Europe’s rich literary traditions have filled libraries with some of the world’s best-loved poems, plays and novels. Many of the settings in famous stories, or places where your favorite authors wrote their masterworks, still exist today. Turn to the pages of a map and pick your adventure. Classic stories, authors and history await.
The ancient Greeks were known for their elaborate stories and dramas, and Homer was one of the most engaging storytellers of his time. Wander through ancient ruins and imagine what life was like during the 8th century B.C. when Homer traveled on foot throughout Greece and modern-day Turkey, sharing tales from The Iliad and The Odyssey. Talk to the locals and hear what stories they’re telling today.
William Shakespeare, one of the greatest playwrights of all time, lived in the United Kingdom during the end of the Renaissance. Visit the historic Globe Theatre in London where you can see one of his famous plays performed just as it was during his time. Enhance your Shakespearean experience with a visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and the Bard’s birthplace in charming Stratford-Upon-Avon outside of London.
In Spain, travel along the route of Renaissance novelist Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote in Castilla-La Mancha to see the Spanish plains. You can still find the iconic windmills that Don Quixote mistook for a dragon and attempted to battle. Another author inspired by Spain is Ernest Hemingway. Go to Pamplona to experience the exciting festival of San Fermín and see the running of the bulls, made forever famous in The Sun Also Rises.
Lovers of fairy tales will enjoy visiting Denmark to see the home of Hans Christian Andersen. His beloved tale of The Little Mermaid is celebrated with a bronze statue in Copenhagen, perfect for pictures. Then, stroll through the streets of Odense, his childhood home, recalling more of his well-known tales.
Although Monaco is not considered a hotspot for literary developments, it has been an inspiration for authors around the world. Several writers have written famous works about the beaches of Monaco including Graham Green’s Loser Takes All, Eric Robert Morse’s Monaco, and Robert Eringer’s Monaco Cool. Read any one of these books while sipping wine in a high-end Monaco resort to feel like you’re part of the story.
Europe is filled with legendary literary landmarks. Plan your trip and write your own story of adventure, intrigue and romance.