Ah, Europe! Who has not dreamed of setting foot there? Containing 46 countries, all equally intoxicating, Europe is probably one of the best travel destinations worldwide. Rich in history, historical monuments, gastronomy, picturesque landscapes and villages, this travel destination has everything it takes to allow you to have an unforgettable time, whether on an organized tour, cheap travel, or backpacking in search of Europe's least expensive hostels! Welcome to a world of dreams and culture!
What To Do in Europe
Europe is such a vast continent that is impossible to visit all of it in one trip, unless you actually live there. Therefore, if you plan one, or several, trips to Europe, you must first choose what places you want to explore. To help you with that selection, here are some of the most beautiful countries of the Old Continent.
Bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea, Spain is a premier vacation destination. People visit to walk along its cobbled streets dotted with shops, terraces, and restaurants, to swim in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including those of Barceloneta, Ibiza, and the Canary Islands, and to visit picturesque villages that are among the most beautiful and spectacular in the world. The village of Alquézar in Aragon and that of Peniscola on the Costa del Azahar are a couple of good examples.
France and the Riviera
With its internationally-recognized rich and delicious cuisine, its beaches with azure waters, its museums full of history, and many historical monuments, France is a world travel destination that eeveryone must include when visiting Europe.
Nice, Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Cannes, St. Tropez, and Toulon are just some of its cities that will unquestionably leave you with great memories of your trip to Europe. The French Riviera, a region grouping many towns in the south of France overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the world's most beautiful vacation spots, so if you can include it in a trip to Europe, don't pass up the opportunity. There, you will see some of the most beautiful landscapes and beaches that you will ever experience.
The cradle of Western civilization, Italy is a must for anyone looking for a dream vacation in Europe. Indeed, this boot-shaped country situated in the south of Europe is full of tourist sites that will take your breath away.
Renowned for its rich gastronomy, its wine, its beautiful blue-water beaches, its rivers and its lakes, its rich history, its magnificent historical monuments such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon in Rome, its pretty ports, including Venice – the largest in the Mediterranean, its unique architecture and picturesque villages, Italy fascinates and attracts tourists from around the world, who come every year to revel in its wonders.
The regions of Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Venice, and Milan are among the most beautiful cities you can visit during your trip to Europe, so don't forget to include them in your itinerary if you go Italy!
Greece and Its Thousand Islands
The very idea of a European trip automatically brings Greece to mind, one of the most romantic travel destinations worldwide. Both cradle and grave of European civilization, Greece contains not only the greatest myths of all time, but also some of the most beautiful places to holiday, including the rocky island of Santorini and its villages of white houses perched on cliffs containing breathtaking wonders that are among the great beauties of the world.
With some 2,000 islands, Greece is full of magical places that will leave you with the best memories imaginable of your trip to Europe. The islands of Mykonos, Crete (the largest Greek island), Kefalonia, Skiathos, and Lipsi are especially worth visiting, as they have the most beautiful resorts in the world.
A visit to the Acropolis of Athens is also one of the activities to top your list if you go to Greece.
Portugal and the Azores
Among many other countries that must be seen on a trip to Europe, put Portugal on your list. One of the oldest areas of the Old Continent, Portugal which will charm you with its perfect mix of land and ocean, its rich culture, blue-water beaches, bustling cobblestone streets, beautiful monuments and relics of the past, mild sun, and the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet.
In fact, there is so much to see and do in Portugal that you certainly will not have time to get bored during your trip to Europe, as it's a safe bet that, if you go to Portugal, you will not want to leave!
Some of Portugal's Essential Sights
Lisbon's neighbourhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto, as well as Porto and Sintra, are just some of Portugal's landmarks you should see at all costs if you visit this cultural paradise resort on the other side of the Atlantic.
And do not forget the Azores, a scattered group of Portuguese islands in the north Atlantic Ocean, teeming with verdant natural landscapes that will impress you. These islands are particularly conducive to dolphin and whale watching.