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Fans can enjoy any number of excellent walking tours of the famous landmarks used in the series. Fortunately, since then, it has undergone major renovations and restorations to restore it to its former glory. The quaint little alleyways and glistening roads are a testament to how successful Croatia has been here. Add Dubrovnik to your list! Want more Croatia inspiration?
Have you ever experienced a German Christmas market? While a visit is memorable any time of year, this fairytale village is at is best when dressed up for Christmas. Along with its walled city, historically preserved style and great shopping, it also offers a massive and immersive Christmas store that is not to be missed. Rothenburg offers not only an amazing Christmas market with mulled wine and delicious schneeballes a local specialty pastry made for over years here , but the Christmas store, Kathe Wohlfahrt, really tops off the experience.
Be sure to check out this must-see village during the next holiday season. Amanda Every Further Mile and on Instagram. When you think of England, do you think of gently rolling countryside, romantic thatched cottages with roses trailing from windows? With stately homes and cream teas? If so, welcome to the Cotswolds. This region offers something for everyone.
Visit Castle Combe, Bibury or Bourton-on-the-Water to see homes constructed from the local honey colored Cotswold stone. Then walk the Cotswold Way which links many of these little villages for an idyllic stroll through the lovely countryside. There are plenty of attractions for families too.
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Kids will love the Cotswold Farm Park or the Wildlife Park, where rhinos graze in front of a traditional manor house. Cotswolds is in southwest England, just a two hour drive from London, making it a great city break from the capital. For the quintessential Irish experience, Galway is the city to visit. All of the these sites remain today to be explored by history lovers, as the foundation for a city still buzzing with a youthful energy. Take in that history by visiting the cathedrals, castles, halls, the Spanish Arch and city walls, and even the Galway City Museum.
Then get out and experience the vibe of Galway, mingling with locals at Eyre Square or on the banks of the River Corrib. In the evening, take in some traditional music and buskers with a pint in the Latin Quarter. There will be plenty of craic, and you may even hear older residents chatting in Gaelic. Nicholas Church. For a cultural experience, head to Portumna to visit the Portumna Workhouse and Museum, one of only three locations where you can still hear the important story of the Irish workhouse. Looking for the sea?
Ferry to the Aran Islands where time seems to stand still. Roxanna Gypsy With a Day Job. Or join her on Facebook. One of my favorite places is Transylvania in central Romania. But the castle is just the beginning. If you want to experience even more of off the beaten path Europe, head to some of the smaller nearby towns. This is a very remote part of Europe, and many of the towns still have dirt roads and communal water pumps in the town centers. Looking for a middle ground? If you can visit only one area in mainland Greece during your holidays, make it Zagori!
This small, mountainous region in Northern Greece offers the perfect combination of outstanding natural beauty and rich traditions preserved through centuries. The landscape of Zagori is a striking mixture of rugged peaks, deep gorges, rushing rivers and mountain lakes, within the Vikos Aoos National Park and National Park of Valia Kalda. The stone-built mountain villages, called Zagorochoria , with their traditional architecture and beautiful views are equally stunning.
Mikro and Megalo Papingo, Tsepelovo or Monodentri are some of the most famous examples of these villages, but there are more than 45 of them scattered throughout the mountains waiting to be discovered. The best way to experience Zagori is on foot. The choices for hiking are endless, from short strolls through the villages to some serious mountain ascents.
Looking for a serious hike with four hours to spare? Or hike through the impressive, 20 kilometers long Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Zagori is a paradise for thrill seekers, too. But no matter whether you choose to scramble to the mountaintop or to kick back at the balcony of your guest house, you are guaranteed to have an incredible visit to Zagori. Yerevan, Armenia is an amazing place to put on your bucket list for Europe. My first time in Yerevan was back in and I fell in love with the city from the moment I stepped foot in it. In warmer months, sidewalk cafes are ubiquitous and so make the perfect place to begin your day.
Take in the pink hue of the buildings in a collage of architectural styles while you sip. Foodie destination? Check and check! Looking for a respite from the city? Steal away into one of the leafy parks sprawled across Armenia or choose from many day trips to immerse yourself in nature and Armenian history. Looking for other Eastern European itineraries? Megan Megan Starr Blog. While I could name places that are insanely beautiful in this tiny country, I recommend adding Zermatt to your list of ultimate Europe vacation destinations. Summit Klein Matterhorn Mountain for amazing views.
Looking for a place to stay? Where else is incredible in Switzerland? This seaside town—located in the beautiful Bay of Kotor—is surrounded by tall mountains and the pristine Adriatic coastline.
