These are the 3 most relaxing places to spend a vacation in Europe
If you are looking for a place to relax after the past two years, we don’t blame you.
To make your next relaxing getaway easier, OVO Network’s travel experts have compiled a list of Europe’s quietest vacation destinations. Whether you are looking for a small town by the sea, rolling countryside or mountain views, there is something for everyone.
By combining data from Google Maps with local statistics on air pollution and population density, OVO has put together the 10 best quiet places in Europe.
It’s even bundled all of that information into handy infographics, so you can check out each destination based on the factors that matter most to you, whether it’s how many local spas there are or how many people live there.
To get you in the mood for some inner peace, here are the three best quiet places in Europe.
3. Hvar, Croatia
This small but perfectly formed Croatian island was in the top three due to its charming seaside location and small population. It also has the best hotel access in Europe, according to the study.
If you are planning a trip to this Adriatic idyll, stay in the town of Hvar to experience all that the island has to offer, including glamorous nightclubs and wineries where you can taste local Dalmatian wines. Further afield (literally) if you are staying in Hvar in late spring and early summer, be sure to visit the island’s famous lavender fields when they are in full bloom.
The sunniest island in Croatia, this Mediterranean hotspot is also a great place to hire a boat and explore some of the most secluded and inaccessible beaches along the Hvar coast.
2. Gruyères, Switzerland
If you like cheese, then the Swiss mountain The town of Gruyères is the ideal place for you. Rising second thanks to its collection of peaceful spa resorts, this medieval town also boasts the purest air in Europe, thanks to the snow-capped mountains that surround it.
As expected, there are a lot of cheeses on offer in Gruyères. So whether you like your cheese as a fondue, melted over macaroni, or served in a soup (chalet soup, made with Swiss cheese and potatoes is a local specialty), there are plenty of cheese options. available.
Dating from the Middle Ages, the town is entirely pedestrianized and houses a 13th century castle. Or if you fancy something a little different, there’s also a museum decorated by HR Giger, the artist most famous for his work on the Aliens film trilogy.
1. Zahara de la Sierra, Spain
Strolling through the first place, with breathtaking views and a small population, is this town south of Spain. Situated in a rugged mountainous region, Zahara de la Sierra overlooks a valley and a lake. It’s also close to a wide variety of luxury spas and is less well known online, which means you can escape the usual tourist crowds.
Located in the province of Cadiz in Andalusia, the city is a nice mix of churches, souvenir shops and bars, many of which overlook the landscape below.
There is a 14th century castle to explore, as well as an artificial beach. If you like water sports, you can hire a kayak or just sit on the shores and watch the world go by while enjoying Tortillitas de camarones (shrimp fritters), one of Cadiz’s traditional dishes.
You can check out the rest of the top 10, depending on your preferences, at The OVO card.