Although Europe is the second smallest continent on the planet, it has played a remarkable part in the creation of Western culture. A patchwork of over 40 countries, each destination still has claims to ancient history, and scattered remnants can still be seen today. Each country possesses its own culture, traditions and language – displaying such diversity even to close neighbours – not to mention delectable food and timeless art.
Compact, ancient and beautiful, Europe offers some of the best cultural experiences in the world, alongside stunning natural splendours – all less than five hours away from your doorstep.
Europe’s almost unmanageable wealth of attractions is its biggest single draw: the birthplace of democracy in Athens, the Renaissance art of Florence, the graceful canals of Venice, the Napoleonic splendour of Paris, and the multilayered historical and cultural canvas of London. Less obvious but no less impressive attractions include Moorish palaces in Andalucía, the fascinating East-meets-West brew of İstanbul in Turkey, the majesty of meticulously restored imperial palaces in Russia’s former capital St Petersburg and the ongoing project of Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família in Barcelona.
Despite its population density Europe maintains spectacular natural scenery: rugged Scottish Highlands with glens and lochs; Norway’s fabulous fjords, seemingly chipped to jagged perfection by giants; the vine-raked valleys of the Loire; and the steppe-like plains of central Spain. For beaches, take a circuit of the Mediterranean’s northern coast where beach holidays were practically invented. Or strike out to lesser-known yet beautiful coastal regions such as the Baltic and Black Seas. Mountain lovers should head to the Alps: they march across central Europe taking in France, Switzerland, Austria, northern Italy and tiny Liechtenstein.
Cheers! Salud! Prost! Xin Xin! À votre santé! Europe has the best nightlife in the world. All of these offer top-notch entertainment, especially drama and live music. Continue on to the streets of continental Europe with festival parties of all kinds, from city parades attended by thousands to concerts in the ancient amphitheatre.
Finland is more than a vast pristine wilderness, it’s a vibrant urban space with a world-renowned design and music scene, a spectacular collection of modern and stately architecture, island restaurants and trendy and quirky bars. Has an active student body.
France is world class for art and architecture. The cultural repertoire of this country is staggering – in number and diversity. France is the world’s top tourist destination, and indulge in its extraordinary museums, galleries, studios and hands-on cultural experiences.
If ancient walled fortresses, gleaming palaces and spiraling churches are what you’re after, look no further than Europe’s Russia. Dotted with views of onion domes and gingerbread huts, it matches the popular imagination of the Russian countryside.
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