From the sun-kissed coasts of the Mediterranean to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, the vibrant boulevards of Paris to the ancient ruins of Rome, Europe is brimming with stories for you to explore… if you have the time and the know-how.
Setting your sights on a European escapade? Think of this Europe travel guide as your passport to the best experiences.
I’m going to walk you through how to plan your Europe trip, top sights, suggested itineraries and hidden finds – as well as providing the practical know-how that really makes your trip sing.
Ready to start planning your travels to Europe? Let’s get started.
With more visitors than any other country in the world, France is a must-visit, Paris is a big reason why. Museums like Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre, landmarks like Sacre Coeur and the Eiffel Tower, and incredible cuisine at gems like Bouillon Pigalle make Paris a must-visit if you haven’t been.
Spend Time on the Beaches in Menorca
Menorca boasts some of the finest beaches in Europe. Which beaches should you hit? Cala Cavalleria, Cala Pregonda, Cala Mitjana and Mitjaneta will keep you plenty busy. But Menorca also has a delightful capital city, Maó, with baroque architecture, excellent cuisine, and cocktail bars using the special Xoriguer gin.
Beer Tasting in Brussels
Brussels is home to some of the best breweries and beer bars in the world. Don’t believe me? Stop by Delirium Café, Cantillon, and Moeder Lambic Fontainas. When you’re ready to eat, hit up Nüetnigenough for an authentic Belgian meal at a laid-back brasserie.
Take a Step Back in Time in Rome
Oh hi Rome! Of course, you’ll need to add the Colosseum, Catacombs, and Vatican City to your Europe travel plans. But the ancient walls and mosaics at Santo Stefano Rotondo and the Baths of Caracalla are two must-visits you won’t find in every European travel blog about Rome.
Explore Sun-Drenched Sicily
Nature, history, and gorgeous weather make Sicily a perfect entry for Europe travel guides. You’ve likely heard of Palermo, Valley of the Temples, and Mount Etna. But what about Zingaro Reserve and Isola Bella in Taormina? They offer some of the most pristine beaches in Europe.
Switzerland gets most of the credit, but hiking in the Slovenian Alps is bucket list material, with fewer hikers, clearly marked trails, and gorgeous accommodations near the most strenuous treks. Learn more here.
Wine Tasting in Priorat
Many European tourist guides leave out a tour of Priorat in Spain as a top wine tasting destination. Big mistake. There are a dozen picturesque villages in the Catalonian wine region, but I love Clos de L’Obacand Devinssi Wines in Gratallops.
Hiking the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland
The Laugavegur Trail showcases the dramatic landscapes of Iceland in true fashion with black sands, beautiful lakes, and natural hot springs. The hike takes 3 – 4 days, but there’s no better way to see the Northern Lights and experience the beauty of Iceland.
Take Time Out in Umbria
Want to discover a hidden gem in the middle of Italy? Umbria has everything you dream of a holiday in the Italian countryside without the swarming crowds of tourists. Truffle hunting in Assisi and seeing the Marmore Waterfalls are two unforgettable experiences.
How to See the Best of Europe for Free
Is your Europe trip budget running low? There are plenty of things to do in most locations without spending a dime.
If you’re looking for a guided tour, consider Free Tours by Foot. The Rome Forum Walk allows you to learn about the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum at no cost (but you’ll need to pay for entry if you choose). Or you can check out street art in Barcelona on foot or bicycle for another great (and free) way to see Europe.
Dishes to Try in Europe
Pastel de Nata – Sweet and savoury Portuguese egg custard tart.
Orecchiette – Ear-shaped pasta served in Puglia, often with rapini.
Afternoon Tea – Traditional British afternoon snack of hot tea, bite-sized sandwiches, and cookies.
Jota – A hearty Slovenian soup made with pork, cabbage, beans, and vegetables.
Top Drinks in Europe
Grk – Croatian white wine with unique terroir from its coastal location.