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Hostel Hospitality

There are ways to lodge in Europe that are simply more European. Perhaps the most unique one is in a hostel. Affordable and creative, these small hotels and inns are found in all European countries. Whether you’re backpacking through Spain or on holiday in Sweden, spend your nights in a hostel for a more immersive experience.

 

Kadir’s Tree Houses provide a shabby chic way to stay in Turkey.
Kadir’s Tree Houses provide a shabby chic way to stay in Turkey.

 

 

Hostels in Ireland make it even easier to enjoy the countryside.
Hostels in Ireland make it even easier to enjoy the countryside.

 

The first thing to know about Europe’s hostels is that each one is distinct. Wherever you go, you’ll find accommodation that reflects that country’s character. A stay fit for a king welcomes you to Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel in Scotland. In Turkey, climb into a bed in the trees at Kadir’s Tree House. You can even bunk up at a former Slovenian prison, now a state-of-the-art facility known as Hostel Celica. These are only a few examples of Europe’s remarkable accommodations.

 

Staying in a Paris hostel gets you even closer to the city.
Staying in a Paris hostel gets you even closer to the city.

 

Unique character isn’t the only thing to count on. Hostels offer some of the most affordable lodging costs anywhere, and are often located close to a city’s most popular amenities. So, while staying in one in France, use the money you saved on lodging for a keepsake or pastry from a French street shop.

At the end of the day, what’s most important is your European experience. Photograph the streets of London from buildings that are centuries old. Sketch vistas in Serbia while your feet dip into the Danube River. Read your favorite poetry under the bright stars of Ireland’s countryside. It can all be done from a European hostel.

Things to consider before traveling

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Best European Summer Getaways

If you’re looking to spend your summer vacation in Europe, look no further. The weather in and around the Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula is perfect in summer; it’s just warm enough to remind you what season it is without roasting you. The Douro valley in Portugal is famous for its wines, and what better time to sample it than summer? Mild temperatures make for ideal for sipping outside or on a cruise ship. Port wine was once shipped on the Douro River, from the steep wine valleys inland, to Porto. Difficult to navigate in the past, the river is now a smooth ride for cruise boats that offer breathtaking views of the Douro Valley, topped with visits to regional monuments, folk music and, of course, wine.

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