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10 Best Holiday Destinations in December

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With December temperatures hovering around 6°C here in the UK, and plenty of wet and windy weather too, isn’t it about time you took a trip away?

People are getting into the Christmas spirit in countries right across the globe, and New Year celebrations are on the horizon too. Whether you’re a culture vulture, a sun worshipper or simply in search of some Christmas spirit, here are 10 of the best holiday destinations in December.

For Sun Worshippers

Lanzarote

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

As one of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is somewhere you should consider if you want sunshine without a long-haul flight. With average highs of 21°C in December, it’s certainly shorts and t-shirt weather. A four hour flight will see you sunbathing on the beach, exploring volcanoes and sipping cocktails in one of the island’s vibrant bars – so don’t be surprised if your friends and family back home are more than a little jealous! Papagayo is well worth a visit while you’re in Lanzarote – its soft white sand and towering cliffs warrant the extra effort of hiring a car to get there.

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Tenerife

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Another of the Canary Islands, Tenerife should also be up there on your bucket list of destinations for winter sun in December. While it’s the coolest month of the year for this beautiful island, temperatures still hover around 20°C. Throw down your towel on the golden sands of Playa de las Teresitas, and be sure to try the black sand beach at Playa Jardín with Mount Teide towering in the background. And, La Laguna had its first Christmas market in 2016 – so don’t be surprised if you see market stalls selling festive fare against the backdrop of blue skies and flip flops.

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Cancun

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Want some serious winter sun? The average temperature in Cancun is 28°C, meaning you’ll still be pretty comfortable but guaranteed to need some sun cream. Sea temperatures tend to average around 27°C which is perfect if you fancy dipping in and out of the waves while you’re relaxing on the beach. Take a trip to Coba to see the Mayan ruins and make memories you’ll never forget diving beneath into the ocean to explore the Underwater Museum.

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For Christmas Cheer

Budapest

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There’s no better time to visit Hungary than December. Wrap up warm and head straight to Vörösmarty Square to explore the city’s oldest Christmas market; you’ll have a maze of stalls to explore, perusing everything from Christmas tree decorations to steaming mountains of mouth watering goulash and sauerkraut. The nearby Opera House is the perfect place to see a performance (ballets including the Nutcracker are performed over Christmas), and don’t overlook the magic of simply strolling the streets with a mugful of mulled wine to keep you in high spirits.

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New York

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For a very Merry Christmas, you couldn’t do better than heading to the Big Apple. New York is extra exciting at this time of year, with gigantic Christmas trees illuminating the city’s streets and decorations making the department stores of 5th Avenue look even more enticing. Press your nose against the glass of Barneys, Saks and Macy’s before going ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park, and do a spot of Christmas shopping at Union Square Holiday Market.

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For City Slickers

Paris

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If it’s a romantic getaway to an iconic location you fancy, Paris is well and truly the best holiday destination in December. The city sparkles with thousands of fairy lights, with artfully decorated trees lining the boulevards, and the scent of cinnamon and other Christmas spices scent the air around Paris’ boulangeries. Book tickets to the Notre Dame Cathedral to listen to the most goosebump-inducing performances from world-class choirs, and twirl your way around the ice rink at the Champs-Elysées.

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Milan

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As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is a sophisticated city to visit at any time of year. Bring a sizeable amount of spending money with you if you fancy dressing yourself from head to toe in the stylish threads this Italian city is famous for, or simply wander the streets and treat yourself to various trinkets on offer at the O Bej! O Bej! festive market. You won’t want to miss a visit to Duomo Cathedral on the run up to Christmas (the Italian Gothic building is breathtakingly beautiful), and you’ll certainly enjoy eating your way around this magnificent city too, filling up on cheesy panzerotti and melt-in-the-mouth pizza.

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Dubai

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While Dubai is an excellent location for year-round sun, it’s actually its credentials as a glistening city that make it such a good idea for a December getaway. It’s a shopping mecca for those who are serious about snapping up some of the best quality products in the world, making it the ideal place to get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping for friends and family. December also sees the stars arrive for Dubai’s International Film Festival, and of course, Dubai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are truly spectacular – so time your holiday here to take part in arguably the best fireworks display on the planet… a grand way to welcome in the new year indeed.

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For Culture Vultures

Rome

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Despite what you might imagine about walking around Rome in the sunshine, December is actually the best time to see Rome. That’s because the low-slung sun softly illuminates the Colosseum and other breath-taking pieces of architecture, and the restaurants are filled with locals tucking into hearty pasta dishes and Italian soups. Walk through spacious museums such as the Musei Capitolini, boldly explore the Catacombs beneath the ground, marvel at the Sistine Chapel and sit quietly in the Church of St Louis of the French. 

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Copenhagen

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This city is somehow both cosmopolitan and quaint, with cobblestone streets and ancient castles and palaces partnering with art galleries, museums and shopping boutiques. Pay a visit to Christiansborg Palace, stroll through the Open Air Museum (one of the oldest open air museums in the world) and check out the Copenhagen Contemporary – an international art centre displaying works on the harbour front. You’ll feel a million miles from home and want to come back for more, that’s for sure.

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The 10 best places to travel in Europe in 2020

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Travel & Leisure has released its list of the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020.

The list, which is compiled by Travel & Leisure editors as well as travel writers, advisors, and other experts, includes places that are “at the forefront of the global conversation” as well as “perennial favourites that are reinventing themselves in exciting ways,” according to a press release.

In Europe, places like Austria, the Douro River in Portugal, and Klitmøller, Denmark, made the list.

Here are the best places to travel in Europe in 2020, according to Travel & Leisure.

Austria

“Not long ago, Austria was viewed as the meringue of the Germanic world: beautiful to look at, yet somewhat dry when one actually bit in,” John Wray wrote for Travel & Leisure. “But the country has reinvented itself, pouring resources into cutting-edge arts institutions while lovingly elevating the cultural jewels that made it so beloved in days gone by.”

Vienna has poured $US240 million into a redevelopment project surrounding the central train station, which includes hip new hotels like Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere and Belvedere 21, Wray reported.

2020 is also a special year in Austria because it marks the 150th birthday of legendary concert hall Musikverein and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, according to Wray.

The Douro River, Portugal

Portugal remains a popular getaway – and in 2020, it’s all about experiencing it from the water,” Hannah Walhout wrote for Travel & Leisure.

Viking River Cruises launched a Douro River itinerary last year, followed by AmaWaterways debuting the AmaDouro cruise on the picturesque river, according to Walhout.

“On land, wineries like Quinta do Portal and Quinta do Seixo serve light reds, vinho verde, and the ubiquitous port,” Walhout wrote. “Stay in Porto at recent additions like the Art Deco stunner Le Monumental Palace or the art-filled Torel 1884, whose 12 rooms and 11 standalone apartments feature art inspired by fabrics, materials, and spices from faraway lands.”

Klitmøller, Denmark

“Surfing in Denmark? It’s legit! Consistent breaks and large swells – ideal conditions for both beginners and pro surfers – earned the town of Klitmøller, on the edge of the North Sea, the nickname ‘Cold Hawaii,’” Mary Holland wrote for Travel & Leisure.

The tiny Danish town is a short drive to Thy National Park, which spans almost 100 square miles of rugged coastlines, dunes, lakes, and pine forests.

