Traveling Europe means first of all deciding which part of Europe you intend to visit. Of course, you could travel to all the countries of Europe, but it would be a time consuming task. Besides, exactly which countries constitute Europe is debatable.
If this will be your first visit, perhaps you would like to travel through one or more of the most popular tourist destinations. Of the ten most popular countries tourists visit, five are situated in Europe.
France ranks number one, with Spain coming in fourth, closely followed by Italy, also Germany and the United Kingdom rank among the top ten.
Why Travelers Love France
The art, wine, food, and culture is all so perfectly. . . well. . . French. Historically, France has always had a significant role to play in the art world. Works by Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin and Italy’s Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo and many more of the art world’s greatest contributors can be found in the art museums. France is now a republic, but grand and glorious palaces remain. No visit would be complete without touring Versailles.
France, known for its elegant fare also serves up simple country cuisine such as tourtelle, boulliabaisse stew, and green pea soup. Of course, no French dining experience is full unless it includes French bread, sliced cheese and a glass of Bordeaux. Whether it’s the dance clubs in Nice or the casinos of Cannes, French nightlife never fails to entertain.
Reasons to Go to Spain
Spain, located on the Iberian Peninsula, is at the crossroads of Europe and Africa. If you like dry, sunny and warm, Spain is the place for you. Five thousand miles of coastline guarantees you are sure to find a beach you adore. If you love the countryside Spain’s mountains, plateaus, lakes and farms offer impressive vistas.
Spain is home to Flamenco, Picasso, Cervantes and is has more UNESCO world heritage sites than almost every other country. When in Spain you simple must sample Gazpacho, Paella, and Chorizo.
Love Those Italians
Be careful, you can lose your soul to Italy. A trip to this Southern European country is an invitation to indulge your senses. Pasta, wine, art, history and incomparable scenery tug at the very fiber everyone’s soul. Whether it’s Venice, Rome, Florence, or some other part of the country, you’ll soon learn that Italian is not one homogeneous landmass; remnants of the old city-states remain.
If hiking is your passion, Italy’s coastal paths are the most stunning Europe has to offer. If you appreciate fine red wine, the world’s best is found in Italy’s wineries. The Tuscany cities of Florence, Siena and Lucca each offer their own unique brand of what culture is all about. The hustle and bustle of Rome along with its ruins and majestic Renaissance revival introduce much to marvel about.
Germany Is More Than the Great Outdoors
Germans love to walk and the hills are filled with walking paths. For those who love the outdoors, parks, resorts and guided tours can be found in abundance. Churches, castles and half-timbered houses fill the countryside.
Although often overlooked, Germany has a rich history of art, music and culture, as deep and rich as France, Italy or Spain. A somber part of German history is the destruction caused by the World War 11. Scattered throughout the country you’ll find war monuments, museums and memorials.
United Kingdom Almost Ruled the Waves
Once upon a time, Great Britain controlled a quarter of the world. Today, English is the most widely spoken language on the planet. The weather may not be all that inviting, but we all know, England swings. Italy and France may have their wine, but England has its pubs, beer and hearty food.
Europe’s biggest city is London, and London offers Buckingham Palace, the Tube and Big Ben. All those old castles spattered across the countryside aren’t being left in ruins; many are being preserved and turned into spas.
Traveling Europe means experiencing the old world; a world full of history and culture. However, the old world is not dead and the people of Europe continue to thrive and reinvent their lives, customs and culture. It is the mixing of the old and the new that makes visiting Europe so popular.