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The earth is a beautiful planet where we are blessed to live in. And this world has an enormous amount of mesmerizing beauty to offer. This beautiful planet is filled with gigantic glaciers, oceans, mountains, lakes, and what not and to visualize the beauty of this planet is a complete treat to your eye. So, let’s find out some of the unbelievably beautiful places in the world.

Everybody is looking for something different when they go travelling. Some people look for a relaxing break on some sunny sandy beach and luxury hotels. Adventure travelers look for an exciting world class adventure in a busy and lively city, enjoy food scenes and stay in a boutique hotel. While family friendly people look for an opportunity to get away from the noise of modern life in the weekends.

If you fall in the latter category then you might be searching for more nature-based and quaint destinations than the typical traveller.

Most Beautiful Places to Visit in the World

Here in this blog are some of the best places to visit in the world for a serene trip and be in your bucket lists.

1. Costa Rica

Costa Rica borders the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and is a paradise for divers from around the world. This exceptional terrestrial diversity is also true underwater, where there are hundreds of species of vertebrates and invertebrates. These elements make Costa Rica one of the most beautiful destinations for a diving vacation.

Costa Rica is one of the most recommended countries to travel. Costa Rica offers numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in wildlife, either by snorkeling to see fish in the small natural pools at low tide or observing monkeys and toucans from the hanging bridges of the cloud forest of Monteverde. Cruise the seas to watch whales on the coast of the Osa Peninsula, or chase butterflies in the La Paz waterfall.

In fact, you can choose between Manuel Antonio or the Guanacaste area. Manuel Antonio has beautiful sandy beaches to rest while the children are entertained watching the monkeys in freedom jumping from branch to branch. In contrast, Guanacaste predominates the largest and most complete resorts with all kinds of amenities and activities for the family.

Costa Rica has several volcanoes that can be visited in its mountainous interior. But the one you can not miss is the Arenal, which stands out majestically among a sea of ​​clouds. It is a zone very rich in thermal waters, has a huge lake, waterfalls and enough activities.

The Manuel Antonio National Park is a good choice for children, with well marked trails, abundant wildlife and a jungle that leads to a beautiful beach. You can see toucans, sloths, turtles, the green frog with red eyes or the fascinating quetzal. The Pacuare River is considered by the National Geographic magazine as one of the best rivers in the world for rafting.

Among the things to do in Costa Rica, you can visit a coffee plantation in the highlands of the Central Valley, near San José. You can see how it has grown and how coffee is somehow the story of Costa Rica. Do not buy the souvenir coffee at the airport. You have to go through a market if you want good quality.

There is not a typical way to stay in Costa Rica. There are endless. You can stay at all luxury in 5 star resorts or in small charming inns or on a ranch or farm or in a wooden hut in the treetop hotel in the middle of a forest.

Located 500 km from the coast of Costa Rica, it is only possible to access Cocos Island, the ancient island of pirates via diving boat. This territory includes some of the best diving sites in the world, with exceptional biodiversity and an impressive density of pelagic species, particularly sharks, rarely seen elsewhere. However, keep in mind that it is essential to plan your trip, so as not to miss the beauties of Cocos Island.

In fact, the climate is sometimes unpredictable and species vary seasonally. This paradise island is a protected nature reserve. It is possible to access it from Drake Bay, where there are numerous dive shops offering scuba trips for the day. Underwater, it is possible to find white-tip sharks, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of other fish species.

In Costa Rica, you will also find other beautiful places to discover the beauties of the Caribbean Sea, such as Playas del Coco, Playa Tambor, Hermosa or Cahuita. In the province of Limón and bathed by the Caribbean Sea is the small town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Not long ago this was a very quiet fishing village but when the surfers discovered their waves and the travelers their beaches there was no going back!

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small town that has grown to the rhythm of tourists and today is a spa with all the amenities and services where the protagonists are the beaches and, of course, its proximity to the Cahuita National Park. Its charm lies in the mix of indigenous, Latin and Afro-Caribbean Bribri cultures and the rhythm and relaxed atmosphere of its streets.

At the rhythm of reggae you can walk the few blocks of the town, stop to take a Pilsen in one of the many bars, taste the local cuisine or buy some of the crafts. On the Caribbean coast, Punta Uva near Puerto Viejo is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica or Tambor beach, in the Nicoya Peninsula. In the North Pacific zone it is advisable to go surfing to Tamrindo beach in the northern province of Guanacaste. It is also ideal for beginners.

2. Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe offers first class hiking, superb beaches, the best diving in the Caribbean region and a series of remote, almost virgin islands. Each of the islands of this fascinating archipelago offers something different without sacrificing its rich Franco-Caribbean culture and identity. The two main islands look like the wings of a butterfly and are linked by a mangrove.

Grande-Terre, the eastern island, has a series of coastal cities with beautiful and quiet beaches, and a wide range of activities, while the western, mountainous Basse-Terre, hosts the fantastic National Park of Guadalupe, crowned by the spectacular Soufrière Hills Volcano. To the south of the main island territory, several small islands provide a vintage flavor.

From the pure relaxation of La Désirade to the suggestive village atmosphere of Les Saintes, they all have their own personality and complete the long list of attractions that make Guadalupe such a unique destination.

3. Paraguay

Paraguay is another hidden gem in South America, known by Brazilian travelers as a place for shopping trips. Paraguay has options for nature, adventure, unique culture with Guaraní influence, and rich gastronomy as on the dishes pira caldo and sopa paraguaya. It’s a beautiful place, too. Picturebook South America, and if you like rural settings and farm life, you will have plenty of places to choose from.

The best thing about living in Paraguay is that you are really off the radar. Or perhaps the rest of the world is off your radar? In any event, you are truly elsewhere when you are in Paraguay. This is a place where you no longer know what year you are in, and you don’t care what happens in the rest of the world.

You’re detached from the buzz and the craziness and the worries that throw you, day after day, elsewhere. Especially if you live in the countryside. It’s all farm life, red soil, seasonal pace, and life with nature. Paraguay is a complete Time Out from the world. It’s a world where focusing on the immediate here and now is good enough and the most important thing.