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This makes Kotor a visual feast. There are lots of things to do and see in Kotor. Its medieval and seafaring history makes the wander through the old town quite special. You guessed it! Krakow is one of my favorite cities in the world. With a historic city center that was mostly spared damage during WWII, its buildings are not only gorgeous, but actually centuries old.
Visitors can also tour magnificent Wawel Castle , which was home to Polish royals for centuries and features unique interior touches and a fascinating hodgepodge of architectural styles. The salt mines fueled the Polish economy for centuries and are home to sculptures made from the very salt that was mined there as well as an underground chapel. One more time to save you from scrolling lol! The Danube river divides this eastern European city into Buda and Pest. The famous Buda Castle is built atop Castle Hill and makes for a lovely walk on the cobbled roads.
There is also a spell-binding network of underground caves to explore here, with several great walking tours available. When you cross one of the bridges to Pest, you can stroll along the riverside to visit important attractions, like the Parliament Building and St. Ready for a rest? Stop in at the Great Market Hall to sample local delicacies and Hungarian street food. My top picks: Try the Langos think of it as Hungarian pizza and strudel.
Meat lovers can indulge in rural blood-pork dishes. But the Northwest coast island chain that makes up the Outer Hebrides offers beaches that truly take your breath away. In fact, the beaches of the Isles of Barra, Lewis and Harris really are unspoiled strips of immaculate golden sands that are rarely touched by human footprints.
And yet, the water really is Caribbean blue. Instead, set out on a walk to experience wild Scotland at its best. The islands start at Barra in the south where you can even take a flight from Glasgow that lands on the beach.
The Uists and Benbecula are littered with lochs, mountains and miles of pristine sand. Finally, there are Harris and Lewis where the stunning beaches merge with mountains and lovely little bays. Sintra, Portugal used to be a hot spot for Royals…where they escaped the summer heat in Lisbon.
Today, you can still visit the moody ruins of the Castle of the Moors, an unforgettable UNESCO world heritage site built in the 8 th and 9 th centuries. Visit as a day trip from Lisbon or stay a few days. Then, in the historical center of town, you will find the National Palace of Sintra, the summer residence of the monarchs from the 15th to the 19th century. Step inside to inspect the impressive tile work and period pieces. Have more than a day?
Inis Mor, in the historical and mystical Aran Islands—just off the west coast of Ireland —is an absolute Irish gem. Sail over from Galway Bay. Then climb up to the prehistoric fort high on a clifftop to watch the rugged waves crashing beneath you. Look over the edge on your belly if you dare! And on the east of the island—with a population of less than people—you can explore the beach. Bicycles are the best way to slow down and experience the rich and simple life that locals love here.
The Aran Islands definitely belong on your Ireland itinerary! Alice Teacake Travels or on Facebook. Visiting the southern city of Maastricht almost never makes sense as part of a Dutch itinerary. The city was founded by the Romans, but is currently occupied by lots of international students. As a result, many of the beautiful, historic buildings now play host to university faculty. Low on cash but big on appetite?
No matter what you choose to do in Maastricht, do it in flat shoes; the cobblestoned streets and little green parks make the city both photogenic and walkable. Tucked away in the southwest of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway is within easy reach of Glasgow, yet tourists often give it a miss in favor of the more well-trodden route north to the Scottish Highlands.
Dumfries and Galloway serve up all the traditional Scottish favorites …from impressive castles and whisky distilleries to standing stones, red deer and stunning scenery. For dramatic scenery head to the most southerly point in the country at Mull of Galloway. Or climb The Merrick, the highest summit in Southern Scotland. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from a multitude of walking trails at Galloway Forest Park while fans of the famous poet Robert Burns can visit the house where he lived until the end of his days in These are just a few highlights of this diverse and lesser visited part of Scotland.
Read about the Rhins of Galloway here. Often overlooked in favor of better traveled Nordic cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm, Finland receives just a fraction of the tourists of its neighboring countries. Swedish and Russian influences still linger here to give the city its special charm. Some love Gibraltar for the deals on duty-free goods: King Edward cigars are less than fifty cents and whiskey is as low as four USD per bottle! But people come here to see The Rock of Gibraltar, a foot meters high limestone ridge that dominates the enclave. Remember, taxis are expensive here, especially for tours of the Rock.
