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Europe is a popular destination for tourists in the Summer. It goes without saying that these places will be jam-packed with tourists during summer. It is best to go later in the season, or earlier in the year to avoid soaring prices and heavy crowds.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Make Sorrento your base for exploring the glorious Amalfi coastline in Southern Italy. It is easy to get to Positano and Amalfi – the other main towns along the coast, but Sorrento is the final stop on the train line. Famous for colorful cliff-side buildings and turquoise waters, enjoy this bright and tasty trip in one of the world’s finest foodie capitals.
Santorini will always top my list of recommended travel destinations. The blue roofs, white building, red cliffs and bright orange sunsets are magical. Visit the unique black sand beaches, or jump straight off the rocks in Oia, anywhere you go, the water will be warm and crystal clear.
Nice is one of the largest towns along the Cote D’Azur – more commonly known as the French Riviera. Enjoy a stroll through this coastal fashion capital, visit one of the many tourist attractions, or spend all day on the sand. Maybe you’ll spot a few celebrities or moguls in their natural habitat.
San Sebastian, Spain
Situated in northern Spain, San Sebastian isn’t usually as hot as some of the more popular southern beaches, like Malaga. There are two main beaches: Playa de la Concha is better for families and sunbathers, whereas Playa de Gros is adored by adventure seekers and surfers, worldwide. Come nightfall, start the party with some pintxos and sangria.
After scaling the old walls of this marvelous medieval city, find a secluded beach and relax. There are long sandy beaches, as well as seclude swimming holes along the city’s rocky coast. Lagos is a notorious party town, but don’t be put off. It also has a rich history and plenty of activities.
Note: You must be on high alert for con artists and scams during the European Summer. Have a look at our tips for staying safe on your travels.
Red Beach Santorini is unlike anything you have ever seen, the colour of the sand and surrounding cliff faces juxtaposed to the crystal blue ocean will leave you mesmerized. The famous beach is walking distance from the ancient site Akrotiri, creating a busy atmosphere, with stalls of fresh produce, clothing and hand made jewellery leading you to the red rock steps of the beach. You can admire the colourful beauty sunbaking on the sand, snorkeling in the water or on a boat taking you on a journey to another wonderful beach.
The most picturesque spot in Santorini would definitely be Santo Winery, the popular site is used for many weddings each year and is home to some of the best wine in Greece. Spending an afternoon here could not be more perfect; since it’s opening in 1947 it has provided its guests with unique, award winning and high quality wines. All staff are knowledgeable and passionate about providing visitors with the best experience, this service combined with the exceptional views will leave you speechless.
One of the most beautiful places in the world is Oia, Santorini at sunset, the streets are filled with shops of local artwork, jewellery, souvenirs, and much more. Be sure to get to there a few hours before the sunset to enjoy some Greek Cuisine for dinner and shopping, though, the highlight of the night will be the spectacular view and atmosphere. Tourists gather every night to experience this wonder with a bottle of wine, or if you are feeling adventurous a few shots of the Greek beverage Ouzo. This romantic sunset is best viewed on the top of the cliff about 300 metres above the Aegean Sea, you will easily find where to go from signage and the mass of tourists walking along the stone steps to the prime position.
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By Amy Miller