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The top SA spots that feel like Europe

Here’s 10 SA locations that’ll leave you feeling like you’ve just had that long sort-after trip overseas!

We’ve all been dying to jump on a plane and head overseas, but here in South Australia, we’re lucky enough to have a spectacular line-up of locations that reflect a mini summer holiday in Europe.

If escaping on a European-inspired holiday is on your agenda this upcoming break, check out these amazing South Aussie spots that’ll take you overseas without ever leaving the country!

Samuel’s Gorge Winery, McLaren Vale 

Located in a barn built in 1853, Samuels Gorge Winery offers a unique wine style, steered by the soil in which the vine grows, the vintage conditions and the imagination of a winemaker. It’s European landscaping will make you feel as lost in tranquillity as the Italian or French countryside. 

Hey Jupiter, Adelaide

Tucked away behind Rundle St, Hey Jupiter adds a touch of Parisian delight to the cobble stoned laneways of Ebenezer Place. A quaint French-inspired café serving-up traditional dishes such as escargot in puff pastry and Berkshire pork belly. The staff too are French, making you feel like you’re immersed in the streets of Paris.

Golding Winery, Lobethal

Golding Wines is a dynamic family-owned winery in Lenswood, situated in the high picturesque Adelaide Hills. This Italian-inspired vineyard serves freshly made wood-fired pizza for you to enjoy whilst sipping on their delicious wines and taking in the rolling vines behind you. 

Bar La Vie, Adelaide

Bar La Vie is the newest French-inspired bar to hit the city. With flowing French champagne, and Parisian-inspired treats, this east end venue will leave you feeling like you’re sipping on bubbles in the heart of Paris.

Second Valley Beach

Second Valley Beach is one of the state’s most Instagrammed locations. Known for its incredible coastline, pebbled stoned shorelines and turquoise blue waters, the beach will give you the feeling as though you’re walking along the Amalfi Coast or Positano. Head down towards the Jetty and turn left to find beautiful pebbled beaches perfect for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Fleurieu Peninsula Coastline

While visiting Second Valley, why not explore the rest of the Fleurieu Peninsula region. Located forty minutes South of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers some of South Australia’s finest coastal, scenic and culinary experiences that resemble the crystal-clear waters of Greece and Ibiza.

Coriole Winery, McLaren Vale

From its lofty position overlooking the neighbouring coast, Coriole has stunning views down from the Adelaide hills to the sea. A producer of fine wines grown and made on the property, tastings are held in its almost 200-year old ironstone buildings, which are surrounded by a beautiful cottage garden. Its gardens are filled with European flowers that resemble the charming country towns of Scotland.

Pike and Joyce, Lenswood

The Pike & Joyce cellar door is an idyllic destination for a weekend drive to the hills for a tasting and some superb food. Look over the valley as you sip this historic partnership’s perfected winemaking that rivals any found in France.

La Buvette, Adelaide

Located in the city, La Buvette is family owned and operated with a shared European passion and love for gathering together with great wine and simple, but delicious food. This French wine bar is the perfect venue for a European-inspired date night while in the metro area. 

Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills

Located just half an hour from Adelaide, Hahndorf is a contemporary village proud of its German heritage still visible in its traditional streetscape with smallgoods, bakeries, cuckoo clocks, wooden folk art and German-style pubs. 

Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island

Forget the Greek islands – Vivonne Bay’s six-kilometre-long U-shaped beach is the postcard-perfect spot to soak in the best of island life. Here, white sandy shores meet gently lapping waves, perfect for wading waist deep. With a jetty framing the south-end and distant dunes in the north, it’s a great excuse to slip away for the weekend without another soul in sight. 

Head to the South Australian Tourism commission website to see more of our beautiful state.

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