The best places in Europe will provide an incredible experience for you who want to travel to the Old Continent. With the ease of movement and proximity between many of them, it is possible to meet even more than one and marvel at what we see in movies and photos.
To decide which the best places to visit in Europe are, it is important to define the purpose of your trip. After all, the options vary from cities with a preserved ancient history to paradisiacal beaches and megalopolises that mix the modern and the traditional.
In this article, I bring the top 14 places to visit in Europe for a memorable experience. I show the main characteristics of each one and tips on where to visit and which are the best neighborhoods to stay. Read on!
I open the list of the best places in Europe, simply with the city of light! As you know, Paris is the capital and the most populous city in France. Bathed by the River Seine, where you can take a boat trip, it is one of the most important economic centers in Europe. Despite the fact that Paris is very large, the metro will allow you to reach all parts of the city quickly and safely.
The main attractions of Paris are the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Jardin de Luxembourg and Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Finally, do not forget that in Paris there are some of the most famous art galleries in the world, such as the Louvre Museum or the Musee d’Orsay, full of impressionist paintings.
2. London, UK
In second place in the list of the best places in Europe is London, the capital of the United Kingdom. It is one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world. Its long historical tradition and its economic and cultural status at a global level endorse its position in this ranking.
London is one of the main commercial hubs in the world, home to some of the main multinational companies, and the capital is known for its buzz in bars, passion for football, and the charm of the Royal Family.
Eating fish and chips, going to Chinatown, walking among the colorful houses of Notting Hill, or seeing the changing of the guard are some of the many things you can do in London. And what would the city of London be without its wonderful Big Ben or Buckingham Palace? These two monuments, together with the London Eye, a 135 meter high Ferris wheel, make the best attractions in this city. If you are a fan of museums, you can visit the British Museum, the largest in the country, the National Gallery, or the Tate Modern.
3. Rome, Italy
Following the list of places in Europe, there is certainly the most legendary capital and full of millenary stories on the list. This is the fourth largest city in the European Union and stands out for its archaeological wealth, religion, art, fashion, and cuisine.
Rome has a charm hardly comparable to other European cities. Get lost in the Roman streets seeing architectural wonders from Roman times such as the Flavian Amphitheater or Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Catacombs, the Pantheon, or the Castel Sant’Angelo.
This city is also the heart of religion. It houses the Basilica of Saint Peter, one of the most emblematic buildings in the world, as well as the Sistine Chapel, made by Michelangelo. And with all this, do not forget that you have to eat, and if you are a food lover, Italy is the cradle of Italian pizzas, Italian ice cream, and pasta.
The phrase that says “it takes seven lives to see the whole of Rome” is very true. And being such a large city, it is almost impossible to visit all its corners once. So put the coin in the Trevi Fountain and hope to be back soon.
4. Crete, Greece
Then, the first paradise in Greece appears on the list of the best places in Europe, being this the largest and most populous island in the country. The place is very prepared for tourism, so much that it has three airports and receives foreigners from all over the world on its beaches, especially in August, at the height of the European summer.
Its main sights are the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Knossos Palace, Elafonisi Beach (one of the best in the world), Cretaquarium, Arkadi Monastery, and the Venetian Castles. Pay attention to where to stay, as the island is big and you can be too far away. I recommended that you stay at hotels in Chania.
5. Barcelona, Spain
In fifth place on the list is simply the city that receives the most tourists in Spain. Barcelona is modern and traditional, because at the same time it is world-famous for its nightlife, it preserves its nature, architecture, and above all, the local art and all the geniuses that made it history.
When visiting the Catalan capital, visit the following tourist attractions in Barcelona: Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Park Guell, Camp Nou, National Museum of Art, Montserrat, and Montjuic.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
Many think that the United Kingdom or Italy is where the medieval European spirits dwell. However, this isn’t the case. What the United Kingdom has are attractions that provide a clue about the sophistication of aristocratic families. Moreover, Italy has the classic European gallantry.
The medieval European spirit lies somewhere where you least expect it to be. It is in the peaceful Czech Republic, specifically in its capital, Prague. It boasts of an impressive architectural heritage that dates back to medieval times. Examples are the Bethlehem Chapel, All Saints Church, Hluboka State Castle, Permstejn Castle, Old-New Synagogue, and The Dancing House.
In addition, Prague consumes the most beer in the world. And to find the best beer, Prague’s Beer Museum is the place to go. Beer Museum is a building at the heart of Prague’s historic Old Town. It was only built in 2014 but has already toppled the older pubs within the vicinity of Old Town.
As the name implies, the Beer Museum has the largest collection of beer varieties in Prague. You can drink the rarest beer varieties here, such as the Braggot, Gruit, Sahti, Grose, etc. By the way, prepare your lungs because Beer Museum hosts drinking contests.
7. Istanbul, Turkey
I arrive in Istanbul, which is simply the fourth largest city in the world. And in this immense territory, it has many incredible attractions in Turkey. I’m talking about a place rich in beautiful urban settings, religious centers, and of course, the much sought after and famous trade.
