Do you prefer steep cliffs, terraced vineyards, traditional postcard scenery, waterfalls or panoramic views? Whatever you choose, here are ten sublime settings where you’ll definitely want to pose for a picture, a reminder that you weren’t actually dreaming!
Les Aiguilles de Port-Coton (The Needles of Port-Coton), Belle-Île-en-Mer, France
Do you have the impression you’re standing before a painting? Not surprising. Numerous artists, such as Claude Monet, have immortalised this unique scenery. The site’s name comes from foam that forms into frothy flakes that look like cotton when very windy. And the waves that break against the cliffs and rocks lend the area a dramatic effect. It’s no wonder legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt fell instantly in love with the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer during her initial visit in 1894!
Oia, Santorini, Greece
The hardest part about being at this magnificent village in high season is stealing a piece of scenery just for you. Located North-West of Santorini, Oia attracts hundreds of tourists worldwide, who try to nudge their way through the crowds to capture the best portraits around the island, especially at sundown. Nevertheless, you absolutely need to snap a selfie against this breathtaking background at least once in your life.
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Switzerland
Lavaux stretches for about 30 kilometres along the banks of Lake Geneva. Recognized by UNESCO since 2007, the site needs to be explored slowly, by foot, train or boat. However you choose to go, you’ll notice that the vines appear to be overflowing into the lake. And, of course, you must stop to taste some regional wine!
From the top of Old Town Hall Tower in Prague
It’s impossible to miss the Old Town Hall Tower in Prague. Crowds gather at its feet every hour to watch the astronomical clock characters come to life. But to enjoy the panoramic view from this 70-metre tower, you must practice your patience, since the line-up can be quite daunting! But it’s definitely worth the wait: you’ll view the magnificence of Prague from new heights! A great time to go is right before sundown; you get the best lighting for your photo, and it’s less crowded. Plus, once you’ve reached the top, you can go around the building.
The Sentier des Douaniers, Corsica, France
Also called “Sentier du Littoral” (Coastal Footpath), this 26-kilometre trail is accessible to all levels of walkers. And you don’t even need to hike the entire way to find perfect photo opportunities. As you walk along the coastline, you’ll realize why Corsica is nicknamed “Island of Beauty.” You’ll be able to spot the Sanguinaires Islands and, more to the North, Plage de Saint-Antoine (Saint Anthony’s Beach). Remember to pack some sausages and cheeses to savour throughout your journey, it’s a must!
Dubrovnik Cable Car, Croatia
A major hub during the Silk Road era, Dubrovnik has certainly been a popular European destination for the past few years. Ride the cable car all the way up to Mount Srd’s summit and pose for that perfect picture with a backdrop of the city below. Try to avoid peak cruise ship times during the summer since crowds can put a damper on the whole experience.
Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Scotland is brimming with breathtaking views. Located 10 kilometers from Staffin on the Isle of Skye, this “old man” stands about 50 meters tall, topped with a menhir. From the front, the monolith resembles an old man, hence its name.
The most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss is quite impressive at 44 metres high, and is certainly worth the trip! Both routes 864 and F862 can get you there, but it is highly recommended to travel by 4X4 if you opt for latter road. It is, nevertheless, this second, more difficult path that delights visitors the most, since it allows them to get as close as possible to the main attraction.
Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Game of Thrones fans will certainly recognize this famous alley bordered by twisted trees depicted in the cult series. But whether we follow the adventures of the Starks and Lannisters or not, this mysterious site doesn’t leave anyone in the dark. Depending on the time of day, the area may look dangerous or divine. The way the sunlight brushes against the branches and illuminates the pathway makes it particularly interesting for photo fanatics.
St. Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy
You’ll want to snap a photo at every street corner in Venice. And St. Mark’s Square remains the most legendary. Here, you’ll find the most sought-after monuments of the city: Doge’s Palace, an example of gothic architecture, Bridge of Sighs, once a crossing path for prisoners, the Campanile, a former watch-tower… Just make sure to go early in the morning, before the tourists wake up!
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