And you get to enjoy the wonders of life without distraction, and at a fantastically slow pace. Of course, everyone experiences places differently. It’s also quite stable by local standards, and doesn’t have any history of earthquakes or volcano eruptions, storms, floods, and the likes. Paraguay is one of the most apocalypse-proof places on this planet.

4. Peru

Peru, the land of the Incas and the conquerors! Peru is a true center of history, traditions preserved as nowhere and an impressive nature. House of the great Incas, a nation that has conquered an entire continent, the center of Spanish rule in the New World, small communities who live their lives peacefully as if time had stopped, desert, canyons, incurable mountains or dense jungle. All are in Peru, a country as a whole world!

Peru is one of the cheapest travel places and most popular destinations in South America. It is a land that has history, ancient heritage which attracts visitors over the world. Peru is a destination that can be explored at the cheapest package price. You can visit Peru for a day trip for $ 349. There is much more things to do in Peru besides Machu Picchu.

Santa Cruz trek is a popular 3 or 4 day trip with backpack on the shoulder through the heart of the impressive Cordillera Blanca of Peru and most travelers use Huaraz as a place to establish their base. The best time to do the Santa Cruz trek is from May to September, but if you go out of season, you are likely to see fewer people.

The classic Santa Cruz trek begins in Cashapampa and you walk towards Vaquería. The path to the beginning of the trail is spectacular when entering the Huascarán National Park, passing the Llanganuco lakes and ending the curves towards Portachuelo de Llanganuco.

Along this road is also the starting point of Laguna 69.

If you have time then you can visit Rainbow Mountain for hiking.

The town of Urubamba is a stopover in the heart of the Sacred Valley, essential for lovers of Inca history. Its position is strategic, on the banks of the sinuous Urubamba River, facing the snowy summit of Chicón and submerged in the valley full of greenery of the Incas.

Choquequirao Vilcabamba Trek is one of the best routes that exist in Peru. The Vilcabamba region is located Northwest of Cusco, in the La Convencion province, in the eastern mountain range of the Andes. The first stop is the impressive ruin of Choquequirao, known as the sister city of Machu Picchu and recently ranked as one of the 20 best travel destinations by National Geographic. The site rises over the rivers Río Blanco and Apurimac, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Along the way you can observe the snow-covered peaks of Padriyoc and Wayna Cachora. In Capuliyoc, you will be able to see condors before starting to descend through the Apurímac Canyon.

First you have to get to the bus terminal in the city of Arequipa, from there trucks go to the town of Chivay. In Chivay you can find where to stay, eat or relax in the hot springs of the town, but the most important thing is that from here you can start the route of the viewpoints, reach the cross of the condor and other nearby towns.

There is a river, once believed to be a legend, only to be uncovered in the central Peruvian Amazon, appropriately called the Boiling River, because it’s constantly percolating all year round, with temperatures reaching as much as 93 degrees Celsius (a real oven of the wild)! It is located in the Mayantuyacu part of the Huanuco hill forest in Peru.

At a point that the locals call it Shanay-timpishka, an ancient name that can be translated as boiling with the heat of the sun. Consequently, any animal that dares to venture in that area to get a drink eventually falls to its doom, suffering a most painful death, before having its remains washed up and petrified on the shore.

How this river became so boiling is a mystery, with some believing that a fault-led hydrothermal feature was causing the river to reach such high temperatures, particularly when underground water was heating up before resurfacing through cracks and broken rock formations.

Not only do weird animals inhabit the Amazon jungle, but weird trees exist there too, such as Socratea exorrhiza, also known as the Walking Tree, a species of palm tree that can grow as much as 25 meters in height, and is held above the ground by bizarre, stilt-like roots.

To explain why these roots are formed so, two hypotheses came to light. One believed that the roots allowed the tree to stay above water when the forest flooded in the wet season. The other spoke of their ability to enable the palm in walking – to be precise. According to this theory, when the tree is knocked over, it will use its stilt roots to creep away from its initial location, and then upright itself while growing new roots and a new trunk.

Speaking of trees, the Amazon rainforest is a true land of giants, and one of its biggest is called La Lupuna, which can grow to up to 10 meters long, and contains a part of the trunk that is wider than the rest, making it resemble a human abdomen – this has led locals to believe that the hollow trunk hosts a spirit who acts as the jungle’s protector, and thus will take revenge upon anything who disrespects the trees.

5. Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the famous place to visit in South America. It is one of the highest and most remote countries on earth. This country is famous for it’s unique architecture and vibrant culture. Sucre has it all, stunning colonial buildings, picturesque neighborhoods, museums, magnificent views, tasty food, pleasant weather. Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries to travel in the world.

At the entrance of the Bolivian Amazon, Rurrenabaque or Rurre for everyone, is the ideal starting point for a trip through the jungle or the pampas. Every year, on February 2, the town celebrates the festivities in honor of the Virgin of La Candelaria, the cultural activities that this festival includes is a representative of the region; Cock fights, bullfights, horse races, etc.

In recent years it has become popular with international tourism (ecotourism), as it is an easy gateway for visits to the Madidi National Park (Bolivian jungle), as well as the surrounding Pampas. Take time to go around the agencies and compare the prices and programs of the tours of the Pampas and the jungle where the Beni River converges, in the vicinity of the Madidi National Park, the foothills of the Andes and the endless plains of the tropical forest.

It is considered the third most visited tourist destination in the country, after Lake Titicaca (La Paz) and the Salar de Uyuni (Potosí). Rurrenabaque got known worldwide at the beginning of the 80's, when a traveler who lost in the Benyan jungle for 20 days managed to survive feeding on the fruits he saw the monkeys eat, with the snake meat and taking care of the threats of the jaguar. After being rescued by a hunter, he recounted his experience in a book.

Arrive in Rurrenabaque after traveling for 22 hours dirt roads, crossing 500 kilometers of bumpy roads, suffocated by the dust to end up smeared with mud. See everything during this trip from La Paz, mechanical breakdowns, punctures, hours and hours blocked behind trucks stuck in the mud. Get devoured by mosquitoes, a dangerous road that grazed ravines without bottom.

The flight from La Paz only lasts 40 minutes. Think about it well when you are preparing your trip to Bolivia. But Rurrenabaque deserves it, as this is a different Bolivia. Here it is humid and oppressive. You are far away from the freezing cold of the nights of the Salar de Uyuni.

