Summer will soon be round the corner (at least we hope) so it’s time to get thinking about where you would love to get away to. Europe is only a hop, skip and a jump or a scenic drive away and has hundreds of beautiful places just waiting to be explored. Here are four top picks for you to consider.
Italy – Amalfi
Amalfi is a stunning Mediterranean town on the South-Western coast of Italy. Surrounded by picturesque cliffs and dramatic scenery, the town is a popular destination and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historically, it was an important cultural centre and trading port and now features quaint terraced buildings with the finest authentic Italian cuisine. One of the best ways to explore the Amalfi coast is by road, as the winding paths lead to splendid vineyards and offer vast views of the sea around every corner. But beware, the drive isn’t for the faint-hearted as routes curve around steep cliffs and sharp bends. It is one of the top road trips for drivers all over the world so just be sure to have good experience and the right European breakdown cover in hand!
Spain – Bilbao
One of the largest and most metropolitan cities in the north of Spain, Bilbao is a fantastic destination for those wanting to visit the famous Basque country. Not only is the area home to a unique culture and autonomous community but it is also far removed from the more tourist-filled centres of Madrid and Barcelona. Bilbao boasts a rich and intriguing history but one of the most popular attractions is the Guggenheim Museum, as its famous modern architecture makes it a symbol of the modern era.
Austria – Grossglockner
The Grossglockner is Austria’s highest mountain and a must-see wonder. The pass that takes you up to the Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe Visitor Center where you can get unobstructed views of the mountain is known as the Grossglockner Alpine Road is only open during the summer months from May to October! It’s a beautiful panoramic road so head up to the mountainous heights were breath-taking views await.
Norway – Geiranger
Geiranger is a place that literally looks like it has been plucked from a fairy-tale. Named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet and known as the ‘pearl of the north’, the town features a stunning glacial lake known as a fjord, historic churches and cascading waterfalls. It really blooms in the summer months and can be accessed by road and ferry and really makes for a worthwhile trip.