Escape The Crowds: 10 Best Places To Visit In Europe This Summer

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Escape The Crowds: 10 Best Places To Visit In Europe This Summer

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

One of the most amazing things about traveling in Europe is how incredibly easy it is to get around. That’s why the “whirlwind European adventure” is still such a classic for summer travel. With so much to see and do, a summer trip through top European destinations is a new experience every time you go.

To get you ready for a little summer fun in Europe, here is our list of the 10 best places to escape the crowds in Europe this summer!

Kotor, Montenegro

Hidden in a ria canyon, this beautiful, secluded Mediterranean port is surrounded by history—literally! The Venetian fortifications are only part of its long history, written in the town’s unique blend of architecture. With its Medieval old town, WWII memorials, and Napoleonic gates, it’s a quiet town with a long history to explore.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the 10 most well-preserved Medieval cities in the world, Dubrovnik is more well known for its perfect seaside charm. You’ll definitely want to spend your time outside on its many beaches, in its botanical gardens, and in the Arboretum Trsteno, the world’s oldest arboretum! Bonus for Game of Thrones fans: the town is one of the filming sites for Kings Landing.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is a big winter destination in Switzerland, but it’s much less crowded in the summer. With an elevation of 1,856 meters, it boasts plenty of sunny days yet it never gets too hot. Outdoor lovers can enjoy the many hiking trails in the area and those looking for a relaxing getaway have plenty of spa resorts to choose from.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland’s capital is the perfect destination for travelers who are interested in wilderness adventuring but who want to be able to return to the comfort of civilization after a hard day’s hike. Day-trips let you explore the solitary beauty of Iceland’s landscape, and you can keep enjoying it after with a relaxing trip to any Reykjavik spa featuring one of its many hot springs!

Bergen, Norway

If you want to see the fjords of Norway, Bergen is the perfect gateway city. Not only does this charming town offer easy hiking access to a trove of nearby landmarks, it’s colorful houses and cozy charm also make it the perfect place to curl up with a good cup of steaming fish soup. After all, the town is well known for its fishing history!

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Gothenburg Archipelago is a collection of islands, some big and some only large enough for a single house! If you’re into island hopping, Gothenburg is definitely an ideal destination. In the city proper, you can spend an adrenaline-filled day at Liseberg amusement park, walk its many parks, and enjoy its famous music scene.

Tenby, Wales

Amazingly picturesque, this Welsh town is perfect for travelers looking to enjoy a quaint English seaside summer. Between trips to any of its several beaches, you can enjoy visiting some of its gorgeous art galleries and museums, like The Glass Gallery, which specializes in stained glasswork, or the Tenby Museum. Nearby Pembroke Castle looms over the town and was the birthplace of Henry VII.

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is the place to go if you’re a fan of Renaissance art. From Reubens House to the Old Museum, there are plenty of museums, tours, and architectural masterpieces to help you get your aesthetic fill. Bike tours of the city are especially popular, as Antwerp is especially biker-friendly, and can be an enjoyable way to get your bearings if this is your first visit.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana (pronounced liu-bliana) is Slovenia’s capital city. Despite being a capital city, Ljubljana still holds a friendly small-town charm, with the benefit of modern amenities like free WiFi. The summer is filled with outdoor events like plays in the park and even an outdoor library, so take your time enjoying the sun and various street festivals.

Tallinn, Estonia

Like Ljubljana, Tallinn is a capital that nonetheless manages to retain a lot of quaint, historical charm. During the summer, its long coastline becomes a popular destination for beachgoers. Nearby Kadriorg Park extends behind the Kadriorg Park, offering beautiful botanical walks with rich history and architectural wonder.


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Best Places to Visit in Europe this Summer

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

Our travelers rate Iceland, with its famous hot springs and midnight sun, as Europe’s top summer trip. Whether you’re looking for an alpine adventure in Switzerland or a city escape in Germany, these are the top countries to visit for Europe vacations in June, July, and August. Some top choices may even inspire you to plan your next trip.

1. ICELAND

Iceland puts on one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. Rainbow-arched waterfalls cleave mountains with snow capped peaks just beyond its happening capital, Reykjavík. You can climb mountains, ford rivers, watch birds, catch fish, and even tend herd at a typical Icelandic farm. Rugged fjords and lush valleys lace the countryside, while fingerlike peninsulas reach toward the Arctic Circle. In the south, a veritable land of fire and ice await, from Iceland’s still-active Hekla Volcano to the chilling splendor of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.

2. SWEDEN

Sweden requires the visitor to travel far, in both distance and attitude. Approximately the size of California, Sweden reaches as far north as the arctic fringes of Europe, where glacier-topped mountains and thousands of acres of forests are broken only by wild rivers, pristine lakes, and desolate moorland. In the more populous south, roads meander through miles of softly undulating countryside, skirting lakes and passing small villages with sharp-pointed church spires.

3. ENGLAND

From medieval cathedrals to postmodern towers, from prehistoric stones to one-pub villages, England is a spectacular tribute to the strength—and flexibility—of tradition. In the capital city of London and beyond, you can explore grand manors and royal castles steeped in history, and also discover cutting-edge art, innovative cultural scenes, and trendy shops. Quintessentially English treasures like the Georgian town of Bath, academic Oxford, and eccentric Brighton remain vibrant, and silvery lakes and green hills provide enduring grace notes.

4. SCOTLAND

Scotland packs spectacular landscapes, as well as rich history and tradition, into a small country. From the Lowlands to the Highlands, its lush woodlands, windswept moors, and deep lochs may take your breath away. Impressive castles, whisky distilleries, and golf courses entice, and cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow tweak tradition with cutting-edge festivals and vibrant cultural scenes. Scotland’s iconic products and customs—from tartans to bagpipes—may travel the globe, but there’s nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

5. SWITZERLAND

Whether on snow-capped mountains or in glitzy resort towns, you can experience the high life in Switzerland. Visitors are elated by its soaring outdoor recreation, riding cable cars up peaks near the Matterhorn, sipping Swiss wine while cruising on a crystalline alpine lake, and skiing the immaculate slopes of St. Moritz. At the end of the day, lavish spas beckon, along with lively après ski scenes and pots of fondue. Sophisticated cities like Zurich and Geneva take luxury to new heights, with posh boutiques and upscale restaurants lining their cobblestoned streets.

6. AUSTRIA

A “blast from the past” is how one recent visitor described her journey through Austria. It remains, she explained, a place where children laugh at marionette shows in the parks, couples linger for hours over pastries at gilt-ceiling cafés, and Lipizzan stallions dance to Mozart minuets—in other words, Austria is a country that has not forgotten the elegance of a time gone by.

7. GERMANY

From half-timbered medieval towns to cosmopolitan cities, Germany offers a thoroughly engaging mix of tradition and modernity. You can explore Bavaria’s magnificent baroque palaces one day, and immerse yourself in Hamburg’s cool, redeveloped HafenCity the next. In hip Berlin, historic sites such as the Brandenburg Gate and contemporary art galleries create exciting contrasts. Throughout the country, discovering world-class museums and cutting-edge design is as quintessentially German as grabbing a stein of beer at a centuries-old biergarten.

8. TURKEY

In modern Turkey, the legacy of centuries of history coexists with progressive and contemporary culture. Its exciting capital, Istanbul, spans Europe and Asia: here, upscale eateries and swanky nightclubs are squeezed between Byzantine and Ottoman structures, with calls-to-prayer from city mosques sounding above the city. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts mix ancient Roman ruins with stunning beaches and resorts. Still, the real cultural lessons come from the Turkish people, always welcoming and eager to share their homeland’s fascinating past and present.

9. WALES

Wales is a land of dramatic national parks, plunging, unspoiled coastlines, and awe-inspiring medieval castles. Its ancient history and deep-rooted Celtic culture make Wales similar in many ways to its more famous neighbors, Scotland and Ireland; and yet it doesn’t attract the same hordes of visitors, which is a big part of the appeal.

10. FINLAND

If you like majestic open spaces, fine architecture, and courteous locals, Finland is for you. Mother Nature dictates life in this Nordic land, where winter brings perpetual darkness, and summer, perpetual light. Crystal clear streams run through vast forests lighted by the midnight sun, and reindeer roam free. Even the arts mimic nature: witness the music of Jean Sibelius, Finland’s most famous son, which can swing from a somber nocturne of midwinter darkness to the tremolo of sunlight slanting through pine and birch, or from the crescendo of a blazing sunset to the pianissimo of the next day’s dawn. The architecture of Alvar Aalto and the Saarinens—Eliel and son Eero, visible in many US cities, also demonstrates the Finnish affinity with nature, with soaring spaces evocative of Finland’s moss-floored forests.

11. IRELAND

It’s a Celtic mystery: how can a country as small as Ireland be packed with so much majestic history, natural beauty, vibrant culture, and, of course, fun? Norman castles overlook wild, empty beaches, Georgian country houses host impromptu traditional music sessions, excited theatergoers spill out into bustling Dublin pubs. Drama and spectacle lie at every turn, with a pint of Guinness to toast it all. But the real Irish secret is the people: their unique blend of warmth, humor, and irreverence will ensure your trip to the Emerald Isle is a true adventure.

