Posted by Carter | Under Where to?
Posted by Carter | Under Where to?
Start your journey in the architectural paradise of Barcelona. The Spanish city may not be the country’s capital city, but it is one of the most important cultural centers of Europe. From visiting Gaudi’s magnificent La Sagrada Familia cathedral to dining out on some delicious Catalan cuisine, the city is ideal for long term travelers looking for history, art and culture.
Once you have explored the exciting streets of Barcelona to your heart’s content, it’s time to hit to road. Rent a car and take to the beautiful countryside of Spain by driving from Barcelona to Toulouse by car. It’s easy to cross the border here, and Toulouse in France is one of the perfect destinations for a day trip from Barcelona to France. Here’s where you should consider stopping along the way to make your trip even more exciting:
The charming town of Olot is located in Spain’s Baixa Garrotxa region. Surrounded by epic volcanic landscape for miles, the rural region is perfect for walking and exploring the craters and dormant volcano. The town itself has a delightful center, with some impressive mansions and colorful homes. Known for its cotton industry for many years, Olot is today more of a tourist destination and its interesting cotton history can be traced back at the 18th century Museu Comarcal de la Garrotxa.
Vall de Nuria, Spain
The stunning ski resort, reservoir, and sanctuary at Vall de Nuria is a once-in-a-lifetime pit stop in a breathtaking valley. While it may be a little difficult to reach by car, there are areas around the Pyrenees that are accessible and awesomely impressive. Try your hand at skiing the slopes, hiking, rowing and horseback riding through the region to really experience what this cross-country border valley is all about it.
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
The capital of Andorra, a tiny county between Spain and France, Andorra la Vella is located in the Pyrenees in a mesmerizing valley. The city is known for its tax-free shops, which attract millions of tourists every year. The city is also a great place to access the incredible nature of the Pyrenees and indulge in outdoor adventures, including hiking, skiing and horseback riding.
The pretty village of Soreze still revolves around its Benedictine monastery, from which the village grew. Thanks to this impressive structure, the village earned a reputation as a great knowledge center of France. Children were educated in the abbey-school, which you can still visit today and tells the story of the village’s intellectual history. The abbey also features an interesting museum.
Known as the “pink city” for its buildings’ pinkish hue during the late afternoon and early morning, the city of Toulouse offers a sunny almost-Spanish climate in the south of France, with a laid back Mediterranean vibe and plenty of cafes for relaxing. Explore the city’s impressive historic sites, including the 13th-century convent, the Place du Capitole, and sampling the city’s divine fare of cassoulet and tasty traditional violet candies.
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Posted by Carter | Under Where to?
Start your journey in the vibrant city of Paris – the French capital with a lot of personality, romance and fun. Explore the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe.
Once you’ve had your fill of Parisian delights why not take a Paris to Brussels day trip! Cross borders to the beautiful Belgian city in your own time. By renting a car from the French city you get to explore the surrounding French and Belgian landscape. Less than 200 miles apart, start this Paris to Belgium day trip and make some incredible stops along the way!
Famed for its dominating Gothic cathedral, Reims is a wonderful imperial city that was restored after World War I and again in World War II. The city is also filled with Roman ruins, art deco cafes, and fine-dining establishments. Try some of the fine Champagne in the nearby Epernay region, along the Montagne de Reims Champagne route.
Ardennes, France and Belgium
While it can be a longer detour on your trip, a stop at the Ardennes on the French/Belgium border is worth the drive. The series of rolling valleys, rivers, and endless green fields makes it the ideal place for hiking or taking long walks. Stop off at the impressive fortress of Citadelle de Namur – that dominates the surrounding hilltops, and the Blegny Mine – a 20th century mine that is today open for industrial tours.
Known for its famous Trappist beer, Rochefort is a pretty town close to the French border – your first introduction to Belgium culture. Spend some time enjoying the town’s culinary delights, including its Fromage du Rochefort, which is available in a number of flavors, including beer flavor! For a little bit of the surrounding nature, head to the Lorettte-Rochefort caves, which goes as deep as 60 meters below the ground.
One of the most stunning towns in all of Belgium, Dinant is like something out of a fairytale. Dating back to the middle ages, the town still retains some of its medieval structures, although many were destroyed during the Second World War. Head to Dinant’s Citadel, a fortress that gives an insight into the town’s impressive past.
While heading to the town of Spa may add a few hours onto your trip – it’s a destination you can’t miss. Set amid the hills of the Ardennes, the town is known for its warming hot springs. The springs have seen tourists to the town since the 1st century, when it was a paradise for the intellectual class of Europe. Book some time at Les Thermes de Spa, which dates back to the late 19th century, and was recently renovated.
The historic city of Brussels is Belgium’s hip and happening capital. Known for its chocolates and beer, the city loves life amid its impressive architecture and financial prowess. Discover majestic 19th century mansions, the city’s most beautiful square, the Grand Place, and its modern art nouveau buildings.
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Austria’s famous capital city is a force to be reckoned with. Its cultural and artistic legacy lies in the hands of the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Freud. Highlighted by the vast number of palaces and art pieces that are dotted throughout the city, Vienna is a place to truly experience Europe’s grandiose past.
But did you know that Vienna is also a great place to base yourself for a day trip to the Salzburg Ice Caves tour? The unmissable Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave is located just outside of the city of Salzburg, and can be reached on a Vienna to Salzurg Day Trip by car.
Take the back roads and take your time when you rent your own car on this incredible trip across Austria.
The town of Melk is dominated by its majestic abbey, Melk Abbey. One of Europe’s most iconic sights, the abbey was first built in the 11th century, but rebuilt in the 18th century in a Baroque style. Explore the abbey’s impressive interior, including the Marble Hall, ceiling frescoes, and museum, as well as the incredible exterior that is accentuated by a 200-foot-tall dome.
Once the center of Europe’s metal trade throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the city of Steyr is another Austrian historic masterpiece. Explore the main square (Hauptplatz) and its many opulent Baroque murals. The city also boasts an impressive City Hall, which dates back to the late 18th century.
Discover some of the same fine architectural work you admired in Vienna in the quaint town of Admont on the River Enns. Visit the famous baroque Admont Library at the monastery of Admont Abbey, which was designed by architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and is the largest monastery library in the world. The town itself is low key and revolves around its monastery, so is the perfect place to take a break and relax.
In the heart of Salzkammergut, St. Wolfgang lies in an out-of-this-world region of the Alps, with green lakes and small mountains. This wooden medieval town sits above the lakes and is full of history. Visit the 15th century church in the center of the town, one of the greatest examples of Gothic woodcarving still standing. The town has a number of incredible hotels and restaurants with spectacular views of the Alps.
Discover the scenic Alpine town of Fuschl and its stunning medieval castle, Schloss Fuschl. Located a few miles from the town center, the castle was built in the 15th century and has breathtaking views of Austria’s endless green fields and the lake below. Today the castle itself serves as a fancy hotel, although it was once an official guest house during the German occupation of Austria in the Second World War.
Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave
After just over three hours of driving and making pit stops (depending on how much time you want to spend in each place) you will arrive at the unique Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave. Composed of natural limestone, the cave is the largest ice cave in the world at more than 26 miles across! The cave is open for tours throughout the spring, summer, and autumn, but be aware that temperatures inside usually reach freezing so bring warm clothing.