You think you know the world? Think again. This planet is a mix of cultural charms and natural wonders; paths to cross and lessons to learn; limitless kindness and harsh realities. We travel because we like to hear stories and to be awestruck by incredible sceneries. The best continent, home of five transcontinental countries, straddles the border between America and Asia — Europe. Here are out top five picks for the best European destination 2019:
- Paris, France
Paris, city and capital of France, situated in the north-central part of the country, also known as City of Love. Beloved by all of the tourists, Paris is able to provide any kind of experience however, because of its romantic environment, it is a well-known favorite city to travel with your partner.
Montmartre became a famous neighborhood since 1860 and an acclaimed spot for artists meetings. Degas, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir were attracted by this neighborhood gorgeous landscape and were intrigued with the nocturne life and liberal vibes. Their cabarés, alleyways, staircases, and of course, the iconic Sacré-Coeur Basilic, make the Montmartre a mandatory place to go!
Enjoy the romantic vibes on the sidewalk of Paris and step by Square Jehan Rictus (Place des Abbesses) to take a picture in front of the Mur des Je T’aime (a wall covered with blue tile where the quote “I love you” is written in 200 different idioms). Visit all the majestic monuments Paris has to offer, starting with the imperial Notre Dame and finishing with the burlesque Moulin Rouge.
- Rome, Italy
Rome is one of the most popular European destinations, not only from the point of view of Europeans, but from all across the globe. Italy is a fascinating country, every city has a different symbolic way to show beauty, however Rome is the heart of this magnific masterpiece and is highly exposed on multiple TV shows and/ or movies like Angels and Demons.
Travel to Rome and visit the eternal City. Start by admiring the Ancient Ruins at the Roman Forum and explore the huge archeological site of the Roman Forum. Later, do not forget to step by the Colosseum, who has nearly 4 million visitors annually.
Finally, you cannot miss visiting the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument of Imperial Rome and it has been called the world’s only architecturally perfect building. Do not forget to pay your respects to the Vatican and its museums, with over 7 kilometers of art galleries. The Vatican museums are among the largest in the world. There are even tours that you can go on to see the Vatican with kids, ensuring the whole family has fun!
- Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture, and a world-class drinking and dining scene. Its architectural treasures span 2000-plus years. By taking a stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter you may sight past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th Century cathedrals. In other parts of town bloom the sculptural masterpieces of Modernisme, creations by Gaudi, the most prominent artist. Barcelona has also long inspired artists, including Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, both of whom have major Barcelona museums that must be visited during your trip.
The gastronomy is also a very important aspect of Iberian culture: seafood, jamón, market-fresh produce — are transformed into remarkable delicacies. Rich paella by the sea, Barcelona’s wide-ranging palate adds further complexity to the Basque-style tapas bars, taverns mostly spread across Las Ramblas. Personally, I highly recommend you go for a quick kiwi and coconut, an all-natural drink at the Mercat de la Boqueria during the day. One of the best drinks you will surely ever have for only 1€.
- Vienna, Austria
Austria’s capital is a city full of charm, jazz, history, and elegance, and just like any other destination, Vienna has its own spectacular story to tell. Tourists can enjoy the city by hopping on a tram and getting a glimpse of Vienna’s most monumental buildings as you go around Ringstrasse.
Consistently ranked as offering the highest quality of life in the world, Vienna entices locals and visitors alike with splendid attractions. Stroll along the park of Schönbrunn Palace or ride rollercoasters in the Wiener Prater. You should certainly pass by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the main symbol of Vienna. Its construction commenced in the 12th Century and today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria.
A city full of History like Vienna, adds the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum), built in 1891 near the Imperial Palace. With its vast array of eminent works and the largest Bruegel collection in the world, it is considered one of the most eminent museums in the world and a sure visit for every traveler.
- Porto, Portugal
The dark horse of this list. A most visit place in Portugal and Europe, being the second largest city of the country after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula. Known for its colorful streets and full of personality, considered the best European destination and second-best destination worldwide year after year.
Anyone who appreciates a good Porto wine cannot miss the wine piers that are by the river in Gaia and enjoy drinking a glass near the Douro Valley. There is no shortage of gardens, medieval palaces, and cathedrals. Besides all this, the cuisine is often referred to as the best in the country. Do not forget to taste the most pleasurable mix of meat inside a beautiful placed sandwich of bread and cheese, topped with a delicious beer-type sauce that is the well-known Francesinha.