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Destination Guide - Europe

Europe travel guide

The continent of Europe is regarded by many as the “Old World”, with its Roman and Greek ruins, medieval architecture, diverse cultures and traditions, and Royal families that are older than much of the New World. Traditions vary greatly from one country to another, with the British enjoying a Sunday roast, whilst the French enjoy Escargot (snails). Nowhere in Europe is boring.

In many of the European capitals, historic palaces and monuments stand side-by-side with gleaming glass skyscrapers; and the world’s oldest Parliaments govern over people as distinct as the landscapes in which they live. To find out how best to get to any country in Europe be sure to explore

When to visit Europe?

Europe spans from the chilly North Sea and the Atlantic to the warm and humid Mediterranean; so there’s somewhere to suit everyone throughout the year. In the winter months, mainly falling between November and February, temperatures range from a bearable 16 degrees Celsius in Spain to a spine-tingling -22 Celsius in the north of Finland. This is the low season for tourism, so prices are much lower outside of the major cities, unless the destination is a winter one, such as in Scandinavia.


A cultural and historic hotspot, its legacy stretches as far back as the Ancient Roman era; when the settlement of Londinium was established on the banks of the River Thames. You’ll also find Royal palaces, Westminster, the Magna Carta, and a trendy nightlife scene; it’s little wonder that London is at the very top many traveller’s lists. At one end of London visitors can find the legendary Brick Lane with its wide selection of traditional curry restaurants, and at the other end is the square-mile of glass tower blocks, known as “The City”. No visit to London is complete without visiting the historic Westminster and Buckingham Palaces, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Shopping on Oxford Street, visiting the Harrods department store, and getting lost in the Natural History Museum are other musts when visiting this sprawling metropolis.


The political, cultural, gastronomic and historic capital of France is perhaps the only other city capable of rivalling London in Europe. It’s impossible to miss the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, and don’t pass on the chance to sample some of the world’s finest cuisine, cooked by multi-Michelin starred chefs in the many Parisian restaurants, and street cafes. Shopping is a major pastime when in Paris, with many of the world’s most famous and much sought after design houses based in the city. Of course it wouldn’t be right to forget Paris’ major family attraction; Disneyland Paris. With all of the main Disney features, but with a French twist, it attracts millions of visitors every year. Much like London, Paris simply has to be experienced to be understood.


Something a little different, and unique to Europe, this Icelandic city is the most northerly capital in the world, the coldest capital in the world, and one of the smallest capitals in the world. Coming to life during Europe’s winter months, when the city is used as a base for Northern Light hunting, sampling unique seafood, and experiencing almost eternal darkness, the city simply cannot be missed; It’s also the perfect stop-over point between Europe and North America. Housing the world’s oldest Parliament, quaint brightly coloured wooden houses, and bubbling volcanic baths, and a city you can explore in almost silent harmony. Reykjavik is a truly unique holiday experience.

Generally seen as the birthplace of western culture, Europe balances cultural antiquity and modern technology to make an intriguing travel destination. Around 50 countries make up the continent, which is the second smallest in the world. Each country within Europe has its own culture, traditions, laws and language; meaning that there’s always something new to explore across the continent.

The largest countries in Europe are Russia, Ukraine, France, Spain and Sweden; the most populous countries also include Germany, Turkey, the UK and Italy. Whether you’re looking to explore the history of Greece and Rome or the beaches of France and Spain, Europe offers something for everyone.

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