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10 European Destinations You Need to Visit this Winter

By Dani Thomason, WSA Intern

Europe is a traveler’s playground.  With so much fascinating history, intriguing cuisine and striking landscapes, European destinations appeal to any kind of adventurer.  In the peak of summer months, traveling to Europe can bring congested crowds, never-ending lines and sky-high prices.  If you want to avoid this kind of experience, consider taking your vacation during the wintertime. These cities take on a whole new persona during the colder months and are truly unique compared to summer. Whether you are looking to go hide away in the Swiss Alps or want a major city such as Paris all to yourself, try visiting these 10 European destinations this Winter.

 

1.    Prague, Czech Republic:

With its red tiled roofs, colorful facades, and stunning architecture, Prague is a beautiful city no matter what time of year it is. Take advantage of this romantic city during the winter season when there are less tourists and cheaper accommodations.  There is plenty to do and see in Prague.  Take a stroll through Prague’s charming old town square or marvel at the stunning Charles Bridge. This city is simply breathtaking. If you are fortunate enough to visit during December or early January, be sure to check out their festive Christmas markets that can be found throughout the city.


 

2.    Barcelona, Spain:

For those of you who are looking for an escape from the harsh winter climate, head down to the beautiful Mediterranean coast in Barcelona, Spain. With its traditional tapas, relaxing beaches, and extravagant nightlife, this artistic city has plenty to do all year round.  Its moderate climate and off-season prices make it unbeatable compared to its touristy summer months.  Whether you are feasting at La Boqueria or wandering through the el Borne district, this European destination is the perfect winter escape.

 

3. Grandvalira, Andorra:

Andorra is a micro country sandwiched between Spain and France. It is situated right in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains.  During the wintertime, European vacationers flock to Andorra to experience some of the most fantastic ski resorts. These slopes are perfect for every level skier and are a great alternative to other alpine resort towns.  Andorra is also known for being a more affordable destination, which is always an added bonus.  Head down the road less traveled and spend your holiday skiing in Andorra’s Pyrenees!

Comments:

Cooper Cohen, University of Notre Dame

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The most fun, exciting, educational, and craziest weekend I had during my semester abroad. You definitely get the maximum bang for your buck with WSA. WSA provided me with an unbelieveable weekend in Budapest. After hearing from my friends about their amazing experiences on WSA trips, I had to see what all the hype was about. I chose to take part in a WSA weekend in Budapest, and I loved every minute of it. The guide, Bogi, was the best! WSA is the perfect blend of an educational/tourist expereince while also allowing for sites off the beaten path as well as kickass nightlife. You won't regret a trip with WSA.

Cooper Cohen, University of Notre Dame ~ University of Notre Dame, London, Spring 2015

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