Lille, France

“Crowned as the World Capital of Design 2020 for its advances in urban development, the once-struggling industrial city of Lille is on its way to enjoying optimised public spaces thanks to a slew of sustainable design initiatives,” Sarah Souli wrote for Travel & Leisure. “It’s also quickly becoming a cosmopolitan oasis with new galleries, museums, restaurants, and boutiques.”

Highlights of the northern French city include “La Piscine, an Art Deco indoor swimming pool turned art museum” and “jaw-dropping restaurants like Coke, a brasserie and hotel serving French classics beneath ornate moldings and crystal chandeliers,” according to Souli.

Manchester, United Kingdom

“Once famed for its towering industry and more recently, vibrant music scene, Manchester is now one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, buoyed by an influx of digital and media companies,” Jemima Sissons wrote for Travel & Leisure.

This includes a boom in upscale and design-oriented hotels, such as Hotel Brooklyn, which sits inside a Victorian brownstone, and Native Manchester, a 166-apartment hotel, according to Sissons.

North Macedonia

“Refreshingly free of big-box chains and tourists (fewer than 1.5 million visitors were recorded in 2018), the Republic of North Macedonia won’t fly under the radar for much longer,” Courtney Lichterman wrote for Travel & Leisure. “The newly renamed country has a wealth of historic sights, like the Kale (or fortress) in the capital, Skopje; Kokino, a megalithic observatory; and the ancient city of Heraclea Lyncestis, on the outskirts of Bitola.”

In 2020, North Macedonia will host a food festival called Terra Madre Balkans, which will bring in chefs and experts from around the world to celebrate the “slow food” movement, according to Lichterman.

Paros, Greece

“Paros is a place overtourism forgot,” Stacey Leasca wrote for Travel & Leisiure. “The rugged Greek island, located smack in the middle of the Cyclades, can only be described as the cooler cousin of more populated islands like Mykonos and Santorini.”

Hip new hotels like Parilio are popping up on the island, but the crowds haven’t yet started to swarm, Leasca reports.

Rijeka, Croatia

The Croatian porty city of Rijeka has managed to so far avoid the overcrowding plaguing the city of Dubrovnik after its role as a “Games of Thrones” filming location.

“With amazing views of the Adriatic coast, blockbuster beaches, and a colourful Baroque heart – not to mention one of the world’s biggest Carnival celebrations – it’s a wonder that Rijeka isn’t better known,” Jonathan Thompson wrote for Travel & Leisure. “But despite ticking pretty much every conceivable vacation box (toss in world-class museums, a bevy of top restaurants, and cinematic hikes in the surrounding mountains), it remains an under-the-radar Adriatic treasure.”

Rome’s EUR District

Rome’s business district, Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR), was built in the late 1930s by Mussolini for a World’s Fair that never took place, Hannah Walhout reported for Travel & Leisure.

Now, the neighbourhood’s “bizarre fascist-neoclassical buildings and monuments” make it “a must-visit for architecture buffs and those who want to see another side of the city,” Walhout wrote.

Tbilisi, Georgia

“This city’s creative groundswell has been building for a few years now, with young designers, chefs, architects, and artists – many of whom never knew life under the USSR – lending a palpable energy to the place,” Walhout wrote for Travel & Leisure.

The Georgian capital is seeing an influx of cool concept stores, and “‘new Georgian’ cuisine is finding its footing as young chefs bring traditional foods into the 21st century, with a glut of wine bars and standout restaurants,” Walhout writes.

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11 Unusual Places In Europe To Visit – Hand Luggage Only

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Europe may well be one of the smaller continents but it’s also one of the most tightly-packed when it comes to the number of countries that are here. That’s what makes it a great region to explore the huge mix of cultures, history and more unusual places in Europe that are dotted all across the continent. 

Now, we’ve all heard of the likes of Paris, London, Barcelona and Rome which are well-trodden places for us to explore. That being said, there’s honestly a heap of other regions and gorgeous European islands that are sometimes missed.

This is exactly why I wanted to share some of the more unusual places in Europe to visit on your next trip. Now, I’ve tried to share a few from all across the continent so you’ll hopefully find a few that are close to the country you’re visiting. 

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Anyway, I’m totally rambling on, take a look at some of the unusual places in Europe to visit. Have the best holiday! 

1.) Tromso, Norway

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Visiting the Arctic Circle is incredible, especially in and around the Arctic city of Tromso.

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We recently got to visit Tromso and it was so dreamy, especially in the colder months. We visited in April (so we had some good daylight hours) and totally loved it.

Though, temperatures regularly dipped beyond -20c, it was an icy wonderland to explore; especially in the wider region, too.

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There’s not really a wrong time to visit but obviously seasons are quite different due to the midnight sun in summer.

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Make sure to try the cities spa boat that leaves the harbour, attend the Tromsø International Film Festival and the Northern Light Festival, or head out to spot some whales.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can actually head out for a swim in the Arctic Sea (on the Spa Boat), too. We totally loved this experience. It really is one of the more unusual places in Europe that you can’t really miss. 

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Oh, don’t forget to grab one of the biggest burgers ever from Burgr in the city centre. Just visit with an empty tummy, you’ll leave stuffed.

Read more: Exploring Tromso and the surrounding region

2.) Calabria, Italy

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Calabria is a beach lovers dream! One of the best things about Calabria is that you can spend the whole morning basking up the sun and waves, whilst in the afternoon, exploring some of the tiny villages in the region.

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It’s totally gorgeous and the whole region (especially the town of Tropea) is charming (in that Italian way that makes you want to explore even more).

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Make sure to also visit Pollino National Park which is Italy’s largest protected area.

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It really is stunning and a little cheaper than places like Tuscany or Umbria, too.

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It really is one of the more unusual places in Italy that’s more off the beaten track than the bigger cities of Verona or Rome

Read more: Best places in Southern Italy to visit

3.) St. Michael’s Mount, England

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St. Michael’s Mount is one stunning historic site to see in the stunning region of Cornwall, England.

Not to be mixed up with Mont-Saint-Michel in France, it’s the perfect place to explore alongside its beautiful neighbour, Marazion where you can pick up some typical Cornish fudge.

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St. Michael’s Mount really is the perfect place to explore when tides are low, just make sure to keep an eye on when the sea comes back in; no one likes to be stranded or cause unnecessary risk.

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4.) Grundarfjörður, Iceland

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Iceland has become increasingly popular over the last few years and it’s easy to see why! Although most visitors head towards the south-west of the island, places like Grundarfjörður are well worth a visit.

The whole area around Grundarfjörður is just stunning. Plus, there are so many incredible places in Iceland to visit, so you’ll be spoilt for choice whilst exploring one of the more unusual places in Europe. 

Make sure to visit Kirkjufell Mountain during a hike around the area. Honestly, the hikes in Iceland are out-of-this-world! You might also spot some puffins too.

It’s the perfect place to explore Snæfellsnes National Park. In the summer months, locals build a replica Viking Village in the centre of Grundarfjörður that’s really worth a gander at.

Read more: Best places in Iceland to visit

5.)Tarn canyon, France

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Definitely, one of Europe’s most beautiful canyons, Gorges du Tarn (or Tarn Canyon) is most certainly one incredible place to explore. Rent a kayak or canoe and head through the canyon itself.

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Make sure you also visit Castelbouc, Peyreleau and Eglazine, too. They are small villages that are perched between the gorge and the river and are totally stunning to see. Oh, and if you’ve got time, take a trip over to Saint-Chély in Occitanie. It’s a stunner.

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It’s one of the more unusual places in Europe to visit, especially after exploring the beauty of this region. 

