Think you’ve ticked Europe off your bucket list? Think again.
So you’ve completed the Aussie rite of passage and spent x-amount of weeks in Europe soaking up the Mediterranean Sea or making snow angels in the Alps. As far as you’re concerned, Europe is done and dusted.
NOT SO FAST. There’s so much more to Europe than the popular countries and cities. Don’t get me wrong – tourist destinations are visited by millions of travellers a year for a reason! I’d go back to Paris or Rome in a heartbeat.
But there’s something magical about exploring places you haven’t already seen on social media and in movies. These destinations are usually cheaper (ALWAYS a good thing), friendlier and overflowing with authentic cultural experiences to be had.
Here are six European destinations that you need to add to your bucket list.
1. Andalusia, Spain
Barcelona and Madrid are absolutely beautiful cities, but if you want to experience a little more of Spain then you need to visit the Andalusia region.
A trip to Granada (pictured above centre) isn’t complete without a visit to the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was formerly a fortress and Islamic palace. Mirador San Nicolas is a top spot to watch the sunset of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada mountains.
Ronda is breathtakingly situated on top of the El Tajo canyon some 750 metres above sea level. Take in the beauty of the New Bridge (built in 1793, pictured above right) and spend an hour wandering the Ronda bullring and bullfighting museum, Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Ronda. While you’re there, do me a favour and indulge in a churro (or five).
If you make it to Seville, you’ll be in awe. This city is glorious! Legend has it the city was founded by Hercules himself, and is known to be a joyous place. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir, Seville is one of the largest historical centres in all of Europe. You could spend days here and not run out of things to do.
Formally a fortified city, Cadiz is abundant with history (pictured above left). However, the real stand-out is the colourful buildings and fresh seafood! Spend a couple of days here soaking up the sun and enjoying the culture – and remember, there’s no such thing as too much sangria and tapas!
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