5 Ideas for Escaping Summer 2014

by Sara · 30.07.2014 · Escapism · 4 comments

Before long, sum­mer in Ber­lins turns into a grey mix of windy tem­per­at­ures between 15 and 21 degrees and per­petual drizzles of rain. Aye, that’s sum­mer! Although we’ve been blessed with some great days and nights, the dreaded slump has turned into real­ity. People are either vaca­tion­ing the whole of Europe or sit­ting inside the magical study halls and lib­rar­ies of the city (or, if you’re like me, doing a com­bin­a­tion of both, in which my vaca­tion turns into a back­drop of ignor­ance towards my respons­ib­il­it­ies). Even the reg­u­lar work­ers among us seem to be in the typ­ical August hiberna­tion phase, phleg­mat­ic­ally drool­ing and not par­tic­u­larly inclined to do any­thing but lie around in lazy stupor.

Enough with the ram­bling, though. We’re always look­ing for new ideas on where to travel to escape quickly from the bur­den­ing routine of Ber­lin (and to return from our vaca­tions with fresh per­spect­ives), so here are a five ideas that will take you away within the bor­ders of Europe (not that I wouldn’t like to travel far away, it’s just that sum­mer in Europe is really nice and I’d like to save the South­ern Hemi­sphere for when it’s 20 neg­at­ive over here).

1. IBIZAAAA!!! (for reas­ons unknown, I need to say it like I’m wasted on San­gria while wear­ing a neon colored thong)

Con­sid­er­ing how many of my local friends and acquaint­ances have booked a flight to Ibiza this year alone, it seems as if the Balearic island with the formerly bad rep has been see­ing some fresh Ber­lin appre­ci­ation. I mean, super expens­ive playback-clubbing á la David Guetta and Paris Hilton, with douchebags from all over the world unit­ing to flex their muscles? Sounds like a Ber­liners night­mare. And yet, appar­ently, Ibiza has “everything that Berlin’s got — obnox­ious Eng­lish tour­ists, great drugs and fant­astic after-hours”, but all set right at the beach and half-naked. Sounds like Ber­lin del Mar to my ears. I have decided to verify these claims by the end of August, so stay tuned (and if you’ve got any ideas for me on where to go and what to do while there, let me know).

2. South Tyrol

Oh, South Tyrol. There hasn’t been any­thing that wasn’t said about amaz­ing, bliss­ful, gor­geous South Tyrol. That view from the Alps in the sum­mer­time is some­thing you need to strike off your bucket list, my friend. The fresh air up there (and the much needed cool­ness when diving into a moun­tain lake), the cows, the down-to-earth folks, the deli­cious Italian-Austrian culin­ary mix, the proud and unique dis­pos­i­tion of the autonom­ous region Südtirol in gen­eral… all that, def worth a visit. If you’re going any­where south of Ger­many by car, I can full heartedly recom­mend a stop-over with a hike to Schatzer­hütte. Read more about our South Tyrol adven­tures.

3. Lis­bon

Obvi­ously, not every­body wants to escape into the next city. But please, show me another European cap­ital that man­ages to pull off such a charm­ing and relax­ing vibe. The Por­tuguese are very warm and friendly people with an exquis­ite cuisine and a dreamy coast­line. If you’re a surfer, a swim­mer, a hiker, a drinker, you will find what you’re seek­ing in Lis­bon. If you’re even remotely like me (namely lazy and very thank­ful for cheap but good espresso and the sweet baked goods that come with it), you’ll be the hap­pi­est in Lis­bon. The city is clustered with beau­ti­ful archi­tec­ture and his­tor­ical rel­icts, and com­bines European exoti­cism (wind­ing, old roads that lead into sweet tav­erns and an over­all look of being thrown back in time) with mod­ern con­veni­ences (cheap trans­port, afford­able hos­tels, great food, greater people). The city can be crowded, sure, but it’s never as busy as Bar­celona or Paris.

If you need to escape, there’s the beach right in front of the door and the national park only a stone’s throw by car or tram. It might get too hot for some of you, but the cli­mate is con­sid­er­ably milder than in other Medi­ter­ranean cities.

4. Croa­tia

I spent the best of my last sum­mer trav­el­ing in a matte-black VW bus rid­ing through Europe, on my way to reach Dimen­sions fest­ival. Appar­ently, Croa­tia is lined with open air (techno) fest­ivals that sport line-ups straight from a three week Berg­hain binge, and the Dimen­sions in ques­tion cer­tainly had the best line up. It was hard to get used to the over­whelm­ing Brit­ish crowds (and their very own defin­i­tion of loud and excess­ive party­ing), but the trip itself was worth it. Croa­tia has clear waters down the coast, fresh figs you can eat from the trees, cheap camp­ing spots and grilled octopus to die for. I would stick to the car as travel option, as stay­ing in one place can get bor­ing very quickly).

5. Valen­cia

My true Span­ish under­dog Valen­cia! An abund­ance of activ­it­ies bey­ond the typ­ical city-life awaits. Couple this with a stag­ger­ing culin­ary scene (oh, the Horchata, how I miss it whenever the sun shines), very fair liv­ing expenses and the Medi­ter­ranean sea right in front of you, and you’ll exper­i­ence the best com­bin­a­tion of vaca­tion options. Be cau­tious, though: it gets really hot in Valen­cia, and you won’t see the same cap­siz­ing tra­di­tional European archi­tec­ture here as everything is on the mod­ern side of life. But it’s exactly those ele­ments that make Valen­cia an excit­ing city to dis­cover. The dried out river­bed, which serves as a 17km long park today, and the City of Arts & Sci­ences are only two dazzling examples of what Valen­cia has in store for visitors.

So, where’s the rest of you guys escap­ing to? Any more ideas to add to the list? Next up on the list of per­sonal vaca­tion spots (a wish list, more like), are Tarifa (Spain), Sardinia (Italy), Ver­ona (Italy), Tes­saloniki (Greece), Ice­land, Tel Aviv, Beirut, Lagos (Por­tugal), Almafi Coast (Italy), Gar­dasee (Italy). Any­thing I’ve missed, let me know!

  1. Any­where it’s colder these days, includ­ing, but not lim­ited to: the Icelandic coun­tryside, Lap­land, St. Peters­burg, Faeroe Islands.

  2. If I had a chance I would be off to Spain. Andalusia would be my first choice, in part because I haven’t been there yet, but any where in Spain would be nice. I also have a great time in Lis­bon last year and would love to visit Oporto — I’ve heard the Por­tuguese beaches are great too.

  3. Lustig, für meinen som­mer­trip im august standen genau die optionen 1 – 3 bei mir zur überlegung :)

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