Read more: Best places in France to visit 

6.) The Azores, Portugal

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This bunch of Mid-Atlantic islands are one of the most breathtaking set of islands in Europe. Think volcanoes, huge craters, stunning Portuguese village and a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve.

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It’s a stunning place to visit some of the more unusual places in Europe. It’s like a warmer Iceland! 

Read more: Best places in Portugal to visit

7.) Perast, Montenegro

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Persat is a little old town in the Bay of Kotor and arguably one of the prettiest in the area. This gorgeous town has a strong Venetian history that dates back many hundreds of years that is well worth seeing.

Make sure to visit some of the nearby islands, too; St George and Our Lady of the Rocks, which houses a quaint little church that has been there for over 500 years.

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Prices are cheaper than other destinations than the likes of Greece and Spain, so you’ll save a few pennies, too.

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8.) Lednice-Valtice, Czechia 

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We’re all familiar with the beauty of Prague but travel a little further south-east from the city and you’ll eventually hit Lednice-Valtice. It’s one stunning place you have to see in the Czechia.

Make sure you visit Lednice Castle and the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary for some of the grand gothic architecture.

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Alternatively, for a relaxing afternoon, hop onto one of the many little boats that stream down the river. It’s easily one of the more unusual places in Europe to visit when in Czechia

Read more: Best things to do in Prague

9.) Slovak Paradise National Park, Slovakia

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The Slovak Paradise National Park certainly lives up to its name.

Filled with over 300km of marked trails and hiking routes, it’s one of the best places to come and experience the nature here in Slovakia. Make sure to visit some of the impressive caves whilst you’re there, too. 

It’s easily one of the more unusual places in Europe that are sometimes forgotten compared to its big-hitting neighbours like Italy or Croatia. 

After working up an appetite in the national park, grab yourself a traditional dish of Bryndzové pirohy, there little cheese parcels or dumplings that are sent from the heavens. I loved them on our last trip to Slovakia.

Read more: Best things to do in Slovakia

10.) Croatian Islands

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Croatia is one of my favourite coastlines to explore; with the islands of Croatia being some of the prettiest in all of Europe. 

For instance, after perching yourself in Split or Dubrovnik, you can easily explore some of the more unusual places n Europe that are within easy reach of both cities. 

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Honestly, its stunning islands and coastline are just so dreamy, with the island of Pag being no exception.

Once there, make sure you take a dip off Simuni Beach, see the Pag Lace Gallery and visit the Olive Gardens of Lun which has some of oldest olive trees in Croatia.

Read more: Best islands in Croatia to visit

11.) Gotland & Visby, Sweden

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Sweden has a massive amount of thing for us travellers to experience, from the Ice Hotel in the North, Stockholm, Swedish Lapland and Gothenburg in the west, it really is a diverse country.

One place that doesn’t immediately spring to mind is Sweden’s largest island, Gotland.

Make sure to visit the historic city of Visby and see the incredible Visby City Wall, St. Nicolai Ruin and sample some of the city’s seafood in one of the harbour-front restaurants.

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If you’re feeling extra adventurous, head for a tour of Lummelunda Cave, which is Sweden’s longest cave system. It really is one of the more unusual places in Europe to visit when exploring Sweden. 

Read more: Best things to do in Stockholm

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20 Travel Destinations In Europe To Visit In 2021

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The Continent of Europe offers a lot of destinations for all interests and tastes. From sandy beaches to winding mountain trails, from blue coastlines to historical sites dating back to thousands of years, Europe has it all. If you are planning to go to Europe, let me help you out. Here are some of the best travel destinations in Europe you can go for.  

Cheapest Countries To Visit In Europe

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A lot of people believe that when it comes to cheap travel, Europe is not the place to look out for. But, this is not true. Here are some of the cheapest countries Europe has to offer.  

1.Bulgaria

Bulgaria is among the cheapest countries in Europe and with good reason. To start things off, Bulgaria is 80% undiscovered by travelers. Due to this the accommodations, entertainment, and flights here are cheaper than in the majority of the travel destinations in Europe.

2. Romania

If you are looking for a cheap destination in Europe, Romania wins the race. Especially if you head towards the Carpathian mountains. Romania provides a lot of beautiful and mesmerizing sites, and that too at a low cost. 

3. Poland

Poland is only cheap for a few months. Therefore, you should not visit Poland in the summer if you are looking for a cheap trip. The ideal time to travel to Poland is in March and April. 

Best Road Trip Destinations In Europe

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Want to discover the most beautiful places and landscapes in Europe? We have selected for you the best road trip destinations Europe has to offer. So, here we go. 

From Dubrovnik To Pula (Croatia)

The journey will start from Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is a wonderland that is most suitable for road trips. The city has inspired a lot of moviemakers and celebrities to have their holidays there. 

Madeira – Along The Island (Portugal)

You may think that Madeira is one simple island. But, this is not the case. Madeira consists of numerous islands, but the best of these islands is the island of Porto Santos. The Island is famous for its golden sand beach. This is the perfect destination for a road trip because it is peaceful and offers a lot more than just sand and water. 

Honeymoon Destinations In Europe

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Those who seek romance should know that Europe conjures an unforgettable allure. This makes Europe the best continent for honeymooners. Thus, here are the best travel destinations ins Europe you can go for with your love. 

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy is made for love birds. Florence provides a heap of a small-town charm thanks to the pint-sized city center and the winding cobblestone streets. The city offers a lot of mesmerizing destinations for newlyweds. 

Santorini 

Santorini lures couples with its magnificent scenery. Here you can spend your honeymoon hiking in the caldera or you can swim in the famous Aegean sea. 

Family Destinations In Europe

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From touring the colosseum in Rome to playing football in Madrid, Europe provides attractions and activities for tourists of all interests and ages. If you are looking for a suitable family-friendly destination in Europe, let me help you out. Below are some of the best travel destinations in Europe for families. 

London

In case if you didn’t know, London is the world’s most beautiful capital city. The city attracts tourists from all over the globe with its London dungeon, London zoo, and London eye. The majority of the top attractions in London provide guided tours. This makes London the best place for families. 

Amsterdam

The second most suitable family destination is again the capital city. This time we go all the way to Amsterdam. The capital of the Netherlands offers a lot of kid-friendly attractions that include ARTIS Amsterdam Zoo and Zandvoort beach. 

Unique Places To Visit In Europe

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Europe offers a lot of unique places for tourists. Read on below to find out more about the best and unique travel destinations Europe offers. 

Mantua, Italy

Love Italian art and architecture, Mantua Italy is the best place to go to. The place has a lot of hidden surprising and hidden gems. This place is the best for people who are not fond of crowds. 

Cuenca, Spain

Cuenca is a seriously underrated hidden gem in Spain. This medieval city is on the Casa Colgados with hanging houses that seem to dangle off the side of the rock. 

Best Travel Destinations In Europe For Solo Trips

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Traveling solo is always fun. The good thing is that Europe is a continent that always lends itself to solo travelers. The journey itself tends to be short and straightforward. Therefore if you are interested, here are some of the best solo travel destinations in Europe. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Just forget the Dutch capital’s reputation for being stoner tourism. The capital ticks all the boxes for solo travelers. The city is safe, gentle, progressive, and friendly for tourists.

Tresco, Scilly Isles

Scilly isles are earning a reputation for being the subtropical paradise. Tresco is a great choice for solo travelers. It provides affordable cottage rentals and hotels with pools. 

