Top Picnic Spot Suggestions from Europesure

June 12, 2024

We know our Europesure Travel Insurance customers, and other travellers besides, just love to picnic when overseas but do not always know where to head, if they find themselves in a city or a popular tourism location.  So, with International Picnic Day coming up on June 18, we’ve taken a look at some of the most idyllic or view-friendly picnic spots worldwide, to allow you to enjoy your relaxed al fresco dining.

Rome: Villa Borghese

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Villa Borghese is the most popular public garden in Rome, right in the historic centre of the city, close to the Spanish Steps.  Grab yourself some salami, Italian cheese and refreshing juice and stroll into the park, to both enjoy the shade and avoid the significant fines you will incur if you try to eat a picnic on the Spanish Steps or around any historic monument in Rome.  Right on hand, you will find Galleria Borghese, one of the world’s most beautiful art museums, open Tuesday to Sunday and home to masterpieces by artists such as Caravaggio, Raffaello, Canova and Bernini, one of which is the very fitting Caravaggio work, ‘Boy with a Basket of Fruit’.  There is also a lake, a temple, sundial, Fountain of the Satyrs and Secret Gardens to explore. Just remember to take all food home with you, as Rome’s parks have had significant problems thanks to hungry wild boar. Other Rome travel tips can be found here.

Munich: The English Garden

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This popular picnic spot within Munich is actually larger than New York’s Central Park.  The English Garden gets its name by virtue of being an English-style landscape park.  Consequently, it has lots of space for you to throw down the picnic blanket, when not heading to the row and pedal boats, the Eisbach Wave river surfers’ paradise or the small temple feature, the Monopteros. The northern part of the park will be quieter for your picnic and afford views of the lake.  However, if you want to picnic on a bench – and are quick enough to grab one – you will find a benched picnic area around the Chinese Tower.  If the weather isn’t too great, you can always retreat to the park’s Japanese tearoom.

Prague: Stromovka Park

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This park was founded in the 13th century as a Royal Game Reserve and extends from the Holešovice area to the River Vitava.  If you venture into Stromovka park and find the Vice Regent’s Summer Palace, you will find lovely picnic places nearby and may even be able to hear the calls, grunts and roars of animals in the nearby zoo.  There are also dedicated picnic areas, with obliging benches, should you wish to not sit on the grass or have a burning desire to grill food on a barbecue.  The park has ponds, beautiful blossoms in spring, lots of play options, path and cycle ways  and even a parkour area.  It is also home to Prague’s Planetarium.  Obligingly, there is also a business called Stromovka Picnic on hand, which takes online picnic hamper orders, allowing you to simply pick up ready-prepared treats and picnic in Stromovka.  Choose sandwiches or salads or bolster with local sausages and cooked meats.  

Cape Town: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden borders Table Mountain National Park and is known for its futuristic, winding Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway – a 130-metre-long walkway, also named ‘The Boomslang’ after a venomous snake.  It is a 90-acre location allowing you to stroll through the treetops, as you explore the plant-haven gardens that are home to over 7000 species.  

As you are transported right from ground zero - the forest floor - up to 12 metres high above the tree canopy, you will experience the joy of the panoramic views, comprising surrounding mountains and the Cape flats, as well as gaining a unique perspective on the gardens and picking your ideal picnic spot.  The Kirstenbosch Tea Room has picnics for pre-order, which you can then eat in gardens that are also home to works of art, concerts and events, all set against a mountain backdrop.  Think Schwarma chicken skewers, meatballs, roast sirloin with mustard, spinach and feta quiche, falafel, hummus, guacamole and salads, rather than traditional sandwiches Rest-assured, there is cake – namely strawberry cheesecake, chocolate fudge cake and carrot cake – to appeal to that sweet tooth.

Bath: The Royal Crescent

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Expats heading back to the UK, or European travellers wanting to explore one of the UK’s most exquisite cities, can buy Europesure’s travel insurance for comprehensive protection but also picnic in a very historic and grand south-western location.  This is within one of the UK’s most gorgeous cities – Bath ­– full of Roman history but also home to the Georgian delight that is the Royal Crescent.  There, on grassy slopes in front of the Georgian houses, you can enjoy an exquisite picnic, whether you have bought your edible delights from a stall in a market square or on the scenic and Instagrammable Pulteney Bridge.  Be transported in time back to an era of landed gentry, servants and sedans and it will be a picnic like no other.

Slovenia: Lake Bled

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If the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of Lake Bled beckon, although the main attraction may be that of being rowed out to Bled Island to visit the world-famous Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary and pledge eternal love to each other, thoughts of a picnic will never be far from the mind. This beautiful location just cries out for a spot of al fresco dining but what spot should you pick?  Grajska Beach, below the Bled Castle rock, is one option but you will have to pay an entrance fee, to access the facilities, including swimming pools, beach umbrellas, lockers, toilets and changing rooms.  You could, however, hire a boat and row yourself to a quiet place on the lake’s shore.  Alternatively, there is a 6km walk route all around the lake, that takes around 1.5 hours to complete in total.  Just start to saunter around it and you will find many potential lakeside picnic spots at which to spread a blanket.  Stock up your ‘basket’ with local Slovenian cheeses, fruit, beer, wine and an absolute must – the local delicacy of Bled Cake, a dessert delight made with rum and lemon rind.

Life isn’t always a picnic

Remember that, life is not always a picnic when travelling overseas, so whether you are a UK, EU or EEA resident, or living in Gibraltar or Monaco, you will need comprehensive travel insurance to cover the risks involved with your trip or holiday.  Head to https://www.europesuretravelinsurance.com to buy the right cover for you, your destination and your needs. If taking your cycles on your holiday picnicking adventure, do check out this blog too.

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