Get Ready For An Unforgettable Journey With Aviator Game – Seasoned travelers know that the best trip is a balanced trip: good food and street food, luxurious hotels and cozy B&Bs, a bustling metropolis and great nature. If you’re heading to Europe this fall, consider combining a busy week in the bustling city with a few days in nature. Below, discover six European destinations that combine the best of both worlds.
Arch in Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon, Portugal (left), Ribeira do Cavalo Beach in Setúbal, Portugal (right)
Colorful architecture, delicious food and mild climate make Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, a year-round holiday destination. The city is blessed with numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Mosteira dos Jerónimos, a Manueline-Gothic hermitage modeled after explorer Vasco da Gama, and the majestic Belém Tower, a former military fortress and prison. Stay at the five-star boutique hotel Santiago de Alfama in Alfama, an area known for its association with fado music. From this central location, it’s easy to explore the vast squares and grand palaces of Baisha; peruse the selection of books at Bertrand, the world’s oldest bookstore (founded in 1732); take a tile-making workshop at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo; or see the permanent exhibition of the jewels of Portugal in the recently opened Royal Treasury Museum in the Ajuda National Palace.
When you’re ready to escape: Soak up the sun on the golden sands of Praia de Jalapinhos and Ribeira do Cavalo, two stunning beaches an hour south of Lisbon in the Setúbal district. The peninsula is known for its impressive cliffs, best seen by kayaking or hiking around Cabo Espichel in the Arrábida Natural Park. Pick up fresh produce for the walk at Mercado do Livramento, a world-class farmers market, and reward yourself when you’re done with a glass of José Maria de Fonseca’s Moscatel de Setúbal at Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, the world’s largest table wine company. old portugal. . Upon checking in, Casa Bagatelle in Palmela beckons with warm hospitality and al fresco dining by the picturesque garden pool.
Beer and pretzels at a beer garden in Munich (left), view of the Zugspitze in the Bavarian Alps (right)
Everyone knows that autumn is the Oktoberfest party, and no one does Oktoberfest like its creators, the Germans. Munich is the birthplace of all this frothy fun, so it’s no surprise that its beer gardens serve up meat not just during the fall festival, but 365 days a year. Start at the legendary Hofbrauhaus, founded in 1589, or the Schneider Brauhaus, where the delicious buffet almost guarantees a box of meat. After recovering from the festivities, you can go for a run in the Olympic Park, built for the 1972 Olympic Games, or don a wetsuit and join the surfers on the Eisbach artificial wave in Munich’s bucolic English Garden. Other attractions include the Residenz (the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchy) and the Asamkirche (a late Baroque church with extraordinary ceiling frescoes). Relax in style in a sleek contemporary suite at the 19-room BEYOND by Geisel boutique hotel.
When you’re ready to escape: head south to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. About 80 minutes from Munich, it is one of several impressive peaks in the Bavarian Alps that border the Austrian border. With an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet, it’s a hit with winter skiers, but offers enticing hiking trails and stunning views year-round. Book a relaxing weekend at Das Graseck, the world-famous mountain chalet and resort in the shadow of the Zugspitze, or head east to Lake Tegernsee, where the quiet waterfront is lined with charming cafes and restaurants.
The capital of the southern region of France, Occitania, boasts the world’s first photography museum (Galerie Le Château d’Eau), one of the world’s most famous centers for astronomy and space science (Cite de l’espace) and the only place on earth where you can ride on the back of a seven-story mechanical minotaur (Halle de la Machine, home of François Delarosiere’s street theater group La Compagnie La Machine). Crossed by the River Garonne and named La Ville Rose for the terracotta bricks that give it its characteristic pink hue, Toulouse is a great place to feel the autumnal vibes as you stroll along the tree-lined banks of the Brienne Canal; cross the photogenic Pont Nef, the oldest bridge in the city; and get lost on purpose in the Jardin Japonais, a Japanese-style garden. Savor seasonal cuisine on a small-group food tour of the Toulouse-flavored Marché Victor Hugo, or indulge in an elite feast at the Michelin-starred Le Cénacle, housed in the 16th-century mansion of La Cour des Consuls Hotel & Spa. Located in the Carmes neighborhood of old Toulouse, it’s a luxurious place to relax, but not before visiting the Garonne at night, when the city lights twinkle across the water like a million shooting stars.
