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The most beautiful places to visit in Summer #NotATourist

Sunday, June 14, 2015
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Here are the most beautiful places to visit in Summer – #NotATourist

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Travel Junkie Diary

 

1. South Tyrol, Italy

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The northernmost region in Italy, bordering Austria to the north and northeast, Switzerland to the northwest, and the rest of Italy to the south. South Tyrol is one of the most beautiful places to visit this summer for everyone! Families with kids, lovers and if you are looking for an adventure. It’s a nature loving hidden gem! lot of cultural highlights, both large cities and small picturesque storybook villages – and huge areas of wild nature, including the most important Italian national park, and many more regional parks, lakes, valleys and mountains.

2. Reine, Norway

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 North of the Arctic Circle, Reine is a pretty fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago, an area of starkly beautiful Nordic wilderness, where sapphire bays punctuate fjords and mountains. Many of the bright red fishermen’s cabins (called rorbuer) have been converted into comfortable cottages for visitors that offer direct access to the Norwegian Sea. Settle in for a front-row view of the night sky and its mesmerizing entertainment, from summer’s midnight sun to winter’s northern lights. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Summer!

3. Giethoorn, Holland
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 A hidden gem and possibly the most peaceful place ever. The only sound really you hear is the running of the water and nature. Giethoorn in Holland is so different that it hardly seems real! Dubbed as the ‘Dutch Venice’, Giethoorn is in the province of Overijssel in the east of the Netherlands, a green and still area. The little village is so dependent on its waterways, many of the houses cannot be reached by road. When the postman delivers the mail he travels by punt. It’s more fun to hire a small electric boat that requires no great technical skill to operate, and seats two or three comfortably. The most beautiful places to visit in Summer!

4. Hallstaat, Austria

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If anyone asks me today where is magic from? I would say Hallstatt in Austria. It holds a very special place in my heart. spend an exciting holiday among mountains and lakes with events and culture along with a lot of nature in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Take the daily cruises, stay at a bed and breakfast, hike and make sure to always have your camera prepared and most of all to have your heart in awe. I left my heart in Hallsatt! The most beautiful places to visit in Summer!

5. Praia da Marinha, Portugal

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 You have to see this beach to believe it. It is picture perfect. Located between Armação de Pêra and Carvoeiro, Praia da Marinha is a small cove beach that nestles snugly at the base of rocky outcrops. If you tried to imagine the most picturesque beach possible, you probably still wouldn’t do it justice. Spend the entire day here, or summer with family, kids, beach lovers and enjoy the perfect weather, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Summer!

6. Hurghada, Egypt

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When my husband told me couple of years back of this beautiful destination, I was skeptical. The whole analogy became clear. Hurghada in Egypt was founded in the early 20th century, and until a few years ago, remained a small fishing village. But today, it has gone on to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international center for aquatic sports. If it takes place in or on the water you can do it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but, above all, snorkeling and diving. Egypt has so much to offer and so much to be discovered and is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Summer!

7. Lake Eibsee, Germany
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Hiking, trekking, mountains, lakes, nature, rivers, cycling, parks and gardens. That is mostly what you will find here at Lake Eibsee at the base of the Zugspitze mountain. Eibsee Lake is breathtakingly beautiful and the crystal-clear water in the lake is amazing; the colour of the lake varies from deep blue to turquoise. You can easily get to the lake by train from Munich. There are train departures from Munich roughly once every hour. You can stay in Bavaria and enjoy the beautiful place that makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Summer!

8. Gorges du Verdon in Provence, France

 The Gorges du Verdon are a top tourist attraction in Provence and one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe. This is the best way to visit the “Grand Canyon of France”. France in general have beautiful country sides and you can read more about it here. The Gorges Du Verdon has made it as one of the most beautiful places to visit in summer because of the adventure in the water and mountains!

9. Majorca, Spain
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Yes, the cliché of Spain but here, Sailing is still a big thing in Mallorca. It hosts many an international regatta each year and there are many top class marinas and yacht charter companies all around the coast. For those less able sailors, there are day or half-day boat trips available at various locations around the island. A rich cultural history has left many remarkable sights to explore, with castles & ruins, cathedrals & monasteries, grand manor houses & gardens, and a host of art galleries and museums. For those with families, you can expect some great water parks, adventure parks & petting farms. The resorts are particularly well geared up for families, and remember to check for local festivals that the kids can get involved with.

10. Spiez , Switzerland
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Lungern village in Switzerland

Visit the Spiez Outdoor Pool and Lake-Shore Swimming Cove, a cruise on Lake Thun or maybe just a stroll along the beautiful lake promenade all make for hours of relaxation. And for the more energetic holiday maker there’s no shortage of fun either – options include kilometres of hiking and biking trails, tennis, mini golf, a fitness course, fishing, a skating rink, windsurfing and sailing. Make sure to look at the summer guides for festivals and music festival in June!

 

And a bonus…

11. Kotor, Montenegro

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The old port town of Kotor sits at the base of Europe’s southernmost fjords. The village tucked between is like a hidden kingdom protected by natural guards. The medieval old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site with four Romanesque churches and twisty, narrow streets, will remind you of Venice because Venetians built most of it.

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I’m so excited to announce our 5th destination release on @travelwithtjd 
Join us on the 1st-6th of May 2020 to the Northernmost Settlement on earth and explore the Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole on an Arctic expedition. In this packed polar journey, we have the chance to encounter some arctic wildlife, Kayaking into the glorious glaciers, snowmobiling into the earth’s depends fjords, enjoy husky safari, taste the culinary Arctic experience and learn so much about our beautiful planet.
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During May, it will be the start of the midnight sun, and so, the sun will not set below the horizon
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Is that not just promoting more “What’s on the outside counts more than what’s on the inside?”
Acceptance and beauty is deeper than that, because, surely, a body’s ‘ordinary’ image, is not solely what we should or should not be celebrating. 
Imperfections comes from the inside... Our actions, reactions, our weaknesses, strengths, our challenges and triumphs, our anxieties.
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