The continent of Europe has some of the most varied and breathtaking locations in the world. If we live in Europe, it can be easy to overlook some of the amazing destinations that are right on our doorstep. But wherever you are in the world, the four destinations below offer a wonderful portrait of some of the variety and culture that Europe has to offer.
1) Cambridge, UK
Home to one of the finest (and oldest) universities in the world, Cambridge is an elegant and popular location. The historic architecture is breathtaking. The student culture means the town abounds with quirky coffee bars and wonderful book shops. If you like to cycle, you’ll feel right at home. Bicycles are one of the favourite local ways to travel, and with so many beautiful lawns and streams it is not surprising. Taking a tour of one of the university’s many breathtaking colleges is unforgettable. End the day with a punt along the canals and a sumptuous afternoon tea for a quintessentially English experience.
2) Helsinki, Finland
The modern, Scandi-chic capital of Finland attracts visitors of all ages and ethnicities. The markets and fresh food stalls are not to be missed, and are perfect for the crisp chilly days under a blue sky. A bracing boat ride to some of the further islands is the perfect chance to see some of Finland’s unspoilt natural beauty. Coffee is the drink of choice here and enjoyed at all times of day or night!
3) The South of France
The glamour of the Cannes film festival and exquisite French seafood are two of the attractions that make the South of France so popular. Paloma Plage in Cap Ferrat and the Plage de l’Aiguille in Theole-sur-mer are said to be some of the best beaches in Southern France. With a glass of chilled wine in one hand and a beach towel in the other, you’re ready to wile away many lazy hours. The golden sunlight of the day also gives way to a vibrant nightlife in the evenings. The cocktail culture is legendary here with many wealthy, famous guests frequenting the top bars. For a more laid back approach, why not try some of the beach barbecues or local seafood eateries? French food is some of the most famous in the world, and it is not difficult to see why.
4) Lake Garda, Italy
The largest lake in Italy attracts thousands of visitors a year. Its mild, Mediterranean climate and breathtaking views are world famous. If an active holiday appeals to you, the area has many wonderful walks and hikes with expansive views of the area. Cycling is also popular here and the freedom of riding with the Italian breeze whipping through your hair is hard to beat. For those of us hoping for a more relaxing break, simply wandering among the fragrant olive and lemon groves is enough. Pack a picnic, a good book, and make a wonderful day of it. A hugely popular and iconic spot for couples, families, and solo travellers alike.