When you’re ready to escape: Travel two and a half hours southwest to the Spanish border. With 230 high-altitude lakes and snow-capped peaks exceeding 9,800 feet, the Pyrenees National Park is one of France’s top climbing destinations. It also draws its share of hikers, bikers, skiers, paragliders, wildlife enthusiasts, and waterfall hunters. The 124,000-acre park stretches 62 miles from the Aure Valley to the Aspe Valley and is easily accessible from the resort town of Cotére. Highlights include the Cirque de Gavarnie, a natural amphitheater with a green valley and a mighty waterfall, and the Pont d’Espagne, a stone bridge over the waterfall. Stay: Hikers can’t do better than the Hotel du Lion d’Or, a family-run hostel that has been catering to travelers for four generations.
The Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, where almost half of its real estate is dedicated to squares, parks and forests, was already considered one of the greenest cities in Europe when it announced an ambitious plan last year to plant more than 100,000 trees, 10 million bushes and 300,000 vines by 2023. Fortunately for travelers, there are plenty of sights to see in this glorious green or crimson-gold waterfall. A panoramic view of the city and its riot of autumn colors opens from the Mount of Three Crosses and the Gediminas Hill, on which the 15th-century tower of the Gediminas Castle rises. After a bird’s eye view, immerse yourself in the history that makes Vilnius so rich. Stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest medieval historic centers in Northern Europe. Discover contemporary art at the recently opened Lukash Prison 2.0, a prison-turned-entertainment complex that houses workshops and studios for 250 artists. (Check the calendar for a full list of festivals, concerts, exhibits, and tours.) Don’t miss St. Anne’s, a late-Gothic triumph dating from 1495, and the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, a Baroque masterpiece. adorned with thousands of white stucco statues.
When you’re ready to escape: Head to Dzukia National Park, about an hour and a half southwest of Vilnius. Each fall, mushroom hunters flock to the pine-scented emerald forests of the mushroom-rich Dzukiya region, dangling wicker baskets from their elbows. Piedmont may have its truffles, but the wealth here consists of more than 400 species of edible mushrooms, including chanterelles, button mushrooms, button mushrooms, boletus, and button mushrooms. Foraging has been going on here since the 14th century, and locals joke that mushroom hunting is Lithuania’s national sport. Mushrooms show up in soups, stews, dumplings, and even baked goods at these places, and are often fried in butter and served as a garnish to meat. Savor the bounty at Dzūkijos Dvaras in Alytus, which offers a full menu of mushroom dishes, or Etno Dvaras in Druskininkai, known for its wild mushroom soup served in a bread bowl, before relaxing in Spa Vilnius. The four-star spa offers a variety of bathing options, from therapeutic black peat mud baths to mineral water baths with goat’s milk and wild berries.
Georgia’s fashion capital, Tbilisi, has been dubbed the “new Berlin” by fans of fashion and electronics, but it’s also a must-visit for foodies. Drop your bags at the Stamba Hotel, a brutalist boutique in a 1930s publishing house, before hitting the streets of this comfortable city. You can view contemporary works at the Georgia Museum of Fine Arts and shop for souvenirs at 8000 Vintages, an upscale wine bar specializing in traditional Georgian varietals and kvevri-style bottles. Reserve a full day for a Silk Road themed tour with Maka Shengelia of Culinary Backstreets, one of the world’s leading food tour operators. It takes guests to underground Khinkali restaurants, nostalgic cafes serving fresh vegetarian dishes, and shops specializing in Ajharul and Imerul khachapuri (delicious dough boats filled with melted cheese and chunks of butter), as well as cultural stops like Square Freedoms, Parliament, and the Rezo Gabriadze’s magical puppet theater.
When you’re ready to escape: consider a trip to Kakheti, one of the top wine regions of