Safest Places To Visit In Europe

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Whenever you go on a trip, safety must be kept optimum. Here are the safest destinations in Europe you could go for. 

Basel, Switzerland

Being a vibrant and culturally exciting city with renowned major attractions, Basel is among the safest places you can go to in Europe. Basel has the lowest crime rate in all of Europe. 

Geneva, Switzerland

Imagine a place that provides beautiful scenery, an extraordinary shopping experience, and is among the safest places in Europe. Welcome to Geneva. 

Historical Places In Europe To visit

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Hello, history lovers! If you are looking for a historical destination, turn your gaze towards Europe. Here are some of the best Historical places Europe has to offer. 

Colosseum, Italy

Ever heard of the mighty Roman empire. The Colosseum is the symbol of power the Romans possessed. Built-in Rome, the largest city in the world at that time, the Colosseum does not require any presentation. It is the largest amphitheater ever built. The Colosseum could hold between 50,000 to 80,000 spectators gathered for the famous gladiatorial contests. 

Stonehenge, Britain

Is it a burial mound or a pagan prayer site? How could the Druids transport these huge and massive sarsen stones? Even 5000 years after construction, archeologists are unable to understand why this magnificent monument was built. 

Hagia Sophia, Turkey

Hagia Sophia has been the symbol of power for two of the world’s greatest empires, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Although the great Christain church was turned into a mosque by the Ottomans after Sultan Mehmed the 2nd conquered Constantinople (Istanbul), and later turned into a museum in the 20th century, the Aya Sophia remains Istanbul’s most cherished landmark. 

Destinations For Food In Europe

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Europe is the best place for all foodies. The continent offers a lot of food destinations. Here is a list of some of the best food destinations in Europe. 

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is known best for the quality of food. The destination offers a lot of delicious food. Ibiza is a heaven for all food lovers. 

Cornwall, England

Cornwall is the best place to go to when you want to eat the best food. The place is full of restaurants that offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Therefore, Cornwall is a must-visit place when going to Europe. 

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17 Best European Destinations for solo travellers

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Europe is probably one of the best destinations for a solo adventure: friendly people, amazing food all around, some relatively inexpensive cities and distances aren’t too wide.

Whether you are thinking about your first solo European trip or whether you are thinking of moving to this part of the world, you must remember that while most of Europe is safe and easy for solo travelers, some cities are more ideal than others. Some destinations are easier because they have excellent public transport and infrastructure, others are ideal because the cost of living is lower, some other cities offer great and friendly local culture.

While, we already know that solo female travellers do it better, (guys, don’t get offended, you will get there too #jokingnotjoking), obviously, you need to have clear ideas in terms of what you are looking for because no place is right for all. Are you looking for fun and parties? Peaceful surroundings and easy transport? Or wild nature?

Here’s Spotahome’s 17 best European cities for solo travelers:

17. Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is one of the most affordable cities in Europe and it is a beautiful place to explore. The city is very safe and you can lie on the beach or walk around the city without having to worry too much about keeping an eye on your stuff. There’s lots of ancient architecture and excellent museums like in any other European city combined with a very interesting nightlife that’s always a great way of meeting up with other travelers and to make new friends.

16. Barcelona, Spain

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The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is the perfect place to visit if you’re a solo travel. It’s not too big and moving around is quite simple. Spain in general is an inexpensive country, and Barcelona is no exception if you avoid the usual tourist traps. Barcelona is one of the very few cities that, since it lies on the beach, boasts the vibe of the big city as well as the chilled energy of the ocean.

15. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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The laid back atmosphere in Amsterdam is actually one of the reasons why I keep going back there. Renting a bike and exploring on two wheels will make you feel like a local since the Netherlands are incredibly bike friendly and it’s a great way to see more and get some exercise at the same time. Everyone speaks English, so getting around and meeting new people is very easy.

14. Bologna, Italy

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Bologna is fantastic for two reasons: the food and the locals. If you found Rome, Milan and Florence too much for you, Bologna will be like a breath of fresh air on your face. It’s one of the most famous university towns in Italy (and in Europe) so you can feel the young vibe all around town.

13. Dublin, Ireland

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Beer lovers should head to Dublin, where the locals are super friendly and the vibrant pub scene is the perfect place to meet new people. Make sure to spend time wandering Dublin’s city center to check out vintage shops, pubs and the famous Trinity College.

12. Rome, Italy

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Rome used to have a bad reputation for solo travellers, but I’ve been there a dozen times and I never had any trouble. Of course, you need to pay attention in crowded museums and on public transport, but seriously it has improved so much in the last two decades. I even have many foreign friends who have moved to Rome and they also never had issues, but instead came back with incredible memories of the food, culture, and men/women 🙂 Italians are always very friendly to foreigners (maybe even too much sometimes?), so you won’t have to struggle to meet locals to hang out with.

11. Turin

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Turin is finally reaching the top of many people’s travel bucket lists. The reason?
Turin is possibly one of Italy’s most charming, unique and vibrant cities. Often forgotten by travellers aiming for the most famous destinations (Rome, Milan and Venice), Turin still feels unspoiled and precious to the fewer tourists. But don’t get mistaken, there is tons to see here, including the fabulous Royal Palace and the majestic Egyptian collection.

10. Berlin

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There are no places like Berlin. It is a young, vibrant, ever-changing city, filled with history and hip bars and clubs. It is the capital of electronic music and a the largest Turkish hub outside Turkey. It features a huge amount of must-see sights, like the Berlin Wall’s East Side Gallery and the Brandenburg Gate, and it will be difficult to see them all only in one visit. It is also one of the cheaper capitals in Europe to visit so your budget won’t be killed while there and almost everyone speaks English.

9. Florence

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Surely one of Europe’s most charming cities, you will feel totally at ease exploring Florence alone. In fact, it might be the best decision since there is so much to see that you’d have to make compromises if you were there with someone else. Many students and expats decide to live here so meeting locals and foreigners isn’t hard. There are many Italian language schools so creating a new network of friends will be super easy.

8. Vienna

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Austria’s capital bursts with charm and positive vibes. Being alone in the City of Music can be the perfect opportunity to indulge in a sacher torte while sipping on a hot drink in a traditional cafe in the city centre. While in Vienna, make sure to go to a
show (or two) at an opera house. Even if you are not a music expert, you will love the scene here. PS: Vienna also ranked in the top five for personal safety rankings in a study for expats this year.

7. Budapest, Hungary

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Eastern Europe is still relatively cheaper than Western Europe, so if you are travelling on a shoestring, Budapest could be a great option for your budget. Not many know that this city is actually made of two cities Buda and Pest divided by the Danube River. Despite being smaller than other metropolis, the city is packed with things to do and see as well as great food and a great public transport system.
PS: if you are looking for nightlife, there are dozens of nightclubs and bars in old warehouses and abandoned buildings.

6. Paris, France

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Paris may be the city of love, but that doesn’t mean that solo travellers aren’t welcome. In fact, the city attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year, so meeting fellow travellers will be easier than you think. One of the things I love the most doing while travelling alone is taking my time to admire galleries and museums, so remember that by travelling to Paris alone, you will have the change to wander around the Louvre (and all other attractions) for as long as you like soaking up history and art like never before. You can also sit at one of the many cafes and just watch life and fashionable Parisians passing by.

