For a great deal of people, in regards to the ultimate holiday destinations, many claim that you can’t go wrong if you’re to choose Europe for your next holiday and vacation. To say that, that claim is a little vague would be quite the understatement. Europe is after all, a huge continent with many countries, all of which couldn’t be more different from one another. The weather varies greatly, as do the actual locations themselves. If you happen to enjoy sunshine and hot weather for example, and let’s face it, as we’re talking about holidays, many of you reading this piece almost certainly will, then you have the Mediterranean to warm your bones and cater to your every sunshine related whim and desire. If however, you feel that there is more to a holiday than simply hot sunshine, then there are many other locations for you to choose from. Sweden and Switzerland for example, are lush and green in the summer, and often whiter than white in the winter, thanks to an often heavy coating of snow and ice. Despite this, many Nordic and Scandinavian countries happen to be some of the most desired and visited countries in all of Europe. It all comes down to a matter of personal preference, but thankfully, if you do happen to like variety, and have a particularly open mind, then Europe has some of the most stunning and diverse countries in the entire world, each one with its own unique traits and benefits. Here, in this article, we’ll be looking at what many people consider to be four of the best countries to visit on your holidays.
Italy – Many people seem to stereotype Italy, and think of it as nothing more than a country famous for its pizza, that just so happens to have a famous landmark in the form of the leaning tower of pisa. The truth is however, is that Italy is one of the most historic and cultural countries in the entire world. It features stunning vine yards, warm Mediterranean sunshine, amazing architecture, and some of the friendliest and most welcoming locals on the face of the earth. There is simply so much to do in Italy, that you won’t know where to begin. If you happen to enjoy your food, particularly Italian, then you most certainly will be in the right place, and will be rewarded with the opportunity to taste dishes such as authentic pizza and pasta, the likes of which you will never have experienced before in your life.
Portugal – When people think of holidays in Europe, specifically in the Mediterranean, they tend to picture countries such as Spain, Greece, and Italy. For some absurd reason, Portugal is often overlooked, and we just cannot understand why. Portugal enjoys great weather, has a whole variety of different pastimes and activities for holiday makers to choose from, and features a vast array of different historical towns and cities for tourists and holiday makers to marvel at due to their quaint natural beauty and rich historic pasts. Wine enthusiasts in particular, will simply love this country due to the many vine yards that dominate the countryside for as far as the eye can see. What you may not have known, is that almost 50% of the world’s wine supplies are made in Portugal. There are a number of other fun facts about Portugal that you may not have known, but it’s best to visit this great country, and see for yourself firsthand.
France – When it comes to culture and sophistication, France is almost certainly the country that springs immediately to mind. Not renowned for its beach resorts, though it does still have plenty, France is more of a destination for people who are perhaps looking to experience a city break, and take in a little culture. Of course, no visit to France would be complete without a visit, or indeed a prolonged stay in the capital city, Paris. Paris is perfect for people with a passion for the artistic side of things, thanks largely to its many galleries and museums littered around the area. Obviously, the Louvre is one which springs immediately to mind, and with good reason too, as it features some of the most famous pieces of art in the entire world. If you have a passion for sport, cycling perhaps, then the tour de France is certainly worth checking out. Last year, Chris Froome was the victor, but who knows who’ll come out on top this time around?
Switzerland – If you like lush green countryside, the great outdoors, and have a taste for the finer things in life, then why not check out Switzerland for your next holiday? Whether you choose a summer or winter holiday, you can rest assured that both styles with make your trip unforgettable. If you visit in winter, then the ski resorts will obviously be the main focal points, and for good reason too as they’re some of the finest in the entire world. If you visit in the summer however, then the lush deep green countryside will simply take your breath away. The towns feature the finest restaurants, clubs, bars, cafes, and shops in region. Make sure you sample some of the finest Swiss chocolate and cheese before you leave, though perhaps not at the same time.