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Still do not know where you are going to travel in summer ? Are you still thinking about it and time is falling on you? In the last weeks I have been able to receive dozens of e-mails on the same question. There are really many people who still have not decided on the trip they are going to make this summer. I am going to try to contribute something, to see if with a few ideas we solve the matter. We are recommended places to visit in summer. Where to travel this summer? To help those undecided I have selected a few destinations. Some more complex and others more to walk around the house, to arm one of those great experiences that I remember all my life.
First of all I must make clear that when I talk about places to visit in summer, that you want to know. I mean the European summer that touches the months of June, July, August and almost all September. Especially in the face of avoiding or taking into account certain destinations where the weather is not the best at this time. As you will see, in this selection of ten places there is everything. Some more expensive and distant, others more at hand, where fit different budget forks and taking into account that time is really cast on us.
#1. The Alentejo coast by car (or camper)
The Alentejo is in fashion! While the interior part of the region in summer is a real oven, the coast has enough resources to attract. People fleeing the crowded beaches of other parts of the peninsula. Along almost two hundred kilometers receiving the Atlantic breeze, you can trace a route along the Alentejo coast by car or camper. Which you now see a lot in Portugal to stay to sleep with sea views, places to visit in summer, that make you charm. Troia, Comporta, Vilanova de Milfontes, the Vicentine route, the Sines of Vasco de Gama, a host of Roman ruins. Lagoons like San Andrés, ideal for photographing sea birds, the curious Carrasqueira port, the dolphins that go up the Sado River. In search of food and a long list of proposals for those looking for the coastline, but without buildings. Killing the beach and the feeling that there are still summer places like before. The summer in Iceland is light for almost 24 hours. The circular route in Iceland using a car or motorhome is an excellent way to tour the country. It takes around 10-15 days to do it, although it can be reduced if we focus on the southern part of Iceland. If we look for example, where there is a spectacular amalgam of waterfalls, glaciers, Viking villages like Keldur. The queen of all visits, the Jökulsárlón lagoonin which icebergs float and ice floes that even reach the beach. If we have less time (something less than a week) an interesting option is to set up Reykjavik, the capital, and make round trips from there.
#2. Rías Baixas, between hórreos, albariños and postcard beachesa
When I mentioned before that I would give destinations to walk around the house, I said it literally. Because if there is one place that becomes my house every summer is the area of Sanxenxo and Portonovo in Rías Baixas (Galicia) . In a modest hotel where my grandparents and my aunts were already (and whose name I do not want to remember) I spent the summers since I was fifteen years old. And I know a good part of the estuaries of Arousa, Vigo and Pontevedra after a long time traveling by car, boat or on foot. So, perhaps I lack objectivity to say that for me summer is synonymous with Galicia, its beautiful Rías Baixas.
Do you know everything that this area can give? A collection of beautiful beaches, many of them maintaining their essence. Charming villages such as Combarro, the historic center of Cambados, the cradle of Albariño, the most unpublished corners of the Cíes. Ons, Sálvora or the island of Arosa (it is connected by a bridge), the monasteries of Poio or Armenteira. The market of the pedra in Vigo, the path between the rocks of San Vicente do Mar or the Viking towers of Catoira. If to all this we add a privileged climate, how well you eat and that even their prices are not those of the Mediterranean, we have a difficult result to beat.
#4. Indonesia, escaping the monsoon on the Asian continent
One of the problems when we leave Europe in summer. To other continents is that we directly encounter the rainy season in Southeast Asia or the South American winter. Undoubtedly the months when it rains most in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines. Malaysia and company are June, July, August and September. But there is a blessed exception. And it’s called Indonesia, that being in somewhat lower latitudes (except some islands and north of Sumatra). Dodges the effects of the monsoons in this area of the world. In fact, our summer coincides with the dry season (although having a tropical climate does not mean that it does not rain, much less) of this country. A conglomerate of more than 17,000 islands that is explained by an immense cultural diversity.
#4. Temples of Prambanan (Indonesia)
In Indonesia, all types of travelers can be accommodated. Solitaires with backpacks, groups of friends, couples of all ages who want to treat themselves. Go to good hotels, born improvisers, nature lovers, divers, surfers, photographers, professional visitors. Monuments and temples of the world. Has it all! The mythical island of Borneo with the last orangutans, the largest stupa in the world in Borobudur. “Angkorian” temples in Prambanan, volcanoes such as Bromo or those seen in Lombok, Java or Flores. The Balinese culture and its delicious rice fields. The traditions in Sulawesi, the paradises under the sea in Moluccas or in the Bay of Labuanbajo. The legendarydragons of Komodo , the ethnic groups of the island of Papua.
