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Europe is home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions, has a rich history and a variety of unique landscapes. It's a place to explore and take in all the sights and sounds. It's vibrant, it's unbelievably beautiful, it's a heaven for the architecture lovers. It has the world's best beaches and ski resorts. Europe is a cradle of arts and music.
Europe has everything for everybody and it's a must-see destination for any traveler!
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What are the best European destinations?
Christmas in Wroclaw, Poland
What are the best European destinations? The best places to visit in Europe depends on the time of the year and what you are planning to do.
If you plan to catch some sun at the sea - May through September are your best months to visit countries on Mediterranean Sea, including Greek, Croatian, Spanish, Italian and Turkish islands.
If you have a ski trip in mind, plan to visit Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, Germany, Poland and other mountain destinations in winter.
And if you plan to visit Christmas bazaars, German and Hungarian, Austrian and Czech Christmas markets are famous for that.
However, no place is really better than another; it's personal preference.
Regardless of where you want to go, Europe is the perfect travel destination for your next vacation.
my guides to different Destinations
What are top visited European destinations?
With majestic architecture, old-world grandeur and intimate streets tucked away from the crowds, Europe's romantic appeal is undeniable. It attracts many visitors.
In this section, I will tell you about the most visited European countries in pre-pandemic 2019.
Keep in mind, though, that just because they are the most visited, it doesn't mean that the rest of the European countries are not worth visiting! In fact, ALL European countries are worth visiting, even though some have more extraordinary places to see than the others.
top 10 most visited countries in Europe (pre Pandemic 2019)
Here is the list of the top 10 most visited (pre Pandemic 2019) countries in Europe.
- United Kingdom,
The list changes every year with some countries becoming trendy like Portugal, for example. Croatia and Montenegro are also gaining popularity fast. Also, these countries are quite affordable, making them fantastic competitors to well-established jewels of European vacations like Italy, France and Spain.
Granada, Spain during SAHARA dust storm in Europe
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What are the best cities to visit in Europe for a first-time solo female traveler?
The best cities to visit in Europe for a first-time solo female traveler are the same cities from top 10 must-see cities in Europe above.
That is because while some smaller offbeat places are also really worth visiting, it's easier to go to large cities on your first European trip as a solo female.
Using public transportation is much more convenient for a first time solo female traveler, rather than renting a car, and public transport is just more developed in highly populated areas.
Also, you will find more choices of good and cheap accommodations in larger cities.
Top 10 must-see cities in Europe.
Europe is also home to some of the best cities in the world, offering unique experiences and plenty of things to do. For those looking for a more urban city experience, I recommend checking out these top 10 European cities.
Top 10 Must-See Cities in Europe:
Prague, Czech Republic
The reality, though, is I can easily add many more cities to this list! Plus, there are hundreds of more charming tiny old villages all over Europe.
What are some offbeat destinations in Europe if you want things to be different?
Gutach, Germany is a small town in Germany. Gutach is the perfect spot for anyone who is interested in hiking, biking, and the outdoors on a budget. It's also a great jumping spot to explore the Black Forest.
Ghent, Belgium, is a compact medieval city. It is located a 25-minute train journey from Brussels.
Visit Gravensteen, the medieval castle overlooking the city. It dates from 1180 and is now a museum and a major landmark in the city.
Bruges, Belgium is a lovely little town on the banks of the river. It's famous for its medieval architecture and cobblestone streets. There are plenty of things to do in the city. Climb Belfry tower on a cloudless day for panoramic views.
Wroclaw is an alternative to more famous Krakow and Warsaw in Poland and is cheap to visit. Wroclaw has a big population of young people. There are many great things to do in Wroclaw, such as the chateau and historical center of the city.
Montpellier is a city in southern France. It's a modern, vibrant metropolis with lots of culture and history to explore. If you want things to be different, it's a great place to visit. This city will really surprise you with both outstanding medieval architecture and how lively it is at all times, with 60% of its population being under the age of 30.
I will tell you everything about these and other cities in my posts, as offbeat destinations are my specialty!
What are the best cheap European destinations?
