Europe is one of the top travel destinations for visitors from across the world. The expansive continent has a rich history and this makes it one of the most interesting places to visit. Millions of tourists visit top attractions which range from ancient cities, ruins, majestic cathedrals, stunning landscapes, lakes, beaches, museums, art centers, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful cities among many others. If you have plans to visit Europe, the choice of places to visit will overwhelm you. Every country is teeming with attractions and you need a concrete plan to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
Below are some of these most spectacular places and attractions that should be on your must-visit destinations in Europe.
1. Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
If you want to get the best out of your visit to Europe, get ready to try new and unique places which you might not have heard about. In this regard, the Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic comes to mind. This spectacular stone bridge spans the Vltava River in Prague and according to the historical records, it has been around since 1357. It connects the Old Town with the Mala Strana and above the horizon, you get awe-inspiring views of the Prague Castle. Of course, there are many more incredible attractions in Prague which is one of the oldest towns in Europe.
2. Rome, Italy
They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day and this is true. The sights and attractions in Rome are just incredible and it is no wonder the ancient city rates among the top destinations in Europe. The timeless the city of seven hills has a galore of attractions including Vatican City, Colosseum,Vatican Museums,Pantheon, the Roman Forum,Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro), dozens of churches, architectural marvels, amazing dining opportunities, fashion stores and so much more. Truth be told, you cannot do justice to Rome in one or two visits. You just have to keep coming back and every visit is a learning opportunity.
3. Paris, France
The mention of Paris rightly conjures images of glamour and glitz, high dining, fashion, romance and everything good. Well, all this is true and you will find it in this in the city of love and some more. It is one of the legendary capitals in the world and offers a wide range of attractions. You will enjoy time in the world-renowned museums, exhibits at the Louvre, tours of the city’s iconic attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, shopping at exclusive fashion stores, fine dining at some of the best restaurants in the world and of course a day of strolling along the Seine. Everything in Paris oozes glamour and class and it is no wonder this rates among the most popular destinations in the world.
4. Porto, Portugal
Porto is a hidden gem when it comes to international travel. Travelers have in 2012, 2014 and 2017 voted Porto as the best destination in Europe and this should prepare you for an amazing trip. This Cidade Invicta” (unvanquished city) offers visitors history, culture, architecture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries which you will enjoy. Every new day in the city brings an opportunity to discover more. You can enjoy time along River Douro (river of gold) in Cais da Ribeira, visit Porto’s ancient architecture, tour the amazing landscapes and magnificent bridges through a cruise, explore the history of the city at the Palacio da Bolsa, and enjoy views of remarkable buildings such as the Sé Catédral and many others.
5. London, UK
Throughout history, London has always rated highly among the top travel destinations and for many good reasons. It is a historic city and its location makes it an obvious choice for tourists from across the globe. London ranks highly for the best spring vacations, best family vacations in Europe among other things. Among the attractions are museums, Buckingham Palace, British Museum, Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House, Oxford Street for shopping, Camden Market, St. James’s Park, River Thames and many other things. Of course, the gastronomical experiences you enjoy in London are memorable and you will always look forward to meals and drinks during breaks in your tour.
6. Crete, Greece
If you love ancient history, then you know Greece is a must visit. It has everything you would love to learn about the history of Europe. Crete in Greece is the birthplace of the king of the Olympian gods and as such, it has an important place in the history of Greece and indeed modern European civilization. It is the crown jewel of the Mediterranean and boasts evidence of archaeological and mythological history through ancient ruins and cultural attractions. From the Minoan ruins of Malia, the fortresses and monasteries of Rethymnon to the majestic Mt. Ida the birthplace of the god Zeus, there is so much to see and learn in Crete. Other things you don’t want to miss include the beautiful Elafonissi Beach, the eye-opening Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Heraklion Archaeological Museum and so much more.
7. Florence, Italy
Now if there is a city that carries history in its belly, it has to be Florence in Italy. The little city tucked amid the Tuscan hills might not feature among the largest in Europe yet it boasts a rich heritage. A casual walk through the streets takes you back to the Renaissance and you will get insight into the powerful Medici family, the works of the Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. A visit to the Uffizi, Duomo, Galleria dell’Accademia and the city’s many cathedrals will give you a glimpse of Europe at an important age in history as you walk through the city’s cobblestone streets. The dining experiences are legendary and you will definitely keep coming back to the beautiful, historic and charming Firenze.
Europe boasts many more incredible destinations from Lisbon, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Brussels, Belgium, Reykjavik, Iceland, Dublin, Ireland, Barcelona, Spain, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, Berlin, Germany among others. There are breath-taking attractions which you must visit including the Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland, Dona Ana Beach, Lagos, Portugal, The Gorges Du Verdon, south-eastern France, Preikestolen, near Stavanger, Norway, Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland, The Seven Sisters waterfall, Geiranger, Norway and the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
Well, you now have an idea of where to visit so go ahead and plan your Europe trip.