12. SPAIN

Spain conjures images of flamenco dancers, café-lined plazas, white hillside villages, and soaring cathedrals. Beyond these traditional associations, this modern country offers top-notch art museums, inventive cuisine, and exciting nightlife. From the Pyrenees to the coast, its landscapes and varied cultures are worth exploring. Especially enticing is the national insistence on enjoying everyday pleasures. The Spanish live life to its fullest whether they are strolling in the park, pausing for a siesta, lingering over lunch, or dancing until dawn.

13. BELGIUM

Belgium has attractions out of proportion to its diminutive size. From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to forested hills and famous World War I and II battlegrounds for contemplation and remembrance, it’s a little country that packs a big punch.

14. DENMARK

The Kingdom of Denmark dapples the Baltic Sea in an archipelago of some 450 islands and the crescent of one peninsula. Measuring 43,069 square km (17,028 square miles) and with a population of 5.5 million, it is the geographical link between Scandinavia and Europe. Half-timber villages and tidy agriculture rub shoulders with provincial towns and a handful of cities, where pedestrians set the pace, not traffic. Mothers safely park baby carriages outside bakeries while outdoor cafés fill with cappuccino-sippers, and lanky Danes pedal to work in lanes thick with bicycle traffic.

15. ITALY

Italy is the kind of destination that travelers return to over and over. They come for awe-inspiring art and architecture that influenced Western civilization, and stunning historical ruins—as well as for some of the world’s best food and wine. Also beckoning irresistibly are Italy’s sun-kissed olive groves and vineyards, the sparkling waters of Lake Como and the Mediterranean, and atmospheric monasteries, castles, and farmhouses. And if you seek vibrant cities with renowned museums, restaurants, and shopping opportunities, Rome, Florence, and Milan await.


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22 Best Europe destinations in July for 2018

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Finding a great destination in Europe in the month of July is quite easy, so narrowing down your choices is really the tricky part. This is the single most crowded month in most of Europe’s most touristy cities, although July (and August) can be less crowded than you might expect in the largest business cities such as Milan and Paris.

Those with a Europe trip to plan for July should even consider the Nordic countries because this is part of the short time of year that they have decent weather and the long daylight hours can make up for the high prices. Here are our best 22 suggestions for where to go in Europe in the month of July.

Rome, Italy

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Rome is hot and crowded in the month of July, so if you can go in April. May, September, or October, you’ll be at least a bit better off. But Rome is also one of the world’s great cities and the evenings are cool enough that it’s still very enjoyable. Many cheaper hotels don’t have air-conditioning, so that’s something to consider before you book.

Most people head north from Rome to Florence and Venice (see below), but if you’ve got a bit more time you might consider visiting Sorrento, which is a bit south of Naples and it’s the ideal base for a day-trip to Naples as well as Pompeii, the island of Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento will be much less crowded and more pleasant in July, so it’s a nice place to just relax and enjoy the food and scenery.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €50 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €65 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €14 per person

Florence, Italy

  • July avg high: 88F/31C
  • July avg low: 63F/17C
  • July avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Florence does get hot in July and it’s very crowded all summer as well, but just as we mentioned with Rome (above), it’s just such an interesting and beautiful city that you shouldn’t skip it if you are doing a July Europe trip at all.

Another great thing about Florence is that it’s an ideal base for day trips to Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and some lovely hill towns nearby, so this is a good place to pad your Italy trip. Hotel rates here are lower than in Rome and Venice as well, but again, cheaper hotels might not have air conditioning.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €55 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €97 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €21 per person

Venice, Italy

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/6.3cm

Since Venice is located on an island in a lagoon, it doesn’t get quite as hot as the other Italian cities on this list. Still, it’ll be hot and humid, and most of all insanely crowded. Nevertheless, if you are going to Europe in July and especially to Italy, you have to stop in Venice for at least a day or two.

The crowds in Venice are nightmarish even in the winter months, or at least they are during the day. So the trick to visiting is to book a hotel on the main island and do as much walking around and sightseeing in the early morning and evening as possible. Most of the daytime crowd heads off to buses or hotels on the mainland, so Venice is surprisingly peaceful in the off hours.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €85 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €134 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €32 per person

Reykjavik, Iceland

  • July avg high: 56F/13C
  • July avg low: 47F/8C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Even though Reykjavik somehow earned a reputation as a nightlife capital in recent years, it’s still not a place you want to linger in any longer than you have to. The magic of Iceland is the scenery all over this extremely photogenic volcanic island, and Reykjavik is the only plain-looking place here.

If you have at least a week you should consider driving a lap around the Ring Road in a rented car. You won’t believe your eyes. Even though the country has become more expensive in the last few years. Food and accommodation are on the pricey side, but it’s worth it.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €172 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €241 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €55 per person

Paris, France

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 61F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Paris is obviously one of the world’s most popular tourist cities, but it’s also a major business city as well. And since there are very few meetings or conferences in July, most of the business hotels are less full than normal. So not only do you get the excellent weather, but sometimes you can find bargains at 4-star hotels in the city center.

August is a more popular month for French holidays, although some people do get the entire month of July off instead. This means that a few things will be closed, but all the attractions will be open and you’ll have no problem doing whatever you want to do this month.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €67 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Interlaken, Switzerland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 5.5″/13.8cm

If you want to visit the Swiss Alps to witness the most amazing scenery in all of Europe, Interlaken is the best place to go. July is actually one of the wettest months in this part of Switzerland so you might need your umbrella, but still it’ll be worth it.

The top attractions here are the mountaintop visits of Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch, which are reached by cable car and tourist train, respectively. Things can be foggy or wet up top even in July so it’s best to schedule your visits immediately once you know that things are clear at the moment. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €76 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €204 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

London, England

  • July avg high: 72F/22C
  • July avg low: 57F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

The London crowds in July can make you feel like you are in Disneyland, but it’s still one of the world’s great cities and it’s not so crowded that you should skip it if you are heading to Europe this month. The weather in July is actually quite good as well, which is something you can only say for a brief time in summer, so at least you’ll be able to spend most of your time outdoors.

More good news is that all of the United Kingdom is far more reasonably priced since the currency fell in 2016 following the Brexit vote. In fact, since every UK city outside of London is cheaper, this is a good time to tour the island. Bath and York are the two best other tourist towns in England, but really you should also head to Edinburgh (see below) in Scotland.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €120 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €129 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €60 per person

Edinburgh, Scotland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 51F/11C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Many people know that London is famous for lousy weather all most the whole year round, but in Edinburgh it’s actually worse. Still, it won’t get any better than it is in July and this is a really wonderful place to visit. July is also much better than August because Edinburgh famously holds dozens of large festivals in August (including the Festival Fringe), pushing crowds and accommodation prices into the clouds.

Edinburgh is worth three nights if you can spare them, but you might also consider heading north from here up to Inverness, which is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Skip the dull Loch Ness tours and make your way to the Isle of Skye out west for some scenery you’ll never forget.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €74 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €107 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

Dublin, Ireland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 53F/12C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Dublin is a pleasant enough city for a couple days, but really it’s the rest of the island that you want to focus on for a summer trip. As you can see above, the weather is still a bit chilly even in July, but at least you get very long days and the Irish countryside is absolutely stunning.

Many people rent a car for a tour around Ireland, but you can see a lot by train or on coach tours as well. The smaller towns can be magical with historic stone pubs filled with local musicians most evenings. Galway is a good base for a couple days, and it’s easily reached by train from Dublin.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €105 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €127 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

Lisbon, Portugal

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

We’ve removed Barcelona and Madrid from this list for the months of July and August, but Lisbon gets to stay all year because it’s got the best weather of all of them. This is a gorgeous and under appreciated city that is also surprisingly affordable.

In July you’ll find half of Britain packed into the hotels and flats in the Algarve, which is the southern coast of Portugal. It’s worth a look in July if you don’t mind crowds, but this is probably a better month to head north to Porto instead.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €47 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €73 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Berlin, Germany

  • July avg high: 75F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Berlin is no longer a secret, as its reputation for being among Europe’s most interesting cities seems to have reached everyone by now. So July will be crowded in Berlin, but this is a very large city that is rather spread out so crowds aren’t really a problem except for when you are in the ticket queue for an attraction.

Most of the interesting things to see are in the former East Berlin, especially when it comes to the famous nightlife. Another wonderful thing about Berlin is that it’s surprisingly cheap compared to other major European capitals and other cities within Germany. You can afford a nicer hotel here than you can in Rome or Paris, and the beer is much cheaper as well.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €62 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €65 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €9 per person

Salzburg, Austria

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/15C
  • July avg precip: 6.2″/15.5cm

With its location at the base of the Alps, Salzburg does get a decent amount of rainfall in July, but it’s still the most lovely time of year to visit this stunning city and its surrounding area. You won’t find a more charming historic town center anywhere in this part of Europe, and the countryside (where The Sound of Music was filmed) is also extremely photogenic.