5. London, UK

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London’s large size can be overwhelming for a solo traveller, but it is quite possibly one of the easiest cities to explore thanks to its excellent public transport system and the fact that everyone, obviously, speaks English. Walking about London is also one of the best way to really see how diverse the British capital is. There’s Hampstead, with its pretty houses, there is edgy Shoreditch with its bearded hipsters, but also Brixton and Soho. It’s impossible to get bored in London, so make sure to get a nice flat white from one of its many cute coffee shops.

4. Seville, Spain

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This cute and small Spanish city is perfect for solo travelers looking for a sunny destination filled with activities and social gatherings. Set right in the middle of Andalusia, Seville features a mix of north-African, European and Jewish cultures which are reflected both on the architecture and the local cuisine. Surely, you will be invited to some underground bars to dance flamenco since Spanish locals are probably among the friendliest in Europe and food and lodging is quite cheap.

3. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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I used to travel to Luxembourg very often when I was in my old corporate job in London. I must admit that I used to spend most of my time at the offices but a few times I decided to spend the weekend there and…what a nice surprise! Luxembourg is minuscule in comparison to most other countries in Europe and beyond, but I guess this is what makes it special. The compact size of the city makes it perfect to walk around. Another plus is given by the fact that being off most tourists route, you can almost feel like you are visiting an unspoilt and traditional place. There are hundreds of expats living in Luxembourg (many corporations have their European HQs there for tax reasons), so you will find a surprising large international community for such a tiny city.

2. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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I was in Ljubljana for my birthday this year and I absolutely fell in love with the city (and the rest of Slovenia!).
I am glad I went this year, because I think it will be a much more popular destination in a few years. It’s still relatively cheap and it has a laid back vibe, it features tons of edgy coffee shops and bars and it’s a place I could definitely call home for a while.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

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With Iceland being named the most peaceful country in Europe according to last year’s Global Peace Index, safety is rarely a concern for travellers in Reyjavik. If on one hand, the capital is quite pricey and travelling around can be challenging without a car, there are many ways to beat the exchange rate, like joining one of the free city walking tours and eating at the most popular spot in town, the Baejarins Beztu Pysur hot dog stand (yes, the one Kim Kardashian went to).
Iceland, not only Reykjavik, offer city lovers and nature lovers enough reasons to fall in love with the country and Icelancers are meant to be some of the most sociable and friendly people in the world so making new friends won’t be hard for a solo traveler.

And you? Where did you travel solo and felt A M A Z I N G ? Have we missed any destinations? Let us know in the comment below!

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Travel for Teens:The Best 2 Week Europe Trip Itinerary

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This Europe trip itinerary for teens is the perfect way to spend 2 weeks in several different countries. If you only have one week in Europe, discover these 20 Europe Trip Itinerary Ideas. 

My friend is taking her teenage daughter on a surprise 2 week Europe trip for her sweet 16 birthday this summer, and I promised to help her plan the itinerary. They are about to take a trip of a lifetime together and they have a big bucket list to get through. It’s an ambitious itinerary, but with just the two of them and the ease of getting around Europe, it’s totally doable and the best way to travel Europe in 2 weeks.

Here are the European countries on their bucket list:

  • England: London
  • France: Paris & The Loire Valley
  • Italy: Lake Como & Rome
  • Greece: Kefalonia

Europe is such a great place to travel for teens. There are so many iconic sites, beautiful scenery, culture, and history that it is hard to be bored when you visit. Even in this article about travel for teens, the top five destinations are in Europe! Maybe you could even get them to put their phones down and take in the sites, or at least take a good selfie with them.

I personally love traveling with teens. They have so much energy and excitement about the world and they’re so much less needy than my little kids (who I also love traveling with). It’s just a completely different experience and I love seeing the world through their eyes.

Travel can be so good for teens too. It can really help them come out of their shell and help them to realize that the world is bigger than their friends and family and that there are so many different ways to live. Here are just a few benefits of travel for teens:

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Benefits of travel for teens

  • Teaches Organization: Traveling takes a lot of organization to be able to create an itinerary and follow through.
  • Encourages Budgeting: Travel costs money, and it’s important for teens to learn how to save their money and to learn to spend it on important things, like travel, rather than on things they don’t really need.
  • Breaks Stereotypes: It can be so easy for people to believe stereotypes about different countries and cultures. If there’s one thing that travel teaches us, it’s that people are essentially all the same, despite our country of origin.
  • Teaches Problem Solving: It doesn’t matter how much planning goes into your travels, something is bound to go wrong. Traveling as a teenager helps them to practice problem-solving in a safe environment with an adult present. On my last trip to Italy with my teenage niece, our taxi driver drove off with my phone and wallet. She was able to remain calm and help problem solve until we came to a resolution.
  • Teaches Individualism: Traveling really does help you to discover who you are, and this is true for teens too.

Europe Itinerary 2 Weeks

Europe is also a great trip for teens because you can hit so many different countries and cultures in a short period of time. This is a great list of the best European countries to visit with kids. 

I’ve organized this two-week European itinerary to move smoothly between countries and to have very unique experiences in each destination. It’s a good mix of cultures and active, fun, and educational activities that should keep teenagers engaged and active, ready to make memories with you.

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First Stop Day 1-3: London

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London! Your first stop on your 2 week Europe trip! It’s a great place to start. You can immerse yourself in a new culture without the stress of a language barrier for the first few days.

Fly into London: Getting to Europe is pretty easy. There are so many amazing flight deals year round. Keep an eye on flights until you find the best deals. It can be tricky traveling with teens because of their demanding school and activity schedules. It’s a good idea to find out if they can do any kind of independent study so that you can go to Europe during the offseason, which will be much less crowded, cheaper, and more enjoyable. To find the best flights, check out my guide to finding cheap flights here where I discuss all the tricks and tools I use to find killer deals, especially to Europe! I’m taking my almost teen 12-year-old to London this spring and I found tickets for $300 Round Trip.

-What to do in London-

Spend time in this incredible city full of history and culture for three days. You could honestly spend weeks, months, and even years in this city and still not see everything. With only three days in London, I recommend using my London Itinerary Guide and selecting your 3 favorite days. I suggest following Day 1: London’s Main Sites, Day 4: Ancient History, and Day 6: Harry Potter (if you’re into that, and why wouldn’t you be?!).

You can use this interactive map of my favorite London itinerary to help you plan this part of your Europe trip to London:

If you’re taking kids on this Europe trip, be sure to read my awesome list of things to do in London with kids. And if you’re looking for an itinerary that’s a little bit different and you’re a Paddington Bear fan, be sure to read Paddington’s Guide to London…it’s adorable!

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Perfect London Itinerary
London with Kids
Paddington’s Guide to London
Christmas in London

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Second Stop Day 4-6: Paris

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The best way to get from London to Paris is to take the Eurostar. Taking the Eurostar from London to Paris is the easiest and quickest way to get from city to city. I love that this train, that goes under the English Channel takes you from one city center to another. Flying is fine, but getting between the airports and the cities can be a huge pain. Even if the Eurostar costs a little bit more, be sure to add the cost of trains or taxis from the airport into your flight costs. You can book your Eurostar tickets through ACP Rail International. I use them all the time and they are trustworthy.

Book Eurostar Tickets Here

-What to do in Paris-

Your next three days will be spent in the city of Light! With so many things to do in Paris, narrowing down where to go and what to do can be challenging. I’ve narrowed down my favorite sites and activities that you can easily see in three days. I recommend, of course, going up the Eiffel Tower, and also seeing it sparkle at night, dining on some delicious French food, visiting all the parks you can, climbing up to Montmartre, visiting Notre Dame, and as many museums as you can fit in.

