5 European countries to go to for over 50s

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Does life need to slow down when you reach an older age? If you’re just about to retire or are already living the work-free life, you may find that you have a load of free time and cash to spend, so why not travel? It’s time to get out there and joy what the world has to offer.

In Europe you’ll find that it’s a continent full of history, culture and temperatures to suit your desire, depending on where you go.  You’ll find mean beautiful spots and places of interest to visit, so which ones should you add to your travel list?

Acorn Stairlifts, Global provider of Straight Stairlifts provide this guide to the must-visit destinations in Europe, that should hopefully bring inspiration for your next trip.

The Highlands

Offering breath-taking scenery, Scotland is full of many areas of natural beauty. It could be hard to choose just one area to visit as they’re all fantastic. Luckily, with the country being small and offering a great transportation system, you can explore most of it within a single trip.

A great way to navigate through Scotland’s hilly terrain is by rail. This will allow you to see as much of the country as possible, whilst giving you a panoramic perspective on the gorgeous landscape. The West Highland Line is a train service that operates from Glasgow and travels to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig. The route is largely considered to be the most picturesque in the world — and with its rugged mountains, it’s easy to see why.

Another great way to explore the Highlands is by boat, why not add a trip to Moray Firth to your travel schedule which is located near the tip of Scotland. The water is home to about 130 bottlenose dolphins, and regular boat tours operate. You may be able to spot seals, whales and porpoises further out, while you’ll also enjoy dazzling views of the coastline.

If you’re looking for somewhere livelier, visit the Capital, that is Edinburgh. This vibrant and historic city has much to see and do, whether you spend your time visiting the zoo, exploring the old town, touring the underground vaults or enjoying a bite to eat in one of the city’s many cafes or restaurants. For even more culture, plan a visit in August — the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world — is in town for much of the month.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast, located in Italy stretches 50-kilometers along the south of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. It’s famous for its quaint fishing villages and small beaches that many relax upon. If this is somewhere that you are considering travelling to, avoid holidaying between November and Easter as many hotels and restaurants are closed during this period and you will miss the exciting hustle and bustle of the destination. Instead, spring and autumn are perfect times to visit when temperatures are around 15-26°C and precipitation levels are between 3 and 4 inches.

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and truly luxurious, then head down to the town of Positano, which there you’ll find streets that are lined with colourful houses, impressive hotels and shops filled with beachwear and ceramics — you can get even your own pair of sandals made for you.

The Algarve

Portugal offers an all year-round warm temperature and stunning coastlines, one that should be considered on your travel wish list. The Algarve, in particular, is a popular choice, especially for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits.

If you’re into your golf, you can tee-off at one of the region’s many golf courses. Coastal courses are a perfect choice for panoramic views as you play and, as the country receives a staggering 300 day of sunshine a year, there’ll be little chance of rain spoiling play.

Perhaps you’re looking for somewhere to soak up the sun and escape the cold climates? The Algarve is ideal, with its many stretches of sandy beaches and plethora of luxurious hotels and apartments. It is renowned as a tourist destination but take full advantage of not being limited to travelling in the school holidays and visit in the quieter months such as October and June.

If you love history and learning about historical culture, than be sure to lose yourself in one of the many churches that line the Algarve landscape. Unlike the stone churches and cathedrals present in many countries, some of those in Portugal are lined with spectacular tiles and azulejos that make them stand out from any religious building you’ve seen before. Or head down to the Old Town where you can relax in the Old Town Square (Praça da Vila) and admire the surrounding architecture.

Paris

When you think of the capital of France, Price, then no doubt that the iconic Eiffel Tower springs to mind. There are so much more things to see and do if you know where to look.

Take a trip to Monet’s Garden, which takes a 45-minute train journey followed by a 10-minute bus ride from Paris. The spectacular garden is split into two parts, both of which are equally impressive — one is called Clos Normand and is full off symmetries and complementing colours, and the other is a Japanese inspired water garden.

If enjoy boat rides, then be sure to take one of the popular cruises down the river Siene. This is a great opportunity to put your feet up after a long day exploring. Admire the picturesque streets, bridges and cathedral as you’re taken on an adventure through the city.

Crete – Greece

The largest Island of Greece, Crete is renowned for its rich history and long sandy beaches. It brings tourists a balance between culture, adventure and relaxation.

If you love history, you may be tempted to visit the Archaeological Museum which showcases artefact between Neolithic to Roman times (a time span of 5,500 years). This museum taps into the imagination with detailed descriptions of jewelry, pottery and other famous pieces from ancient sites.

You can also visit the Venetican Harbour on the west side of the island, if you long to be by the sea. The Harbour is part of a town called Chania. Take a relaxing sunset stroll out to the trademark of the town — a lighthouse that sits near the harbour entrance.

So, we’ve discovered that there are many beautiful destinations that are suitable for older travelers – with opportunities to relax or take time out to learn about the culture and history of the area. The world is waiting for you.

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