Obviously July is a busy month in Salzburg and there are some classical music festivals in July that could make visiting near the end of the month more expensive, but the home of Mozart is still worth a visit if you are anywhere near it in summer.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €95 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €32 per person

Vienna, Austria

  • July avg high: 78F/26C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Vienna is a major cultural capital, but most of the major operas and other performers take the summer off. Still, there are performances going on and plenty of other major sights so a July visit is very worthwhile. Many of the residents will have the month off as well, so crowds in certain areas will be less packed than usual.

This city is also known for its cafe culture, much more so than its nightlife, and the lovely July weather is a perfect time of year to spend parts of each day outdoors watching the city go by. The palaces here are also among the best in Europe.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €57 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €61 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €9 per person

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • July avg high: 69F/21C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/7.3cm

You won’t get many warm days in Amsterdam in any month, but at least in July you’ll get a few of them. The July days are also long with the sun still setting around 10pm, so this is an excellent time to have a Heineken in one of the outdoor cafes all over the city.

Residents of Amsterdam flock to the open areas in summer, hoping to get at least a bit of sun. So Vondelpark, Museumplein, Dam Square, and Leidseplein are all full of life this time of year. Things do get crowded around the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, but since there are so few busy streets in Amsterdams center, it can still feel peaceful.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €86 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €129 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €12 per person

Bruges, Belgium

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

If you are visiting Amsterdam (see above) in July, you should also consider spending 2 or 3 nights in Bruges. Actually, both cities look quite alike since they were both built mostly in the 1600s and well preserved since then. But Bruges is more peaceful and less filled with the nightlife crowd, if you know what I mean.

On your way to Bruges you’ll almost certainly need to change trains in Brussels, and spending a few hours there is a good idea. It’s mostly a business and government city, but the area around the Grand Place (main square) is extremely impressive and interesting.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €99 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • July avg high: 68F/20C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Copenhagen is another one of those Northern European cities where the weather is almost never very good, but of course it won’t get better than July so this is the ideal time to visit. The city center is almost as beautiful as the local citizens, and that is saying something.

You could save a bit of money by visiting Copenhagen in the shoulder season, but it may not be worth it because summers here are so much more alive than the rest of the year, with a sun that barely even sets before heading back up into the sky again. Copenhagen is expensive, so it’s helpful that it’s usually easy to get cheap flights on one of the local airlines.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €86 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €100 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €15 per person

Stockholm, Sweden

  • July avg high: 71F/22C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

If you read the description of Copenhagen (above), then pretty much everything also applies to Stockholm. The cities are both gorgeous and well organized, yet fortunately they look almost nothing alike since Stockholm is a collection of islands.

The bit about the summer sun certainly applies here, and since the weather is so terrible most of the year, the whole city pulses with energy during the short summers. In fact, many attractions are only open in July and August, so it’s probably better to join the crowds and soak it all in.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €73 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €101 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €16 per person

Bergen, Norway

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 54F/12C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Speaking of expensive northern cities, Bergen is another one not to miss if you are going to be in the area. The sun barely sets at all in July, so the whole city has a glow that lasts all but just a few hours when everyone is asleep. Oslo is obviously the capital of Norway, but honestly Bergen is the better city to visit if you have to pick one.

Located on a lovely harbor, Bergen is also known as the gateway to the fjords. If you want to see the stunning scenery up Norways jagged coastline, this is the place to come for boat tours or even the Hurtigruten that goes all the way into the Arctic Circle. Food and drinks here are expensive, but hotels are pretty good value because quality is high.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €120 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €159 for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 59F/15C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

If you are looking for Europe’s best bargain destination, you’ve found it in Krakow. This lovely and historic city somehow manages to be near the top of the cheap cities, even as it’s one of the more pleasant and interesting cities as well.

The July weather will make spending time in the abundant parks and open areas all the nicer. You can expect some crowds in the main town square, but overall Krakow is still far enough off the main trails that it doesn’t get overwhelmed like so many others on this list can in summer.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €35 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €62 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €10 per person

Prague, Czech Republic

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

Similar to Venice, Prague is ridiculously crowded pretty much all year round. And in July it’s at least a bit worse. Still, it’s a pretty big city so once you walk a few blocks off the main tourist corridor stretching from the castle to the Charles Bridge into the main square, you can still enjoy yourself.

Hotels here can feel pricey, but there are affordable apartments and food is still good value even if prices have gone up in recent years. With 2 or 3 more days in you should consider a side trip to the wonderful small town of Cesky Krumlov, which is 3 hours away on a scenic bus ride or train.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €40 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €56 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €11 per person

Budapest, Hungary

  • July avg high: 80F/27C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest and Prague (see above) have a lot in common, but fortunately Budapest doesn’t get nearly as crowded as Prague, so it can feel a bit more pleasant in summer. The main attactions along the river on both sides can feel full, and prices of nearby hotels and restaurants can be pricey as well, but if you go a bit inland on the Pest side of the river, crowds are smaller and prices are lower.

This city has its fair share of outdoor cafes and bars, so you can take advantage of the unusually low drink prices to spend a long evening in one. The famous “ruin pubs” have an open-air courtyard in the center, so they are particularly enjoyable during the summer months.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €46 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €74 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €14 per person

Istanbul, Turkey

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

You might expect Istanbul to be outrageously hot in July, but it’s actually surrounded by water that keeps it mild. This would normally be a very crowded month, though in recent years Istanbul has struggled to draw tourists due to some protests that have made international headlines. At this point things are safe and calm, so it can be a good time to explore the city with smaller crowds than normal.

Another reason to consider a visit to Turkey is that the currency has plunged in recent years, so now everything here is a bargain once again. In fact, Istanbul will feel fairly cheap, and literally every other place in the country is even cheaper. It will be warm in Cappadocia or Antalya, but when you see how wonderful and cheap those places are at this point, it’ll be worth the visit.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €23 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €31 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €8 per person

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Best Celebrity Holiday Destinations in Europe

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The best destinations in Europe are visited each year by millions of travellers but also by stars from all over the world. If you dream of coming across your favourite celebrity in a swimsuit on the beaches of Spain, order the same pizza as Kim Kardashian in Florence, cross the future king of England in a hotel in Portugal or live a romance in Venice like George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, we have selected your celebrities’ favourite destinations on holiday in Europe.

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Kate & William

The Algarve – Portugal

The Algarve is a true paradise for nature, sun and sea lovers and for those who want to recharge their batteries in one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Portugal has had a very good relationship with England for hundreds of years and invented Port wine to match the English taste. Prince William, future King of England and his wife Kate know it : Portugal is the perfect place for a honeymoon in the sun.

If you want to book Kate and William’s honeymoon hotel, book your stay at the Tivoli Marina in Vilamoura at the best price. We also propose hundreds of other hotels in Algarve, great things to do in the Algarve like wine caves tours or a Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve coast or even a eight day tour of Portugal.

 

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Mariah Carey

Capri – Italy

Enjoy Capri, one of the most beautiful islands in Europe with its beautiful landscapes and, like many celebrities fall under the charm of the Italian island.

Relax and enjoy ! Mariah Carey loves swimming in the blue waters of Capri, so do Sacha Baron Cohen, Rihanna and the famous Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg. If you do not have a private island like Mariah Carey, do not panic, we propose magnificent hotels in Capri or Positano for an exceptional holiday as well as the best things to see and do in CapriNaples and Positano.

 

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

Florence – Italy

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got married in this beautiful and so romantic city! If you want to experience such a honeymoon too, book your room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence. We also have thousands of hotels available in Florence and Italy, at the best prices guaranteed.

 

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Bill & Hillary Clinton 

Dubrovnik – Croatia

Celebrities in Dubrovnik are as numerous as its inhabitants! This famous destination of Croatia inspired the famous “Game of Thrones” series. It was Elisabeth Taylor’s favourite holiday destination. Michael Douglas, Tom Cruise, Richard Gere, Kevin Spacey and Roger Moore loved the place too and not to mention John Malkovich.

Dubrovnik is a perfect destination for sunbathing lovers and for those who  enjoy short , cultural excursions and a fine meal on the coasts of Croatia. Book your hotel and activities in Dubrovnik on our website and enjoy the best prices. If you have time, treat yourself to a day trip from Dubrovnik to Montenegro or visit Mostar and above all a Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik!

 

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Naomi Campbell

Formentera – Spain

When you think of Saint Tropez you think about Brigitte Bardot. She was a very famous film star in the 50s. She still lives there with dozens of cats, dogs, chickens and donkeys. Formentera has been associated with Naomi Campbell for several years now.

Naomi Campbell was a famous British model. You may meet her if you book your holiday in Formentera in August. She often spends some time there for a holiday. The island, which is the smallest one in the Balearic Islands, is located in the South of Ibiza. Formentera is an exceptional place where nature is incredibly preserved with crystal clear water ; it is a paradise on earth.

 

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Prince Harry

Hvar – Croatia

More and more celebrities are enjoying the beauties of Croatia. This incredible country is probably one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Tom Cruise comes to rest in Hvar, Prince Harry has parties and JF Kennedy used to go water skiing there in the early sixties.

 

Famous or not you will enjoy Hvar with its stunning landscapes, its pure blue sea water, its wonderful sunshine and beautiful walks. See our selection of the best hotels, flats and villas at the best prices in Hvar as well as the best tours and activities.