Not necessarily for the city itself, but because this is the perfect place to go out to see the pampas or the jungle. Take a tour of the numerous agencies to find out which one best suits your expectations.

The Imperial Villa of Potosí rises to more than 3900 meters above sea level and extends under the shade of what was one of the richest mountains in the world. It is Cerro Rico or, in its Quechua voice, Sumaj Orcko in which you can participate in the customs and beliefs that have miners, for example the Challa (toast) with alcohol, coca and cigarettes in honor of the Tata Ckacchu.

It is precisely because of this abundance of silver that came from the bowels of the hill that the saying this is worth a potosí was made, popularized later by Don Quixote, meaning that something has great value.

In the outskirts you can make a trekking to the lagoons of Kari-Kari. An excursion that is worth it if you have extra time is to Torotoro National Park where you can see dinosaur footprints, fossils, visit the caves of Umajalanta all framed by an incredible natural environment that has a large canyon and waterfalls.

Also known as the Tarapaya Lagoon, it is a lagoon of volcanic origin in whose center the water reaches 30ºC. Tupiza is the southern gate of Bolivia and although it is located 90 km from Villazón (first city entering from Argentina), it is the obligatory point for those who want to visit the mythical Salar de Uyuni.

It is not in the border where one enters Bolivia but in this small city located in the Tupiza River Valley. Whether on foot, by bicycle or with excursions in 4×4 vehicles, one enters the gorges and the different rock formations of the Machos Valley; the Sillar; the Tower and the Quebrada del Inca (In Argentina there is another ravine: the Quebrada de las Conchas that you will like to see as well).

A few kilometres away is the town of San Vicente, where the bodies of the famous American bandits Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid rest. In the month of January, on the sixth day, the Kings' Day is celebrated.

Archaeologists have uncovered numerous earthworks and settlement sites that undoubtedly indicate the presence of ancient civilizations once ruling the region, including some that are estimated to predate the Europeans’ arrival, nay the jungle itself! Among these are the Amazon Rings, circles in the ground uncovered by deforestation (an ongoing problem nowadays).

More than 4,500 of these possibly human-made geoglyphs have been found, but no one has any idea what exact purpose they serve, nor why ancient civilizations made them, though some theories suggest they were built for ritualistic purposes.

6. Palau

Despite its location in the middle of the ocean, Palau is not susceptible to hurricanes/cyclones, but they do have tropical storms.

7. Uruguay

Uruguay is a small country in South familiar for Brazilian and Argentinian travelers, this destination combines beautiful architecture such as the Casapueblo and Salvo Palace, great cuisine, Tannat wine, and unique traditions such as the carnival and candombe, and beaches.

8. Argentina

The country located in the southeastern part of South America is home to cool cities like Buenos Aires and stunning resort towns like Salta, Mendoza, Bariloche and Ushuaia. It is home to the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas which is Aconcagua and the most powerful waterfalls on Earth Iguaça Falls.

When you travel Argentina you will discover thousands of wild landscapes. Beyond the lively Buenos Aires, this destination offers interesting places such as Tierra del Fuego, Argentine Patagonia itself or the wine region of Mendoza. If you are about to undertake an adventure, let us give you a few tips to live a unique experience while traveling in Argentina.

Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan, historical site and with a past as present as tango itself. You will be captivated by bohemian and artistic neighborhoods like La Boca, full of colored houses. The beautiful Iguazú River draws its curves through the border forest with Brazil and channels its entire torrent towards these impressive waterfalls, some of the most famous in the world.

Tierra del Fuego located at the southern tip of the American continent, offers impressive majestic landscapes and a curious marine fauna and different species of birds.

Try the wine from wineries in Mendoza, while you watch Aconcagua, the highest mountain in all of South America. Being the highest mountain in the southern and western hemisphere, Aconcagua is popularly known among climbers, trekkers, and hikers but, climbing mountain is not just about getting to the top and enjoy the victory, instead it’s all about patience, persistence, strength, and challenges.

Malbec is Argentina’s signature grape these days. It originally comes from France, but was thought to have died out completely both there and everywhere else until scientists rediscovered it in Argentina.

So the Malbec grape has survived and thrived in Argentina all this time, and nobody currently has more experience growing it and making wine from it than Argentina. It is also simply very easy to like, and goes fantastically well with the food of Argentina.

9. Belarus

You may run into a very expensive category of taxi cabs. They look like all the other taxi cabs — these vehicles have yellow registration numbers, yellow stripes on the sides and operate with taximeters. A passenger sees that and calms down. However, upon arrival at your destination, a taxi driver charges you large sums of money.

The point is that a taxi driver may be working for himself as an individual entrepreneur. In this case, he establishes fee rates himself, and they may differ significantly from those which the passengers of major cab companies and services such as Uber are accustomed to. If will be extremely difficult for you to argue the price after the completion of the ride, since those fees are legitimate.

That’s why you should use the services of major cab companies. And if you still decide to catch a cab outside, you’d better ask a driver to provide you with information about fares before the commencement of the ride. He is obliged to provide it.

Unlike the other European countries, payments for services and goods have to be done only in the national currency of Belarus – Belarusian rubles. It’s important to know that exchanging currency with private individuals is prohibited and punished by law. You should exchange your currency at banks or exchange offices.

10. Algeria

In Algeria, Karantita is also spelled Garantita and abridged to Karan. It is made of chickpea and can be eaten without bread, and can also be wrapped with any kind of bread. You can get one Karantita sandwich for less than 0.2 USD (20–30 Algerian dinar) and it is very delicious and healthy. It is said to be of Italian origin but it differs a lot from this Italian version.

It is not only consumed by students, but by everyone in hurry, even tourists crave for it in the streets of the Casbah of Algiers. It is one of the easiest and fastest made home recipes.

We all know about the famous European must-visit spots like Barcelona, Paris, Berlin and London, but there is a lot more to the Euro experience than this. That is why we have picked out the best European cities to travel solo that may not be at the top of everybody's bucket list to travel on budget. They are all definitely worth a visit and the European cities that should be on every solo traveler's list.

