Wanting to enjoy your retirement and just live your life? If you already enjoying a work-free lifestyle and you have more free time and cash to go wherever you want but do not know where to go?
Why not start with Europe? This continent has something that can suit everyone’s taste and lifestyle from culture to history, and a choice of hotter or colder climates, depending on where yo want to go. You can find lots of scenic places and interesting places to visit, but which ones should you add to your travel list?
Well, the Global provider of stair lifts Acorn, shared this guide to the must-visit destinations in Europe, even for people over 50′s on order to give some inspiration and tips on where is the best place to go:
The Highlands in Scotland
Be ready to get your breath blown away by a breath-taking scenery that Scotland has!This place has been gifted with lots of amazing areas. It’s hard to choose just one area to visit, but there are great transport links on offer, that can help you explore much of this country in a single trip.
You can try travelling via rail, which would allow you to see as much of the country as possible and navigate to Scotland’s hilly terrain this train ride would give you a panoramic perspective on the beautiful landscape. The West Highland Line is a train service that operates from Glasgow and travels to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig and is largely considered to be the most picturesque in the world — and with its rugged mountains, it’s not hard to see why.
You can also try exploring the area via boat, but make sure to include a stop at Moray Firth on your route, which is located close to the tip of Scotland. Be amazed as this water is home to around 130 bottlenose dolphins, seals, whales and porpoises.
Going to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the capital, Edinburgh and make a switch from calmness and serenity from countryside to somewhere a bit livelier and vibrant. This historic city has much to see and do, you can visit the zoo, explore the old town, tour the underground vaults or even enjoy a bite in one of the city’s many cafes or restaurants. If you want an even more culture, make sure to plan a visit in August, where the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world will be held.
The Algarve in Portugal
Portugal, and its warm temperature that lasts all year-round and beautiful coastline, is another stunning destination to mark on your travel list! If you want outdoor adventure in Portugal, then The Algarve, is the perfect place for you!
Make sure to soak up the sun and enjoy the many stretches of sandy beaches and plethora of luxurious hotels and apartments in the area. You can also test your golfing skills while enjoying the panoramic views as you play, and no need to worry about the rain that might spoil the fun here as Algarve has 300 days of sunshine a year, that is why Algarve is renowned as a tourist destination especially for those who wants to escape the cold weather but make sure to take full advantage of not being limited to travelling in the school holidays and visit in the quieter months such as October and June.
You can also learn about the historical culture of this place and lose yourself in one of the many churches that line The Algarve landscape. The churches in Portugal are not like your typical churchs, theirs is spectacular tiles and azulejos that make them stand out from any religious building you’ve seen before.
Amalfi Coast in Italy
The Amalfi Coast is another great destination to visit for people even above 50′s. It’s famous for its quaint fishing villages and small beaches that many relax upon on. Make sure you visit during spring and autumn when temperatures are around 15-26°C and precipitation levels are between 3 and 4 inches. Remember to avoid going here around November and Easter as many hotels and restaurants are closed during this period and you will miss the exciting hustle and bustle of the destination.
The town of Positano is where you can treat yourself to somewhere truly luxurious and relaxing. The streets here are lined with colourful houses, impressive hotels and shops filled with beachwear and ceramics and for an amazing souvenir, you can get even your own pair of sandals made just for you.
If you want to see Mount Vesuvius you must stay in Sorrento. Sight see around the area by boat around the coast of Sorrento either you go solo or as part of a group excursion. Make sure to have your camera ready as there are lots photo opportunities such as the rugged coastline of Italy and the turquoise sea.
Take your holiday in the area further by visiting the Amalfi Coast, where you can explore the ancient town of Pompeii and visit the amphitheatre which dates back to 80BC and relax in the preserved baths.
Paris in France
When you think of Paris, the Eiffel Tower will definitely cross your mind, but there’s so much more to see and do in Paris if you only know where to go…
You can try and go to Giverny and visit the Monet’s Gardens. Travel a 45-minute train journey plus a 10-minute bus ride from the capital. And see this spectacular garden that is split into two parts, both of which are equally impressive — one is called Clos Normand and is full off symmetries and complementing colours, and the other is a Japanese inspired water garden.
To get more of a local feel, try to explore Paris on foot, as there are lots of other ways to get around the city, and you can try and see what it has to offer.Try taking the open top hop-on, hop-off bus tour takes you to the Louvre, Montmartre and Notre Dame — giving you time to get off where you please or take memorable photos from the comfort of your seat, also most of the buses provide you with headphones that provides private commentary of the attractions you’re passing.
You have traveled via air, land why not try it by water and take on of the city’s popular cruises down the River Siene. This is a great opportunity to put your feet up and relax after a long day exploring while admiring the picturesque streets, bridges and cathedral as you’re taken on an adventure through the city
Crete in Greece
Crete, the largest island of Greece, is known for its rich history and stunning beaches. This is the prefect travel destination to experience culture, relaxation and adventure.
Lets start off with exploring the Heraklion Archaeological Museum which showcases the artefacts that date back between Neolithic to Roman times, (a time span of 5,500 years), that includes detailed descriptions of jewelry, pottery and other famous pieces from ancient sites.
After that you can then visit the Venetian Harbour on the west side of the island, in an old town call Chania and enjoy being by the sea. Take this opportunity to have sunset stroll out to the trademark of the town — a lighthouse that sits near the harbour entrance.
For Food Lovers like me, Crete is the perfect destination too as the locals produce their own meat, wine, cheeses and even catch their own seafood that guarantees that your dish will be as fresh as it can be, make sure to pair it with their famous local wines as well!
These are amazing destinations that are suitable for older travelers, its never to late to start exploring the world and live your life at the fullest!