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegivina are one of the most fascinating and affordable European destinations. It's a country with a turbulent history, but it is also one of the most welcoming to tourists. Bosnian people are some of the friendliest people.
Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. The nearby alleys are picturesque and host many interesting shops and little markets.
Blagaj Tekke is a delightful little village in the south-eastern region of the Mostar basin. It's main attraction is a Dervish monastery that was built under a cliff on the Buna river 600 years ago. It is architecturally very interesting with elements of Ottoman architecture and Mediterranean style. This little gem is not to be missed!
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Here are some other best cheap European destinations:
Novi Sad, Serbia
Novi Sad is an underrated European city break option for travelers. It is a fun city, with lots of live music and lots of street arts. Novi Sad has the best and inexpensive Serbian food. A private one bedroom apartment rents for about $25 a night.
Prizren is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe to travel comfortably on a budget. It's perfect for those doing Balkan trip who are interested in history, hiking, and culture. The city has many mosques and monasteries dating back to the 14th century and a delight for an architectural admirer.
Few travelers make it out to Hungary and that's a mistake! Budapest is quite affordable. You will find many worthy your visit attractions there, and it's easy to get to. You don't need to rent a car and one week passes for Budapest's transportation system cost less than $20/person. Not everything is cheap in Budapest, but you can find really good deals there.
And the beautiful buildings you will find there will be well worth your time!
Kosice, Slovakia is a fairly small and walkable city, so you don't need to spend money on transportation, but you will see many stunning examples of architecture and you will enjoy inexpensive and delicious food.
Private room go for about $15-20. Hostels around $10 a night. Visit Kosice's central square, Peace Marathon Square. Elizabeth Cathedral is an absolute must while in Kosice.
Trogir, Croatia is my personal favorite. You will fall in love with the beautiful narrow allies you will find there. The surrounding water is great for boating ,swimming and just walking around the old town Trogir island.
All these are just example of a great number of beautiful and inexpensive European destinations.
What are best summer European destinations?
The best summer destinations in Europe can vary depending on what you like, but a majority prefers to visit hot European destinations in summer.
Let's explore some best beach destinations.
Best European Beach Destinations by countries are these.
#1 - Croatia: Pasjaca and Nugal beach.
Croatia is # 1 in the most amount of incredibly beautiful; beaches in Europe. In fact, Croatia has so many, that it's hard to choose the best from.
Pasjica (near Dubrobnik ), Nugal (near Makarska), and Bačvice (Split) Beaches are one of the most beautiful in Croatia. At least 20 more of their best beach contestants are just slightly behind.
#2 - Montenegro: St Nicholas Island beaches and Sveti Stefan Beach.
St Nicholas Island beach off Budva has 3 exquisite beaches that will take your breath away.
Another amazing beach is Sveti Stefan Beach, located on a tiny peninsula attached to the coast. The beach is mostly for the guests of a luxurious resort there, but visitors can swim and enjoy a small part of the beach. Or, you can pay $80 fee and enjoy one of the resort's beaches. It's that good!
Update 2022 - The resort is closed at the moment until further notice
Sveti Stefan Beach
#3- Spain: Cala Macarelleta, Cala Macarella, and Cala Cala Pregonda
Spain has it's share of the World's top beaches. The most beautiful ones are on Menorca. Crystal-clear turquoise waters of Cala Macarelleta and Cala Macarella and simply stunning. There are many other beaches absolutely worth visiting, but I will talk about them in details later.
#4 - Greece: Elafonissi Beach on Crete
Greek islands have better beaches, compared to the mainland . Islands with the best beaches are Crete, Paros, Ios, Naxos, Milos, and Rhodes. The very best beach is Elafonissi Beach on Crete.
Cala Macarelleta beach, Menorca, Spain
#5 - Italy: Saleccia Beach on Corsica and Numana Alta Beach in Ancona.
white sand, crystal clear waters make Saleccia Beach one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Numana Alta Beach in Ancona is still unspoiled, which makes it even more unique.
#6 - France: St Tropez Beach and Antibes Beach.
St. Tropez in France is famous for its impressive long beach, the view of the cliffs and a beautiful sunset. Antibes Beach is another great beach in France which you must visit.
#7 - Turkey: Kabak Beach, Fethiye and Blue Lagoon, Ölüdeniz.
Turkey, while not technically in Europe, is a country breaching Europe and Asia, and it has many stunning beaches as well.
Kabak Beach in Turkey is a beautiful beach on the Aegean Sea. The sand is white, clean and sheltered by palm trees. Blue Lagoon, located in a national park, where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, is one of the most beautiful in the entire world.
Kabak Beach, Turkey
What are the best European food destinations?
Europe has many culinary capitals of the world. Here are the most famous best European food destinations:
San Sebastian, Spain
London, The UK
Prague, Czech Republic
The best European ski destinations.
The winter resorts of Europe's Alps and Dolomites are world famous for a reason.
While they were heavily hit with Coronavirus-19 pandemic in 2020, they are slowly coming back and things should get better in 2022. Maybe not good enough to play beer-pong games in the ski-resort bars (that was what led to the spread of an epidemic in Austria, Italy and Switzerland in the very beginning), but skiing itself, as an outdoor activity, should get back to semi-normal.
The best ski resorts in France: Courchevel, Val d'Isere, and Chamonix-Mont Blanc.
The best ski resorts in Switzerland: Zermatt , Verbier and St. Moritz.
The best ski resorts in Italy: Cervinia, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Val Gardena.
The best ski resorts in Austria: St. Anton am Arlberg , Kitzbühel and Lech-Zürs.
The best ski resorts in Germany: Arber , Alpsee-Grünten and Garmish-Partenkirchen
Borovets is Bulgaria's oldest, most famous and popular ski resort, located on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain. Borovets ski resort was established in 1896. Nowadays, it's a modern ski resort with hotels, restaurants, bars and a well-developed network of ski runs, providing for a whole range of winter sports.
Lech is a charming ski village with a population of less than 2000 people. But what lacks in size is more than compensated by chic boutiques, art galleries, stylish hotels and the highest density of award-winning restaurants in Austria. So Leach, Austria is also a great food destination!
Cherna Gora, Czech Republic
Ski Resort Cherna Gora is the largest ski resort in the Czech Republic. It offers 50 km of slopes and trails. It's quite affordable, as you get an excess to all that trails on one single pass. This ski resort is a network of six different ski resorts, connected by ski slopes and ski buses. There is also a toboggan run, an ice rink and a brewery to relax after a day of skiing on the slopes.
What is the best, easiest, cheapest way to get between the cities in Europe—fly, train, or car rental?
The best, easiest, and cheapest way to get between cities in Europe depends on your situation.
So, while it could be a good idea to rent a car if you are traveling as a family, it will be much easier and cheaper to rely on public transportation for your solo trip.
I cover this topic extensively in my resources section of this blog.
You can find detailed info here.
When is the best time to visit Europe?
It helps to plan to visit Northern European countries during warmer months, and Southern hotter countries and cities, from November through March.
My favorite time to visit Europe is April and October. It's the shoulder season, there are fewer crowds and accommodations are cheaper.
What is the weather like in my European travel destination?
Now, how do you know what is the weather like each month in different countries?
Here is a handy website for figuring this out. Even if the country you are planning to visit is worth visiting any month of the year, this tool will help you plan what to pack and bring with you.
European tour destinations.
The European continent is a perfect place for a tour because there is a wide variety of exciting attractions , historical landmarks, beautiful gardens, beautiful historical buildings, cultural landmarks, monuments and breathtaking galleries, beautiful beaches, hills, valleys and parks.
And the best part is that all countries are located so close together, that you can plan a tour of many countries during just one visit to Europe.
Read my 'resources' section to learn how to plan an entire trip by yourself to have a most amazing time, without spending much. Or you can find it here.
Or, alternatively, if you don't want to plan your own vacation and would rather join a group tour, get more details here.
In conclusion, Europe has the most to offer for the widest variety of travelers.
Europe will not leave you disappointed, and if you plan your trip right, the way I am showing how on my website, Europe will leave an unforgettable impression on you, and you will return again and again!
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