Along with best cities in Europe for solo travellers, best time of year to go and vacation ideas, for each country we have included one insider tip on a place to visit which is a little bit special in this Europe travel guide and blog. Today we'll look at beautiful and hot big European cities.

11. Portugal

Portugal is among the best places to visit in the world, especially the captivating town of Porto. This comfortable town gloats of its village-like plazas, beaches, and antique structures in dazzling azuelo tiles. Moreover, you can locate a nice accommodation at a reasonable price. The accommodations include hotels equipped with enchanting collectibles.

You can also take a convenient ride on a tram to hang around town or jump on a ship on your way to the beach. You can likewise discover close-by regions in a flat-bottomed boat, and that has the potential to be sufficient to give you a chance to have a look at each excellent place in this town.

International Sand Sculpture Festival is the largest sand sculpture festival in the world. People come out from all over the world to witness the 50 sand statues that have been created for the event.

Meanwhile, solo travel is a growing travel trend, and our choice of solo destination will be Lisbon. Portugal offers exciting activities and friendly locals where you choose what to fill your travel with. Traveling alone can open the doors to a new world. Bring your camera, good shoes and an open mind! Lisbon is a cheap weekend city, safe and friendly locals. Combine city with surf or yoga - in Portugal are many retreats and camps.

The main city of Portugal is picture perfect in every way. Draped across a rocky, hilly patch of land, the cobblestone streets and wealth of ceramic tiles give this city a totally unique feel, and are actually thanks to its position as one of history’s most famous ports – cultures have always happily mixed here. The food too is delish, with fresh seafood, olive oil and cherry liqueur stacking restaurant menus.

Go to Lisbon if you like your cities beautiful, you like your food fresh, you like your weather warm. Every year, between late April and June, the scene is repeated in the streets of Lisbon. The wonderful jacaranda trees start to bloom. The city is filled with blue and purple flowers, first in the treetops, then on the Portuguese cobblestone pavement. It's at this time that the city gains shades of blue and purple, with the flower carpets that extend through the streets of the capital and announce the arrival of warmer times.

The name of the tree has an indigenous origin - jacarandá, a word from the Tupi-Guarani language. The person responsible for their arrival in Lisbon was Avelar Brotero, director of the Botanical Garden of Ajuda, in the early 1800s, bringing them from South America for their beautiful and different look.

When they arrived, the botanists had serious doubts that they would adapt to the city's climate. But, as you can see today, jacarandas trees came to stay. In Portugal, they only survive in areas below Lisbon, as their tropical DNA doesn’t tolerate cold weather.

Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world. Founded on the margins of the Tagus River and open to the Atlantic, the ancient Lisbon with its seven hills and its decadent appearance continues to maintain an unquestionable charm for the one travelling to Portugal. Lisbon is the second oldest capital in Europe after Athens.

The best way to get to know Lisbon is to walk on its narrow, cobbled streets, which wind up and down and reach the San Jorge Castle on the traditional tram 28. One of Lisbon's most popular attractions are the yellow trams, originally called Americanos. They are part of the city's public transport and an ideal way to see Lisbon on. The classic line No. 28 will take you up and down the narrow and steep slopes in the old Lisbon.

While traveling Portugal enjoy a nostalgic fado in Alfama, take a picture with the statue of Fernando Pessoa, savor a coffee and pastéi de nata in Café a Brasileira and walk along the Belem promenade at sunset to watch the sun set over the Tagus. In Belem, one of the most famous and visited districts of Lisbon, there are two emblematic attractions of the golden age of Lisbon.

One is the Tower of Belem, from the 16th century, whose architectural style is representative of the time and typical of Portugal. The other is the Jerónimos Monastery, also in the Manueline style, where Fernando Pessoa is buried. Very close to Lisbon is Fatima, one of the most visited religious destinations in the world.

Waimea’s beautiful, the Gold Coast is paradise. But, if you really want to see something remarkably, awe-inspiring (and any other synonyms you can think of) it’s got to be Nazaré. Nazaré lies along Portugal's Silver Coast, about 75 miles north of the capital city of Lisbon. Once just a small fishing village, it has grown into a popular vacation spot, home to a beautiful golden sand beach.

If you look at the top left, you can see a distant spit of land jutting out towards the open sea. This is Nazaré point, the main attraction, a 150-foot cliff standing stark against some of the most powerful swells in the world. Atop the point, rock on rock, is a lighthouse and viewing parapet, small and unassuming against the vast expanse of water it overlooks.

Through most of the year, Nazaré can easily be mistaken for any other dreamy European beach town. But, as the days turn cool and winter rolls around, the swells start to gather offshore.

Nazaré point is in the perfect geographic location. Hidden under the ocean's surface and pointing right at it is a giant trench. Over 3 miles at its deepest. The trench acts as a corral, directing huge winter storm currents from the Atlantic towards the shore. As the currents approach, the energy that is usually lost to the shallowing seabed is instead concentrated by the trench until right before the cliff where the only way to go is up.

As the spot gained popularity, friendly competition between surfers started up and the Nazaré Challenge is hosted by the World Surf League (WSL).

Here’s how a Nazaré challenge works. Each year, sometime between October and March when conditions are just right, WSL announces the start of the competition. Big wave surfers from around the world who have been waiting for the announcement, will hop on a plane, a boat, whatever’s going towards Nazaré. Photographers, journalists, and other surfers also flock in to get a spot at the overlook.

The competition takes place over the course of one day. Each team is called a tow team because the only way to catch and escape waves this big is to use something called tow surfing. Tow surfers use boards designed with straps to hold their feet in place and are towed into the swells behind jet skis. Once the wave is steep enough to ride unassisted the surfer lets go of the tow.

As the jet ski pulls away, the surfer stays on the wave, cutting in the opposite direction of the break. If all goes well, the surfer will ride on, reaching speeds as high as 45 mph, and leading the break until the waves spent. The thing about big waves is they’re really goddamn big.

Sintra is considered the best excursion to do from Lisbon or from the coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril. Sintra is a Portuguese town that is located between the Sintra Mountains. Hidden among these pine-covered hills are extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle. The walk from the historic center to the National Palace of Pena and the Castelo dos Mouros goes up a very steep hill and is quite challenging.

