I’m thankful to say I’ve traveled to over twenty different countries. That being said, there are hidden gems in Europe that will always have a special place in my heart. From the Jungfrau region of Switzerland to the south of Portugal, Europe never fails to amaze me with its diversity of beauty.
The south of Portugal has always been on the top of my list to visit. Luckily, I was able to visit just last weekend. I can say it’s even prettier in person. An ideal day would be a stop at the Benagil caves for a boat ride or a kayak adventure. Then, head to Ponta de Piedade for breathtaking views from above in Lagos. I would then end the day at Restaurant Camilo, just a ten minute walk away.
Jungrfrau Reigon, Switzerland
Switzerland was a trip that left me speechless. The Alps aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen before. I highly recommend going to the Jungfrau Region and taking a trip up the “Top of Europe.”
My family and I took a trip to Montepulciano this March to explore the southern part of Tuscany. While on our trip, we happened to stopped at Pienza for a gelato break. We got gelato from Gelateria Pasticceria Dolce Sosta which is just a short walk from the fairy tale views of Pienza.
If you only have time for one stop in Lake Como, I recommend stopping in Varenna. Varenna is located in the northern part of Lake Como, just across from Bellagio. Varenna is full of charming cobblestone streets, beautiful gardens and delightful views. I would recommend stopping at the gardens in Villa Monastero and the Royal Victoria (Giardino) for an aperitivo.
Lastly, the southern part of Switzerland: Lugano. Lugano is apart of Ticino, an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Lugano is a unique area with beautiful lakes, palm trees and views of the Alps. If you decide to visit you must visit Parco Ciani, a beautiful park in the center and Villa Principe Leopoldo, a hotel that offers dining accommodations with an amazing view.