 

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Paris Hilton

Ibiza – Spain

Ibiza is famous for its very long lasting celebrations! DJ stars love Ibiza, Justin Bieber, Orlando Bloom, Kim Kardashian and Kate Moss too. If you cannot manage to see them on the beach or in their hotels have a look underwater!

We offer you the best activities in Ibiza like Scuba Diving for beginners. You can also rent a boat for a day and get the chance to meet your celebrities on their yachts!

Enjoy an unforgettable experience in Ibiza, the party island in Europe!

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Georges Clooney 

Lake Como – Italy

Lake Como is many celebrities’ paradise. George Clooney and Madonna use to live there. Lake Como, located in Lombardy, in the region of Milan, is a haven of peace for the rich and known. If you want to enjoy an unforgettable holiday and live as a celebrity, book your hotel at Lake Como. If you want to stay at George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Hitchcock’s favourite hotel, book your room at the Tremezzo Grand Hotel. We also offer dozens of activities in Lombardy for an unforgettable holiday in Italy.

 

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Penelope Cruz 

Corsica

If like Jay-Z you want to please your wife for her birthday, offer her a stay in Corsica! With a bit of luck you may come across Penelope Cruz who fell in love with this French island. Its  climate is ideal and its nature is preserved. You can also book your hotel and flight in Corsica at the best price with us.

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Harrison Ford 

Saint Barthélémy – France

How about a dream holiday in “Saint Barth”, one of the most beautiful islands in Europe?Harrison Ford and Gwen Stefani love the place; its real name is St. Bartholomew, a small French island discovered by Christopher Columbus who named it after his brother. This island (9100 inhabitants) is certainly one of many celebrities’ favourite place. Explore Saint Barth, book your hotel, villa, or flat at the best price for a perfect holiday!

 

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Leonardo di Caprio 

Antibes – France

Antibes is the pearl of 5-star tourism of the French Riviera. It is the ideal place to meet Leonardo Di Caprio or Paris Hilton at a poolside. Stars know good places and share their great finds with their friends. If you want to enjoy a Hollywood star holiday under the sun of the French Riviera, book your stay in Antibes at the hotel Royal Antibes. We also have hundreds of other available hotels for you and full day tours to Antibes, Cannes & Grasse, a visit of Billionaire’s splendors. You can also buy your Cote d’Azur access card to 180 activities, museums,,perfumeries, gardens, monuments, …

 

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Audrey Hepburn 

Taormina – Italy

Taormina is also called “The Monte Carlo of Sicily” as this beautiful destination has always attracted royal and noble families as well as celebrities.

The celebrity one prefers and whose presence is still palpable in Taormina is certainly the gorgeous and talented Audrey Hepburn.

If you want to spend a great holiday in Taormina you can book your stay at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo which has hosted very famous people since 1874. We also propose hundreds of cheaper hotels in Taormina, of course!

 

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Rihanna

Sicily – Italy

Sicily is the land of origin of many American personalities like Lady Gaga or Sylvester Stallone or Britney Spears’ grandmother! There is so much to do and to discover on this beautiful Italian island!

Book your hotel at the best price in Sicily and  book  your Sicily wine tasting tour, a sailing boat tour in Palermo, a walk on Mount Etna, one of the most famous volcanoes, or a tasting tour in Syracuse. You will love your holiday there!

 

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Brad Pitt

Venice-Italy

Venice is one of the most famous world tourist destinations. Jude Law, Shia LaBeouf, Kirsten Stewart, Johnny Depp, Diane Kruger, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Matt Damon, here are some celebrities you might come across in Venice during a film shoot or a personal holiday.

Venice is the most romantic city in Europe. We have a selection of the best activities to do in Venice for you such as a gondola ride, a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica, a boat trip to Murano and Burano Islands … Book your activities and your hotel at the best price in Venice for a dream holiday!

 

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Beyoncé & Jay Z  

Portofino – Italy

You may see Cher, Vanessa Hudgens, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, Elle Macpherson, Mariah Carey, Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria, Madonna, Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey, Lewis Hamilton, Lana Del Rey, Jennifer Lopez in Portofino.

Welcome to one of the pearls of tourism in Europe ! Many celebrities’ favourite place for a holiday. This beautiful little village by the sea has always been a place for relaxation and leisure for artists. Portofino is the meeting place of the international Jet set. Book your hotel at the best price and your activities in Portofino, one of the most beautiful places on earth.


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Best Europe Destinations to Visit by Train

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

You can go exploring Europe on foot, by car, by bike and even on horseback. Discovering Europe by train is certainly the best and most pleasant way to enjoy the most beautiful scenery while relaxing.

If you are looking for inspiration, here are our favourite destinations to discover in Europe by trainBook your hotel, apartment, bed and breakfast, your and treat yourself to a unique experience in the best European destinations to visit  by train.

Glacier Express

Switzerland

The Glacier Express is one of the most iconic railway lines in the world. It is also the slowest high-speed train in Europe as the journey from Zermatt to Davos lasts 7 hours. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

In this picture you can see one of the most famous bridges but the Glacier Express crosses more than 90 tunnels and passes over more than 290 amazing bridges. This is undoubtedly an unforgettable journey to discover the best European destinations by train. Book your hotel in Zermatt or Davos at the best price and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience.

 

Jacobite Steam Train

Scotland

The Glenfinnan Railway viaduct and the famous steam train are famous and can be seen in many films. You will probably have seen it in the very popular Harry Potter film. Book your hotel in Glenfinnan and take a closer look at this magnificent viaduct.

Immortalize the passage of the Jacobite Steam Train, a precious souvenir of your trip to Scotland. Experience an incredible experience and book your tour of the region today on board the Jacobite Steam Train

 

Soller – Mallorca

Spain

Located between the mountains and the sea, Soller is the most charming village on the island of Mallorca. If you want to have an incredible view of the whole island we invite you to experience a trip aboard the traditional train that goes up the Soller mountains. If you are staying in Palma, come to Soller by train, it’s faster and easier. You can also book your hotel in Soller as well as many activities to discover this charming and authentic place.

 

Stockholm

Sweden

Stockholm is a hyper-connected city with beautiful metro stations ranked among the most beautiful metro stations in Europe. You can easily discover Stockholm and its surroundings by train. It is a gentle and eco-friendly way to discover one of the most beautiful regions in Europe. Book the best activities in Stockholm and your hotel at the best prices in the capital of Sweden.

 

Bernina Express

Switzerland

Forget about  donkeys, about cold and chapped lips ! Nothing is more comfortable or pleasant to cross the Alps than the Bernina Express. From Chur to Tirano via Davos, cross several cultures and languages.

Manarola – Cinque Terre

Italy

Cinque Terre is the icing on the cakeone of the most breathtaking spots in Italy with incredible landscapes. You would think they are coming out from a children’s fairy tale.

If you want to make the most of Cinque Terre you can book your hotel on the spot as well as thebest activities like a boat tour or a train arrival from Florence.

Mountain Rigi – Luzern

Switzerland

Treat yourself to one of the most incredible panoramic views in Switzerland by boarding this train from Vitznau and Arth-Goldau. If you are able to get up early, take an early train to enjoy the sunrise, a wonderful experience at the top of Switzerland.

Norway Flam Railway

Norway

The Flam Railway is an incredible experience, an enchanting journey but also one of travellers’ favourite attractions to discover Norway. Discover some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway. You can enjoy it by staying either at Myrdal or Bergen which offers connections to Myrdal throughout the year.

Lisbon

Portugal

Lisbon is incredible, charming and unforgettable. Have you ever noticed that its emblematic red bridge looked like the one in San Francisco? Here is the explanation:  the two bridges were made by the same American company. While crossing this bridge by train you will see a statue: the Cristo Rei, a replica of the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Formerly known as the “Pont de Salazar”, a Portuguese dictator, this bridge, crossed by a railway line linking Lisbon to Almada, is now called the 25th April Bridge, the date of the Portuguese revolution.

Book your best activities in Lisbon like a visit to Lisbon Castle or the Tower of Belem as well as your hotel. Stay in one of the famous Portuguese Pousadas or in one of the 2800 hotels, flats, hostels at the best price guaranteed in Lisbon.


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Best Beaches in Europe 2018

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

Welcome to paradise !

The selection is yours; come discover your most beautiful beaches in Europe and make sure you pack your suncream, swimsuit, sunglasses and inflatable lobster in order to make  the most of the breathtaking beaches in Europe. You deserve a holiday… Plan your stay today and take your pick among the best hotels, apartments, B&Bs, guesthouses at the best price. Book your too. Welcome to paradise !

 

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Praia dos Galapinhos – Arrábida Natural Park

Setúbal – Portugal

 

Portugal is extraordinary! More and more travellers from all over the world are discovering it with amazement. Do not miss the beautiful cities of Lisbon and Porto (elected best European destination three times). Plan a romantic stay in Sintra or enjoy the wild beauty of the Azores and the luxuriance of the island of Madeira.

