The Best European Travel Destinations
Vibrant cities, ancient architecture, beautiful shores, and majestic mountains make Europe a fascinating travel destination. If you're planning a European vacation, you've likely discovered that deciding where to go can be daunting. One way to decide is making it a matter of taste. Let these categories help choose the best European destinations for you.
Spectacular coastline, barrier islands, seas, and bays stretching from the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean give beach loves a hard decision to make. It would take a few lifetimes to visit them all so choose you must.
If you're looking for scenic beaches with lots of sunshine, nature, and quiet coves, Cassis will be the perfect destination. Known as a pearl in the South of France, it's located along the French Riveria and Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur Region. Enjoy a string of beaches and creeks like the Creek of En Vau, the Calanque of Port-Miou, and the beaches of Corton, Arena and Grande Mer. Cassis's Bestouan Beach with a view of the port of Cassis has fantastic hotels surrounded by umbrella pines. Visit this region in France by flying to the airport in Marseille less than an hour away. You'll find fantastic tours and activities along the French Riviera. It's proximity to the Mediterranean will give you an opportunity to experience casino cruises available in the region.
Sparkling cities all across Europe are filled with history, museums, shopping, and nightlife if you're in search of a city break. Experiencing the culture in a large city is a chance to admire its unique culture in a most exciting way.
Ranging from majestic to quirky, the cityscape of Brussels, Belgium is a kaleidoscope of 19th-century mansions, 1960s art deco facades, shimmering glass, and art nouveau. Art is everywhere in old buildings converted into contemporary art galleries, and young artists flock here to show their work. For the best experience in local culture, visit the Marolles quarter. Once a working-class neighborhood, it has shed its less privileged image with funky shops and intimate cafes. Bruxellois character is still alive in a few downmarket cafés where you can feast on snails, the city's fabled beer, and half-en-half, a mix of white wine and champagne. Experience Brussels' nightlife in art nouveau taverns and hot dance clubs with intimate bars and "chill out" rooms. Mini-Europe is a major attraction not to be missed. This fascinating park features miniature replications of Europe's most famous landmarks. Approximately 350 buildings and 80 cities are represented.
Best Hidden Gem
Europe is filled with hidden gems in every country. Quaint towns off the beaten track can be fascinating places to learn about local culture in gorgeous settings.
Rivers, rolling hills, and farmland make Andalusia one of Spain's most picturesque regions. The towns of Seville, Malaga, Cordoba, and Cadiz are lesser known places perfect for cultural and gastronomic experiences. Head to the Tabernas desert in Almeria, a popular film location known as the "Spanish Wild West". Be sure to visit Setenil de las Bodegas, a little village of 3000 residents who live in whitewashed houses nestled in the cliffs. Many people in this surprising village have built their homes under huge rocks to avoid the high cost of a new roof. A castle on a hilltop was once an Arab fortress. To the southwest of Setenil de las Bodegas, you can explore the Ancient Ruins of Acinipo that includes a Roman theatre. The hidden gem of Ronda only 20 kilometres is another town worthy of a visit in this enchanting province. Get to this region by booking flights to Malaga or Jerez.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kevin Devoto is an avid outdoor enthusiast and freelance writer. He enjoys writing about sustainability, eco friendly behaviors and local travel. He has traveled all over the world but has taken a particular interest in our great National Parks.