Searching for the perfect beach can be a difficult task, especially in an area you are not familiar with. However, in Europe, you’ll know you’ve found the ideal surf and sand thanks to an iconic marker – a blue flag. Europe’s Blue Flag Beaches meet strict standards for water quality, safety and eco-friendliness, making them the ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and playing. Luckily for travelers, there are over 4,000 beaches that have achieved Blue Flag status in the world – and Europe has a large majority of them.
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 Kaunertal Valley in Austria is a land of continuous contrasts that mirror the changing seasons. The panoramic Kaunertal Glacier Road weaves through snow-covered forests and ends at eternal ice. Lush greenery, babbling brooks, and sweet-smelling pastures are all made accessible to guests with reduced mobility. That’s why The Kaunertal Valley was chosen as Austria’s most recent EDEN winner. The theme was accessible tourism.
The PGI protects the Chorizo in the shape of string or cylindrical horseshoe, elaborated in enterprises that have the control of the production, maturing and drying, and quality of the raw material. The high quality raw materials and the traditional production give to the Chorizo Riojano special characteristics.
Europe has always been irresistible to shoppers, but beyond the big brands and famous streets of some of the world’s most famous cities are lesser-known districts that are inspiring a new generation of European creativity.
Europe’s beaches are rated amongst the world’s best for a variety of reasons: their stunning scenery, their unique nature and their lively entertainment offerings. Here is a selection of some of the most unique spots Europe’s coastline has to offer.
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Young Chef Award is a competition organized and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy
Much of Europe is known for its beer and wine production. But we don’t just know how to make them; we know how to drink them. From energetic beer festivals to exquisite wine gatherings, there’s plenty to celebrate. Drink up six of the best beer and wine festivals throughout Europe with this gallery.
Europe is known around the world for its high fashion and exclusive brands. Splurge on an extravagant shopping tour of the hottest cities for fashion. Take a tour of some of the best cities for fashion and luxury, and make some extravagant stops along the way.
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.
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.
Bask in the splendor and romance of central Europe’s intriguing cities. Classical sights and sounds lure travelers to the culture, history and heritage at the center of celebrated imperial rule. Balance sightseeing with relaxing leisure time. Explore cultural legacies and emotionally stirring sites. Find yourself in a modern bohemian rhapsody.
Europe’s culinary masterpieces have enticed travelers for millennia. From traditional cultural dishes to modern gastronomical feats, a tour of these delectable destinations is a trip worth taking. Bring a healthy appetite and treat yourself to the amazing tastes, sights and smells on this extensive tour of cuisine.
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.
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The easiest and most relaxing way to discover the Baltic region is of course to embark on one of the many cruise ships that sail from Copenhagen to Helsinki. However, if you are a land-lover, or simply prefer to explore at your own pace, you can easily drive through some of the smallest, least known but most beautiful countries in Europe.
Europe has many famous museums that are must-see attractions, but there are lots of smaller, unexpectedly entertaining museums just waiting to be explored. Stop following the crowds and head off the beaten path to discover these lesser-known gems. They just might surprise you and become highlights on your trip to Europe.
Every traveller has their place (or places) they want to visit in Europe. But whether you prefer snowkiting in Norway or relaxing in the natural hot springs of Hungary, discovering fortresses in San Marino or photographing Dutch windmills in The Netherlands, find the activities and destinations you’ve dreamed of by knowing what style of vacation appeals to you.
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The terrain of the Nordic countries is harsh and unforgiving, but also breathtakingly beautiful. These qualities make it ideal for adventure travelers, those looking for active, high-energy vacations.
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.
All European expeditions should include a trip to a museum or gallery. Luckily, they can be found almost everywhere in Europe. And a lot of them are free of charge. Consider this your guide to some of the best free museums and galleries in Europe so that you’re prepared to take in the art on your next trip.
The Northern Lights are one of the most magical things you can experience in Europe. What makes it even better is that you can see them in multiple countries. Whether you’re in Ireland or Iceland, you can find yourself under the dancing natural lights. Browse this gallery to learn about some of the best places to witness the Northern Lights in Europe.
How architecture and contrasts changed Europe’s cities