Summer break is fast approaching, and for some, an ideal vacation consists of traveling and exploring the beauty of Europe. Sure, Paris is magnificent, and Spain is equally promising, but for this year's travel, why not visit another overlooked European beauty that not only will give you great travel satisfaction but will also sate your thirst for culture?
This year, pack your bags and head on to Poland, another one of Europe's jewels. The country's efforts in promoting its tourism have been amped up this year, and according to Travel Pulse, with LOT Polish Airlines operating nonstop flights from the West Coast to the country, getting there is easier than it was before.
It's also a good idea to time your visit in tune with celebrated holidays and festivals. Go Easter Europe reported that the Christmas and Easter Markets are to die for, with charming tinsels and the wafting smell of Polish treats permeating the air. Across the country, decorations brighten up city centers, and their local festivals are something to look out for as well.
Poland played a vital part during World War II, with its capital city, Warsaw, almost completely destroyed in the aftermath of the war. However, it was rebuilt by the locals and restored to its old splendor, so tourists can experience the charm of the city's old and modern touches.
Try to visit the city's Old and New Towns-quaint city blocks filled with cobblestone streets, antique shops, and small cafes. Other attractions that must be in your itinerary include the Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów and the restored Royal Castle.
The local cuisine in Poland is also something worth traveling for. The country's specialty dishes varies from region to region, but there are some restaurants in Warsaw that offer the most delectable dishes the country has to offer. Dessert is also a must-try, and local craft beers and other beverages should be shared and tasted with friends as well.
Poland is an old, charming country in the middle of the modern world. Yet the moment you step on its streets, you feel a sort of detachment to the real world, instead, the longing to explore Poland's secrets await you. Make sure to include Poland in your travel bucket list.