If you’re planning to visit Europe this summer, here’s our selection of countries to consider or avoid.
Italy rightfully holds the top spot as the most beloved tourist destination in Europe. With its diverse landscapes, world-renowned and regionally diverse cuisine, and millennia of history, Italy is like an open-air museum. Whatever activities you desire, you’ll find everything you want there. Italians are warm and friendly people who are always ready to help if you get lost or need recommendations. If you want a change of scenery, Sardinia during the tourist season is a true dream.
On the other hand, France is a country to avoid. Despite its rich cultural diversity, the current political context might spoil your experience. The country is facing rampant inflation, one of the highest in Europe, along with social tensions and frequent reports of state violence by international organizations. It’s best to avoid this country for the next four years unless a profound change occurs beforehand.
Another delightful country to visit this season is Switzerland. It’s hard to resist the charm of the Swiss countryside, their chocolate, and the pleasant local population. Switzerland shares borders with France, Germany, and Switzerland, resulting in three languages being spoken there. The country also boasts a fascinating culture. Contact the Swiss embassy in your country, and they will be pleased to provide you with information about all the opportunities available.
Croatia is another country worth visiting, offering an exciting mix of culture, landscapes, and the Brijuni National Park. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll be interested to know that the series was filmed here. Croatia also attracts numerous international productions due to its favorable economic conditions. The country is known for its olive oil and wines, which are fascinating curiosities to appreciate. The climate in Croatia is similar to that of Italy during the summer.
Lastly, if you have some spare time, consider visiting Luxembourg. This tiny country, known as a Grand Duchy, shares borders with France, Germany, and Belgium. There are some excellent restaurants to try, and Luxembourg City is a delightful place that seems frozen in time, rich with history.
If you conclude your trip in the Grand Duchy, why not take your return flight via Brussels Airport in Belgium? If you have some time to spare in Brussels, we recommend trying the chocolates from Corne Port-Royal, which you can find on Tripadvisor.
Thierry De Clemensat
Redactor in chief