Europe is composed of different countries, each loaded with a variety of tourist destinations. With a population of more than 700 million people and with over 450 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, going on a European vacation will be truly worthwhile. Here are 10 things that you can do when traveling to this part of the world.
1. Take A Tour Around Sarajevo
Located in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo is seen by many travelers as a Slavic mini-Istanbul. The city is a great place for having spiky minarets, grilled kebabs, and ground coffee.
2. Go on a spa vacation in Turkey
A trip to Turkey will never be complete without indulging in a hot bath in a Hamman. Spread out all over the country, these marble steam rooms, often fitted with hot baths, showers, and cooling down chambers, it provides the perfect place to unwind after a hectic tour of other destinations.
3. Climb the cliff-top monasteries of Meteora, Greece
Already a favorite among those going on a European vacation, the cliff top monasteries of Meteora, Greece was featured in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only.
4. Explore the Danube River
Groove to the tune of “Row, Row Your Boat” as you go rowing or kayaking in the majestic Danube River. In Budapest, you can rent boats, kayaks, or canoes either on Margaret Island or along the Romai River Bank.
5. Have an espresso in Tirana, Albania
Craving for some espresso? Albania’s capital city of Tirana is the place to be for sipping an espresso. This buzzling city is full of garishly painted buildings and traditional restaurants.
6. Visit Kotor, Montenegro
Another place to consider for your European vacation is Kotor, Montenegro. Known for its tiled roofs and clear Venetian tilt, Kotor was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
7. Explore the night life in Belgrade, Serbia
Do you love the night life? Head out to Serbia’s capital city of Belgrade and experience a night out based on the Serbian way. The best time to go there is during summer or spring when people of all ages throng the streets at all hours.
8. See the northern lights in Norway
Be awed by this celestial show which can be seen throughout Norway. The best time go on a European vacation to see this phenomenon is October, February, and March but the whole winter season is also perfect.
9. Go cycling around Amsterdam
Cycling is good for the health and Amsterdam provides tourists the opportunity to rent a bike and go around the city. There are dedicated trails that will allow you to see what the city has to offer.
10. Ride the gondolas of Venice
St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy is known for its gondolas. The best time to stroll around the city is during off season at sunrise when the crowd is at their smallest.
These are just 10 reasons Europe should be included in your travel itinerary.
Robert Peter Janitzek offers travel tips and guides as well as places to go and tourist destinations. Check out his website at www.robertjanitzektravels.com.