Europe’s Best Kept Secrets
When we are gifted with unexpected time off we want to make the most of it and Europe doesn’t have to be off the cards. Some of Europe’s most beautiful destinations are well kept secrets from the average tourist so you won’t find yourself competing for a bed. womanwithdrive.com.au has found these places for you…
The Lake District, UK
Escape the hordes and hustle and bustle in the city of London and head north for a quintessential English countryside experience. Less than two hours out of Manchester, the stunning Lake District is aptly named for its picturesque landscape of pristine lakes and soaring mountains. Quaint English villages find their way onto the culinary trail, tempting tastebuds with Michelin star restaurants and gastropubs galore, all celebrating local produce. And with an abundance of charming accommodation to choose from, you will be always able to find a comfy bed for the night.
Slovenia is where Italy, Croatia and Austria collide in a melting pot of their cultures and landscapes. Fairy tale castles look out onto chocolate box villages, while the coast is met with the sparkling turquoise waters of the Adriatic. Adventure seekers can raft down the racing waters of the river Soča, foodies won’t be able to get enough of fusion cuisine and spa junkies will be in heaven at the Terme Rogaka hot springs.
Despite attracting holidaymakers by the likes of Kate Moss and Mick Jagger, Formentera is another world away from its tourist mecca big sister Ibiza. White sand beaches stretch out to meet crystal clear Mediterranean water on the small Baltic island, where relaxation and simple indulgence is the common feeling. Make base at the luxurious Gecko Beach Club before venturing out to cycle through the cypress forests. Dine on fresh seafood or get back to nature at one of the many naturist beaches. Daily ferries leave from mainland Spain so you can easily escape to this well-kept oasis.
Estonia is starting to create some waves for travellers, but for now it still remains off the beaten path. Capitol Tallinn is where medieval charm meets cosmopolitan lifestyle. The city boasts a growing cultural scene showcasing Estonian designers and artists. Just to the west is a collection of windswept Baltic islands including the largest, Saaremaa, which gives a real glimpse into old-world Estonian culture. We suggest staying at the boutique Three Sisters hotel in Tallinn, which occupies a beautifully renovated 14th century merchant’s house.
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