Admire the beauty of the beaches in the Nature Park of Setubal, south of Lisbon. Travellers from around the world decided it was the most beautiful beach in Europe, the perfect beach in an unspoilt nature. The closest hotel to the beach is certainly the Hotel “Casa da Adôa“, we also invite you to discover the “Troia Design Hotel“, facing this beautiful beach” Discover our large selection of hotels, B&Bs, apartments at the best prices in Setubal or Lisbon and discover THE most beautiful beach in Europe.

 

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Canal d’Amour

Sidari – Greece

 

Sidari is a pretty little seaside town that houses a beautiful secret beach, a natural curiosity called “Canal d’amour / Love Canal” due to its hollow form housing a beautiful small beach. Come discover this exceptional and hidden beach and book your hotel, guesthouse, apartment at the best price guaranteed in Sidari.

 

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Porto Timoni Beach

Corfu – Greece

 

Porto Timoni, located near Agios Georgios, is obviously one of the most beautiful spots on the island of Corfu; it is a real paradise on earth.

Afionas village is stunning and its restaurants are very good and affordable. Walk out of the village and get to the most unique spot in the world.

Book your holiday at the best price guaranteed and your favourite activities in Corfu. If you’d rather stay in the nearest hotel we advise you to book at the “Cosmos Beach House“. The rooms have superb views of the sea for a perfect holiday in Corfu.

 

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Santa Giulia Beach

Corsica

 

This beautiful beach, located a few kilometres from Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio is a real paradise on earth. It is in the image of Corsica: beautiful and wild. Enjoy its turquoise water and its white sand  and  book your hotel in the nice towns of Bonifacio or Porto-Vecchio.

You really like the landscape in the photo? Book the Moby Dick Hotel for a Robinson Crusoe experience and your best activities in Corsica for an unforgettable holiday on the island of beauty.

 

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Moscenicka Draga Beach

Croatia

 

Moscenicka Draga is a very charming little town in Croatia, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. You will fall under the charm of this small beach which is perfect for a relaxing holiday under the sun of Croatia.

Book your stay at Moscenicka Draga today at the best price guaranteed. If you want to stay just a few metres from this beautiful beach, book your stay at “Apartments Erika” or take your pick among our offer of hotels, villas, apartments and B&Bs in Moscenicka Draga and also book your best activities in Croatia.

 

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Pregonda beach

Menorca – Spain

 

Come discover Pregonda Beach on Menorca island, one of the most beautiful European islands. It is great in summer but even more off season when the creek and the beach are not crowded.

Pregonda beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the island. It has remained wild and secretive. Come enjoy the fine sand and sun of Menorca and book your hotel, apartment, villa at the best price guaranteed. We recommend the “Agroturismo Son Vives Menorca“, which is very close to this beautiful beach.

Discover a selection of the finest hotels with access to the beach in Menorca as well as our complete range of hotels, apartments, and B&Bs at the best price. Enjoy your stay in Menorca and experience the best activities in the Balearic Islands.

 

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Monterosso al Mare

Cinque Terre – Italy

 

Monterosso al mare is the fifth village of “Cinque Terre”, the only one with real beaches in this beautiful part of Liguria. Book your stay at the “Roca Du Ma Pasu hotel” you will enjoy magnificent views of the beautiful beach of Monterosso al mare. If the hotel is booked up, no problem, book your accommodation at the best price guaranteed in the Cinque Terre for a perfect holiday in Italy.

 

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Cala Agulla beach

Mallorca – Spain

 

This beautiful beach is very well maintained. It is wild but you can enjoy cold drinks and ice-creams on the spot. Taste the homemade cocktails and relax while enjoying a beautiful scenery. Book your hotel, B&B, guesthouse or villa at the best price guaranteed in Mallorca as well as your best activities such as a stand-up Paddle tour of the island. Book your room at the “Mar Azul Estil Hotel & Spa”, it is close to the beach or take your pick from the best hotels in Capdepera.

 

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Mitjaneta beach

Menorca – Spain

 

The island of Menorca obviously has the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

Mitjaneta beach is just magical. Come  bathe in its 29 degrees turquoise water and enjoy its fine sand and the sun of Menorca.

The beach is just like heaven but it is small, so you will have to get up early in the morning if you want to enjoy the quietness and romance of the beach.

Book your hotel, apartment or villa at the best price guaranteed in Menorca today. For those who want to stay closest to Mitjaneta beach we recommend the “Meliá Cala Galdana hotel” with direct views of the beach. Discover all the accommodation at the best price in Menorca for a dream holiday on one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.

 

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Palombaggia Beach

Porto-Vecchio – Corsica

 

This beach is beautiful closely and remotely. Come enjoy the sun of Corsica and take shelter in its wonderful pines. Some travellers consider Palombaggia beach the most beautiful beach in Corsica, a real paradise on earth with crystal clear water, calm sea and white sand.

Come enjoy a perfect holiday on one of the most beautiful island in Europe. Book your Porto-Vecchio holiday today. We recommend the “Residence Belvedere de Palombaggia” with magnificent views of the sea to travellers who want to stay closer to the beach.

 

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Seychelles Beach

Icaria – Greece

 

Your effort will be rewarded ! The access to the beach is not very easy, the beach is fairly small but it is so beautiful! Come have a swim in the clear waters of the most beautiful beach in the island. It is called “Seychelles Beach“. Can you guess why ? Wear your walking shoes to get there as you will have to walk away from the beaten paths to discover this exceptional beach.

Book your hotel, B&B, apartment, villa at the best price on the island of Icaria. The closest hotel to the island is the “Zacharoula Rooms hotel” but there are so many to choose from our selection of the best accommodation on Ikaria Island.

 

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Ballota Beach

Asturias – Spain

 

Come breathe the smell of Eucalyptus and iodized sea air at Ballota beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Asturias offers breathtaking natural, wild  landscapes. It is a paradise for lovers of nature and wide open spaces.

Take your own beverages and picnic food with you ; there are no bars or restaurants and this is one of the charms of this beach.

Book your accommodation at the best price guaranteed in Llanes today and your best activities in the Asturias. If you want to stay closer to this beautiful beach, we recommend the “Balcón de la Cuesta” hotel.

 

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Simos Beach

Elafonisos Island – Greece

 

Elafonisos is a 20 square kilometres Greek island with 1000 inhabitants. There are only a dozen hotels, some B&Bs and guesthouses. Book your accommodation at the best price guaranteed and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. If you want to walk to the beach from your hotel, book your room at “Simosmare Resort“, just a few metres away from the beach. Come watch the starfish and enjoy both sun and life on this little corner of paradise in Greece.

 

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Xi Beach

Kefalonia – Greece

 

Xi beach is  situated on the Kefalonia peninsula. It is one of the most beautiful places in Greece and the world ! Xi beach is an amazing and blue-flag beach.

Come discover the soft orange-red colour of its sand, the quality and the pureness of its water. The beach is wild and will meet most travellers’ expectations. It is landscaped and comfortable

Book your hotel at the best price at “Zest @ xi beach” or at the “Kefalonia beach hotel & bungalows” ; they are very near the beach. Discover all the apartments, hotels, B&Bs with access to the beach at the best price guaranteed in Kefalonia. Book your best activities in Greece on our site too.

 

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Playa de las Teresitas 

Tenerife – Spain

 

Many travellers know this. Most beaches in Tenerife are volcanic: the sand is fairly dark. Las Teresitas Beach is one of the few golden beaches in Tenerife. Was it a geological accident ? Not at all ! Sahara sand was brought by man to the beach. Tenerife is also a perfect destination for sun lovers all year round, even in the heart of winter.

Book your hotel, resort, guesthouse, B&B at the best price guaranteed in Tenerife as well as your best activities such as a luxury yacht cruise, a dolphin and whale watching tour and have great holidays !


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The Best & the Most Beautiful Landscapes in Europe

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

If you want to «travel far away» while staying in Europe, the best idea is to discover the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

Discover the most beautiful European landscapes with the Azores but also the wonderful Douro Valley in Portugal. You probably already know the Mont Saint-Michel but what about BonifacioHallstattHallerbos Forest or the Lofoten Islands?

Choose your most beautiful landscape and book your stay in one of the best European destinations.

Do you want more? Discover the second page of this ranking with some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

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The Azores

Portugal

Leave the Portuguese coasts and get to Madeira Islands It is a perfect destination for nature and trekking lovers. Further in the Atlantic Ocean, more than 1400 kilometers from Lisbon are The Azores. This group of 9 volcanic islands offer breathtaking landscapes.

Book your hotel on one of the islands of Sao Miguel, Santa Maria, Faial, Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico, Flores or Corvo and book your activities at the best prices such as a visit to Lagoa do Fogo or a full day to the Volcanic Valley & tea plant tour. We suggest you to visit the island from April to September.

You want to find a great hotel on the island ? We recommend the Quinta das Buganvilias run by lovers of their island and of nature.

 

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Galesnjak Island

Croatia

Welcome to the island of love. A few kilometers from Zadar, the Galesnjak Island, also known as Cupid Island is the only island in the world with a heart shape.

That shape was discovered by a cartographer in the late 19th century .The island is very small with an area of 130 square metres. It does not house any hotel or restaurant. Book your hotel, guesthouse, B&B, apartment at the best price guaranteed in Zadar and book your best activities such as a flight over the island of Galešnjak or a kayak sunset tour.

