can relax by the calm blue waters, or tour one of the many gothic churches and palaces. It is remarkably well-preserved, showcasing some striking medieval architecture from the renaissance and baroque eras.
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The Baltic region is known for its great beaches and relaxed summer lifestyle. For locals, Parnu is considered the summer capital of Estonia. Visit the Beach Promenade, a winding trail along the beach with gorgeous fountains, views of the coastline and glowing lamps making it perfect for a night stroll. Do a guided scooter tour, or roam the town at your own pace. The nightlife here is also very active and you’re sure to meet many locals as well as tourists when you’re out and about.
Mallorca (or Majorca) and Ibiza have always topped the charts as European summer holiday destinations. There are many ways to enjoy Mallorca besides the glistening coastline. You can make your way into the countryside and stay in a rural hotel or embark on a trek through the mountain village of Valldemosa. Ibiza on the other hand is known for its party atmosphere, and travellers who love the night life will have no problem finding others to party with. If you’re not up to partying there are plenty of other activities to take part in, including horse riding up the mountains, sampling a selection of gourmet Spanish food, or visiting the Punta Arabi in Es Canar markets.
We hope that we have given you some thought starters to help plan your next European summer escape. Enjoy your adventures and travel safely!