5 EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS TO VISIT ONCE LOCKDOWN IS OVER

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When will lockdown end? It's a question I'm hearing a lot lately, and whilst I personally believe the lockdown should continue for a little longer, I too am dreaming of the day this nightmare ends and all is well in the world again.


Now it should be no surprise to any regular readers that I'm already saving for, and planning my post lockdown trips, after all that's all I do, but where would I recommend budding travellers venture next when it's safe to do so?


Photo of the town of Amalfi and the ocean
Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast may be one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. The towns and cities that line this amazing stretch of land can be found hanging from the cliffs in such a way it's hard to believe they haven't yet fallen into the ocean. The coastline is around 25 miles long and can be easily accessed by both car, bus, and boat, though I'd strongly recommend the latter as it's usually quicker to hop between towns this way.

The most popular towns in the area, Amalfi and Positano are breathtakingly stunning however you will pay a high price to wake up to those views. If you're on a budget it might be worth staying in a cheaper area such an Salerno and taking a day trip to the towns which are surprisingly affordable to shop and eat in.

Top tip: If you're planning a day trip to the towns make sure you take swimwear. It will be hard to resist a dip in the ocean if you travel there in the summer months.


Shoes on the Danube memorial with Budapest in the background
Shoes on the Danube, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest

Budapest is another one of those stunning places that will forever hold a space in my heart. The Hungarian capital features some incredible history as well as a whole host of more modern culture. It's also very affordable to stay and play in central Budapest as they don't yet use the Euro.

The city, which is spilt by the Danube river has tonnes for tourists to do, however my top 5 'must sees' would be; Margaret Island and the dancing fountain show, Buda Castle Labyrinth, The Hospital in the Rock, Gellert Hill, and Szechenyi Spa Baths (obviously).

Top tip: It's very easy to walk around Budapest however you can rent street bikes (similar to the London Boris bikes) for free for 30 minutes if you would like to get around a little quicker.


Lindos town amongst the trees
Lindos, Rhodes


Lindos

Lindos, the poor man's Santorini. This small whitewashed town can be found on the Greek island of Rhodes. The brilliant white buildings of Lindos stand no taller than an average UK house however they can be seen for miles against the contrasting brown and green landscape.

From sunbathing on the beautiful beaches to taking in the views from roof top tavernas, you'll find tonnes of relaxing things to do in this island town. If culture is your thing, why not visit the Acropolis on the hill, or the beautifully decorated Church of Panagia? If you're a woman you will likely be asked to cover your legs and shoulders with blankets whilst visiting the church, but believe me,you won't see a anything quite like this anywhere else so grin and bear it.

Top tip: Whilst taking a dip in the sea bring bread with you and you'll soon be surrounded by all types of ocean wildlife.


One of the canals in Gdansk City centre
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk

Gdansk, the Amsterdam of Poland. But don't let that description put you off because you won't find any of the activities that make the capital of the Netherlands so popular here. You will however find rows and rows of houses built in the traditional Dutch style thanks to the Dutch architects who settled in Gdansk after fleeing from the Spanish inquisition.

Although the buildings really are a sight to see the city has much more to offer. Alongside the history (of which there is plenty) in the summer months you might also enjoy a trip to one of the many beaches just outside the city which can easily be reached by tram. 

Top tip: You can't visit Gdansk without taking a day trip to Malbork Castle. The castle is the largest brick castle in the world and only around a hour away by train. 


Inside the Alcazaba in Malaga
Inside the Alcazaba, Malaga, Spain

Malaga

Malaga might seem like your typical Brits abroad destination but I promise it is so much more than that. In the summer you'll find the Spanish city bustling with tourists and the beaches packed to the brim, so whilst in theory this is the best time to visit, I would recommend visiting out of season for a more relaxed break.

You'll find lots to do in Malaga however my top 5 things would be; explore the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro complex, visit the Cathedral, take a walking tour of the city, visit the beach (even in January we found it warm enough to paddle), watch a flamenco show (although I didn't get chance to do that myself).

Top tip: It usually costs to visit Malaga Cathedral however it is free to visit during Sunday mass. This doesn't mean you have to sit down and watch the ceremony, you are free to wander most of the cathedral whilst it goes on in the background. 



So those were the European destinations I would recommend visiting once lockdown is over and it's safe to do so! 

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  1. I feel absolutely appalled at myself that I have never been to any of these beautiful places and I am making it my number 1 goal to travel as soon as this nightmare ends. I think Budapest is going to be top of my list. That place looks beautiful! Dharma x

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