Best Destinations in Europe

Updated: November 16, 2017

  • Top Tip for Visiting Europe: Arrive and depart from different cities to save the time, hassle, and expense of retracing your steps to catch your return flight.
  • July and August are packed everywhere in Europe. June and September have great weather and any beach on the Mediterranean is still wonderful. And for outdoor sightseeing April, May, October, and early November are pleasant in most of Europe.
  • If you’re a museum lover then January and February see wonderfully short lines at the top attractions in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Florence, and Rome. The weather is miserable outside but these big cities have lots to see indoors.

The 15 Best Places to Visit in Europe

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Places in Europe: Best boat tours and canals in Europe.
One of my absolute favorite cities in Europe. A wonderful city center that’s as pedestrian and bike friendly as you’ll find. Loaded with fun cafes, restaurants, great museums, and leafy parks. Perhaps more than any European city Amsterdam is a place you’ll want to live in after your first day.

London, England

Places in Europe: Best city for luxury shopping in Europe
Everyone knows London is filled to bursting with world class sights and museums. What might be surprising is all the great untouristy markets, shops, neighborhoods, cafes, and restaurants. Be sure to get away from the most popular attractions and seek out local London.

Galway, Ireland

Places in Europe: Best small city in Europe.
Dublin has become a thriving international city where it can be hard to find the Irish culture you came here to experience. In Galway you really feel like you’re in Ireland. The town itself has a wonderful vibe and there’s tons to see within a 90 minute drive.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Places in Europe: Best small capital city in Europe.
Reykjavik is the cool capital of Europe. Great nightlife, cafes, and restaurants. The Blue Lagoon, whale tours, and mesmerizing scenery are all easy day trips.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Places in Europe: European city near castles and history.
An awesome mix of castles, history, stunning scenery, and modern Scottish life, Edinburgh is one of the must visit cities of the U.K.

Prague, Czech Republic

Places in Europe: Best historical city to visit in Europe.
As close to an idyllic European city as there is. Prague is a favorite of almost anyone who visits. Loads to see and do here – and the beer is pretty darn good too.

Paris, France

Places in Europe: Best Europe city for bike tours.
Paris has it all, which is why it’s as close to a must-see as there is in Europe. Food, history, art, culture, and beauty around every corner. A highlight for me is always doing a bike tour around the city.

Nice, france

Places in Europe: Best beach city on Mediterranean in Europe.
A fantastic base for exploring South France and a wonderful mid-sized town in its own right. Easy train connections to Monaco, Cannes, Lyon, and many great beaches along the Mediterranean coast.

Barcelona, Spain

Places in Europe: Best markets in Europe.
My favorite city in Spain. Packed with great food, lively nightlife, art, architecture, and eye popping sightseeing.

Rome, Italy

Places in Europe: Best pizza and pasta in Europe.
The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican. Rome is packed with some of Europe’s top attractions. Then throw in the food, shops, cafes, and funky neighborhoods. Anything less than 5 days in Rome and you’ll feel cheated.

Florence, Italy

Places in Europe: Best city for foodies and cooking classes in Europe.
So many places to go Italy, but Florence is so special you really can’t miss it. And it also makes a great base for exploring the treasures of Tuscany.

Agriturismo Farm Stay in Italy

Agriturismo Rentals in Tuscany
This is one of the funnest, most interesting things to do in Europe. Stay at a working farm in Italy (mostly Tuscany, but Umbria is also popular). Great for everyone from families (those are my two boys playing in the pool) to honeymooners. Stays will usually include 2 to 3 meals per day. Some farms have cooking classes, horse riding, or wine-related activities.

Istanbul, Turkey

Places in Europe: Most interesting place to go in Europe.
People come for the monumental historical sights but leave in awe of the markets, street culture, neighborhoods, and incredible Turkish cuisine.

Naxos, Greece

Places in Europe: Best beaches in Europe.
The best beaches in Greece and maybe all of Europe. But it’s not just sea, sun, and sand. The Chora (main town) is as charming as any Greek town and the interior of the island is dotted with enchanting villages and stunning hikes.

Santorini, Greece

Places in Europe: Most romantic place in Europe for honeymoon.
The single best destination in Europe (but I might be biased). The caldera views are as incredible as anything you’ll see anywhere. Sunsets, hikes, boat tours, local wines, black volcanic beaches, and the most luxurious hotels along the Mediterranean. Please, don’t miss Santorini.

See Also



4 Questions and Comments

  1. Best Places in Netherlands / Overnight Bike Trips from Amsterdam

    We have a week to spend in Amsterdam as part of our honeymoon. We plan on 3 or 4 days in Amsterdam but would like to do an overnight bike trip outside of Amsterdam – probably two days but could also do a three day trip if needed. We’re in decent shape (can easily walk 5 to 10 miles in a day) but are only on a bike a few times a year. What bike trips would you recommend outside of Amsterdam?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      My two favorite bike trips from Amsterdam are:

      Amsterdam to Edam – Start by taking the free ferry from the train station across the canal to North Amsterdam. From there it’s a 90 minute ride to Edam (be sure to ride through the small town of Broek in Waterland.) Stay at the Hotel and Restaurant de Fortuna (idyllic location on a small canal, plenty of bike parking) in the center of this charming town. The restaurant at the hotel is fantastic. The next morning catch the ferry from Volendam to Marken and then return to Amsterdam along the sea coast.

      Amsterdam to Utrecht – This ride is a bit longer (about 2.5 to 3 hours, one way). If you put Amsterdam to Utrecht into Google Maps you’ll get two different bike routes (mostly on opposite sides of the canal but departing a bit more close to Amsterdam), take one route to Utrecht and the opposite route back as they feel very different (but both wonderful rides). Utrecht is a medium-sized college town with nightlife, local attractions, and lots of restaurants along the main canal. Stay at the Grand Hotel Karel V (center of town, plenty of bike parking) which is fabulous.

      Both of these rides are wonderful and highly recommended.

  2. Best Way To Get From London to Paris to Rome

    Traveling from London to Paris and then Rome. What is the best, easiest, fastest way to get between the 3 cities – fly, train, or car rental?

    Sam

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      From London to Paris take the Eurostar. From Paris to Rome get a cheap flight – probably with Ryanair or Easy Jet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *