With summer holidays approaching quickly, now is the perfect time to book your summer family trip or getaway with friends to Europe. Europe is home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks. While being the second-smallest continent in size, it welcomes an average of 480 million visitors each year. With the proximity of different countries, as well as different cultures and heritage, presenting tourists with opportunities to enjoy and experience them all in one trip, it is no wonder that Europe remains to this day one of the top picks for backpackers and travelers. Our top picks for 2019 locations are:
Costa del Sol, Spain
The world class destination of Costa del Sol is blessed with many full days of endless sunshine and offers a wealth of recreational and entertainment opportunities. The history of the Costa del Sol is awash with tiny fishing communities and cultural anecdotes yet the region has been delightfully remade into a world class tourist destination during the last few years. Beautiful beaches, culture, art music and food are all awaiting in beautiful Costa del Sol.
Tuscany, sitting on Italy’s west coast at the Tyrrhenian Sea, is one of the most popular tourist attractions and destinations in Italy. Well known for its rich and colorful art history, people from all over the world come here to experience the best of what this quaint and grand region has to offer.
Cote d’Azur, France
The Cote d’ Azur, which literally means Azure (or blue) Coast, is a Mediterranean coastline stretching along the southeast corner of France. In English, it is more commonly known as the French Riviera. The coastline offers everything for everyone: modern and state-of-the-art resorts, picture perfect views of the hills, the pristine and blue water and a taste of the French culture. It is a must visit destination and evolved from starting as a winter health resort for the 18th century British upper class to becoming the top travel destination that it is today.
Cycladic Islands of Greece
The scattered Cycladic Islands of Greece are most well known for the islands of Santorini and Mykonos. They are actual peaks of underwater mountains strewn across the gorgeous Aegean Sea. Expect mild sunny days without too much rain during a holiday here. Try famous wines, an abundance of fresh fruit and delicious home baked bread and visit tourist attractions such as the monastery in Amorgos and the archaeological locations of Delos in Mykonos. Enjoy some time at the splendid beaches too. A perfect vacation!
The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, mainly because of the abundance of clean and beautiful beaches found here. The beaches and resorts are known to be pollution-free as well as affordable. Locals are also very welcoming and friendly. With over a hundred beautiful beaches in the area, you can surely find the perfect beach for you to either have a peaceful and relaxed vacation or a more fast-paced one. Whatever you choose, the Algarve has the perfect beach resort for you to settle on during your travels.
Welcome to the old world charm and magnificence of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Located in southern Croatia, Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent and visited tourist destinations on the Adriatic coast. With a population of approximately 44,000 the city of Dubrovnik has the prestigious association of being joined to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, Dubrovnik offers tourists awe inspiring historical monuments, churches, monasteries and museums. From the moment you enter through the magnificent curtain of stone walls that surrounds Dubrovnik you are taken in by the romance and culture of this city.
Mediterranean Coast, Turkey
Tourism in Turkey is focused largely in a variety of historical sites, and on seaside resorts along its Aegean and Mediterranean Sea coasts. In the recent years, Turkey has also become a popular destination for culture, spa, and health care tourism. Stop in at a Turkish coffee house or visit an architecturally spectacular bath house and witness exceptional Turkish hospitality. Visit the Antalya Province or Kalkan city in the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Enjoy the hot sun on Patara Beach or Kaputas Beach while reading a good book. Frolic in the warm waters with the children, build sand castles in the powder soft sand or simply enjoy some relaxation. Bozburun is another great town to visit on the Turkish Mediterranean Coast.