Located only an hour from the bustling Alicante, Altea is a charming little town with steep streets and white houses with balconies, filled with flowers. The town has a lot of great tapas restaurants, so sit down on a sunny terrace and enjoy some sangria and seafood. From Altea you can take a boat to the beautiful cliff Calpe or you can enjoy a day at the beach. It’s a small town, so you can easily walk everywhere.
The town where I grew up is located by the sea in southern Denmark, about 2 hours from Copenhagen. If you prefer warmer weather, wait till’ summer to visit this charming town. Svendborg has a few really nice beaches and is surrounded by several smaller islands, if you’re up for a day trip. Have a burger at Jettes Diner, listen to some live music at Harders or Hansted and enjoy some Danish beer (or if you’re feeling brave – liqourice shots). Visit a castle at the island Tåsinge and don’t miss the film festival if you’re visiting in late august/early september.
The town in Europe that gets the most hours of sunshine per. year also has one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever visited. Enjoy a swim among caves and cliffes and relax on the lovely beaches, such as “Potato beach” or “Student beach”. The town itself has a long and crazy history, and a visit to the old slave market, which is now a museum is very interesting. Enjoy some amazing seafood dishes, such as Cataplana, a traditional Portugese dish, or garlic fried prawns with lemon. The town really comes to life at night, where you can have bonfires with the locals on the beach or dance all night in one of the many bars and clubs.
A lesser known town in the north of France, Rouen deserves a visit from travelers that are interested in architecture, history, food and shopping. Just like Paris, Rouen is divided by the Seine and each riverbank offers something different. On one side, you’ll find the old part of town, filled with timbered houses and cobble stoned street. The Gothic cathedral is a must-visit and don’t forget to walk around it and see the gardens with a variety of sculptures. You’ll find tons of small, local restaurants between the old buildings, serving traditional Normandy dishes with lots of cheese and cream. Try some of the regions’ sea food dishes if you’re visiting during the summer. Visiting around Christmas? There’s a lovely Christmas market right in front of the Cathedral.
There are so many interesting places to explore in Europe, besides the typical tourist destinations. Who knows, maybe you’ll love one of these places and decide to become an expat!