Top Travel Destinations in Europe

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In this overview, we have done the groundwork on five major European countries and their must-see cities or regions in each. We have done our best to research attractions that interest all types of travelers. Whether you are a Foodie, an Outdoors Enthusiast, or a Culture Vulture, we have sifted through the reams of information out there to spotlight some of the most popular activities in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

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The UK is made up of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The proximity of the four countries make the UK easy, and relatively cost-effective, to see in one trip which is one of the reasons it's such a popular tourist destination. Each of the countries is jam-packed with their own culture and attractions so don't assume that you are getting a real taste of the UK by visiting just one!

England

England has an abundance of well-known tourist attractions, not the least of which reside in their capital city of London.

London is home to a number of World Heritage Sites namely the Tower of London; Kew Gardens (the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church); and Greenwich. Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, 30 St Mary Axe ("The Gherkin"), St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. The thought of all these sites may seem overwhelming at first, but several bus companies offer narrated tours of the city's most iconic landmarks - with on/off privileges - giving you the choice to see as much (or as little) as you wish!

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Must See!
Foodies: Don't miss England's famous gastro pubs, and exotic post-bar  More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Stay active with the many walking tours in London,  More…
Culture Vultures: Don't miss London's numerous museums, galleries, and libraries.  More…

Scotland

Many don't realize it, but Scotland is made up of the mainland (bordering England) and a cluster of over 790 islands – only 99 of which are inhabited. The three major cities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow are all situated on the mainland. Although Scotland is predominantly English speaking, it is quite common to see Scottish Gaelic on signage nowadays.

Scotland's rich history ensures plenty of attractions to keep you busy. It is renowned for it's cultural offerings in cities and towns including gothic architecture, museums, and cathedrals, while the highlands, lochs and coastlines are also popular tourist destinations.

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Must See!
Foodies: Over a million tourists a year enjoy tours of Scotland's many Scotch whiskey distilleries.  More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Don't miss challenging climbs on craggy islands, hikes on the  More…
Culture Vultures: Don't miss the opportunity to find your clan! More…

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland borders the Republic of Ireland and is situated on the northeast tip of the island. Northern Ireland has a rich history of violent and bitter political conflict stemming from the division between nationalists (Catholics) who wanted it to be reunited with the rest of Ireland, and unionists (Protestants) who wanted it to remain part of the UK, but since the 1998 “Good Friday Agreement”, the violence has all but ceased.

Northern Ireland is rich in historical, cultural, and natural tourist attractions. From castles and ancient religious sites to the lively pub scene and traditional Irish music, there is plenty to keep all ages and interests engaged.

Must See!
Foodies: Whether you are looking for the comfort of traditional dishes like hearty Irish stew More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Don't miss surfing the North Coast's waves, zorbing in the Sperrins  More…
Culture Vultures: Don't miss Giant's Causeway; a spectacular geological formation shrouded in  More…

Italy is one of the world's most celebrated tourist destinations for it's mild climate, mouthwatering and nationally diverse food and wines, sweeping landscapes, and culturally rich cities that house a notable collection of art treasures and architectural masterpieces.

Rome

Legend has it that Rome, otherwise known as the Eternal City, was formed by Romulus in 753 BC and during the rise of the Roman Empire it was considered the capital of the world. Rome was later named the capital of Italy after the unification of the country in the 1800s.

Because of its vibrant history, you will probably never be able to see everything the city has to offer. Rome is home to an unfathomable number of churches, cathedrals, museums, archeological sites, galleries, monuments, fountains, bridges – the list is endless.

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Must See!
Foodies: Don't miss the Testaccio rione for a taste of some of Rome's most traditional foods More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Don't miss a visit to the breathtaking beaches near Rome, although  More…
Culture Vultures: Don't miss the Vatican City; home to many historical sites including St. Peter's  More…

Venice

Venice is one of Italy's top travel destinations, consisting of 117 bodies of land connected by upwards of 400 bridges over its 150 canals. The main canal – Grand Canal – is their “main” street and runs through the center of the city.

Beautiful Venice is full of romantic attractions and activities including lively squares, great shopping, magnificent architecture, and quaint traffic-free streets for interesting walking.

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Must See!
Foodies: Don't miss risotto nero; a popular rice dish that gets its unique colouring  More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Because the streets are traffic-free, Venice provides a beautiful  More…
Culture Vultures: Don't miss St. Mark's Square; Venice's main piazza surrounded by cafes and  More…

Florence

Florence is the capital city of the Tuscany region in the Florence province of Italy, and it is also the largest in population. This picturesque world heritage site is built along the River Arno and is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

It's no surprise that Florence ranked as the most desirable tourist destination in the world according to a 2007 poll. The city is built around beautiful palaces or palazzi from the Renaissance times, piazzas, churches, monasteries, museums, galleries and parks.

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Must See!
Foodies: Florence locals are known for making a real occasion of eating out More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Florence is situated in the middle of the beautiful Tuscan countryside More…
Culture Vultures: Florence is home to some of the most influential artistic treasures  More…

France is one of the largest countries in Europe and is regarded by many as the geographical gateway to Europe offering several major airports, ferry terminals, and railway networks.

Its diverse geographical and cultural offerings scattered over the many regions of the country make France an attractive tourist destination for travelers all year round.

Paris

Paris is arguably one of the most majestic capital cities in the world but many consider it the capital of world fashion as well. It is one of the biggest cities in Europe, boasting fabulous architecture, museums, galleries, restaurants, and shopping.

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Must See!
Foodies: Parisians are very serious about their food More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Don't miss Friday night rollerblading More…
Culture Vultures: Paris is brimming with amazing cultural sites not the least of which  More…

French Riviera

The Côte d'Azur or French Riviera runs along the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, from the Italian border to Saint Tropez. The French Riviera has long been a playground for European aristocrats, artists, writers and more recently celebrities from all over the world.

The largest city in the area is Nice, and the area also includes the principality of Monaco and seaside resorts like Cannes and Saint-Tropez.

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Must See!
Foodies: The Riviera's cuisine can be split out to the influence of 3 main regions and  More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: The Riviera caters to outdoors enthusiasts with More…
Culture Vultures: Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, and  More…

Wine Country

French wine country encompasses all the areas in the French countryside where vineyards are cultivated, and is home to some of the world's oldest and finest producers. Many of France's best-known wine varietals are named for the regions in which they are produced, perhaps the most famous being Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne.

Vineyards are scattered throughout the countryside, surrounding quaint villages and welcoming inns. Organized wine tours are easy to come by, but navigating the various regions by car is easy to do on your own as well.

Must See!
Foodies: Until recently, many famed wine regions in France were notoriously  More…
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Bike tours are an active and scenic way to  More…
Culture Vultures: Because wine country covers most of France, you are never far from  More…


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