Every year we ask ourselves the same questions about where to spend the summer holidays. An economic and accessible destination, that is easy to get around, allowing us to go from the beach to the mountains, and offers activities, good food, friendly people (although not too many tourists), and with a rich history and culture. And what was I saying about languages? They have one of the largest swaying votes when choosing one destination over another.
It is a European country, therefore accessible. Need more persuasion? It is the most populous country in the European Union and its history and culture, both past and present, well deserve a visit.
We recommend a two week stay if you are planning on touring the country, if you are just planning on visiting one city, a week would suffice, unless you are a museum lover...
What not to miss: Berlin-Tempelhof. It is an old airport that has been closed since 2008, although not to the public who now use it as a park and recreational area. It is around 386 hectares, of which 6km is reserved just for cyclists, skaters and other sports. There are large areas for barbecues and family picnics as well as areas for dogs and other pets.
|Tempelhof airport field. source: http://www.tempelhoferfreiheit.de/|
- 8-17 years German summer camp with host family
- 8-17 years Summer camp in Germany or Austria in a residence
- 16+ German in Heidelberg
- 16+ German in Berlin
It is the country of the moment, but with the World cup and Olympics aside, the Brazilian country, in particular Rio de Janeiro appears on all of the lists of cities to visit in the next few years.
The fifth largest country in the world offers beaches, history, indigenous traditions and modern cities. We suggest around two weeks to make the most of Brazil.
What not to miss: the Iguaçu Falls. This natural wonder is located in the north on the border with Argentina. The Igazu national park was nominated one of the seven wonders of the natural world in 2011.
|Iguaça Falls, source: www.wikipedia.org|
History, monuments, gastronomy and nature. The largest country in Europe offers diverse landscapes and a unique culture that welcomes over 80 million tourists each year.
In this case it is difficult to suggest a particular destination, so we have some suggestions for you to make the most of the country and relax. Meandering through southern France, starting in Bordeaux to Lyon, to Toulouse, Montpellier, Marseille and finishing in Nice, which you could do in two weeks.
What not to miss: Verdon Gorge. The Verdon Gorge is located in the Verdon national park in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It offers gorges and lakes where you can enjoy the calm waters of one of the best natural destinations in this neighboring country.
|Verdon gorge, source: http://www.globeholidays.net/|
- French in Bordeaux
- French in Montpellier
- Cultural or classic immersion in France
- Summer Camp in Arcachon, 12 - 18 years
The climate of Spain, its geographic location, popular coastlines, diverse landscapes, historical legacy, vibrant culture and excellent infrastructure, has made Spain's international tourist industry among the largest in the world.
As with France it is difficult to select just one destination as the country has so much to offer both in the way of varying topography and culture, most notably between the north and south. Two weeks would be sufficient to visit various different cities and enable you to get a feel for the country, for example starting in Madrid you could go to Valencia, Alicante to Murcia.
What not to miss: the Sagrada Família. This Roman Catholic church was built by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. Although it is incomplete is has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The anticipated date of completion is in 2026, the centenary of Gaudí's death.
|Sagrada Família, source www.wikipedia.org|
The sixth largest country in the world is also one of the most exotic thanks to its luscious scenery. Although it is rather inaccessible due to visa restrictions. Australia offers quite extreme landscapes varying from deserts to tropical forests, it is one of the driest and most barren inhabited countries in the world. However, the jungles, grasslands and forests in the north survive thanks to the tropical climate, where you can find more than 80% of the native species, such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats and the Tasmanian devil.
What not to miss: The Great Barrier Reef. First explored in 1768, it is the world's largest coral reef stretching over 2,600km long. It is a world heritage site and a natural wonder. Its sheer size allows it to be seen from space and it is often considered as the world's largest living organism, but it actually consists of more than 2,000 species of fish, 5,000 molluscs, 400 species of coral and other creatures that inhabit the reef.
|Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, source: http://www.palmcove.net/palm-cove-tours.php|
Original by: Blanca Díaz Blanco