#5. Route through the heart of the Caucasus in Armenia and Georgia
In the far east of Europe, caressing meridians more typical of Asia, is another of those cradles of the world. A pioneer corner capable of traveling to the most unusual confines of history. In the rhythm of the Caucasus mountain range hang Georgia and Armenia. The first countries in the world to adopt Christianity. As an official religion which preserve monasteries and churches more than 1500 years old. Caucasian countries very different from each other but with curiously. Mediterranean customs, more linked to the Iberian Peninsula than you would imagine.
#6. A mobile safari in Botswana
Kenya and Tanzania are the true stars in the world of safaris in Africa. But, what if we go to South Africa? In Botswana, the number of tourists is much smaller. A mobile safari in the main natural parks of the country can be an excellent idea for authentic lovers of the animal world. Imagine, camping inside the parks and reserves, “disappearing” from the world. Its completely for a few days and seeing incredible scenes of nature. Who knows if this is what we found ourselves when we witnessed how nine lions hunted a buffalo in front of our noses. Or living a series of momentazos difficult to describe. Everything is possible.
#7. Northern lights in Greenland in August
An adventure in Greenland is more than an adventure. Not every day you have the possibility of walking through glaciers or camping in front of them (even flying over them by helicopter ). Avoiding icebergs by kayak or by boat, following in the footsteps of the first Vikings who came to America. Go to sleep listening to the roar of a waterfall while a large group of caribou are seen in the distance. But it is also that Greenland lets see in the skies the northern lights a lot earlier than in other Arctic destinations. In fact at the end of August this phenomenon is visible in the south of Greenland. Where the nights arrive before and allow us to glimpse the famous green lights.
#8. Alaska in motorhome
A roadtrip on the last frontier as a summer trip does not sound too bad. June, July and August are perfect months to go around Alaska, since in the rest of the year the thermometers go down until they break. Summer is salmon season, and therefore, brown bears feast in feast . Places to visit in summer for hiking through the natural parks or facing the glacial walls by boat and see the whales jump and a lot of animals. Alaska is a wildlife paradise, with a fairly high number of species to see and photograph. All this is possible in the Alaskan way, that is, with the house in tow. The motorhome becomes the watchword of an adventure on wheels on roads. That are lost in deep forests or that chase glacial ice in valleys of a dinosaur movie.
#9. Beaches of Montenegro
In the south of Croatia, Montenegro stands as a coastal destination in which to enjoy the breeze and clear waters of the Adriatic. Of a coastline of almost 300 kilometers, 72 are beaches. Some so beautiful that for many they are among the best in Europe. Budva, Sveti Stefan or the well-known Bečićka plaža are some of the most popular sun and beach sites. In the small Balkan country that declared independence in 2006.
#10. The route through the Baltic Republics: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Three small countries bathed by the waters of the Baltic Sea. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are three small European pearls that until the fall of the USSR did not open to tourism. Now, without borders or paperwork, are another of those trips to do by car that is able to gather experiences in beautiful cities. Tallinn , Riga and Vilnius are, visit nature parks privileged islands Estonians. Testimonies of faith and resistance on the hill of Lithuanian crosses and fine sandy beaches in the Curonian Spit. Or castles for which it is required to carry a lantern of the ones before (in Cēsis ) or that are reflected in a lake (Trakai) in an idyllic way.
#11. And wild card: KAMCHATKA EXPEDITION
I promised ten recommended destinations for this summer. But let me give you one last piece of advice. For lovers of unusual places and very little trite, I have prepared an author’s trip. That is, you can point people nothing less than the Kamchatka Peninsula, in the eastern end of Russia. And why Kamchatka? Has it all. It is a type “Alaska” in Siberian version, with about thirty active volcanoes, ice caves, impenetrable forests and an amount of wild fauna. A trip in 6 × 6 trucks, camping at the foot of the volcanoes, making trips by sea to see whales or sea lions, in a river or even in a helicopter to go to see bears. For me, therefore, it is A DESTINATION for this summer. There are very few places left. If you sign up (only exit August 9, two weeks of travel) I assure you you will live one of the best adventures of your life.