 

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Hallstatt

Austria

Hallstatt, a wonderful Austrian village that is so beautiful that its perfect copy was rebuilt in China (so was Colmar in Alsace which was reproduced and rebuilt in Malaysia). In both cases the originals are obviously more authentic.

Come and discover this small village of 800 inhabitants by staying in Hallstatt or in the nearby town of Salzburg. Book your hotel, guesthouse or apartment at the best price in Hallstatt or Salzburg as well as your best activities in the region such as a private tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg.

 

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Bonifacio

France

Come discover Bonifacio in Corsica. It is one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. The inhabitants and sumptuous landscapes will leave you speechless. You can visit the island all year round. Corsica is an open air museum, it is perfect for lovers of unspoiled nature, beaches, history, sea , sun and blue skies.

Book your accommodation in Bonifacio and your best activities in Corsica.

 

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The Mont Saint-Michel

France

Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most visited monuments in France, just after the Tour Eiffel.

It is photographed every year by travellers from all over the world. Located in Normandy, the Mont is named after the statue of Saint-Michel at the top of the church. Although Mont Saint-Michel is not densely populated (40 inhabitants) it is possible to stay there, to eat there, in short to spend a beautiful holiday there.

Book your hotel in Mont-Saint-Michel at the best price and your best activities in Normandy. You can even book a Mont Saint-Michel guided tour from Paris. The best hotel in the area is definitely the Ermitage Mont Saint Michel is recommended by travellers from all over the world.

 

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Tuscany

Italy

Tuscany is one of the best places to live a peaceful retirement in Europe. The capital is the beautiful and romantic Florence. Tuscany has other great cities such as the very famous Pisa. Tuscany is obviously one of the most beautiful regions in Italy.

Come and discover the landscapes of Tuscany, the vineyards, cypress paths, gastronomy and the art of living of this region by booking your hotel at the best price and your best tours and activities in Tuscany such as a ticket to the Pisa Leaning Tower or to Michelangelo’s David.

 

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Rhine waterfalls

Switzerland

The Rhine waterfalls, among the largest waterfalls in Europe, will amaze you. If you are sporty climb the rock in the middle of these waterfalls and take a picture with the Swiss flag.

Book your hotel in Zurich at the best price and your best activities and tours in Zurich and discover this beautiful landscape. If you want to stay near the Rhine Falls, book your hotel  at Neuhausen am Rheinfall.

 

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The Svartissen Glacier

Norway

Welcome to the confines of Europe, close to the Arctic Circle and discover the Svartissen Glacier, the second largest glacier in Norway, from tourist route number 17 which runs along the entire Norwegian coast. Book your accommodation at the best price near the Svartissen Glacier as well as your best activities and tours in Norway.

 

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The Dordogne Valley

France

Set in the heart of the Dordogne Valley, the sacred city of Rocamadour is one of the most breathtaking villages in France, dramatically clinging to a sheer cliff. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Rocamadour has been a pilgrimage site for over a thousand years and is part of the network of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Book your hotel at the best price in Rocamadour as well as your best activities and tours in the Dordogne Valley.

 

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Mullerthal Region

Luxembourg

In the Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, the visitor can spend a diversified vacation. Echternach, the eldest city of the country, is considered as historic hot spot and capital of the whole region. Hikers will encounter a well signalled hiking net throughout the whole region and they may discover impressive rock formations, romantic brook valleys, amazing view points on the valley of the Sûre. The small villages are quite charming and the old ruins of the castles of Beaufort and Larochette as well as the Schiessentümpel cascade are worth a visit.

 

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The Douro Valley

Portugal

The Douro Valley is simply splendid in photos, but discovering it  will make you speechless. No photos or videos can make you feel the beauty of the landscape classified as a Unesco world heritage. 

Book your hotel, guesthouse, B&B or apartment at the best price guaranteed and treat yourself to a day trip to the Douro Valley.

We have selected for you the best activities in Porto such as a full-day wine tasting . We also have selected for you more than 240 hotels, apartments, guesthouses, B & B in the Douro Valley at the best price guaranteed.

 

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The Faroe Islands

Denmark

Situated between Scotland and Iceland the Faroe Islands are autonomous and constituent of Denmark. “Faroe Islands” means “island of the sheep” With 1400 km2 of preserved nature on 18 islands they are perfect for people who like low temperatures (11 degrees in summer and not less than 3 degrees in winter).

Come and discover the incredible flora of the Faroe Islands but also its inhabitants and enjoy one of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. The Feroe Islands are not within easy reach but there is  an airport and a few hotels will welcome you for your stay on these islands turned to nature.

 

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Meteora

Greece

You may have discovered Meteora on a National Geographic calendar, but it is high  time to come and discover the incredible beauty of its landscape. These monasteries, hung in the sky, are a high place of the Orthodox religion.

Before 1920 you had to sit in baskets pulled by a system of pulleys to get to the top of the mountain .Quite impressive! You can easily walk up the stairs to reach the top now. Less impressive!

Come and discover Meteora by booking your hotel, apartment, guesthouse, B&B at the best prices as well as your best tours and activities. 

 

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Positano

Italy

Positano is a postcard destination. This destination, which is also one of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Europe, is one of the most romantic villages on the Amalfi Coast.

You may know the legend: Neptune created the village to please one of his nymphs.

Come and discover Positano and book your hotel, guesthouse, B&B, apartment or villa at the best price in Positano .The legendary Hotel EDEN ROC with superb views over the village of Positano will leave you speechless.

 

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The Hallerbos Forest

Belgium

Come and discover the carpets of blue bell of wild hyacinths covering the wood of Hallerbos in Hal (Flemish Brabant), close to Brussels. This beautiful forest is famous for the beautiful wild hyacinths that bloom at the end of April or the beginning of May.

Book your hotel, bed & breakfast, or apartment at the best price and your best activities in Brussels.

 

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Bled

Slovenia

Bled is one of the most famous destinations in Slovenia. Its magnificent castle listed among the most beautiful castles in Europe overlooks the lake of Bled on which you can see the only island of Slovenia. Come and discover Bled by booking your hotel, guesthouse, apartment at the best price guaranteed and your best activities and tours.

 

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Oludeniz

Turkey

Come discover the beauty of the natural landscapes that make Oludeniz one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Under the blue flag, you will enjoy pure turquoise water and the quiet of a protected nature reserve.

Go paragliding in Oludeniz and fly over one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Book your hotel, apartment, guesthouse in Oludeniz as well as your best activities and tours in Oludeniz such as a full day boat trip or paragliding adventure.

 

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The Lofoten Islands

Norway

The Lofoten Islands are a dream destination for many travellers from all over the world. This archipelago offers one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. It is a quiet and peaceful place inhabited by  a few fishermen  who enjoy the fishy waters of Lofoten.

This archipelago owes its name “Lofoten” to its form, that of the footprint of a lynx.

Come and see the best tours and activities in Norway and book your accommodation on the Lofoten Islands at the best price.


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25 Best Places to Visit in Europe

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In the old days, Europeans use to take a couple of years to make the Grand Tour of Europe. They had the right idea. You need lots of time to fully experience all that Europe has to offer. Since most of us today have only a few weeks holiday each year, we need to pick and choose what we’ll see. With so many top places to visit in Europe, we can narrow the list down by geographic region or special interest. Since it takes only hours to get to Europe these days, compared to the weeks it took our ancestors, to get to Europe, we can always return to visit new sights.

25. Vienna

Vienna, Albertinaplatz

 

Vienna is the most magical city in Austria. It’s a city that conjures up images of beautifully gowned women dancing to Strauss waltzes. It’s a city where beautiful white Lippizaners dance with precision around a ring. It’s a place where you’ll toss your diet aside for a piece of chocolaty sachertore. Don’t forget to wander the picturesque Old Town, visit the opulent Baroque Schonbrunn Palace, the medieval St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the imperial Holburg Palace or maybe even a performance by the famed Vienna Boys Choir.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Vienna

24. Stonehenge

Stonehenge

 

You have to marvel at the determination of prehistoric man when you look at Stonehenge. Construction started about 3000 BC on what was originally burial grounds. Huge monoliths, weighing 25 tons, were dragged 240 km (150 miles) to the site a few hundred years later. It’s not known exactly how many humungous rocks were moved to a field near Amesbury but there are 13 standing today. It’s also not known why Stonehenge was built, but many believe this great UK landmark is associated with early astrology.

23. Matterhorn

Matterhorn

 

Egypt may have its pyramids, but Italy and Switzerland have a nature-made pyramid of their own: the Matterhorn. At 4,478 meters (14,692 feet) high, this famous mountain is one of the highest in Europe. The mountain has four faces, each equally rugged. This legendary mountain has been popular with climbers since the first ascent in 1865; during the summer 150 people a day try to climb it. Couch potatoes may be just as happy to stay below and gaze in awe at the summit playing hide and seek with the clouds.

22. Plitvice Lakes 

Plitvice Lakes

 

The Plitvice Lakes are so pretty, officials turned them into a national park. Located in central Croatia, Plitvice Lakes consists of 16 lakes that attract more than a million visitors a year. The lakes are surrounded by lush forests and connected by waterfalls cascading down from one lake to another. The lakes are divided into two sections, lower and upper, because of the difference in elevation. The best way to see the lakes is walking; on the route you might even see some wildlife.

