4 European Destinations for Your Summer Vacation

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Prepping for summer holidays but feeling a little uninspired? Well, there’s no better time to start thinking about it. This little guide should inspire you to visit some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Each has its own unique charm that you have to experience yourself to understand properly.

Enjoy reading more about these wonderful places!

Cote d’Azur, FranceLighthouse sitting on the end of an ithmus in the middle of a huge expanse of blue water.

The Cote d’Azur or the French Riviera as it is known in other parts of the world is the perfect place for a Summer getaway — that’s why it is first on our list. It has endless coastline on the Mediterranean Sea that runs all the way from Italy through France and then onto Spain. It has some of the best beaches that you could imagine with clean and refreshing waters.

Some of the beaches are incredibly famous, such as Antibes and Cannes, but the beauty of the beaches also extends to the more secluded ones that dot the coastline. You quite literally have  choices from crowded to totally secluded and everything in between

As well as beaches you have some pretty incredible cities and towns, too, like Nice, Marseilles and Saint-Tropez.

Lake Como, ItalyItalian village nestled into a hillside on the banks of Lake Cuomo

If you have ever been to Italy before you have probably heard of the majestic Lake Como. It is one of the most magical, romantic and beautiful lakes on the entire planet. It is actually the third largest in Italy and it has many corners to explore.

The lake has long been the home of aristocrats and the wealthy for many hundreds of years. This trend continues today, however the lake has become so famous for its beauty that many people of all socioeconomic classes visit each year.

The best way to experience it is to head out on the boat and explore each corner. There are beautiful houses, villas, mountains, castles and museums to explore. The museums are particularly interesting as they are housed in some of the most beautiful buildings you’ve ever seen. Villa Carlotta is a great example of this with its stunning art collection from the likes of Canova, Thorvaldsen, Migliara and Hayez.

Berlin, GermanyLarge, pillared stone gate with sun shining through from the back. Located in Germany.

Those who visit Berlin always find themselves wanting to come back and explore some more. Berlin is huge and it is one of those places that you could compare to London or New York in terms of things to do and see. Even the locals are always discovering something new.

Berlin has so much history and has some of the best museums around. The Pergamon Museum is particularly interesting with a complete reconstruction of an altar from the ancient Greek city of Pergamon. It is truly something you have to see! Other museums that are great to visit are the Jewish Museum and the Natural History Museum.

Many of the tourist attractions in the city focus on the Second World War and provide a well-documented perspective of what happened in Berlin during the conflict. It’s amazing to look at some of the buildings to still see holes from bullets!

Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona with a bright blue sky and a few wisps of clouds.

Barcelona has it all when it comes to a holiday destination. It has beaches, beautiful weather, great food and drink, history and beauty.

The city is one of the most loved destinations in Europe because the Catalan people know how to live well and enjoy life. You can roam the city streets and see some of the most incredible architecture from the likes of Antoni Gaudi, such as the dream-like Parc Guell or the unique spires of the Sagrada Familia.

The food is amazing too, especially the tapas that the locals love to eat. Tapas are small dishes that are the equivalent of Spanish street food. They are often eaten in a small tapas “bar” and are usually accompanied by a glass of wine or sangria. My favourites are Patatas bravas, Aioli with bread or Gambas (sauteed prawns with sauce).

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