If you want to enjoy the last weeks of winter in a wonderful European city where snow and cold does not seem to be so harsh, here are 5 most beautiful destinations:
Åre – Sweden
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With snowy peaks and squares lined with chic cafes, Åre ski resort from northern Sweden it’s the most popular in Scandinavia. There are more than 100 ski racks, and the laziest tourists can choose dog sleds and snowmobiles.
After so much adrenaline, crowds gather in the evening in one of the many bars in the city to taste the Swedish beer.
Those who prefer quiet holidays can choose one of the cafes that are late open and serve hot mugs of glögg.
This mountain resort has plenty of hotels, but here you have the opportunity to spend a night in an igloo in Igloo Åre, where beds are made of snow covered with sleeping bags.
Bouillon – Belgium
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Hidden deep in the Ardennes, on the banks of the Semois river, this medieval town has become a well known destination among nature lovers, who can fish and explore the dense forest surrounding the town. The gastronomy fans can try here the best traditional Belgian dishes.
You must visit the Bouillon Castle, dating from the 13th century, but not before you taste the delicacies from one of the many traditional bakeries and chocolate labs. Most hotels are located in historical buildings, beautifully decorated, so no matter which one you choose, you’ll experience an unforgettable trip.
La Massana – Andorra
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Just two hours distance from Barcelona, in the northwest corner of the Andorra, this Catalan ski resort boasts countless ski runs, but bordas too – small restaurants where traditional lamb and beef are cooked on the grill, outdoors.
As the most mountain resorts in Europe, La Massana is preferred by skiers and snowboarders and the longest ski slopes is Vallnord – over 80 kilometers of marked runs.
Pamporovo – Bulgaria
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Although the karst formations, the caves and the gorges of the Rhodope Mountains are wonderful, they attract few visitors in summer.
But this region comes alive with the first snowflakes when the Pamporovo resort, the largest in Bulgaria, is crowded with skiers who choose this destination because of the 50 kilometers of ski slopes that cross the thick pine forests.
Moreover, Pamporovo is just a few kilometers distance from the 4 of the 9 UNESCO sites that Bulgaria is proud of.
Rovinj – Croatia
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This Adriatic Sea small town used to lack tourists every winter. But a few years ago it was discovered by travelers who wanted an interesting destination for the weekend.
Cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture of Rovinj can be admired at their true value in the winter months when the sun invade the squares full of charm that lack the noisy crowds of tourists.