So use the cable car to get to the top which is an experience in itself and then walk down for a more rewarding experience. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a small city with an even smaller historic old town. The streets of Bratislava are quaint and fairytale-ish, but also a bit offbeat. When I visited, the streets were pristine and very quiet, as if maybe all the villagers were hiding from Dracula inside its charming medieval towers and it does feel like a village, rather than a city.
Be sure to also visit the photogenic Church of St. Elizabeth, which is an incredible pastel blue color. Getting there: Bratislava is just a one hour bus ride from Vienna, so it makes an easy day trip or two as part of a longer Europe trip. If we had not had Danish friends who owned a holiday house in Blokhus, we may never have travelled this far north. Mark's Church, the botanical garden, Cathedral of Zagreb, the Stone Gate, plentiful street art and all of the lush parks. The view from Boston Common of the city skyline at sunset.
Follow her at LuxeTiffany on Instagram and Twitter. The 24th season of Shakespeare will take place in the Boston Common, a free outdoor summer event in July and early August. Walk the historic Freedom Trail, a 2. Old meets new in Colonial Williamsburg. As a native Coloradan, she especially loves writing about her adventures around her home state. Perched 7, feet above sea level, just 90 miles northwest of Denver, this charming mountain town features historic main drag Elkhorn Avenue, which includes saltwater-taffy and souvenir shops, restaurants and a lively Riverwalk.
Located on acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, the property offers a summer camp-like experience for both kids and adults with daily activities such as archery, miniature golf, roller skating, swimming, rock climbing and more.
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Green spaces are a big part of what makes Minneapolis and St. Lastly, no visit to the Twin Cities would be complete without indulging in our diverse — and amazingly affordable — cuisine. It is summer, after all. The good life in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. The cuisine of Oaxaca thrives in the back streets and along the shoreline, and the sunsets are among the best in the world. Still, what visitors find is a sleepy beach break that lures travelers in, and often keeps them there much longer than they ever intended. This is paradise in the summer because it is low season, making already one of the most affordable destinations in Mexico even more affordable.
It's also rainy season, though not at all in hurricane territory, meaning that there are fewer crowds. The surf is up in July and August, so there are always plenty of surfers and surf culture, but the crowds that one usually sees around Christmas and Easter are few and far between. It's also well-priced, thanks to Canada's favorable exchange rate. I previously worked at an indie record label, so it was a treat to discover new acts and see a few of my favorite bands, like Ellie Goulding and Bruno Mars.
The main town is Wildwood, but the whole area is referred to as the Wildwoods, since it's made up of a cluster of beach towns with the word "Wildwood" in the name Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood. If you like seafood, Wildwood is your spot. An aerial view of downtown Rochester, New York.
Chosen By: Jacklyn Shields is a serial entrepreneur, freelance photographer, writer and digital content creator. With one of the largest craft beverage scenes in the country and locally sourced wines from the Finger Lakes region, foodies can rejoice at all the farm-to-table and locally sourced options in Rochester.
Rochester has something to offer nearly everyone, from family travel to girlfriend getaways and more. Bethany Beach boardwalk at sunrise. Follow her on Instagram walkingontravels. It also offers a fabulous complimentary buffet breakfast with every room, which can save families a bundle on meals, especially those with teenagers who can eat their body weight in waffles.
The proximity to great seafood and that small-town beach life we all crave after a hectic year working in the city make it worth the drive out to this part of the state. Cheap fun comes in the form of the Baldcypress trees at Trap Pond State Park, just 45 minutes outside of town. Bring your kayaks to paddle back into the cypress groves, or hike along the lake to see a few trees along the shore.
On PriceofTravel. To save money on food, eat blinis — basically a Russian crepe — or look for kebab shops. Highlights included: hiking trails from Glencoe to Isle of Skye. Near Glencoe, stop at The Laroch for a delicious and affordable dinner. The waterfront in Stamford, Connecticut. Close to all of the beautiful nature that Connecticut is known for, mixed in with a faster-paced city mentality, this suburb is a great mix of both metropolis and country.
Long and lean, the lake stretches over 60 miles and is a popular trout-fishing destination during the summer months. You can spend your days hiking the scenic pathways along the Pilgrimsleden—a medieval pilgrimage route that goes right past the property. Come evening time, find a quiet spot by the lakeshore and watch the stars twinkle in the inky night sky.
A paradise for those who love to paddleboard, kayak and sail, Lake Saimaa is best-loved for the quiet experiences in nature it promises to those who linger along its forest-lined shores. One of the finest hikes, she says, is found out in the middle of the lake on Monte Isola—a large lake island where you can climb to the Madonna della Ceriola shrine for unparalleled mountain and water views.