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A second till summer

May 2nd, 2018 | by Yoana Cholteeva
A second till summer
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1. Tenerife, Canary Islands

If you are fancying a visit to visit a sunny and adventurous place, Tenerife could be your ultimate match. It a vibrant place, with plenty to see and do. Plus the tickets from Newcastle are super cheap! The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is beautiful with its territory dominated by the active volcano Mt. Teide (don’t worry, it is perfectly safe). With its black-and white-sand beaches, this destination promises unforgettable summer memories. It also hosts a huge pre-Lent Carnival in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is considered the second most popular and internationally known carnival, after the one held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

2. Porto, Portugal

If you are a fan of highly cultural and romantic places (plus great wine), then you should definitely check out Porto. This city is famous for its stately bridges, port wine production, and eye-catching art galleries. Again, really reasonable and suitable for a student vacation, this place is worth the visit mainly because of the breath-taking views around the Douro River and the magnificent bridges that cross over- these spots are perfect for relaxing boat tours. When I say wine, I’m talking fantastic, high-quality wine- exactly the type that can be found around the wine cellars mostly located across the river at Vila Nova de Gaia. Their typical fortified Port wine is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal.

3. Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, a coastal seaport city in Canada located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, is vibrant and exciting, and making it a great place to visit in summer. This city promises the ultimate urban experience with a really friendly atmosphere. To quench the thirst of the more adventurous of you, there are a number of sports opportunities in the mountains. Vancouver enjoys an Oceanside location, with plenty of green spaces, attracting people from all over the world. It is also successful in combining purely British elements with North American ones; take for example, all the English-style pubs and restored Victorian-style neighbourhoods. Some of the most attractive spots in Vancouver are the city side beaches, including the English Bay (one of the city’s loveliest and busiest beaches), Stanley Park, Kitsilano Beach, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park and many more.

This city promises the ultimate urban experience with a really friendly atmosphere.

4. Vietnam

After recovering from wars for the larger part of the 20th century, the country is now a hotspot for foodies, beach bums, and thrill-seekers. It is also popular for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Its capital, Hanoi, has managed to retain its traditional feel despite an economic boom. There is so much you can do there – study, volunteer or simply experience its uniqueness. Something that especially intrigues visitors to the country is its diverse and excellent food, boasting a legacy of the many nationalities, including Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese, that lived or traded here. One of the especially attractive destinations there is Nha Trang, situated on the south-central coast of Vietnam where the temperature is hot year round. The town has long been a popular vacation spot for locals. But what you definitely can’t miss in Vietnam is its natural wonders, from Ha Long Bay to the Mekong Delta via the beaches of Da Nang, it is all truly magical.

5. Stockholm, Sweden

You may not see Sweden as your typical summer destination, but the season is actually quite hot, and people are celebrating it. The Swedish capital, Stockholm,  is located on the extensive Baltic Sea archipelago and stands out with its cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town)-  home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral.

In terms of culture, Sweden has a broad assortment of open-air concerts, plays, gigs, and exhibitions, from Abba to Ingmar Bergman, the country is also a major exporter of influential persons. While there don’t forget to visit the Nobel Prize Museum and Södra Teatern (Stockholm’s oldest private theatre, set on a hill overlooking the entire city). Why not take a ferry or go for the sightseeing boat shuttles, circulating between the islands? Do not miss the Swedish experience!

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