Four feel-good countryside breaks
Sometimes we just need to get away from it all. And the peace and rejuvenation of the countryside – away from the bustle of the city – can be just the remedy. So we’ve rounded up four fantastic getaways in the countryside that the entire family will enjoy. Sit back, relax, and be prepared to book your next holiday when you’re finished reading!
Northern Spain for forests, bakeries and hidden treasures
Fly into Bilbao and head for the Basque mountains, where you’ll find the medieval fortified town of Segura. Take leisurely walks on the Camino, head to markets for freshly baked bread, goat’s cheese and cider. Spend a day in nearby Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park for eagles and soaring vistas of peaks and the beech forest below.
Game of Thrones fan? Well, we have a treat for you. You’ll find Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragonstone at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe – an ancient settlement 20 miles from Bilbao. Climb the 241 steps, ring the church bell and bask in the impeccable views. When you’re done head back to the Restaurante Eneperi for white wine and local delicacies.
Fly direct from Heathrow to Bilbao.
Tennessee, USA for abundant national parks and country music
Did you know you can now fly direct from Heathrow to Nashville? Exciting right? Travel straight to the volunteer state for honky tonks and the wealth of diverse outdoor activities.
Check out the lush Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Centennial Park for food trucks and green weaving trails, or rent paddle boards at Percy Priest Lake.
Sure you can stay in the capital for a few days and enjoy picnic spots, outdoor theatres and art events – but don’t miss exploring the nearby Smoky Mountains, breathtaking Blue Ridge Highway and the tiny, sleepy towns dotted about the vast blue mountains.
Fly direct from Heathrow to Nashville.
Southern Germany for fairytale castles and the Bavarian hills
The Romantic Road – anywhere along this stretch of tiny towns sitting atop the undulating Bavarian hills is a joy. For classic German fare, the Alps, storybook castles and genuine hospitality take a trip along this 400km-long route.
Don’t miss the historic city of Augsburg, the three medieval walled towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen, and then the towering Neuschwanstein Castle.
Fly direct from Heathrow to Munich.
Nova Scotia, Canada for colourful towns and sandy beaches
When you land, drive straight to the pretty and colourful water-side town of Lunenburg. Full of charm, friendly locals and picturesque views at every turn. From here you can drive along the sandy coast and find quiet seaside towns and stunning beaches to explore. If you’re up for a little roadtrip head to Prince Edward Island and then further north to the beautiful and slow-paced village of Baddeck. Along the way there’s lakeside walks, water activities, forests and wide open, near-empty roads. Enjoy!
Fly direct from Heathrow to Halifax.
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