The city of Sintra is the best example of Europe of the colorful and whimsical romantic style of architecture. To the north of Lisbon, on the Atlantic Ocean and on the banks of the beautiful Douro is Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal. A tour of the Douro Valley will give you a full day in the Portuguese countryside. The wine culture permeates the route through this fertile valley from the city of Oporto.

Insider Tip: Coimbra, located between Oporto and Lisbon is an ancient medieval capital and one of the must see places in Portugal. Crossed by the Mondego River, it is a small city built at various heights and full of charming corners that can be covered in a day. In the center or the upper part, you can discover hidden courtyards while you walk through its narrow cobblestone streets and old buildings.

In this part, in addition to seeing the Old Cathedral and the Arch of Almedina, you can go up to the historic campus of the University of Coimbra, a World Heritage Site, and visit the magnificent Joanina Library. The lower part, the Baixa, revolves around the Praça Do Comércio, is a commercial area of ​​bourgeois houses, which highlights the beautiful Church of São Tiago and Santa Cruz Park. You can get to Coimbra from Oporto by train.

12. Andorra

Andorra is a small European country located in the eastern part of the Pyrenees Mountains and adjacent to France to the north and Spain to the south. A great way to start your trip to Andorra is without a doubt to take a first stroll through Andorra la Vella. Get close to the old medieval bridge of Pont d'Engordany.

You can also visit museums like the famous Tobacco Museum, where they will explain all the natural process of making this product, or the Escaldes-Engordany Art Center in which a wide collection of works and photographs of different authors are collected. Places like Santa Coloma or El Pas de la Casa are some of the most famous and where you will discover totally spectacular places.

13. Luxembourg

Have you ever thought about traveling to Luxembourg and also do it cheaply? This tiny state is just under Belgium and the Netherlands and makes up part of the Benelux countries. Luxembourg is a land locked country surrounded by Germany, France and Belgium. Its capital city, Luxembourg is also one of the official capital city of European Union. It has Bambesch forests.

It has picturesque landscape and attractions within the City. The place is beautiful and really chill. It has one major city, Luxembourg City, so the whole country can easily be seen in one or two days. It is a pretty place and easy to wander. Most definitely worth not missing out.

Luxembourg airport is located a short distance from the capital, about 7-8 kilometers away. From there it is easy to move around the country, either by renting a car, or if you go straight to the city with a bus to the central station.

Luxembourg card allows to see the main places of interest in Luxembourg such as the Casemates (caves) of the city, the History Museum of the country or the fairytale castles such as Vianden with free admission. Chemin de la Corniche, in the capital, is one of the streets with the best views in the world. In fact they call it the most beautiful balcony in Europe.

The Casemates du Bock was a refuge during the bombings of the Second World War. Those of Pétrusse are located in the valley that surrounds the upper part of the city, a place that must be visited. Visit the great monuments of the city, such as the Ducal Palace of Luxembourg and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Stroll through the old quarter of the city, the Grund district to get lost in its fairytale alleyways. In addition to outdoor recreation there are a number of museums. Luxembourg has more than 50 castles, many of which can be visited, since they have been restored in recent years like Beaufort, Clervaux or Bourglinster, but there are other lesser-known routes such as the Valley of the Seven Castles.

If you still have time, you can also go to the border with Germany and visit Triers, one of the Roman gems of the Germanic country. The German states Rhine-palatinate and Saarland shares border with Luxembourg.

14. Belgium

A trip to Brussels, Bruges and Ghent has become at this point a classic itinerary in Europe. These 3 cities, very close to each other, have a wide variety of attractions to offer from its medieval architecture typical of Belgium and the Netherlands, to its interesting museums and churches.

Brussels is cultural, beautiful and interesting. Its medieval buildings, its comic book culture and its countless galleries and museums have made it one of our favorite destinations. And how not to name the typical Belgian food and drinks. Famous is the Belgian beer, but also on this trip we can also add waffles, mussels and French fries.

Bruges has several museums, but the Groeningemuseum is probably the best. Here you will find works of the famous Flemish primitives, such as Van Eyck and Memling. The nerve center of the city is located in Grote Markt, surrounded by impressive facades such as the Provincial Palace, or De Lakenhalle and the imposing monument known as Atalaya, symbol of freedom and autonomy of Bruges.

With the Belfort in the background, the best plan in Bruges is probably to sit in the square and enjoy a good beer. Needless to say, the chocolate is first class and the square is a beautiful place to eat a meal.

Today we will give you reasons to travel to Antwerp. The city is separated by the Scheldt, but the St Anna's Tunnel traverses it below the earth joining both banks. It was built as a pedestrian passage and for bicycles in the 30s. You must go down 31 meters under the river bed, and it will give you the feeling of having traveled in time, since everything is preserved exactly as when it was built.

You will also notice a sudden change in temperature as you have just started your descent to the center of the earth. On the other side of the shore, in the magic hour of the sunset, you will find yourself facing one of the best panoramic views of Antwerp. Vlaeykensgang alley is near the Grote Markt, but you will have to put yourself in the shoes of Sherlock Holmes to find it.

It is a set of courtyards and galleries that transport you directly to the medieval era. Among the things to do in Antwerp you can also stop for a coffee in some of the restaurants and bars that live in this alley today. The atmosphere in Meir zone is very pleasant since this neighborhood is very close to the historic center. Some of its streets intersect and the contrast of finding the Boerentoren building, the first skyscraper in Europe.

Antwerp City Card for 48 hours will give you free access to all monumental museums and churches, as well as public transport in the city.

Dinant, within the province of Mamur, is one of the most touristic and beautiful in Belgium. The city is located between two of the most attractive geographical features of the Wallonia region of the Mossa river, which runs through the town itself, and the rugged Ardennes reliefs. In short, Dinant is one of those essential destinations on any trip to Belgium.

If you travel to Dinant it seems necessary to drink a Leffe, since very close to here is the Abbey of Our Lady of Leffe, the origin of this prestigious beer, now known throughout the world.

Hallerbos is a beautiful, quiet forest in Belgium. When the Bluebells are in full bloom, it looks magical. Abundance of Bluebells under the giant Sequoia trees makes the place worth visiting.

