For the past years, Europe’s wealth of attractions has drawn millions of people from across the world for a taste of its beautiful scenery, artistic gems, colorful history, delectable cuisine and cultural diversity. From holiday spots to the most romantic locations, you will definitely find the right place for you to spend your summer holiday.
If you are planning to visit Europe this summer, we understand that selecting a particular destination can be overwhelming. We have listed our top picks to give you some ideas and help you decide on your next memorable getaway.
London, UK: London, the capital of UK is the biggest trading center in Europe for years and also a great choice for a summer trip. If you are visiting London for the first time, arm yourself with an Oyster card and you can easily get to tourists spots via the tube system (public subway) and admire the beauty of this wonderful city. Be sure to visit iconic spots such as the Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Big Ben. London is also filled with museums and great food markets for you to enjoy.
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Netherlands’ capital city – Amsterdam – is a more popular choice for a summer visit. Amsterdam is known for its mind-boggling nightlife, historical gems, world-class museums and you can experience the city on foot, on a boat or on a bike. Check out places like the Port and Canals of Amsterdam where you can spend some time and enjoy a chilled-out picnic on a hired boat, Van Gogh Museum, House of Anne Frank, National Monument, Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum and more. You can escape to and relax in Vondelpark with its pristine lawns and cafes.
Rotterdam, Netherlands: Rotterdam is another fascinating travel destination for a large volume of visitors across the world. This is one of the oldest cities and second largest in the country after Amsterdam.If Netherlands is on your list (or any of its neighboring countries), try to visit Rotterdam and revel in its fabulous architecture, modern buildings, and landmarks such as the Euromas Tower, Euro Port, and Maritime Museum.
Lisbon, Portugal: This is one of the oldest cities in Europe with wonderful spots to discover. You can expect a pleasant weather throughout the year which makes this place even more beautiful. Imagine enjoying your summer trip whilst walking along the cobbled streets of Alfama, lined up with ancient houses that ultimately leads you to the top of the hill where you will find Castelo de São Jorge. You can fill your days with trips to the Tower of Belém, Hieronymites Monastery, Cristo Rei National Sanctuary, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Cathedral of Lisbon, National Pantheon and Praço do Comércio. The “city of seven hills” is highly popular for its fresh seafood and traditional dishes. Give yourself the most authentic gastronomic experience and try out the bacalhau (dried salted codfish), Feijoada Trasmontana (beef and pork stew), and Sardines to name a few.
Barcelona, Spain: Barcelona is a world-class tourist destination located in Spain which receives millions of visitors every year from all around the globe. This is one of the largest cities in the country with admirable beaches complemented with pleasant weather conditions. During your stay, visit the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila, Las Ramblas and much more. A trip to Spain is not complete without tasting its famous Tapas (variety of small savoury dishes served as appetizers or snacks) and make sure to have some room for its delicious Paella (rice dish with seafood, meat or vegetables). You can also try other dishes like Gazpacho, La Bomba, Patatas Bravas and more.
Berlin, Germany: Berlin is also a fabulous destination to visit if you are looking to experience a city with vibrant culture, progressive architecture, intense parties and deep history. Don’t fail to view its most historic sites such as the Berlin Cathedral, Berlin Wall, Holocaust Memorial, Mauer Park, Brandenburg Gate, East Side Gallery to name a few.
Paris, France: One of the most loveable and popular cities in Europe is Paris, the capital of France. Plan a visit to the sought-after Eiffel Tower and if you can splurge a little bit, then book yourself a table at the Le Jules Verne Restaurant located at the 2nd floor. The city is filled with options to fill your day as a tourist – see the Notre Dame Cathedral, walk up the Montmartre, shop along Champs-Élysées, take a snap of the broad Arc de Triomphe, see artistic treasures by spending a day at the Louvre Museum and indulge in the well-known French cuisine.
Rome, Italy: This is one of the oldest cities with remains representative of its glory and ancient heritage. In Rome, you can check out fascinating historical indications from museums and sculptures. Walk along history by visiting the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum, Roman Forum, Saint Peter’s Square, and the National Roman Museum. Don’t forget to savour a true Roman ‘feast’ by heading out to a pizzeria or a neighborhood trattoria and cap it off with the best tasting gelato and a shot of coffee perhaps?
Athens, Greece: It’s one of the most beautiful and famous travel destination situated in Greece. Athens has numerous travel sites to admire starting from magnificent views of the Acropolis, where the Parthenon dominates. People from various parts of the world travel to Athens for its breathtaking and fascinating periodic collections found in the museums such as the Acropolis Museum, National Archeological Museum and more. Check out the Athens River, Aeropagus Hill, Monastiraki Square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, Athenian Trilogy and Benaki Museum. For the foodies, visit Syntagma where majority of the restaurants are located for you to have a taste of the Greek cuisine.
Venice, Italy: Known as Floating City, Venice is a city that is built on 118 islands in the midst of the Venetian Lagoon. One of its many charms is being able to get around the city in a gondola whilst taking in the picturesque city. It’s probably and one of the many reasons why this place grabs the attention of lovebirds and millions of people from various countries. The city is comprised of ancient museums, churches, gorgeous castles, art galleries and more. Fill your days by taking a stroll along St. Mark’s Square and visit St. Mark’s Basilica, have a glimpse of the Bridge of Sighs or observe a live demonstration of Murano Glass Blowing technique.