European Retreats

There may be many reasons to visit Europe the cuisine, the scenery, the culture and history or meeting local people – however the one thing that differentiates Europe from others is its laid-back lifestyle. People in Europe can spend all day fishing in a mountain river or laze away a warm evening reading a book in a park. Europe is a perfect place to slow down, relax and immerse in the local culture and traditions.

The Rhône-Alpes, France

Located between Paris and the French Riviera, and bordering Italy and Switzerland, Rhône-Alpes packs a punch for tourists. One one hand, it is home to three of the five largest lakes in France, and on the other the mythical Mont Blanc overlooks the Alps, which are home to the largest ski area in the world and the reason why it hosted three Winter Olympics. Here you can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoe walks, sled rides, ice diving, curling, etc. However, if you come in summer the region is a big playground for sports enthusiasts, with hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing and rafting being the top choice.

Coimbra, Portugal

A fascinating university city, Coimbra boasts an special aura with an extensive history, vibrant atmosphere and a range of interesting tourist attractions. The city was the second Portuguese capital up until 1255, when Lisbon became the capital. Situated on the banks of the Mondego river, start your tour visiting the University, a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, founded in the XIIIth Century. Climb the tower at the University to get a 360 degree view of Coimbra. There are several monuments from the 16th to the 18th centuries that display the splendour of Romanesque art. You can visit the Monastery of Santa Cruz, which houses the tomb of the first King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, and on the other bank, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, recovered and rescued from the waters of the river that invaded it over the centuries.

Connemara, Ireland

Connemara, or Land of the Sea, a wild expanse full of pristine lakes and mountains. Located in the west of County Galway, it is sparsely populated with the landscape much more open. The area is so remote that the Irish language and traditions have survived here, with Irish being the first tongue of many of the inhabitants, particularly along the South Coast. Connemara is a beautiful place to drive through as it is all about open air and outdoors. Activities here cater from hiking to fishing, horse riding and scuba diving. Two days is good, A week is fabulous.

Dolomites, Italy

Part of the Southern Limestone Alps, Dolomites in northeast Italy is a place that offers something for every traveller. Be it adventure, relaxation, or history, these “pale mountains” are full of unique attractions. Popular Dolomites attractions include hiking, skiing, mountain climbing, cycling, and sightseeing. The ancient town of Belluno, with little over 37,000 inhabitants, is the most prolific town in the eastern Dolomites. It’s easy to drive from there to the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites, a reserve that includes glaciers, waterfalls, forests, even a number of art, history and archaeology museums!

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