Insider Tip: The town of Baarle is one of the most interesting places on Earth. Baarle is a town inside Netherlands that is mostly Belgian but inside the Belgian parts there are smaller pieces that belong to Netherlands. In Netherlands, Baarle is known as Baarle- Nassau, while in Belgium it is known as Baarle - Hertog.

This quaint little town is not much popular. But it's borderlines makes it stand out from rest of the places. Baarle straddles on the international border between Netherlands and Belgium. This town is located between the northern part of Belgium and is also the southern part of Netherlands. These borders run through roads, shops, bars and even houses! So, eventually there are dozens of borders running through this town.

It would be an amazing feeling to set feet on two countries at the same time, or sit in a cafe which is located in two countries!

15. Czechia

Formerly known as the Czech Republic, Czechia has almost become synonymous with its capital city of Prague. This beautiful chocolate-box-like city attracts millions every year, especially around Christmas time when the Christmas markets open. There are snow falls often to make the city look even more beautiful.

When it comes to planning an excursion from Prague, the spa town of Karlovy Vary is undoubtedly one of the most interesting options. Located to the west of Prague, getting to Karlovy Vary will give you about two hours of travel, but after visiting this historic spa, I bet you will consider that it was worth it. Karlovy Vary in German is known as Karlsbad.

If you start the visit to the north of the city, from the entrance coming from Prague, the first essential point is the Dvorak Park, where you will find the first colonnades that house sources of medicinal waters. This is the Colonnade of the Park. It is a strange sensation, typical of a spa, to be able to drink directly from a source of naturally aerated water that comes out hot.

Following the walk along the river, you will arrive at a large esplanade where the so-called Colonnade of the Mill is located. A little further on, along the pedestrian street you will find the Colonnade of the Market. At the end of the pedestrian promenade that runs along the river you will reach one of the most significant buildings of this spa town, the Gran Hotel Pupp.

Behind this famous hotel you have an alley from where you can climb the Tower of Diana, either walking or using a rack train. The mineral water with bottled gas from Karlovy Vary, as well as the Becherovka liqueur, is famous throughout the Czech Republic. As a souvenir to buy during your visit, it is typical to buy some ceramic jars with the appropriate handle to test the mineral waters that spring from the springs, as well as the Moser glassware.

Czech people are outdoor-lovers. Most of the locals love to escape the towns and European cities. They travel to go hiking or skiing in the beautiful natural mountains and lakes which are dotted around the country. Perhaps this love of exercising in the outdoors explains the heavy local diet of meat and dumplings, washed down by gallons of delicious locally-produced beers.

Hluboká is a beautiful place and the 19th century chateau is imposing with the authentic luxurious rooms, but it’s rather for those who are interested in the things like that. There is also an important gallery of the Czech medieval painting and sculpture having some of the most beautiful pieces of the European art.

In traditional Czech cuisine, game, deer, roe, fallow deer, hare, fishes is the most common trout or carp (Christmas eve traditional food). It is necessary to mention the popularity of mushrooms in the Czech cuisine in various sauces, soups, including pickled mushrooms. Also fried cheese with potatoes is very popular.

Various kinds of dumplings are the most popular side dishes in Czechia. They can be breaded, not breaded, potato and filled dumplings, including sweet filled dumplings with fruits - the most popular are plum or strawberry dumplings with cottage cheese, butter, and sugar.

Soups has an important role. They are many kinds of soups: beef, chicken or vegetable broth with noodles, liver or nutmeg dumplings, potato soup in many local varieties (e.g. Kulajda is a traditional soup containing cream, spices, mushrooms, egg (often a quail's egg), dill and potatoes or kyselo, made from rye sourdough, mushrooms, caraway, and fried onion.

Garlic soup (česnečka), served in the restaurant as some others in the loaf of bread, cabbage soup, pea, bean, lentil soup, goulash soup, pork tripe soup, tomato, mushroom, onion soups cannot be forgotten.

Original snacks of the Czech cuisine are above all pastries (salty and sweet as “rohlíky”, “koláče” & “buchty”), Czech potato pancakes, Czech finger sandwiches, Prague ham: a type of brine-cured, stewed, and mildly beechwood-smoked pork boneless ham, Shpikachki (špekáčky) - type of sausage, made from finely cured mixture of pork and beef with smoked bacon, pickled sausages (called “utopenci”, which means “drowned”) and fishes (“zavináče”), cheeses and vegetables (well known Znojmo pickled cucumbers), beer cheese, ripened cheeses (well known “Olomoucké tvarůžky” etc.).

Drinks to eat: almost inherent beverage in Czechia is beer, but also Moravian (South-Eastern part of Czechia) wines.

Insider Tip: Take a solo trip outside of Prague and discover the neglected city of Ostrava. Czechia’s third largest city is always in the shadow of the more glamorous capital but has its own unique charm. Fantastic restaurants, friendly people and a very low cost of living make this a great off-the-beaten-track destination for solo travellers.

16. Bosnia and Herzegovina

The chill brother of the Balkans. The best thing about Bosnia is the people. People are very friendly and hospitable. Like Albania, Bosnia is one of the few Muslim majority countries in Europe, therefore its culture and traditions are pretty unique. Bosnia has the charm and beauty of the other Balkan countries but adds its own Islamic flavour.

Sarajevo is a beautiful city, and Bosnia is one of the best countries for budget travelers with museums and more things to do. In Sarajevo, they have pink concrete that was used to fill in holes from shells. They are now called pink roses and serve as a reminded of what happens when neighbours fight.

Mostar, a medieval city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is located on the banks of the Neretva River. Mostar is a strikingly beautiful town. Ottoman mosques with wide avenues and buildings from the Austro-Hungarian period are mixed in its streets. It is currently one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.

Near the Stari Most is the Muslim quarter, one of the most beautiful places in Mostar. In the Kujundziluk Bazaar you will find typical products and crafts.

Insider Tip: The two towers of the bridge can be visited. In one works a museum about the history of the city and in the other a photographic exhibition about the Balkan War. Several of the mosques of the Ottoman period have survived and open their doors to the public, such as that of Koshi Mehmed Pasha, the Karadjoz-bey and that of Vucjakovica dzamija.