For a more extensive guide to Paris, follow my Paris Walking Guide. And if you’re visiting Paris with kids, be sure to read my Family Guide to Paris. Be sure to eat all the good food you can by following my Paris Food Guide. This is my favorite hotel in Paris.

Here is an interactive map of Paris

If you don’t want to spend all three days in Paris and are feeling like getting away from the big city, rent a car and take one of these amazing day trips from Paris. 

Book Your Stay in Paris

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Paris Itinerary
Paris with Kids
Paris Food Guide
Day Trips From Paris

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Third Stop Day 7-10: Rome

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My favorite way to get from Paris to Rome is to take the overnight train. It’s about a 14-hour train ride with a quick train change in Milan. If you wanted to spend more time in Milan or even a day in Lake Como (one of my favorite places in the world), you could take the overnight and take the train to Rome the following day.

Book Train Tickets Here

-What to do in Rome-

Rome is such a beauty! Another city that deserves more than a few days, but you can definitely make your time here count. You can read my guide to One Day in Rome or my Family Guide to Rome. I highly suggest doing a Vespa Tour and a Food Tour in while you’re in Rome. Airbnb and TripAdvisor have some great tours. Be sure to see the Colosseum, Pantheon, and eat all the gelato, pasta, and pizza you can!

Book Your Stay in Rome

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How to Survive Train Travel in Italy
Best Places to Visit in Italy

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Fourth Stop Day 11-14: Greece

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Spend the last few days of your Europe trip relaxing on the beach in Greece. My all-time favorite island in Greece is Kefalonia.  It’s got everything to offer for your first taste of Greece. Kefalonia is an easy flight from Rome and an easy flight back to London if you’re flying home through there. Ryanair offers amazing deals within Europe and flies to Kefalonia regularly.

-What to do in Kefalonia-

Kefalonia, Greece has so much to offer including friendly locals, inexpensive lodging, stunning scenery, incredible history, beautiful beaches, fabulous weather, and tasty food. Kefalonia is easily drivable, and I suggest you visit the whole island, taking in all of the sites and trying all the local food you can. There are plenty of great lodging options on the island from resorts to Airbnbs. Read my Guide to Kefalonia, Greece to learn all about this amazing island.

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What to do in Kefalonia, Greece
How to Fly for Cheap or Nearly Free

I hope you have an amazing time on this two week itinerary of Europe! If you have any questions, suggestions, or just a story to share, please get in touch on Facebook or Instagram.

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Europe With Kids – Top 10 Places for an Amazing European Family Vacation

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Best Places To Visit On Your European Family Holidays

So you want to visit Europe with kids?   But where on earth do you go-with such a huge continent and hundreds of interesting cities to travel to?   Well look no further-choose from these 10 best places for your European family holidays.

Europe is quite easy to explore. There are budget airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair that offer heavily discounted flights between cities.  You can also travel by Eurorail and get multi city passes with discounts for children.

Top 10 Places To Visit In Europe With Children



Barcelona, Spain

Teeanger at Guell Park in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the best places to visit in Europe with kids.  This city has whimsical architecture from the famous Spanish artist Gaudi. Kids can play in Guell Park and see the mosaic lizard! Football fans will have a great time touring Camp Nou stadium (home to FC Barcelona).  Toddlers will be entertained by the Magic Fountain.


Crete, Greece

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Crete is one of the beautiful Greek islands. With gorgeous bright blue waters and sandy beaches this is a great place to travel to on your Europe family holidays.  Teenagers will enjoy a cooking class to learn to make tasty Greek food! Visiting an olive oil farm, a glass bottom boat ride and riding a horse through the olive groves are some of the fun family friendly activities.


Rome, Italy

Family at Colloseum in Rome

Rome is a must do on your Europe family travel. This city has great food, a fascinating history and great boutique shopping.  Babies and toddlers will love the yummy gelato (Italian ice cream), children will enjoy riding an electric bike in Borghese park and teenagers will like exploring the Colosseum, a Wonder of the World! 


Istanbul, Turkey

Boy in Mosque in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world and a great place to visit in Europe with kids. East meets West here as the city straddles both Asia and Europe. Your teenagers will love exploring the exotic Grand Bazaar and children will like the eerie Basilica Cistern. You can have a family hamam (Turkish bath).


London, United Kingdom

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London is a great city to visit on your Europe family trip. Babies and toddlers will love seeing the changing of the guard, children will enjoy the scary London Dungeons and your teenagers will have a blast riding the London Eye. Don’t forget to stop at a sweet shop for some yummy chocolate and candy!


Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is a historic town with fairytale castles. Babies and toddlers will have fun chasing the peacocks in the royal gardens, children will be enchanted by a horse and carriage ride through the cobblestone streets.  Teenagers will have a great time riding a bobsleigh down the hill! Don’t miss out on Prague on your family travels to Europe


Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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Tenerife is one of the sunny Canary Islands. Enjoy a beach family holiday in Europe with a Spanish twist.  Your teenagers can learn to surf, babies and toddlers will adore the animal parks and children will have a great time at the water parks! Finish your day with some tasty tapas!


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Family Bike Ride In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a great city to visit in Europe with kids. There are lots of quirky museums and you can explore the canals on a pedal boat. Teenagers will be fascinated by Anne Frank’s house after reading her diary in school. Children will like the treasure hunt at the Van Gogh museum. Babies and toddlers will enjoy the flower market.


Paris, France

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Paris is one of the most popular places to visit in Europe with kids. Kids love seeing the gargoyles on the Notre Dame church, climbing the Eiffel tower and riding a carousel in one of the beautiful Paris parks.  Stop by a bakery to pick out one of the yummy mini cakes or chocolate croissant.


Venice, Italy

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Venice is a unique town with canals instead of streets! Children will love a gondola ride. You can stay on nearby Lido island and enjoy the beaches and bike rides through the villages. Don’t miss the tour of the Murano glass factory and feeding pigeons in the square. Great place to travel to in Europe with kids.

Enjoy your European family vacation! Be sure to come back and share your photos and memories!

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12 Of the Absolute Best Places to Travel in Europe With Kids

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Wondering where to go in Europe with kids? When looking to travel to Europe with your family you have a whole host of stunning options.

How do you know which destinations will be best suited for your children and allow you to have a great time together? Unfortunately, not all destinations are very kid-friendly.

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So in order to compile a helpful list of best places to travel in Europe with kids, we called on the help of well-travelled families to share their expertise of travelling with their kids around this beautiful continent.

Asking them for their opinions and collating the results to bring you the 12 best destinations to travel Europe with kids!

Here are the best places to travel in Europe with kids.

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best family vacations in Europe

Europe is a wonderland of green fields, lush mountains, blue seas and so much more. It’s also a very family friendly destination with many of the best cities to travel in Europe with kids! The transport is easy and generally language is communicable. You can also visit Europe all year round – here is a great post about when to visit Europe.

We find that the absolute best family holidays in europe are always the ones that we found to be a joy to travel around with the children!

These places and cities offered so many fun and exciting activities and outings to do as a family that you may want to consider on your next European family vacation!

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1. Sweden with Kids

Stockholm: Best Family Vacations In Europe

Stockholm: Best Family Vacations In Europe

Sweden and especially Stockholm was voted as one of the best places in Europe for kids! It’s popular among families for good reason.

There are many different attractions, scenic gardens and parks to visit and it’s a stroller friendly destination and one of the best european family vacations!

