Late summer? Yes, it’s scary to think that summer’s been here for a while, don’t you think? I hope you’re enjoying the sun wherever you are because, so far, I haven’t been short of sun – and a lot of it! In pursue of more hot weather while it lasts, and some diverse experiences, I’d like to share with you what I consider the 5 best places to visit in late summer, hoping to inspire you to visit some places not always on top of sun seekers’ travel list, but that deserve to be explored. Not so much as a coincidence, these are – surprise, surprise – my next destinations, too.

ISRAEL

Best Places to Visit in Late Summer - Jerusalem, Israel

After visiting the whole of the Middle East, from Iran to  Oman, it’s not much of a surprise it’s time to visit Israel. The country has always ranked high on the travel list, but due to restrictions imposed by other countries in the region, I had to postpone this trip a number of times. Now I’ve got my tickets in hand, flying to Tel Aviv, and travelling to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the wine producing town of Zikhron Ya’akov, where I will stay at the trendy Elma Arts Complex and Luxury Hotel. I’m not 100% sure of what to expect of the trip, since I will have temperatures as high as 45Celsius. But surely, with some water, sun lotion, glasses and a hat, I’ll – finally – be able to explore and enjoy this fascinating land.

ROMANIA

Trips for Late Summer - Piatra Neamt, Romania

Most people travelling to Romania this time of the year, tend to visit the Black Sea coast resorts. My trip, however, will be to Neamt County, in the north of the country. After a visit to Cluj-Napoca a couple of years ago, which included a frustrating overland trip to Moldova, I’m finally returning to the country. I will be diving into the history of the country, but some highlights include mountain climbing and visiting buffalo farms.

SLOVENIA

Best Places to Visit in Late Summer - Bohinj, Slovenia

This time I will skip the capital Ljubljana and concentrate on the Slovenian rural and wild areas. Despite its compact size, Slovenia has a very diverse countryside with mountains, pre-historical caves and those lakes you only see in films screens. I’m looking forward to go sailing in Lake Bled and explore the mountain landscapes around Bohinj. Oh, and this will be my first time fishing! Expect classic fishermen’s pictures! 🙂

TURKEY

Best Places to Visit in Late Summer - Istanbul Street Art

Even though I’ve only just arrived from Istanbul, I will be back in the country in September to continue working on a personal project. Since my very first trip to Turkey, back in 2004, I fell in love with Istanbul and the picturesque rock formations in Cappadocia. This time I’ll be focussing mainly on Istanbul’s less visited sites, such as Istanbul Modern and the city’s street art, and also returning to Cappadocia and Ephesus.

SERBIA

Best Places to Visit in Late Summer - Novi Sad, Serbia

Serbia is one of those mysterious countries, famous for sad events in the past. But looking beyond that, the country has a very rich cultural and food scene. I will be visiting the capital Belgrade and Novi Sad, the second largest city. Belgrade is famous for its nightlife and, although I’m not a massive party person, I’ll be checking out what the scene is like, all in the name of research.

So, have you been to any of these countries? Do you have any suggestions?

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Photo Credit: Jerusalem, Israel – by Travel with Pedro (All rights reserved)
Piatra Neamt, Romania – by Travel with Pedro (All rights reserved)
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia – by Elrentaplats (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Istanbul Street Art – by Travel with Pedro (All rights reserved)
Novi Sad, Serbia – by Patrick M (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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9 Responses

    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Chanel, that’s the “problem” about Europe (and the region around it). There are so many nice places that it’s hard to choose.

      Thanks for your visit!

      Pedro

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    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi there! Nice one! 🙂 I’m arriving in Israel next week; then I’ll be in Serbia later in September, but unfortunately I won’t be there very long.

      I hope you enjoy your trip – I’ll be writing some tips on Israel soon.

      Thanks for your visit!

      Reply
  1. asaf

    hello pedro , today i sold lemonade on a lemonade stand that i organized in zichron ya’akov and you took a photo of the lemonade stand, and i wanted to know when you’ll upload it on your blog.
    thankyou and have a great vacation.

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    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Asaf, how are you? Sorry for my late reply. Once I’m back home I will write about Zikhron and will include your photo. I’ll let you know as soon as I publish it. Good luck with your stall, it was very nice to meet you.

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