21. Budapest

Budapest

 

Budapest was already an established city when the Hungarians took over in the ninth century. Today, Budapest is the country’s capital and largest city. In between these two events, Budapest was ruled by the Mongols and Ottomans, among others. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest is home to the Museum of Fine Arts with its collection of more than 100,000 works. Be sure to visit the centrally located Old Town with its many museums, churches, palaces and Parliament building.

20. Lisbon 

Lisbon

 

The Portuguese capital of Lisbon lies on the Tagus River along the Atlantic coast. It is this location that encouraged explorers to sail far and wide around the world in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. One of the things you’ll want to see is Belem Tower, a 16th century fortress on the Tagus’ north bank. If you’re looking for good views of old Lisbon, head to Sao Jorge Castle that was built on a hilltop by the Moors.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Lisbon

19. Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 

You probably don’t know too too many people who’ve been to Iceland. But it may be worth a trip there to visit the spectacular Gullfoss waterfalls. Located in southern Iceland, Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions. At times it almost appears glacier-like, appropriate, perhaps, since it is fed by a glacier. The waterfalls begins just after the Ölfusá River makes a perpendicular turn and then cascades down a three-step staircase into a canyon that is 35 meters (115 feet) deep.

18. Athens 

Athens

 

Athens, a city that’s been inhabited since the fifth century BC, gave the world the concept of democracy. Since this metropolis is both the capital of Greece and of historical Europe. Many of the city’s major landmarks can be found in the old town, particularly around the Acropolis. The list includes the temple of Zeus; the Theatre of Dionysus where Sophocles works were performed; Hadrian’s Arch, the symbolic entrance to the city, and the Parthenon, which sits atop the Acropolis.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Athens

17. Bay of Kotor

Bay of Kotor

 

When you’re hungry for breathtaking scenery, feast your eyes on Kotor Bay in southwestern Montenegro. This bay off the Adriatic is just downright picturesque: hemmed in by mountains, with quaint villages sandwiched between the cliffs and the gorgeous blue water. Several well-preserved medieval towns ring the bay. People make pilgrimages here, not only to take in the scenery but also to visit the 200 Orthodox and 100 Christian churches and chapels spread among the villages.

16. Moscow

Moscow

 

Moscow, for nearly 900 years the capital of Russia, is the heart of Russia and Eastern Europe. As such, this old city has plenty to offer visitors. Let’s start with the 15th century Red Square since many of the city’s key attractions surround it. A top landmark is the Kremlin, a former fortress that houses museums and the president of the Russian federation. Lenin’s Tomb sits in the middle of the square, while the iconic onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral, now a museum, is on one side.

15. Venice

Gondola on Canal Grande in Venice

 

Venice is for romantics who love gliding through the Grand Canal with a gondolier singing Italian love songs. This is, after all, the city that sent Marco Polo off on his journey to China. Start your exploration of Venice at San Marco Square, the city’s most famous square. Here you’ll find the Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian government, and St. Mark’s Basilica, the main church in Venice with stunning views from the tower. Venice also is famous for its bridges (Rialto and Sighs) across the canals.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Venice

14. Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

 

If you’re into glitz and glamour, look no further than Monte Carlo, the major city in the tiny principality of Monaco. Monaco has always been known for these qualities which reached new heights when its prince made Grace Kelly his princess. Sitting on the shores of the Mediterranean, Monte Carlo is known for fast car races and its elite casino. Take a walk along the harbor to see yachts (some as big as ships) that belong to the rich and famous.

13. Alhambra

Alhambra

 

The Alhambra is one of the great wonders of Spain. It’s a gorgeous palace-fortress complex that can be found in Granada in southern Spain’s Andalusia province. This imposing complex started out as a small fortress in the late ninth century, though it was built on the ruins of a former Roman fortress. Taken over by Christian rulers, it is the site where Columbus got the go-ahead to discover the New World. The blending of architectural styles over the centuries is stunning. You’ll find great art and grand gardens throughout.

12. Florence

Florence

 

If it weren’t for Florence, the Renaissance might not have happened. Florence is generally credited with bringing Europe out of the dark ages with great artists like Michelangelo. You can see their works at the Uffizi, Florence’s greatest gallery, or the Academia that displays the original David. Eat a gelato while strolling the Ponte Vecchio that bridges the Arno River. Ogle the over-the-top riches of the Medici family at the Pitti Palace. Marvel at the early engineering that created the great Duomo. This is Florence at its best.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Florence

11. London 

London, England

 

English history buffs will have a field day in London. This city on the Thames is chock full of palaces, from Buckingham Palace to Hampton Court Palace . More a prison than a palace, the Tower of London is home to the royal jewels. And from Knightsbridge – don’t forget to visit the magnificent food halls at Harrods – to Carnaby Street, the shopping is awesome. You can get around London quickly and efficiently by riding the famous Tube – be sure to mind the gap.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in London

10. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

 

“Fairy tale castle” is a phrase that aptly describes Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps. This 19th century Romanesque Revival castles looks like it just stepped out of a fairy tale; some say Neuschwanstein provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The castle was built as a retreat for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who viewed it as a romanticization of the Middle Ages The castle was built of brick, then covered in rock, including the white limestone that is visible from afar.

9. Amsterdam

Bicycles parked on a bridge in Amsterdam

 

Amsterdam is a pleasant city marked with meandering canals lined with tall, narrow row houses. It is the city where Anne Frank kept her famous diary, so visiting the house where she wrote is a must. This “Venice of the North” also is a city of great art, beginning with the Rijksmuseum, home to great European masterpieces; Rembrandt’s house and the more modern van Gogh museum. Take a break from sightseeing to tour and sample Holland’s beer at the Heineken Brewery.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Amsterdam

8. Prague

Prague

 

Prague, with a long history of war and destruction, is considered one of the best places to visit in Europe. Despite devastation caused by World War II, Prague has a very nice Old Town that is worth more than a few hours of your time. Prague has many pedestrian zones, which making walking a delight, as you wander by Prague Castle, through the Jewish Quarter, by St. Vitus Cathedral and over the Charles Bridge. Wenceslas Square, situated in the New Town, hums with a vibrant nightlife and entertainment air.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Prague

7. Istanbul 

Hagia Sophia Interior

 

Istanbul may be on the outer fringes of Europe but will worth a visit when you’re traveling abroad. Turkey’s biggest city is a fascinating place, filled with rich history, colorful markets and mosques. Top attractions include the Bosporus that separates Europe and Asia; the ecumenical Hagia Sophia that’s been a Greek Orthodox Christian basilica, then an imperial mosque and now a museum, and the 15th century Topkapi Palace, also a museum today. Get in a little shopping at the Grand Bazaar that’s been in operation since 1461.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Istanbul

6. Geirangerfjord

Geiranger fjord, Norway.

 

When the summer heat of Europe gets you down, head to Norway with its pretty cool scenery. Geirangerfjord is a 15 km (9.3-mile) long fjord with crystal blue waters fed by picturesque cascading waterfalls. Take a sightseeing trip on a car ferry through the fjord, passing villages on the shores. Look out for the Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls so named because legend says he’s trying to court the sisters. Also look for Bridal Veil – when the light is right, it looks like a thin veil covering the rocks.

5. Barcelona 

La Pedrera by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona.

 

Founded by the Romans, Barcelona today is a bustling city on the Mediterranean Sea. As the capital of Catalonia, it is a powerhouse in the region. It is perhaps best known for the unusual buildings designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi. These landmark structures include La Sagrada Familia, a church that’s been under construction since 1892. You could build your entire visit around his buildings, but then you’d miss out on other Barcelona delights, such as La Rambla, a popular pedestrian street in the central part of the city.

Read More: Top Tourist Attractions in Barcelona

4. Dubrovnik

Aerial view of the medieval city of Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia, Adriatic Sea, Europe

 

As European cities go, Dubrovnik isn’t very big, but don’t let its size deter you. This little jewel, with less than 43,000 people, is one of the most visited cities on the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik transports visitors back to a time when the fortified city was a major maritime power commanding the third-largest navy in the Mediterranean. As you wander the streets, you’ll likely come across sculptures of St. Viaho, the city’s patron saint whose life is celebrated every February.

3. Santorini

Santorini

 

When it’s time to sit back and relax, take yourself to to Santorini, an island in the Aegean. Top travel magazines consider this a prime destination; once there, you can’t help but agree. The island has picture-postcard villages, an active volcano and stunning sunsets. Be sure to visit Fira, a village perched atop a cliff. You’ll also want to sample wines, such as the dessert wine Vincanto as well as the produce that is made sweeter and tastier because of the volcanic ash soil it grows in.

Read More: 10 Top Things to Do in Santorini

2. Paris

Paris

 

Songs laud Paris in the springtime, but any time of year is a good time to visit this riveting city on the River Seine. It’s a city loaded to the brim with history, culture, great food and high fashion. The iconic Eiffel Tower is one landmark you won’t want to miss. The Louvre houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Its great churches include Sacred Heart and Notre Dame. When it comes to opulence, there’s Versailles with its famed Hall of Mirrors.