Where to Go with Kids in Sweden:

There are loads of museums and galleries for some great educational visits and many zoos and amusement parks to keep the kids entertained across various cities in Sweden, however Stockholm is one of our favorites!

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Stockholm with kids:

Stockholm Kids Attractions:

It’s also an English speaking country so you’ll have no problem communicating your needs and getting them met on this European vacation with kids!

If you are looking for the best way to move around town, you can book your Stockholm taxi here!

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2. Austria with Kids

Austria: where to go in Europe with kids

Austria: where to go in Europe with kids

If you are looking for a great country to visit with kids, it’s hard to beat Austria. It has the oldest amusement park in the world, salt mines that are walkable, the world’s biggest ice caves as well as dinosaur parks.

Where to Go with Kids in Austria:

Austria has a plethora of interesting things to do and fun places to visit that will excite the whole family! A country characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture and fascinating history and rugged alpine terrain.

From the world’s oldest amusement park to the world’s largest ice cave, here are the best things to do in Austria in Europe with kids:

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Salzburg Kids Attractions

This means that there are a variety of different ways to keep your children entertained no matter how old they are. No wonder this country is a hot favourite as one of the best places to travel in Europe with kids!

The best time to visit Austria is in April and May or September and October. The weather tends to be mild, it’s not as crowded as the busy summer months and hotel rates are generally cheaper during this time.

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3. Croatia with Kids

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BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN EUROPE WITH KIDS

Not many people realize just how family friendly Croatia is. The best time to visit this country is in June or September when it’s not as crowded or hot.

Croatia is one of the best places in Europe with kids because throughout Croatia, you will find that there are strong family values which makes it a very welcoming country for those that are travelling with children.

Where to Go with Kids in Croatia:

Croatia has many safe beaches and hiking trails that suit all abilities, as well as a handful of interactive museums and ancient towns and fortresses that will make the kids feel like they’re in a fairytale!

Some of our favorite destinations in Croatia include both Dubrovnik and Split. Here are some ideas of what to do in both of these:

Dubrovnik Kids Attractions
  • See the scenery marine life, and discover amazing caves from a sea kayak! Book your 3-hour tour here.
  • Explore the Old Town walls and castles in the historic center!
Split Kids Attractions

Many individuals will go above and beyond to make sure that the needs of you and your children are met throughout your time here. Our kids really loved their trip through Austria and without a doubt I can confidenty say that is is one of the best places for kids in Europe.

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4. The Netherlands with Kids

Netherlands: best places in Europe for kids

Netherlands: best places in Europe for kids

Holland is one of the best places in Europe to visit with kids and has numerous attractions that will make your family vacation fun and unforgettable! From zoos to historical squares and lively markets!

We love how children are often catered to and you can easily find someone who speaks English if you are in need of assistance.

Where to Go with Kids in Netherlands

Public transportation is incredibly efficient, so you can easily explore the country and see a lot of the attractions.

But of course we know that most of you would be keen to explore Amsterdam, so here are some of our favorite kids attractions in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Kids Attractions:

It’s a good idea to purchase a Museumkaart because it will allow you to access a lot of different attractions, and many times, skip the lines.

We really believe that the Netherlands is one of the best places to travel europe with kids, whether they are young or older! You can find more info on what to do with kids in Amsterdam here.

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5. England with Kids

London, UK: best places in Europe with kids

London, UK: best places in Europe with kids

Another one of the top favourite countries that proudly takes up its place on the best places to visit in Europe with kids list. The locals speak English, there are efficient public transportation systems in place and the locals are very friendly.

All our favorite features to tick the boxes as one of the best places to visit with kids in Europe.

Where to Go with Kids in England:

We love visiting London with our kids. There’s also so much for kids to do, including going on a Harry Potter Tour, riding the tube to a local market, visiting Legoland or taking a trek to see Big Ben. Here is a list of our favorite kids attractions:

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In fact, because there’s just so many attractions and sights to see throughout the country, you may find yourself having to save some of the sights you wanted to see for your next trip as there just won’t be enough time to do it all.

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6. Italy with Kids

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Italy was a favourite of ours when traveling around Europe with kids. With a beautiful Mediterranean coastline and ancient ruins and famous art and historic influences, there is so much to be discovered for the whole family!

Don’t forget to enjoy some gelato or a good slice of pizza while you are in Italy.

Where to Go with Kids in Italy:

Italy is a large country that can take up to 12 hours to travel from one side to the other, so you may want to choose a particular part of Italy to visit with your family in Europe.

We spent 3 months traveling around Italy with our kids and there are so many wonderful places to visit. I know that Rome and Florence are two popular destinations, so here are some ideas of what to do in each:

Rome Kids Attractions:

The Colosseum is enjoyed by a lot of travellers as it’s very unique. Make sure you also take your children to the Spanish Steps as long as they are up for a bit of a climb.

Florence Kids Attractions:

Many families make Italy their top choice for travel each year. There’s a lot to do here, no matter how old your children are. It might just be my pick as the best place in Europe for kids – but don’t just take my word for it, book your trip and try it out for yourself!

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7. Belgium with Kids

Brussels Belgium: best places in Europe to visit with kids

Brussels Belgium: best places in Europe to visit with kids

Known for its waffles, how could families not love Belgium? This country is smaller compared to other countries in Europe, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in culture and food.

Where to Go with Kids in Belgium:

Belguim is a great country to explore with kids as you can easily move around by train. We absolutely adore Brussels and Bruges. Here are some suggestions of kids attractions in both of these beautiful cities:

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Traveling Tip: Best way to get around Brussels is by taxi. You can book your Brussels taxi here

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8. Spain with Kids

Gran Canaria, Spain: best places in Europe for kids

Gran Canaria, Spain: best places in Europe for kids

This country isn’t just for adults. Children can have a great time here too. It has a rich history and plenty of places to explore.

Where to Go with Kids in Spain:

Spain is a beautiful country with so much to offer any type of traveler. Thanks to the country’s high-speed trains, you can access a lot of destinations in a short period of time, but Barcelona were one of our favorites for the kids!

Barcelona Kids Attractions:

Families can also enjoy a lot of historic treasures including Isabella’s Alcazar and Sagrada Familia.

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9. Germany with Kids

Germany with Kids

Germany with Kids

One of the main reasons why Germany is a great destination to travel to with children is that it has affordable public transportation. This means that you can save money by not having to rent a car and can splurge on some of the many activities here.

A lot of individuals do speak English in this country and are more than happy to help tourists with whatever they need.

The winter months are the best time to visit Germany with children as travelers can visit the memorable Berlin Christmas markets.

Where to Go with Kids in Germany:

Families will love the interactive museums and informative outings to keep the kids entertained while exploring the best places in Germany to travel with kids!

You can start out by planning your trip around popular destinations such as Berlin and Munich.

Berlin Kids Attractions:
  • Explore the many sights and landmarks in Berlin on a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour.
  • Take the kids to the Legoland Discovery Center!
  • Visit the Berlin Zoo and Tierpark
Munich Kids Attractions:
  • Kids will love the amazing fairytale-like castles from Munich! Book your day trip here.
  • Explore the beautiful parks and incredible architecture of the churches and cathedrals.

Germany is definitely one of the best places in Europe for kids, with its other worldly charm with castles and medieval towns and all the mythical parks and safe outdoor areas to explore.

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10. Denmark with Kids

Denmark: European Family Vacation

Denmark: European Family Vacation

Wondering where to go with kids in Europe that is a little under-the-radar? 

