People vacation for many different reasons. For some the draw of warm climate, soothing beaches, relaxing sunsets and the shorts/t-shirt combo is the stuff that dreams are made of, while for others, the thrill of the ski slopes, frozen ponds for ice skating, and staying warm by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa is the ultimate vacation. What’s your opinion? Would you rather be warm and relaxed on the beach in the summer, or hit the slopes of the Alps in the winter?
Best Destinations in Europe in Summer
For summer sunshine hunters, Barcelona is a must visit location. With miles of coastline, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and a lively nightlife, it has been one of Europe’s hottest summer locations for years. What’s great about Barcelona, is its proximity to Travel up the coast into France and set your sights on Nice for some more fun.
If you prefer to stay in Spain, you can always head south from Barcelona over to Valencia. It’s a very traditional Spanish ocean side city, and the surrounding towns and villages are charming and scenic, which makes for a fun drive.
Best Destinations in Europe in Winter
If it’s the time on the ski or snowboard slopes you seek, the European Alps are one of the most exciting locations in the world visit. Spanning across 7 countries (Slovenia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein), Mont Blanc is the Alps highest point at over fifteen thousand feet. From December to April, there are ski tours available in many of the mountain towns, such as Chamonix (FR), Innsbruck (AT), and Bern (CH). All of these towns offer lodging and have just what you would expect of thriving ski towns: great food, big fun, and a laid back atmosphere. You don’t need to be an expert to want to ski or snowboard in the alps either! There are plenty of mountains and trails set up for beginners and first timers. Be sure to wear a helmet just in case!
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