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The Top 5 Luxury Travel Destinations in Europe

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The Top 5 Luxury Travel Destinations in Europe Enjoy the luxurious side of Europe at one of these ultra-exclusive travel destinations that tick all the right boxes. Granted, it’s a rather concise list, but it’s one that contains the crème-de-la-crème of luxury travel, with destinations that offer you the right mix of adventure, relaxation, comfort and seclusion. On top of the list are Austria, Protugal, Monetenrgro, Croatia and Malta. Read on to find out more.

1. Lake Hallstatt, Austria

Known by locals as the ‘Pearl of Austria’, Lake Hallstatt is nestled in the little known region of Salzkammergut where visitors get to enjoy a plethora of activates in both the summer and wintertime. From your lakeside hotel, you can take in views of the mountains which are reflected in the crystal clear waters of the lake, or step out to explore one of the region’s historic salt mines, which is accessed through a mountain railway. As if passing through mountain canyons wasn’t enough you can also explore Austria’s ancient caves that date back to the Ice age, or simply enjoy the alpine air as you catch some sun in one of the tiny row boats.

2. The Azores, Portugal

Listed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, the Azores region of Portugal is truly a hidden treasure. As evidenced by the lush but rugged landscapes, crater lakes and stunning waterfalls, this is a true nature lover’s paradise, and the ideal destination to visit when you truly want to get away from it all and be a part of the elements. Other interesting attractions to explore include Pico de Mountain Island which contains Panta de Pico, the highest peak in the country.

3. Perast, Montenegro

The small coastal town of Perast in Montenegro offers you a window into ancient Venetian culture, thanks to its well-preserved architecture and rich heritage. Two of the most interesting and must-see sites includes the regions’ original artificial island known only as ‘Our Lady on the Rocks’, as well as the very natural and spectacular St. George island. Be one of the first to experience this region while it still remains undiscovered, because it’s definitely one to watch and will most probably blow up really soon.

4. Pag Island, Croatia

With a booming economy of cheese, salt and lace production, Pag Island can now add luxury tourist destination to its attributes. Not only does this remarkable island boast a unique coastline, but it also wows visitors with adorable Croatian villages where life is marvellously simple and inspiring. Summer is the best time to visit, as you’ll get to enjoy the ocean and surrounding landscapes in all their glory.

5. Malta Islands

 The Maltese ocean is a slice of paradise for diving enthusiasts, with beaches that offer calm, clear and pleasant waters, in which you’ll find an entire world of sea life, colourful reefs, caves, ship wrecks and more. Just be sure to stay at one of the holiday villas in Malta, as they give you an authentic experience of Maltese culture, its people, architecture, cuisine and more, which is certainly one of a kind!

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