European countries are favorite travel destinations, but some countries can be quite costly to visit. The popular countries to avoid in peak seasons include Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Greece. Instead, look into visiting some of the less popular countries such as Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, and Lithuania.
Here’s a quick overview of these spots and fun one-week itineraries to get your planning started!
Located between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.
Climate – Similar to California. Peak travel season is summer. Spring and autumn are nice off-peak times to visit.
Frommer’s One Week Itinerary: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/portugal/253485
Start in Lisbon (easiest for international travel), don’t miss the town of Sintra, and spend time in Cascais, a fishing village that has turned into a major beach resort.
Netherlands and Belgium
The Netherlands are Located north of Belgium and north-west of Germany. Belgium is located just below The Netherlands, on top of France.
July and August are most popular times to visit, but their “in season” goes from mid-April to mid-October. Its maritime climate brings fog, mist, and dampness often. Remember your raincoat!
Frommer’s One Week Itinerary: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/belgium/252426
The trip may begin and end in Amsterdam, but there are many other places to see, such as Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp.
Located off the west coast of the United Kingdom.
Because Ireland can be very cool in the winter and hot in the summer, the ideal visiting times are spring and fall.
Frommer’s One Week Itinerary: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/ireland/697566
Start your trip in Dublin, the perfect city to explore on foot. Outside the city, you can reach the Wicklow mountains in less than 2 hours. Then finish your trip along the coast, visiting fishing villages and castles.
Located in the north eastern part of Europe, Lithuania is just north of Poland and Belarus.
Winters are extreme here so visit in late spring/early summer.
Rough Guides’ Things Not To Miss: http://www.roughguides.com/destinations/europe/lithuania/things-not-to-miss/#/0
From castles to beaches, Rough Guides offers the top must-see Lithuanian locals.
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