You realized that it is already summertime and you didn’t book your holidays yet? Are you looking for the perfect spot to relax and find new landscapes and cultures? Do you want to contemplate the blue sky and the turquoise sea, walk in the thin sand and in the pitouresque streets? Then, hurry up and read this post we made for you with 10 paradises in Europe (3 are Portuguese).
The website European Best Destinations elects the best European destinations for each category and, this time, it elected the 10 European paradises (3 of which are Portuguese).
Madeira was elected as the “Best Insular Destination of the World”, by the World Travel Awards, for 3 years in a row. The archipelago has a perfect harmony between the calm of the long sands of the island of Porto Santo and the Madeiran culture of the island of Madeira. This destination is ideal for those who want to relax, stroll along the levadas, take walks with breathtaking views or even watch the dolphins and whales.
Capri is one of the most beautiful islands of the old continent and certainly deserves to be in this list of 10 paradises in Europe. Its nature remains untouched and the water of the sea has a completely crystalline blue color. It is a famous island (full of celebrities), with lots of shops and luxury brands and perfumed (for more than 600 years there are two factories of perfumes in the island). Since it’s a limestone island, Capri is full of caves to visit. There are also options to have fun in the sea, such as yacht or boat trips, and even boat parties.
In Corfu, we find historic villages, Venetian fortresses, churches and monasteries, archaeological remains, beaches, cliffs, seaside resorts and coastal areas of great beauty. Boat trips are a must-see activity to visit the cliffs or the sea caves. This island is well known for its flowers – orchids, olive trees, bougainvillea and white roses.
Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the best preserved medieval towns, Kotor is small, labyrinthine, rich and warm, a true paradise. There are a variety of things to do, from strolling inside the walls, to going to the market, to climbing the mountains or to being dazzled by the beauty of the harbor and its boats!
The Azores archipelago has a unique beauty. Its 9 islands have much in common, but also many peculiarities that distinguish them. Among the green mountains, blue sea, tea plantations and pineapple flavors or cheese… there are numerous options to live fantastic days. These and other reasons make the Azores one of the paradises of Europe.
Omis is a picturesque port city, which in the tenth century was reigned by pirates. Today, it is a very popular city for sunny destinations. Tourism is very focused on excursions along the river valley, visits to the Dalmatian Islands, festivals of traditional songs and even the day of celebration of piracy.
The Lofoten Islands are a hidden treasure. The archipelago is rich in natural landscapes and is one of the last places in Europe in the wild. Those who visit these islands have the privilege of observing northern lights and the midnight sun.
This region in the south of our Portugal is a tourist destination during the entire year. It is considered one of the sunniest destinations in Europe in winter and it has the most beautiful beaches on the continent. In its long kilometers of coast, the region offers options for all tastes. The areas with nightlife like Albufeira, Vilamoura or Portimão are heavily visited by young people. Vila Real de Santo António, Manta Rota or Montegordo have beaches ideal for families due to the long sandy beaches and tranquility that live there.
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Faroe Islands, Denmark
The Faroe Islands are a true paradise for nature lovers. The islands are untouched and, despite its beauty, the tourism is very controlled. The capital of the islands has very colorful houses that are real postcards and the roofs of the houses are made of grass.
On the Almafi coast, we find Positano, a colorful city built on the top of a hill. In this city, there are many activities to do, such as, walking through the narrow streets, getting to know the church of Santa Maria Assunta, enjoying the beach or photographing the view.
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