Be Overwhelmed by Beauty at These 7 European Destinations
Craft Your Bucket List Around Beauty
If you’re looking for a beautiful travel destination, look no further. I’ve got you covered with seven of the most beautiful places in Europe, from hidden gems to well-known locales.
Whether you’re looking for a city break or a beach getaway, this list has a little something for everyone.
1. Szeged, Hungary
Szeged, pronounced CEE-ged, is a hidden Hungarian gem. Tucked away near the Romanian and Serbian borders, Szeged is about a three-hour train ride from Budapest. Although not a well-known city to those outside of Hungary, it is known within the country for its university and vibrant cultural life.
With most of the city’s buildings bathed in yellow, it is a surprisingly colourful place. Additionally, architecture fiends will enjoy the beautiful sites of the old synagogue and the dual clock tower Votive cathedral. Spa enthusiasts can enjoy Turkish baths and the city’s very own water park at Napfenyfurdo Aquapolis.
The university even houses its own botanical gardens for some nature in the city.
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2. Santorini, Greece
Do you dream of whitewashed villages perched atop crystal clear lakes and white sandy beaches? Then Santorini might be your dream location. An island on the Aegean Sea, Santorini is the perfect beach bum getaway if you’re also looking for a little bit of culture to go with it.
There are plenty of things to do in Santorini — you can spend your days lazily eating Greek food and swimming in the turquoise waters, tanning by the pool of your hotel or going on boating tours.
But the cultural connoisseur can also enjoy trips to local wineries, the theatre and even local archaeological sites. In the 17th century BC, the city of Akrotiri was covered in volcanic ash due to an eruption and is preserved much like the city of Pompeii. Santorini is not only gorgeous, but truly has something for everyone.
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3. Isle of Skye, Scotland
Located at the tippy top of Scotland, the Isle of Skye has scenery to take your breath away. The Isle of Skye — and the Scotland Highlands more broadly — is perfect for the nature buff and all outdoorsy types as there are tons of hiking trails, wildlife tours and even mountain climbing excursions that can be booked.
Real adventurers can choose to see the island by Seaplane, taking off on the ocean and then viewing the beauty of the island.
Especially not to miss are the Fairy Pools, which offer a magical and memorable experience. You can even take a dip in the pools, but since it is Scotland, it is rarely warm enough to don a bathing suit and swim. As such, bringing a wetsuit is advisable. The Isle of Skye is also perfect for those looking to take scenic photographs and up their photography game.