17. Kosovo

In Prishtina, you don't just go out for dinner, eat, and leave the place, but usually, you stay for a while and have some more drinks.

HOME Restaurant, in the center of Prishtina has the best filet mignon, not only in Kosovo but in the whole region! The staff is super friendly and all the dishes are good. It’s especially nice in summer when you can sit outside and have some beers or wine.

Ponte Vecchio also have excellent pizza. The chief has worked in Germany before and therefore, it’s one of the few places where you get a decent vegetarian dish. Nice staff, especially the owner's daughter who is the most charming and beautiful person. And the prices are really low, you get a good dish for about 4 Euro.

Detari. Seafood restaurant near the KFOR headquarters. Fresh fish directly from the shores of nearby Montenegro. They also have very good shrimps. A little bit pricey but worth it.

Central Room. They have a meal du jour which is cheap and always excellent. As the name says, it’s in the city center and it's highly frequented. You’ll have a problem to get a free table at lunchtime. If you go a little later or earlier, however, there’s enough place. After you've eaten at Central, you can go to one of the many bars which are just opposite to it.

Napoli. Best pizza place in town, just opposite the famous NEWBORN monument. It’s one of the few places where people only go to eat and won’t stay around much longer. The prices are okay but you can get pizza much cheaper elsewhere.

Tiffany’s. It’s quite fancy and there are a lot of politicians, so the atmosphere isn't the same as in HOME but the food is perfect. They have some veal in garlic that melts in your mouth. The prices are also above average but still affordable.

Hygiena. Strange name for a restaurant isn’t it? The location is even stranger: it’s on the premises of the University Clinic. It has excellent food and when you sit there, you think you are somewhere in Germany and not in an effing state-run hospital. The best thing is the prices: you can't get quality food cheaper, not even when you prepare it yourself at home.

There is also a little eatery on the hospital grounds called Te Pishat, just behind the gynecology clinic where they have excellent pizza.

Etno Kuca. It’s a little outside of Prishtina, in the Serbian enclave of Gracanica. This is a place where you go in the evening and eat and drink until the late night or early morning. Very friendly local (Serbian) staff. Everybody speaks English. The owner whose name is Bata is a very interesting guy who is blind when it comes to people’s ethnicity.

He is equally respected by Albanians and Serbs. There are some other nice places in Gracanica, too, especially when you like pork. In summer, many places put a grill in the garden and make a barbecue. The prices are also much lower than in Prishtina.

Gresa. There are two Gresa restaurants, a small one and a big one. Both are good. They have excellent seafood (shrimps) and they aren't stingy when they fill your plate. You won't go out of there hungry. On the downside, there are cheaper places. Near little Gresa, there is a good Thai restaurant which is worth a try and also a decent Italian place called Basilico.

Country House. Almost forgot this one. It’s a little bit outside of the city, to the north, near a place called Bernice. The place serves very good meat. It's nice in summer because it’s in the countryside and they have a big beer garden.

If you like traditional Albanian food and booze (raki), Rennaissance is near the city center. The owner, Ilir, doesn’t have a menu and you just eat what they bring to your table and pay a fixed price per person which includes the booze. It’s about 15 Euro which isn’t too much.

What you never should do when you want to eat out in Prishtina is to rely too much on Tripadvisor (some of their high ranked restaurants in Prishtina are terrible) or other gastro-sites. This is a very dynamic place and a recommendation that has been given only six months ago can be absolutely worthless.

18. Slovakia

People often visit its more touristy cousin to the north, Czechia/Czech Republic but Slovakia is beautiful in it’s own right. It has mountains and castles and fortresses dotting its countryside.

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is very beautiful and deserves more than 24 hours to discover in depth everything it offers the visitor. Everyone in Bratislava do nothing but crack self depreciating jokes about ruined buildings, the fact that they do cheaper beer than the Czechs, the Cold War etc. There is a bridge in Bratislava that looks like a concrete UFO.

It has a best view of Bratislava from the top, mainly because its the only place you can’t see the bridge from! The food is pure hearty Slavic glory. Taste a mushroom soup in a ruined pub which comes in bowls made of bread.

Given its proximity to Vienna, many decide to stay in the Austrian capital and not come to this city. Bratislava is one of the smallest European capitals. However, its location on the banks of the Danube River and its historical places make it the perfect Christmas fairytale towns in Europe.

Insider Tip: In fact, if you come in winter, on festive dates, maybe you can see Santa Claus in the decked streets and precious Christmas markets. Slovak summers are really hot, bring sunscreen. Slovak winters are just below and around freezing point, bring warm clothing. Use Uber, Bold or Hopin rather than regular taxi. They might take an advantage of you being a foreigner & taking a long route around just to charge you more.

If use a regular taxi, use it with a local person or someone else who is Slovak. No city in Slovakia has a metro, so don’t search for it. For transport within the city, besides Uber and similar apps, you can use city bus lines or trams. There’s a lot to see outside of the capital. In fact, there’s actually more to see outside of the capital. Slovakia is a country known by it’s castles. Obviously, they’re not all packed in the capital.

19. Albania

Among the best places in Europe to go, Albania has long been the forgotten country of Europe. One day people are going to wake up and realise that this beautiful part of the world has a lot to offer. While near neighbours Greece and Croatia hoover up just about all of the tourists. Any solo travellers bold enough to take a trip to this relatively unknown land will be pleasantly surprised by what they find there.

The wild south, Albania is a stunningly nice Mediterranean country with ancient ruins, blue lakes, high mountains and gorgeous beaches. It is a cheap country by European standards. It is a unique Muslim majority country and has its own language group making it different to other European countries. In Albania, the ruins are often empty and free to view since tourism is just picking up.

The climate is wonderful and you will find plenty of beaches along the coastline. But it is the opportunity to enjoy the culture and history of this fascinating country that is the big draw. Especially since you won't have tens of thousands of other tourists stepping on your toes.

Located in the south of Albania, along the coast, the Llogara National Park can make us discover incredible mountains that rise more than 2000 meters, at the edge of the water. The road is incredibly winding and there are often traffic accidents, so it is wise to exercise caution while backpacking Europe.