Read More: 25 Top Tourist Attractions in Paris

1. Rome

Roman Forum

 

The ancient Romans established outposts as far away as Great Britain. They didn’t ignore their home city, however, when it came to building great monuments. One must-see landmark is the Colosseum, an arena that could hold up to 80,000 people for gladiator contests. One of the biggest draws is a tiny country inside the city: The Vatican City, with its impressive St. Peter’s Basilica with art provided by Michelangelo is a must-see even if you’re not Catholic. Maybe you’ll get a glimpse of the pope at his Wednesday audiences.


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European Year of Cultural Heritage: Where to go in 2018

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

Europe is one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. Twenty-four official languages are spoken in the European Union countries, with sixty more spoken in specific areas of the Old Continent or by specific groups of people.

When it comes to cultural heritage, Europe is a serious melting pot of influences and artistic expressions (in art, music, literature, film, and architecture).

In 2018, Europe celebrates its first European Year of Cultural Heritage and these are some of the European cities you’ll want to add to your travel plans for the next year.

1. Lisbon (Portugal)

Must-See in Lisbon: Cathedral and the Tram 28

The capital city of Portugal seems to be on every list of must-see cities in the world and for good reason. Great weather, delicious food and welcoming people are just some of the things that make Lisbon one of most favorite European cities among tourists. Mass tourism hasn’t quite hit there yet, and what you see is what you get pretty much everywhere.

But Lisbon’s cultural identity goes beyond Fado songs and mouth-watering custard tarts (the famous pasteis de nata). Ever since the Portuguese soccer team won the European Championship in 2016, the country is under the impression that they could be champions again but this time around, of the world. The Portuguese team made it to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia and you’ll want to be around to celebrate with the locals, just in case they bring home the trophy.

The big bonus, though, if you’re curious about the pop culture phenomenon in Europe that is the Eurovision song contest, is that Lisbon will host the final of the competition for the first time ever. Even if you don’t get the craziness around the event, you’ll want to be here in May to witness the once-in-a-lifetime happening.

2. Prague (Czech Republic)

Historic Center of Prague, the Heart of Europe

Is Prague the most beautiful and romantic city in the whole of Europe? Czechs will probably say it is and one look at the capital’s historic center makes it hard for anyone to dispute it. There must be a reason why they call it the Heart of Europe.

The year 2018 is a very important date for the Central European country, with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of their independence.

Prague is a wonderful mix of old and modern, with the newest trend of coffee culture and the spectacular architectural heritage of must-see spots like the Charles Bridge, the St. Vitus Cathedral or the ever-so-famous Astronomical Clock.

Not to be missed in May/June, the International Music Festival Prague Spring, going on its 73rd edition in 2018, and in October Designblok, Prague’s International Design Festival.

3. Seville (Spain)

Seville is one of the top cities to visit in Europe in 2018

Also known as the hottest city in Europe (when it comes to temperature), Seville just made the top spot on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list for 2018. I guess you can say the Southern Spain city is now double hot? Make it triple, when you consider it’s been now the filming locations for Dorne of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.

But Seville has a lot more going on in 2018, from hosting the 31st edition of the European Film Awards to celebrating the 400th anniversary of Baroque painter Murillo.

Seville has definitely worked hard to reinvent itself and put itself back on the map of must-visit European cities, and it’s certainly paying off.

 

4. Valletta (Malta)

Typical colorful boats in Valletta, Malta

Since the European Commission launched the European Capitals of Culture in 1985, different cities across the continent have applied to become, for one year, the “it” city of cultural heritage and diversity. When cultural identity is this diverse, finding a common ground among European residents is crucial for cooperation and development.

Valletta, the capital city of Malta, is one of the Capitals of Culture for 2018 and will kick off the new cultural year officially on January 20th with an extensive programme that includes over 100 projects and 400 events happening in the city throughout the year.

Whenever you decide to hop on a plane and fly to Valletta next year, rest assured there will always be something happening.

5. Leeuwarden (Netherlands)

 

Speaking of European Capitals of Culture, Valletta isn’t the only European city getting all the attention in 2018.

Joining in for a massive year of cultural events is Leeuwarden, a city in the province of Freisland, a couple of hours north of Amsterdam.

You may have never heard of this Dutch city before but I’m sure you’ve heard of Mata Hari, the mysterious exotic dancer who was convicted for being a spy during World War II. This was her birthplace. If nothing else appeals to you on their cultural calendar for 2018, at least visit the exhibition about her life “Mata Hari, the myth and the girl” before it ends in April.

6. Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)

Adolphe Bridge in Luxembourg City

For years, Luxembourg didn’t make the cut on lists of countries to visit in Europe but things have changed in recent years.

Luxembourg is a boutique-sized country, nestled among Belgium, France and Germany, and packed with beautiful architecture, heritage and local culture, so if you’ve missed it so far, it’s time turn this around.

There is always something happening in the city and, when it’s not, you can stroll around uncovering the local heritage visiting the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Luxembourg City Museum or the National Museum of History and Art.

Luxembourg City is hardly a boring place to visit.

7. Skopje (Macedonia)

The archeological museum with stone bridge in Skopje, Macedonia

Let’s end this list with a little something for the offbeat destinations enthusiasts (which in Europe is really not that hard to find if you’re looking in the right places). While other capital cities in the Balkans take the lead as dream destinations (I’m looking at you Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, and Belgrade), it’s about time that Skopje in Macedonia makes an appearance.

So, what’s so special about Skopje? Well, to begin with, the Macedonian capital is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Europe. Just a walk through the city’s Old Bazaar will be enough for you to see different architecture styles (Ottoman, Byzantine, modern) in one place. Can you imagine the influence of that diversity in the local cuisine?

The Skopje Jazz Festival in October and the Taksirat Festival in February are two of the most important music events happening in Skopje every year.


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12 Trips Everyone Should Take in Europe in 2018

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

Europe is always a good idea.

We’ve put together the ultimate European bucket list for 2018. From celebrating Finland’s independence to jetting to Bordeaux on a brand new high speed train, here are 12 trips everyone should take in Europe in 2018.

Malta

Valletta, the Maltese capital

“Game of Thrones” thrust this Mediterranean island nation into the limelight. Visitors can expect tons of history, and three World Heritage sites, including its capital, Valletta, as well as seven temples that are believed to be some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

Malta is also famous for its beautiful beaches, and harbors filled with boats and boat side parties.

Lisbon, Portugal

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Travel + Leisure voted Portugal its destination of the year, and picturesque Lisbon is definitely worth a visit, as the city is teeming with historical landmarks, museums, and churches.

Plus, it’s cheaper than most of the rest of Europe, and closer for those flying from America’s east coast.

Iceland

You’ve probably been seeing Iceland all over your Facebook feed, as it has been a hot destination for Americans for the past year.

This trend shows no signs of abating, as Iceland is safe, only a fairly short and inexpensive flight away, and offers stunning scenery from the Blue Lagoon to the Gullfoss waterfall.

St. Petersburg, Russia


St. Petersburg was voted the best destination in Europe by the World Travel Awards for the second year in a row. The city’s ornate palaces and churches, and rich history makes it an ideal destination for travellers.

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, the second-largest Danish city, was crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2017, and will feature a brand new light-rail system next year that will make it super easy to get around.

Don’t miss a thriving New Nordic food scene, as well as the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, the oldest public art museum in Denmark outside of Copenhagen.

Finland

Finland’s legendary wilderness (40 national parks, 12 wilderness areas, and six national hiking areas) is the perfect spot for adventurers, and one of the best places to see the Northern Lights (near the Arctic Circle they can be seen almost 200 days a year).

Bordeaux, France

A new high speed train introduced this year allows for a quick, two-hour trip between Paris and Bordeaux. This, in addition to Bordeaux’s rich wine and culinary scene, make this French city a must-visit in 2018.

Belfast, Ireland

A little-known attraction in Ireland has become more popular than the Eiffel Tower. Visit Belfast to see the Titanic attraction, which became Europe’s top travel destination for 2016, according to the World Travel Awards. The vote came from a mix of several hundred thousand industry professionals and members of the public. The attraction features replica cabins and a walking tour of the slip where the original ship was built.

Montenegro

Montenegro is similar to Croatia, boasting stunning shorelines and breathtaking beaches — there are over 180 miles of coastline and beaches in the country.

However, it’s less expensive and less crowded, so visit before the secret is out.

London, UK

Brexit dramatically weakened the pound, making it the cheapest time in recent memory for foreigners to visit notoriously pricey London.

Switzerland

A country known for both its cleanliness and its beauty, Switzerland is full of picturesque towns that feature historic chalets nestled into the mountains. Canton Uri, a region in the middle of the country that’s home to the village of Gurtnellen, was named one of National Geographic’s best destinations for 2017.

Modena, Italy

It is perfectly acceptable to revolve a trip around food and eating. So why not head straight to the cream of the crop? Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, was voted the best restaurant in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year.

Try the celebrated Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano dish, which features a sampling of the area’s famous cheese classified by temperature, texture and taste.


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