When it comes to top European destinations, the more influential cities, such as Paris, London and Rome, immediately come to mind. However, today OROGOLD wants to bring your attention to other European regions that are more up and coming, or simply underrated, but still definitely deserve the title of being a top European destination.
Although many may be well-acquainted with the wines, fewer are familiar with the region of Bordeaux, a port city in the south-west of France. Not only is Bordeaux one of the France’s most elegant cities, and one that modern Paris has been based on, but the whole city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the perfect place to soak up some French culture. Of course, being a legendary wine growing region, no visit to Bordeaux is complete without a tour of some of the vineyards, and a leisurely wine tasting session. In addition to this, Bordeaux is surrounded by the largest pine forest in Europe, and is also near to fantastic beaches and the Pyrenean ski slopes, making it ideal as a year-round destination.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
One of the most underrated countries in Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina has suffered through turbulent times, with many reminders still around of the war that ended in 1995. However, the country is looking to the future, and its doors are once again wide open to tourism. Visitors to Bosnia and Herzegovina are able to step back in time, to a country where things move at a slower pace, neighbourhoods grow their own food, and everybody seems to know each other. In terms of natural beauty, the country has it all, with enchanting forests that are home to wolves and other wild animals, a pristine coastline, and some of Europe’s finest picturesque landscapes.
A port city located in the south-west of Spain, Cadiz is packed with Spanish history and culture. Narrow streets wind their way around plazas, historic monuments and churches, whose rooftops sparkle in the Andalucian sun, with the most magnificent of them all being the baroque/neo-classical cathedral – truly an impressive architectural creation. History buffs will also revel in the ancient Roman theatre, said to have been built around 1 B.C, but only discovered in 1980. Cadiz is also known for its Carnival, and all year round visitors can enjoy rehearsals, competitions and street performances. A short boat ride away from the city, you will find El Puerto de Santa Maria, a quaint seaside town that forms part of the Sherry Triangle. If you decide to visit a sherry bodega and take a guided tour with a tasting, OROGOLD recommends requesting fino, a light, delicate and dry sherry.
Europe is full of amazing history, with each country having a deep-rooted sense of heritage and culture. Whether you choose to visit the sherry bodegas of Cadiz, the wild forests of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the elegant French city of Bordeaux, OROGOLD is sure that you will love our top European destinations.