Escape the Cold: Sun Soaked Destinations in Europe

‘Tis the season to be in Europe, and with winter well and truly taking hold in Adelaide, it’s no wonder why. In that spirit, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite sun soaked destinations in Europe. #getlost

Country Spain

While Barcelona and Madrid never fail to pull a crowd during the summer months, with their bustlin’ food markets and second-to-none nightlife, there’s nothing quite like getting off the beaten track in the Spanish countryside. Take your pick from Granada’s world heritage site, the Alhambra, the tiny tapas bars of Seville, or the British-settled Gibraltar, where you can snap Europe and Africa in the same frame.

Morocco

While Morocco isn’t technically a part Europe, the North African nation is less than an hour by ferry from Spain’s southernmost point. It’ll take you a few days to adjust to the cultural differences, but the Moroccan way of doing things is unlike anything you’ll find in Europe. Don’t miss Fez’s labyrinth-like medina, the main square and marketplace of Marrakesh or the dazzling coastline of Tangier, where the Mediterranean ocean meets the Atlantic.

The Amalfi Coast, Italy

It’s a stark contrast from Italy’s major cities, and that’s what makes the Amalfi Coast one of the world’s most remarkable destinations. Armed with an Aperol Spritz from the beach bar, kick back on one of Positano’s signature orange sun beds, while neighbouring towns Praiano and Amalfi are easily accessible by bus. You’re in for a lot of stairs, but there’s nothing quite like watching the sunset over those jagged cliffs.

Country France

Paris may well be the city of love, but it’s easy to lose sight of the simple French way of life in its vast metropolis. Take your pick from hundreds of tiny towns scattered throughout the French countryside, such as the quaint Avignon set on the Rhône River, or the medieval Strasbourg. While the French Riviera plays home to everything from the aqua blue waters of Nice to the big brand shopping of Cannes, home of the annual film festival.

Portugal

Portugal’s capital Lisbon is not only steeped in history, but acts as a culinary hub and sports a roaring nightlife, while the nearby Sintra is built amidst a rippling mountain landscape dotted with pasted-coloured villas. Lagos is the undoubted hero of Portugal’s coastal Algarve region, with breathtaking cliffs and golden beaches, while the old town is a sight for sore eyes, with its cobbled lanes and picture-perfect piazzas.

If you’re lucky enough to be jet setting right now, don’t forget to send us your holiday snaps at #cliquetravel.

Photography by Tomas Telegramma.

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