Europe is a jolly place to be any time of the year. But when Christmas time rolls around, some places become nothing short of magical. It all starts at the Christmas markets sprinkled throughout the continent. From Finland to France, unwrap the wonder of European Christmas markets with this gallery. Then, find your way here in December to experience it firsthand.
The majesty and power of the Atlantic Ocean has shaped European experiences and cultures from Celtic to Moorish. Navigate and explore glaciers, fjords, and craggy highlands encircled by dramatic black-sand beaches in the far north. Feel the inviting warmth of Irish culture in one-of-a-kind music and cooking throughout charming villages between vast expanses of emerald-green hills. Relax on enchanting beaches and sip rich wine in fishing towns and medieval villages. Surf and savor fresh seafood or Port alongside the golden cliffs of Algarve and discover a balance of world-renowned cities. Ride the wild and storied waves of history throughout Europe’s inspiring Atlantic shores.
The town of Cangas del Narcea in Asturias, Spain hosts a celebration of the region’s ancient wine-making tradition every October. The streets are filled with stalls selling traditional products and showcasing local crafts. Visitors can also participate in the many activities scheduled for the Festival.
At times, Europe exudes luxury unlike anywhere in the world. And it’s no more evident than at the continent’s many lavish palaces. From Portugal to Latvia, Europe’s most refined palaces are the definition of luxury. Explore some of the grandest of Europe’s palaces in this breathtaking photo gallery.
Push your limits at Europe’s most exhilarating and unusual theme parks!
In spite of a turbulent history, the remarkable legacy of the Jewish faith is readily found all over Europe. Whether you practice Judaism or not, there is much to discover and enjoy in Europe’s many Jewish heritage sites.
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Romance is everywhere in Europe. But along the coast and in the small harbor towns, romance is inevitable. From seaside villages in Italy to beaches in Latvia, browse some of the most romantic coastal spots in Europe. Then, treat your sweetheart to the ultimate getaway.
Europe has a well-connected railway system. Not only does this make travel super convenient, but it also shows off some of the best views in Europe. From coastlines to alpine peaks, you can see the most scenic vistas of Europe.
The Tour de France and the Giro de Italia have made Europe synonymous with cycling. But you donʼt have to be a pro to enjoy the pleasures of pedaling past beautiful countryside and historic sites. Europe is covered with cycle routes and footpaths so you can enjoy the region at your own pace
The aurora borealis, one of natureʼs most mysterious and entertaining phenomenon, has fascinated Scandinavian visitors and locals for generations, starting with the Vikings of old. Witnessing the spectacular light show and discovering the Northern Lights are only the beginning of your remarkable journey.
In the search for natural beauty and wildlife, each European mountain region has unique experiences and a character of its own. The deep gorges, snow-capped peaks, and glacial views of Europe are accessed by well-maintained trails creating more than just a paradise for skilled hikers and winter sport enthusiasts. Mountain lovers of all ages can ascend and experience the lakes, alpine trains and unique cultures that flourish in and around European mountains.
Europe is a place rich with history and culture. From Stonehenge in Great Britain to The Alps in Switzerland, the landmarks and sites of magnificent Europe will inspire your travels for years to come. Take it all in with a landmark trip through Europe on your next two-week getaway to some of Europe’s most iconic locations.
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Pilgrimage sites exist all over Europe, from ancient and modern times. Follow these fascinating roads to majestic churches, cathedrals, monasteries, abbeys and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Beyond their spiritual aspects, sacred destinations of Europe hold great artistic and cultural value. Explore these religious sites and consider faith’s effects on history, trade and culture.
With a large number of scenic landscapes along the Danube, with many under state or international protection, your romantic trip begins with a relaxing cruise. Segments of the river are important, beautiful and deserve attention and respect, but only the whole of the Danube connects the different worlds and traditions of the heart of Europe.
Europe offers some of the most breathtaking vineyards, luscious grapes, and flavorful wines in the entire world. It’s no wonder people travel from near and far to taste and experience the best European wines. Pour a glass and enjoy a few of Europe’s beautiful regions on this detailed wine-tasting trip.
If your European vacation includes the words “birdie,” “par” and “eagle,” then these golf courses are must-visit spots for you. Tee off at eight of Europe’s most pristine golf courses from the level greens of Malta to the towering cliffs of Portugal. No matter what type of course you’re looking for, Europe is bound to have it.
Rich with diversity and beaming with culture, Europe is home to everything from pride parades to museums that celebrate the LGBT community. You can find an entire district of high-end shopping in one city – then go skiing down whitewashed mountains in the next. So inspire your upcoming European stay with some of the area’s most enticing settings.
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Before planes, trains and automobiles, Europeans traveled by foot to visit famous religious sites. Today, many tourists embark on Europe’s religious routes to explore their spirituality, experience an epic adventure, and learn more about European culture. No matter what their motivations may be, every traveler seems to get their spiritual fix on these European pilgrimages.
The fame of the Fiesta del Marisco (Seafood Festival) has travelled beyond Galiciaʼs borders and each year more and more visitors are drawn to the quality and variety of the best gastronomic products from the Rías Bajas. You can see and taste them on the stands at the fairground, prepared in traditional or innovative ways, while enjoying the traditional music and dance performances.
Europe is unique in every way. So, it’s no coincidence that it offers some of the most unique lodging options in the world. Whether you’re backpacking through Spain or you’re a spending a month in Norway for school, you’re sure to find an unforgettable place to sleep at night. Consider this gallery your guide to some of the most unique places to stay in Europe.
Hungry for a fulfilling cultural experience? Europe offers no shortage of delicious choices when it comes to food-centric festivals and gastronomy trails. From a bizarre city-sponsored tomato-throwing event in Buñol, Spain, to a celebration of oysters in Galway, Ireland, there is a food festival that is sure to please any palate.
Europe’s cities are filled with every style of architecture imaginable. Oftentimes, these styles coexist side by side and somehow make each city even greater than the sum of its parts. Government buildings, hundreds of years old, stand in regal fashion next to sleek, modern museums and libraries, making for an enjoyable juxtaposition that just begs to be captured by your camera. From old castles in San Marino to grandiose Lithuanian cathedrals, you’ll be inspired by the markedly different buildings designed by the famous architects of Europe. Scandinavia offers some prime examples of Contemporary architecture. Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen,