Jul 25, 2016
Europe isn’t only the most developed continent in the world, it also flaunts tales of historical events and grounds. Think about the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and theWorld Wars. Then blend that with the splendour of modern Europe—ultramodern cities, the glorious Vatican, technological innovation, and more.
What you get is a beautiful medley, begging to be indulged by tours that will give you a taste of life in Europe.
The problem is, with numerous tour-worthy attractions resident in the continent, how do you select the best locations to explore? And what aspects of these locations should you focus on? Should you include Rome because of architectural wonders like the Colosseum? Elect Egnazia for its memorable resorts? Or should your tour encompass Paris’s so-called romantic atmosphere?
The options are many, but here are some of the bests to start with:
This beautiful city is the epitome of creativity. Peculiar art. Imaginative food. Colourful lifestyle. Diverse, modernist architecture like Antoni Guadi’s unfinished La Sagrada Familia church. Impressive beaches. Those are some of the surprises that await you in Barcelona.
As soon as you emerge from the Santa Lucia Train Station, you will be greeted by the awe-inspiring Grand Canal as well as floating gondolas. This is a world without cars, and you will delight in its epic storefronts and cobbled streets.
Ideal places to tour in Venice are the Saint Mark’s Basilica, the historically insightful Doge’s Palace, the Teatro La Fenice for its glorious operas, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which showcases works from renowned Venetians like Veronese and Titan.
Here is more about Venice.
Amsterdam, with its intricate canal system, ranks among the world’s wateriest cities. It even shelters the oldest botanical garden in the world, and will be ideal if you love art or cycling—the city has about 400km of cycle paths.
With museums here and there, art is properly appreciated in this capital of Netherlands. Have you heard of the popular Van Gogh paintings? There’s a museum in Amsterdam dedicated to works by the celebrated painter.
Located in the south of Portugal, Algarve is popular for its majestic beaches, its sunny Mediterranean climate, and exotic resorts like Pine Cliffs.
Some of the places to visit while in Algarve are the bustling market town of Loulé; Albufeira and its blue beaches and cluster of whitewashed cottages; Vilamoura, with its golf courses and coastal resorts; and Silves for its valley of olive trees, vineyards, and orange groves.
If you love Renaissance art and architecture, Florence, with its tales of medieval trade and commerce, is among the top locations in Europe to visit.
Some of the famous attractions to tour are the Boboli Gardens, which harbour beautiful statues and fountains. The Gallery of the Academy and its famous sculptures by Michelangelo. And the Piazzale Michelangelo from where you can get an impressive view of the city.
Rome is that one location you can’t afford to miss when touring Europe. Apart from the fact that the Vatican sits inside it, there are historic attractions everywhere you turn. The Colosseum is resident in Rome. So is St. Peter’s Basilica and the spellbinding Trevi Fountain.
Make sure that Rome is on your list.
Paris is a great place to visit if you want to add a touch of romance to your tour. Besides that, Paris hosts iconic monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Trimphe. It’s sidewalk cafes will relax you with drawn-out meals, and if you have a thing for religious architecture, then Notre Dame Cathedral and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris will leave you in awe.