Gotland is Sweden’s best-kept secret because next to no one outside of the country has ever even heard of this island, or the wonders and delights that it holds.
…That was, at least, until now.
The largest of the Swedish islands, Gotland is located on the southeast peninsula of Sweden. Its largest town, Visby, is a former Viking settlement that is still surrounded by a well-preserved medieval city wall and is now a modern-day UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visby: a town full of history and charm
Visby is bursting with charm, character and history, as seen through its twisty-turny cobblestone streets, medieval surroundings and the mismatch, haberdashery-style homes that line its streets. These homes might incorporate a wide range of colours and styles, but one thing that remains consistent is the way in which they resemble real life dollhouses. Seriously, you don’t get much more darling than a Visby cottage.
Sweden is known for many things: interior design, edgy fashion, meatballs, and ABBA (obviously). And the best part? It can all be experienced in Stockholm, the country’s dynamic capital. And while Stockholm should be a stop on every traveler’s Swedish itinerary, there’s so much more to this California-sized country than one urban hub. There are islands to sail to, national parks to explore, and ice hotels to sleep in. Here are ten of the best spots to start exploring once you’ve had your fill of the city.
Tiny Ystad—the setting of author Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander crime series—is a seaside town that seemingly has it all: world-class museums; colorful, timbered houses; sun-kissed squares; and nearly 25 miles of sandy beaches. Scandinavia’s largest film studio, Ystad Studios, is also located in town.
Europe is a land of rich cultural and epicurean experiences. Whether it is romance that you seek or adventure, whether you are looking for a quiet vacation or days of sightseeing, Europe can satisfy every whim of yours. And if you’ve been wondering where to head to in Europe for an ultimate travel experience, you need to read this.
Let’s take a look at some popular as well as offbeat cities in Europe that you should add to your travel list this year.
1. Istanbul, Turkey
The capital city of Turkey is a living lesson in history, with Byzantine and Ottoman treasures strewn all over the place. Among the most popular places to see here is the Hagia Sophia, which was once a church, then a mosque and now a museum.
A visit to the Bazaar District is a must for souvenir-hunters.
Thanks to the rise of cheap flights and even cheaper beer, we’re taking more trips away than ever before (see Instagram for the heavily-hashtagged proof). But if you’ve found yourself arriving at your destination only to be surrounded by people from the exact town you left, it can feel like you’ve never left at all.
To help you avoid Groundhog Day: International Edition, we’ve done a round-the-world recce. Below you’ll find the best places to visit in 2017, both overseas for those who want to experience some culture (or, y’know, sunshine), and at home for those who just can’t get on board with a 1:1 exchange rate. Happy trails.
Best For: Foodies
Fancy swapping your chow mein for something more… interesting?
Lonely Planet has picked Leeds as one of Europe’s top destinations for travellers this summer.
The city received the accolade in the travel publisher’s Best in Europe 2017 list, which highlights the most exciting European destinations to visit this year.
According to Lonely Planet experts, Leeds earned its place among the ten travel destinations thanks to its transformation over the past decade, with urban regeneration accompanied by a flourishing cultural scene, growing food and craft beer reputation and thriving entertainment and nightlife.
Lonely Planet’s spokesperson and UK Destination Editor, James Smart, said: “Once defined by its industrial past, Leeds is now a confident, cultural hub in the North of England.
“With major events this year including the reopening of Leeds Art Gallery and the 50th anniversary of Leeds Carnival, there’s never been a better time to head to Yorkshire and join the party.”