It is incredible to believe to follow the coastal road from Saranda, after going through some steep curves, to be at the top of a gorge that culminates at 1000 meters and that is surrounded by mountains, some of which reach 2000 meters. This place seemed totally sublime. The natural park contains mountains, sea and lush forests.

The views of the park are simply sumptuous, and there are many Albanian food restaurants along the road, housed within traditional wooden constructions. Anyone who comes to spend a bit of time in Albania stop at one of the traditional villas of Llogara National Park and enjoy and explore the surrounding forests, which still house many specimens of wild boar, deer and wolves. It is one of the best way to travel Europe.

A diamond-shaped city located between the Rozafa Citadel, the magnificent Albanian Alps, the deep-blue Shkodrade Lake, a 30-kilometer sandy beach and the Buna River delta. Shkodra is one of the oldest cities in Albania, the main city of the tribe of the Illyrians, located in the northwestern part of the country.

The most important places are the castle of Rozafa, located in the western part of the city, between Drini and Buna rivers, the Hammam or Turkish bath and the Lead Mosque. The Mes Bridge and Lake Shkodra are two natural places to visit. The big lake (the largest in the Balkans) west of Shkodra, shared with Montenegro, is worth a trip.

Along the western coast there are some beaches and coves for bathing in fresh water, and the rustic villages of Shiroke and especially Zogaj seem still stuck in time. Nature lovers or for those who are looking for a pleasant walk through some of the forests can go directly to the beach in the Buna Delta reserve, between Velipoja and the Buna river, which here forms the border of Montenegro.

The Buna is a 44 km short river that originates in Lake Shkodra and meanders its way to the Adriatic Sea. Near the sea, the river divides into some branches, forming a low-lying swampy area in the delta area, with some fishing villages and a large island on the Montenegro side (Ada Bojana). On the Albanian side, some ancient arms of the river have turned into swampy lakes full of wildlife, surrounded by pine forests and deciduous trees.

The delta is populated by a rich variety of animals, including turtles, wild boar, foxes, jackals, spoonbills, pygmy cormorants, tanagers and hawks Levante. Arriving early in the morning gives you the greatest opportunity to observe wildlife and the opportunity to explore the entire area.

Permet is also known as the city of roses. Here in this beautiful canyon valley, surrounded by majestic mountains, you will find the Kati Bridge (a beautiful bridge that is over 500 years old) and the Benja Thermal Baths. These natural spring water baths are known for their curative properties and restorative benefits, great for those with stomach, kidney or skin ailments. Either way, great for your health and well-being.

Insider Tip: Make sure to visit the Butrint National Park to explore the Roman and Greek ruins in the south of Albania, opposite the Greek island of Corfu. This is a beautiful archaeological site. You get to feel like an explorer as you wander around the centuries-old site without having to put up with crowds of people.

20. Ukraine

This country would probably be the most expensive on the list. A home to a lot of churches, villages and nice landscapes, this country was a host to a European football cup and has won the Eurovision song contest twice. You would be well off with 600$ for a couple of weeks including renting the apartment in the high season and other expenses.

Ukraine is not among the favorite destinations of travelers. However, appearances sometimes deceive, because Ukraine has nothing to do with those prejudices. Surely there will be something that will surprise you as soon as you arrive in Ukraine is the Cyrillic alphabet! Ukraine is famous for its extremely beautiful girls.

This perception is not only true in the West. For example, in China, there is at least one reality show which heavily features Ukrainian girls as candidates for dating or even marriage. Ukrainian customs are highly influenced by orthodox Christianity. Undoubtedly, the most typical you will see are its monasteries and churches.

An example is the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in the capital, Kiev or Kyiv. Very interesting is also the city of Leopolis or Lviv. Undoubtedly the most beautiful city in the country, the poetic Lviv stands out in western Ukraine as an unpolished precious stone.

Lugansk is a city in eastern Ukraine located at the confluence of the Lugán and Oljóvaya rivers and the capital of the oblast (province) with the same name. The city is an industrial center located in the mining basin of the Dónets River.

Unlike its counterparts in central Europe such as Prague or Krakow, Lviv has not yet been deformed and shaped to become a great tourist destination. So, if you walk by right now, you can discover its streets, testimony of the richness of past centuries, more authentic by that feeling of slight urban decrepitude that accentuates the air of lost glory that the city gives off. It is a must-see destination during a trip through Ukraine.

Ukrainian cuisine is rather rich, and some of its dishes are unusual and hard to eat for foreigners. The most famous unusual Ukrainian dish is salo, literally pig fat, which can be consumed at room temperature or frozen. Salo is usually accompanied with garlic, mustard, bread and a shot of horilka (Ukrainian vodka).

Another unusual Ukrainian dish is kholodets' - boiled meat (usually pork), frozen in fat and gelatine, which can be accompanied by mustard or horseradish. It is a traditionally perceived as a celebratory dish, eaten on Christmas and New Year holidays.

Ukraine is also well known for its food, mainly borshch, a type of soup widespread in many places in Eastern Europe, and varenyky, some kind of dumplings also popular in the area. Another unusual Ukrainian dish is green borshch, which is similar to standard borshch, but with sorrels in addition to (or instead of) beetroot, and an egg is also sometimes added. Historically, green borshch has been eaten during Easter, and the egg symbolized the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ukrainians also eat boiled cow tongue, which is considered something of a delicacy. Krovyanka or pig blood sausage with buckwheat is also popular in Ukraine. As a treat, numerous Ukrainians prefer deep-fried pumpkin or sunflower seeds, usually sold in shell and sometimes salted.

Eventually, the Ukrainian dish, which will be literally hard to eat is chicken Kiev, which is a cutlet made of chicken and breadcrumbs, and filled with molten butter. One has to be really careful when cutting it, otherwise all the butter will be spill.

Insider Tip: Eastern Europe is in full bloom, and Kiev breaks all gray illusions. Here you will find a modern city with gilded domes, history and hip neighborhoods filled with bars and cafes. Take a trip to Kiev Pechersk Lavra or experience the magnificent opera.
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Dani said...

BRB. Packing my bags and jumping on a plane. Some of these are on my travel bucket list!

Unknown said...

Looking for honeymoon places! Will be adding Egypt and Sweden to the idea list! Thanks!

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