Denmark is often forgotten about when planning family travel to Europe. It’s a shame as it’s very family-friendly. The public transportation system is extremely efficient which makes it easy to see a lot of the sights while you are here.

Many businesses will go out of their way to accommodate families, and children in Denmark are rarely made to feel unwelcome by the locals!

Where to go with Kids in Denmark:

Copenhagen is a great city to visit with little ones as there’s a lot to do. The Tivoli Gardens was one of our favorites and has theatres, gardens and plenty of rides to keep children entertained. We can also recommend Odense.

Here are some ideas of what to do in each of these destinations.

Copenhagen Kids Attractions:
Odense Kids Attractions:
  • Navigate the charming streets and lovely green parks all around
  • Take the kids to Odense Zoo to see all the animals and shows
  • Enjoy the museums

Denmark is filled with theme parks, amusement parks, zoos and child-friendly beaches that make it one of the best places to travel in Europe with kids.

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11. France with Kids

France with Kids

France with Kids

Being one of the most popular countries to visit for all travelers, it should come as no surprise that France is a great place for families to visit in Europe!

Hower as a word of caution, whilst we list France as one of the best places to take kids in Europe, I didn’t find their culture as welcoming to babies and toddlers. Perfect for older kids though!

Where to Visit in France with Kids:

France has many alpine villages and breathtaking architecture to explore and has many gardens and outdoor activities that make it a great place for a European family vacation!

Of course you can’t go to France and not visit Paris, but we also really love places such as Nice and Colmar for family trips too.

Paris Kids Attractions:

Kids will create memories they cherish forever as they find themselves in awe looking at the Eiffel Tower, enjoy the exhibits at The Natural History Museum and be amazed at the Paris Catacombs.

It is also great to rent a car and go on a road trip to see cities such as Nice and Colmar!

Tip: Despite having a decent public transportation system, you may find yourself doing a lot of walking. Make sure you plan for plenty of breaks and wear comfortable shoes.

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12. Czech with Kids

Prague: best European countries to visit with kids

Prague: best European countries to visit with kids

Czech is one of the most fascinating countries to visit with kids in Europe. It’s full of historical sights and amazing castles with intricate infrastructure, and has many medieval museums to explore!

After the endless stream of exhibitions and walking gets to the kids, it’s also a great place to find some fun child-specific attractions!

Where to go in Czech with Kids:

Czech is a country of many wonders, but one of the best European cities for Kids has to be its capital, Prague. Children often travel free or for a discounted price and have cheaper admission fees to many of the attractions!

Prague Kids Attractions:
  • Visit the Prague Castle and explore its fairytale-like wonder! Grab your small group tour here.
  • Visit Mořský Svět, the country’s largest water tank that is filled with lots of fish!
  • Enjoy the rides at Prague’s Aquapalace waterworld! Grab your tickets online here.
  • Check out the National Technical Museum, which is an oversized room stuffed with huge locomotives and old-fashioned cars.
  • The kids will love the Prague Zoo. It’s a well-tended zoo with an extensive collection of exotic animals.

Typically completely forgotten about, Czech definately deserves a spot on the best places to go in Europe with kids listicle.

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Summary of the Best Family Holiday Destinations in Europe

I know that was probably a bit of a mouth full and I thought it might be a good idea to quickly give you an easy to scan list of best European countries to visit with kids which were mentioned above:

  1. Sweden
  2. Austria
  3. Croatia
  4. Netherlands
  5. England
  6. Italy
  7. Belgium
  8. Spain
  9. Germany
  10. Denmark
  11. France
  12. Czech

Hopefully one of those kid-friendly countries in Europe made your heart fill with excitement.

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Final Thoughts on Your Next European Family Vacation

Europe is a continent that is full of magic and awe-inspiring places that you don’t need to be an adult to appreciate! These were some of the best European vacations with kids.

From the magnificent castles to the cultural ebbs and flows of each incredibly unique place, there is just so much hidden in the mountains and valleys of this vast continent.

These amazing cities were easy to explore with children, and offered safe environments and efficient transport systems that made them some of the best places for family vacations in Europe!

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Best Places to Travel in Europe with Kids

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Leave us a Comment:

  • Have you been to any of these destinations with your kids? Did you have a fabulous time there?
  • Do you have any recommendations on the best family vacations in Europe that you can add to our list?

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Europe Places to Go, See and Visit. Castles, museums and art galleries, history, cathedrals, sunny beaches, alpine retreats, gardens and national parks as well as the many diverse cities and villages that dot the European continent await discovery.

About Europe Places

If your looking for fun, entertainment, history, arts, music, culture, sports, beaches and mountain adventure Europe has plenty of places to visit. No one in their lifetime can hope to explore all of them.

We have chosen some of the well known Europe places to go, see and visit, as well as many off the main routes.

Europe History

Europe is the result of the geological movements over millions of years and the changing weather conditions. Man has occupied this continent for at least many thousands of years, changing the pristine landscape to cities, towns and vast tracts of cultivated lands. Yet there is plenty of nature to explore, from the snow covered high mountains of Switzerland to the stunning island vistas of Greece.

Europe Travel

Much of Europe is easily accessible via road, train, ferry, plane, bicycles and on foot. Information on places to stay, cafés, restaurants, where to shop, travel information and where can kids have fun are answers to questions most visitors would seek at some time before planning where to go.

Before deciding where to go and where to stay, a bit of planning will pay large dividends for your enjoyment. After all, you can vacation Europe in style or perhaps longer on a budget.

Restaurants in Europe

The cuisines of Europe are well known around the world, the best examples are usually found in their home country. Restaurants in Europe cater for diverse tastes, you will find excellent Italian, French, Spanish, Greek and other European restaurants, but also Mexican, South American, Asian, Indian, Mid East and African.

European Wine Culture

Famed regions of France produce wonderful wines, from places such as Champagne and Bordeaux to Burgundy. Wines from Europe, of course, do not end there.

Although wine making existed before the Romans, they spread their wine culture to every corner of their Empire. From the delicate to the robust tasty wines of Germany, Spain, Italy and Greece and beyond, you can find great wines available in most places throughout Europe.

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Europe Tourist Maps – Find the routes to take in as much as you may want with the time you have.

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A famous French song says “I love Paris in May when suddenly everything comes to life, happy to see the sun shining”.

 

Paris is sublime in the spring but it is worth a visit at any time of the year. Culturally unrivaled, Paris is the destination to put on top of your travel bucket list if you like cultural city breaks. The museums of Paris house the greatest masterpieces but its streets, alleys, artist workshops are all to be enjoyed! Picasso, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Brancusi, Yves Klein, Modigliani, but also Molière, Zola, Hugo lived in “the most beautiful city in the world. 

Paris combines Rome and Berlin’s treasures in one. The city is very lively, both historic and very modern and art is simply everywhere! For centuries Paris has been setting the tone for the whole country, Europe and the world. Paris is everything: gastronomy, romance, elegance, madness, beauty… Paris is a city of human experiences: walk and get lost in its beautiful alleys and parks in the Luxembourg Gardens or the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.

 

Treat yourself to a delicious ice cream on Ile Saint-Louis, be dazzled by Klein’s blue colour at the Pompidou Museum, take a walk in the Marais district or find a rare object at the Saint-Ouen Flea market. 

 

Discover the best of Paris by booking your flights to Paris, your transfer from the airport, your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Paris such as a “3-course Dinner cruise with Panorama” on the River Seine. Travel more, spend less! Book now

 

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