“Traveling means discovering that everyone is wrong with what they think about other countries”Aldous Huxley, English writer”
We have you beautiful travel destinations in Northern Europe presented and also over three worth seeing Cities in the European Southwest reports where you can spend a wonderful holiday in September. But there are many other places on the old continent where you can go for a long weekend in the coming months. Today we want to introduce you to three cities in southeastern Europe that are little known. You’ve certainly heard of something good from your friends or on television, or read something exciting in the paper. The Balkan countries have recently become the focus of public attention in Europe, and more specifically, they are of great interest to politicians. Whatever the reasons for inquiring about these countries, they have much more to offer than just the sun, sea, and tasty cuisine Worth a holiday trip.
The countries in Southeastern Europe have much to offer and are well worth seeing
Many people are trying to get around crowded tourist centers during their September vacation. They want to get away from industrial pollution and traffic chaos in their home countries. Yes, in Southeastern Europe you will find such cities that offer you a lot of peace, full relaxation and an attractive cultural program.
In the countries of South-Eastern Europe, nature is still untouched by industrialization and has retained its unique beauty. High mountains, white stretches of beach, warm mineral springs and picturesque islands are just waiting to be explored by tourists. We have chosen places of interest for your next trip to the European Southeast, which are”in between”in terms of cultural geography. These are transitional countries that lie between the Orient and Europe, which has also shaped their history, culture and society. Three interesting cities from this region are shown below.
Ljubljana is picturesquely situated on the banks of Ljubljanica River
Ljubljana, Slovenia – a destination that combines history and modern life
Our first destination is Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The city is picturesquely situated on the (nearly) homonymous river Ljabljanica. The experts in the field of tourism describe Ljubljana as the undiscovered jewel of Europe. It is often compared to Prague, because of the majestic architecture in the city center. The buildings are by the well-known architect Jože Plečnik. The castle of Ljubljana and the Dragon Bridge, which is considered a landmark of the Slovenian capital, are well visited. If you want to explore the city and get to know its sights better, you can take a panoramic boat along the river and enjoy many wonderful views. A visit to the many museums of Ljubljana will give you a better insight into the history of the city and the Slovenian culture and way of life.
If you are in the Slovenian capital, be sure to visit the Dragon Bridge!
In the late afternoon, tourists can discover the”green city”by visiting the beautiful parks in Ljubljana and the botanical garden dating back to 1810. In no case should you miss the centrally located Tivoli Park and be impressed by the exhibitions of modern art here. Find at least one free weekend and visit the Slovenian capital! It is an eclectic fusion of Baroque beauties, medieval buildings and the remains of the socialist era. On the narrow and crooked streets of Ljubljana, however, there is an opulent Art Nouveau style that makes the city an attractive destination in all seasons.
The Botanical Garden in Ljubljana is an attraction not to be missed
In the old town of Plovdiv you can admire the unique architecture of the houses from the 18./19. To admire the century
Plovdiv – the Bulgarian city on seven hills
The second largest city of Bulgaria, like Rome, is located on seven hills (called Tepeta) that characterize the cityscape. The village was inhabited by the Thracians (2nd millennium BC), then came ancient Greeks, Macedonians and Romans and in the late Late Middle Ages, the Turks. All have left their mark here, so that today Plovdiv is considered a historical and cultural collective term for the lively history in the Balkans. Another proof of the exciting and eventful history of the city is its name – it was Eumolpias to the Thracians, the Philippians to Macedonians and the Romans Trimoncium. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Plovdiv (then known as Filibe) developed as a bustling commercial center and from this period the beautiful town houses come here. Historically, Plovdiv is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. Their history and sights speak volumes.
At the intersection between Europe and Orient – Plovdiv
Today’s city radiates a lot of charm and attracts numerous visitors with its historical monuments. The Roman amphitheater commemorates the Romans’ unique heyday, while the colorfully decorated 18th and 19th century houses symbolize the romantic era of the Bulgarian rebirth. In addition to the old monuments, you can feel the pulse of modern life in the city center here. New, modern buildings, first-class hotels, cozy cafes and restaurants welcome their guests and offer them the best of the delicious Balkan cuisine. For epicureans, gourmets and romantics, Plovdiv is the best destination in southeastern Europe, where they will get their money’s worth.
Lots of sun, blue sea and a lot of culture in one – Thessaloniki
After Plovdiv our journey continues south, where the second largest city in Greece is located – Thessaloniki, also called Thessaloniki. As in many other cities in the region, exciting history and dynamic present are closely intertwined, so that you can find something interesting at every turn. Culturally Thessaloniki is characterized by its far-reaching history. The city is a true paradise for anyone with a special interest in history and culture. The most famous building here is the beautiful Basilica Hagia Sophia (7th century AD), which is still called the Church of the Holy Wisdom. For a deeper insight into Hellenistic and Roman history, visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. The White Tower, the Galerius arch, the rotunda and the square of Aristotle are other cultural monuments that you could skip on a city tour in any case. You just have to see and admire them!
In Thessaloniki you can find traces of ancient epochs on every step
In Thessaloniki you can spend a wonderful holiday in late autumn, because the weather stays warm and rain-free for a long time. You can walk for hours through the city center and discover numerous marketplaces and shopping arcades. Many places invite you to complete relaxation, especially the beach areas on the coast. Thessaloniki is a very special residence for all travelers to Halkidiki and has a lot to offer!
In Thessaloniki you must taste the delicious Greek cuisine, their seafood and vegetable salad taste really great!
And where do you want to go for a short break soon? Have you already selected your destination? We hope that with today’s article we could spark your interest in the European Southeast. Happy travel and unforgettable holidays wishes you the editors!