Not Only Sun and Sea: Luxury Destinations With Lots Of History
European Historical Travel Destinations
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Nothing infuses personality into a vacation like soaking up some of the local lore! Check out these four hotspots for an unbeatable mix of fun, beauty, and history at its finest.
From idyllic shores to rugged mountains that contrast beautifully with the blue sky and clear Mediterranean waters, this Greek island is awash in personality! Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the most scenically diverse; beachcombers will revel in the white sand shores while those seeking adventure can trek through any of the island's mountains and valleys.
Due to its location between Athens and Constantinople––two cradles of ancient civilization––Crete is an incredible hotbed of history! Visit the city of Knossos, legendary home of King Minos and the fearsome Minotaur, explore the fortified island of Spinalonga, take in classical Arcadian ruins at Gortyn, and so much more.
Whatever your preference, Crete has a wide variety of hotels and villas designed to accommodate all tastes. Don't forget to sample some of the amazing local cuisine (snails, anyone?), washed down with a shot of raki, the favorite Cretan spirit.
Ah, Paris. The City of Light, epicenter of romance and effortless sophistication. With its well-earned reputation as an international leader in art, science, fashion, food, and design, the whole city is a feast for the senses.
The first thing that comes to mind about Paris is, of course, the Eiffel Tower, but the most popular attraction in the city is the Norte Dame Cathedral, while museum lovers will find nirvana in any of the city’s 130 museums. The Louvre is world famous for its art and antiquities collections but beware––many visitors only go to see the Mona Lisa and then leave. We highly recommend taking your time and soaking up all the museum’s eight departments have to offer.
Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without some unforgettable meals, and the city’s many neighborhoods have something for everyone! The 11th Arrondissement district in the city’s northeast is away from the tourist traps and home to some of the tastiest and most innovative cooking the city has to offer.