Reading my articles, whether around the world or from other trips I’ve taken, you’ve probably noticed that I’m addicted to the sun, the beach, and the sea. So, whenever I think about traveling, I look for a coastal region to visit.
And, speaking of the best places to visit in Europe, I decided to take a look at some of the attractions on this continent, and I found many good options. I’ve already visited several of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and I can confidently tell you that Europe has many exotic beaches.
In part 3 of my comprehensive Europe travel guide, I’ll let you in on some of the best places to visit in Europe to better organize my next trips. Read on!
The Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is situated in the English Channel, south of the UK. It runs from Orcombe Point in Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, covering a distance of 153 kilometers.
It is possible to trace the 200 million-year history of this region by fossils found on beaches and rocks. In here, you’ll get to traverse gigantic boulders, rock cliffs, and coarse brown sands. There are also rock hills that provide a majestic view of the dark blue waters of the English Channel.
Areas of the Jurassic coast which contain fertile ground also support the growth of wildflowers. These provide the landscape with yellow, pink, violet, and red hues during the summer. Examples of wildflowers are bird’s foot trefoil, carline thistle, and horseshoe.
Nevertheless, it’s not the flowers or the landscape that made the Jurassic coast a world heritage site. Many revere this location because it’s a fossil forest. Fossils that you can see are ancient marine organisms that date back to the cretaceous period. Set your eyes on the rocks, and you’ll find ammonite fossils, brachiopod fossils, and belemnite fossils.
Jurassic coast allow for a dynamic range of activities. It has a museum where the most beautiful fossils are stored. There’s also a snacking and beach area for swimming. You can also rent a bike and follow the National Cycle Network, which connects the nearby towns and villages. Finally, prepare a wine because a cruise service is waiting.
2. Mont Saint Michael. French Riviera, & Monaco
Among the best places to visit in Europe is France, and without a doubt, Paris is the most popular. The French capital is a really charming place, but there are other places in France that are also well worth exploring, such as Mont Saint Michel, which is located in Normandy, about 6 hours by bus from Paris.
I confess that I didn’t even know this place existed until 2019 when I moved to Europe for the first time. When I told my friend that I was thinking about traveling on my vacation, he told me that I needed to go to a place called Mont Saint Michel, because there was an incredible phenomenon of the tides there, and the architecture of the Monte served as an inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle and also served as the “filming stage” for the Game of Thrones (Dragonstone) series.
During my tour to this place, I learned that Mont Saint Michel has been in existence since 708 (8th century) and was built to be a sanctuary in honor of the Archangel Saint Michael! But, over the years, the mount has been adapting to the circumstances and needs of the times, serving as a fortress during the 100 Years War between France and England to a monastery and prison for a while.
Mont Saint Michel was named a historic monument in 1987 and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979, along with its bay.
My next stop was at the French Riviera. I recommend this place if you’re looking for a place with more bustle. If you’re in France and looking for the best beaches, this is where you should go. It has numerous hotel resorts and beach resorts that have fine white sand and great food.
And speaking of a specific location in French Riviera, then you should try Monaco. Monaco is a city-state just like the Vatican. Therefore, what it has can be ultimately different from other tourist locations within France.
I can say that Monaco is the French Riviera’s little Vegas. You can try cruising or swimming at the glamorous beach or enjoy its nightlife. Within Monaco are numerous lavish casinos, pubs, bars, and restaurants.
3. Lysebotn, Pulpit Rock, and Trolltunga
So, where do you go to experience nature’s magic? I recommend booking a flight to Norway and get to visit Lysebotn, Pulpit Rock, and Trolltunga.
Lysebotn is a village 2 hours away from Norway’s capital Oslo. It offers a grand escape from civilization by trapping your eyesight on a picturesque rocky landscape that nature embedded with yellow, dark green, gray, and white colors. Lysebotn also faces a channel with towering rock cliffs and hills on the sides and looks very tranquil.
If you’re aiming to go higher, then head to Pulpit rock. This is a rock cliff that’s twice taller than the Eiffel tower. Due to its wonderful elevation, many come to train their breathing for mountaineering and other recreational activities that expose them to thin air.
For testing your nerves more, go to Vestra County’s Trolltunga. Trolltunga is a rock formation that’s 1,100 meters above sea level. In plain English, Trolltunga translates to troll tongue. This is due to its protruding platform that gradually narrows from the base. Only the base is attached to a rock, and the rest of the platform is suspended mid-air. As a result, standing on it can be quite unnerving, especially during windy conditions.
What are the most places to visit in Europe for you? I chose places from different countries. But of course, there are many other amazing places to visit while traveling to Europe. Each corner of the continent, depending on the climate and the sea that bathes that destination, you will find different landscapes that will impress you.
Anyway, I’m sure that any place that you choose to visit will be unforgettable. And if you’ll want to get to know more, check out my part 4 of best places to visit in Europe.