The main tourist attractions include the Hagia Sophia (architecture of a millennium and a half), the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, the Gulhane Park, the Galata Tower, the Hippodrome Square, and the Topkapi Palace.
8. Majorca, Spain
In the eastern part of Spain, it is the largest and main of the Balearic Islands, made up of breathtaking scenery. Mallorca is a coastal paradise and at the same time has several interesting places in the capital, with the peculiarity of not being as crowded as Ibiza.
The best guided tours in Majorca include: Palma de Majorca Cathedral, Cuevas Del Branch, Bellver Castle, Cabrera Island, Calla Millor, Palacio Real de la Almudaina, El Arenal Beach and Sierra de Tramuntana.
9. Santorini, Greece
In 9th place, another island of stunning beauty is located in the southeast of Greece. Santorini was formed from the eruption of a volcano, and therefore, stones are present around the city. Its architecture impresses with the iconic houses painted in blue and white, in scenes that look like cartoons.
Among all things to do in Santorini are Imerovigli, Acrotin, Red Beach, Caldera de Santorini, Archaeological Site, and Thira Prehistoric Museum. Among the places to stay, Oia is certainly the main option, as it is the concentration point for tourists.
10. Florence, Italy
If you ask me out of the blue which the most beautiful city in Europe is, it is very likely that Florence will come out of my mouth.
UNESCO calls Florence the capital of art, and the truth is that it is not wrong, since it contains half of the most important artistic works in the country. Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Brunelleschi, or Botticelli are just some of the many artists who left their mark in the capital of Tuscany. Its historic center is considered a World Heritage Site and had its greatest period of splendor with the rule of the Medici dynasty, who brought Renaissance art to the city thanks to their fortune.
I highlight among the main tourist sites in Florence to visit: the beautiful Ponte Vecchio, with several interesting buildings around, in addition to the Central Market, St. Lawrence Basilica, Galleria Degli Uffizi, and Florence Cathedral.
11. Venice, Italy
I arrive in the capital of romanticism, where you park your car outside the city and sail by boat in an unbeatable climate. Venice is located in the northwest of Italy, and its unique identity among the world’s postcards is the fact that it is crossed by rivers, which mixed with the local architecture form an enchanting setting.
Among its islands, linked by bridges, the immense palaces and the beautiful churches that form it stand out. Of particular relevance is the Basilica of San Marcos, the city’s Gothic cathedral or the Doge’s Palace, also in the Gothic style.
Other attractions in Venice that I recommended are: Pizza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs, Bell Tower, and of course, don’t miss the romantic walks around the city.
12. Rhodes, Greece
You’ve certainly heard of the legendary Colossus of Rhodes statue, as you know that one of the Seven Wonders of the World is on this island, located in the Aegean (stuck off the coast of Turkey) and administered by Greece.
In this destination, you will feel the sensation of being in warm waters, and you will even come across ruins and have the impression of having gone back in time. When you go to Rhodes, visit the Palace of the Grain, Prasonisi, Tsanika Beach, the Filerimos Mountains, the Acropolis of Rhodes, and the Archaeological Museum.
13. Vienna, Austria
Another essential city to visit in Europe is Vienna, the capital of Austria. It is one of the most welcoming and beautiful cities in all of Europe. A true symbol of elegance.
If you go to Vienna, you cannot miss the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the largest in the city and the former residence of the Austrian royalty. Other essential places are the Vienna Cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Europe, and the famous Vienna Opera.
I recommend that you book a guided tour, since you will learn a lot and it is free, although in Vienna you also have the option of doing a tour at night, an impressive option, since this city at night is very special.
To take the fresh air, you can go up to the Burggarten, very close to the Vienna Art History Museum. If you get hungry, you can go to the Naschmarkt, one of the main open-air markets in the city.
14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
I close the list with a flourish when talking about the unique charm of the capital of the Netherlands. The truth is that Amsterdam has a unique architecture, made up of its hundreds of bridges, maritime canals, and windmills. Take the opportunity to see the tulips up close, the various shopping options, and of course, the curiosity for the famous “windows.”
Surrounded by bicycles, bike lanes, and canals, you have to be careful not to get lost or run over. If you want to visit the city well, you can walk through Damrak Street, the nerve center of the Red Light District, to cross it completely and reach Dam Square. In this square, you can visit the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the monument in memory of the Second World War, and the De Nieuwe Kerk, the new church.
It is also essential to go to the Bloemenmarkt, the flower market where tulips, geraniums, and all kinds of flowers are sold. If you are a fan of the history of Anne Frank, you can go to the house museum, where she was hidden with her family.
As you can see, Europe boasts an impressive wealth of places to visit. In all of them, the range of sights is extensive, so it’s worth visiting to explore each postcard as much as possible. Europe has no shortage of exotic, incredible, paradisiacal places and even the most beautiful cities in Europe. As all cities are considered centers with a lot of tourist demand, the idea is that you book in advance the hotel where you will be staying and the tours you want to enjoy.