After an (always too) long and dark winter our bodies and minds call for some alternation and intellectual challenge. When spring spirits awake we get more active, more joyful and also fidgety. We want to live! And how do they say? To travel is to live, no? Therefore spring is the perfect time to embark on a spontaneous trip.
With some public holidays in May there is no better way to seize the extended weekends than taking a quick getaway. Europe is full of cities, villages and landscapes that are just waiting to be discovered. Either if you crave for hiking in the Alps or exploring a vibrant metropolis… There are plenty of VERY different travel destinations. Distances within the continent are small so it is totally worth to pack the bags for only 2 or 3 days.
Besides the all-known destinations like Barcelona, Lake Garda or there are some hidden treasures, that are maybe not as popular, but for sure as beautiful as the ‘big’ spots. See our top ten oh this secret travel destinations!
1. Bohinj, Slovenia
Insiders’ tip: When in Bohinj you have to try the traditional local dish, the ajdovi struklji. It’s a type of strudel that is either made sweet or savory.
2. Burano, Italy
Insiders’ tip: Come early in the morning to explore the fish market at the Fondamenta della Pescheria.
3. Malmö, Sweden
Insiders’ tip: Close to Malmö there are some beautiful, idyllic beaches with long dunes and white sand that are not notorious amongst tourist! They are also worth a visit when it’s not bathing season.
4. Eguisheim, France
Insiders’ tip: As one of France’s best wine-growing regions it is indispensable to visit a vineyard and participate at a tasting.
5. Krakow, Poland
Insiders’ tip: The best time to visit Krakow is during the Jewish Festival. This year it is from June, 25 to July, 3. But also beyond this time the Jewish quartier is probably the most charming part of the city.
6. Mellieha, Malta
Insiders’ tip: The beach at Mellieha Bay is said to be one of the most beautiful ones in Malta. Walk up to the plateau behind the bay and enjoy the view of Gonzo, the neighbor island, surrounded by wild thyme fields.
7. Ronda, Spain
Insiders’ tip: Don’t miss to see the gardens of the Palacio de Mondragón when you visit the museum. They are arranged as calm resting places in moorish style.
8. Braşov, Romania
Insiders’ tip: Take the cable car up the Tampa mountain and enjoy the amazing view over the city!
9. Aarhus, Denmark
Insiders’ tip: Aarhus has been appointed European Capital of Culture in 2017. If you are looking for a calm stay, make sure to visit it before, for some more city action better wait for 2017.
10. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Insiders’ tip: Take a raft cruise at the Moldau and explore the historic city from the riverside.