8 Best Places In Europe to Visit This Year

Date:21-02-2014 12:40:05 read:1

Europe is undoubtedly one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world, attracting people all over the world during tourist seasons. But if you end up visiting the places which are ordinarily visited or advertised in Europe tourism, you may be missing out on most of the magic which this continent has in store. Though Europe is almost one fourth in size as compared to Asia and just one third of Africa, it still has an unique charm that probably no other place has, but only if you know which places to visit. Listed below are the top 8 best places in Europe to visit this year.

1. Budapest, Hungary

The best thing about Budapest is its retro feel. Almost everything you have to see and experience has an essence of old and is chic in its own way. Whether it is the ruin pubs, also known as the romkocsma, the garden bars (or kertek), stylish watering holes, or the atmospheric non-refurbished buildings, the entire feel is bucolic and historic. Budapest is also known for its 16th century styled thermal baths, Rácz Baths of the Turkish era. The same retro trend is found in its food, with old-fashioned cafés and canteens. It also has garden bars like the famous Szimpla Kert.

2. Cinque Terre, Italy

The Cinque Terre is essentially a conglomeration of five villages—Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre is car-free, and therefore, in order to enjoy the beautiful towns that make it up, one must walk. Situated on the coastline of Liguria, this assortment of towns is made up of wild slopes with neat stone terraces built by Ligurian farmers. Also enjoyable are the small hidden beaches and the scenic sanctuaries there.

3. Croatia

Croatia is quite popular among tourists visiting Europe but they mostly visit only one portion of the country – which is the 2000 km long coastline. But Croatia has a beautiful countryside, national parks and many diverse inland cities, which is mostly missed out by tourists. The capital city of Zagreb is one large outdoor café with several walkable streets and an entrenched café scene. The national parks of Croatia are interspersed with turquoise lakes, cliffs, travertines and beautiful waterfalls which only add to the scenic beauty. It is also home to Dubrovnik, showcased in the popular TV show ‘Game of Thrones.’

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the coolest city in Scandinavia and is also the most “green” city in the world. With its pollution free initiatives like public bike sharing system, green buildings and sustainable food, Copenhagen is the world leader in ecological conservation. Summers in Copenhagen are filled with festivals, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival being the most notable one. It lasts for almost ten days in the month of July. You must also visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

5. Moravia, Czech Republic

The lesser visited Moravia is known mainly for its wine culture. It has red wines and local white wines, and you could have a wonderful experience in wine tasting here. But of course, you will not find high-end restaurants or fashionable boutiques like in other regions. Moravia has wineries run by families, harvest festivals and rolling vineyards which are unique experiences in themselves. Moravia also has museums and other historical monuments to visit.

6. Marseille, France

Marseille has undergone a major makeover over the last decade and is now one of the most notable tourist destinations in Europe. It has the colorful Vieux Port which has been the hub of cultural and trade practices for over 26 centuries that continue even today. Besides, Marseille has souk-like streets with artisans’ shops, the 19th century Romano-Byzantine Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde and other notable museums and galleries.

7. Northern Iceland

Northern Iceland is arguably the only destination in Europe which has acquired fame by word of mouth. It is known mainly for its hot spring baths. You have places offering nature baths like the Myvatn Nature Baths. Iceland also has geysers, towering waterfalls and lava fields. The most important aspect of Northern Iceland is that it is relatively economical than the rest of Europe.

8. Porto and Douro Valley

The Porto and Douro Valley is a riverside city famous for its fortified wines, but is also popular as the arts capital. It has festivals, exhibitions and street concerts which will keep you occupied in its enthralling ambiance. Also notable are its fine restaurants, steep terraced hillsides and celebrated vineyards. Do not miss the river cruises and train rides during the day.

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