Hopefully you enjoyed part 6 of this series, which included some awesome places recommended by travel experts. Now we continue on with our list, and feature even more amazing places in Europe that should be on every traveler’s bucketlist! [click here to go all the way back to part 1]
Europe has so many awesome locations and places and interesting monuments and historical sites, that I could literally spend a lifetime exploring it all. Better get started I guess!
100 Places to Visit in Europe before you Die: Part 7
61. Loire Valley castles in France
Text from Jen of The Trusted Traveller. The Loire Valley is a region of France, south of Paris, that is famous for its many Chateaux. Scattered throughout the lush green countryside you’ll find hundreds of castles, both grand hundred plus room monstrosities to smaller, more modest versions where you can stay a night or two while exploring the region. The Chateaux have been a popular playground for France’s aristocratic for centuries with the area once being the centre of power in the country. The Kings and Queens moved back to Paris in the mid-16th century but the area continued to be a popular place to be and be seen. Of all the Chateaux in the region, the most well-known would have to be Chateaux Chambord. This classic French Renaissance castle was originally constructed for King Francis I as a modest hunting lodge but he never got to complete it. Since, it has undergone multiple renovations and stands as the biggest castle in the region with a massive 440 rooms. Visitors can take a peak in a few of those rooms for a fee or wander the grounds for a free.
62. Fjords of Norway
Text from Betsy of Passing Thru. Norway’s fjords are responsible for kindling my love affair with travel decades ago. Growing up in the Midwest, I’d never seen such stately mountains. And a fjord slashing through those mountains with a storybook village nestled at its mouth was something entirely, and wonderfully, different. Flåm, on the Aurlandsfjord tributary of Sognefjord, was where our rooms cantilevered over the sea. We drifted off to sleep accompanied by a gentle, tidal lullaby, It’s been said that you can fall in love at first sight with a place as well as a person. With Sognefjord, I fell in love at first sleep.
63. Nissi Beach, Agia Napa, Cyprus
Text from Jelena of 100 Days of Sunshine. Agia Napa has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and there’s a beach here for everyone. The most famous beach on the island is Nissi Beach which is made up of 2 connecting beaches. Nissi has soft white sand and spectacular crystal clear blue waters. You can walk over 100 meters into the sea and you will still be in shallow water. During peak months, May – October, the beach scene is quiet fun and lively. For adventure lovers, there’s a variety of water sports to choose from here as well as cliff diving. Scuba diving is also very popular in this area and there are plenty of dive sites. Swimming season ends around mid November in Cyprus.
64. Black Sea, Varna, Bulgaria
Text from Sianna and Teddy of eostories.com. If you happen to visit Bulgaria in the summer then Varna should definitely be one of your stops on the seaside as it is the sea capital of the country. Start your visit with a free walking tour that will take you through the most important sights and history (every day at 6pm in front of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin from May until September). The Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea is getting more and more popular, because its resorts offer a wide variety of activities for young people as well as families with kids. Head to the south of the seaside where you will find the beautiful UNESCO heritage town Nesebar, different campsites and well preserved beaches and the notorious party resort Sunny Beach. Take your pick!
65. Novi Sad, Serbia
Text from Kami of My Wanderlust. Located on the way between Belgrade and Budapest, Novi Sad is a perfect stop for everyone who enjoys the Central European vibe. The beautiful architecture, the incredible cafe culture and the laid-back atmosphere make it one of the best (still) undiscovered destinations in the Balkans. Across the Old Town, on the other side of Danube, lies a magnificent Petrovardin fortress that each summer hosts one of the best music festivals in Europe – EXIT. If you’re looking for an unobvious city break then Novi Sad is definitely a place to visit!
66. Bilbao, Spain
Text from Viktoria of Chronic Wanderlust. The inspiring city of Bilbao is best known for a museum. The Guggenheim Museums are found all across the world – usually in bustling cities such as New York City or tourism magnets as Venice. The iconic museum is not only pleasant to the eye from the outside, also the interior is well worth a visit! Spend a few hours strolling through the art galleries before you head out to explore the city itself. Lovely plazas to enjoy a glass of summer wine or a Cafe con Leche is all you need in Spain!
67. Evora, Portugal
Text from Sandra of Tripper. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, one will think the Portuguese city of Évora is more hype than anything else. I agree that once you’ve seen the ruins in Rome (or Merida in Spain), a Roman temple like the one in this Central Alentejo city seems unimpressive. But the city is more than a collection of must-see Historical sites (don’t forget to add the Cathedral and the unsettling stillness of the Bone Chapel to this list). The locals are genuinely nice, the kind that will make you say “they are really good people”. Oh and the food? Alentejo cuisine is made of generous dishes seasoned with coriander, oregano, and high quality olive oil. On top of all that, “foodporn” worthy desserts and cheese, paired with a glass (or several) of the finest red wine.
68. The breakaway state of Transnistria
Text and photo from Iulia of The Pink Moustache. A mandatory stop in the Ukrainian-Moldavian eastern European area is the self proclaimed independent Republic of Transnistria. Crossing the border over to the territory located on the eastern part of Moldova is like stepping back in time 25 years back. The whole country seems to be stuck in time, nostalgic about the glorious long gone years of the USSR. Little signs of modern times are to be spotted here and there, but everything from the architecture, to the lack of commercial areas, the high military control over the society, all take you back to communist Eastern Europe. Bizarre contrasts between the poverty of the regular Joe and the flashy Lexus of the local mob mogul, between the apartment buildings falling apart and the gold covered churches come as a shock to the visitor.
Text from Ben and Jazzy from Road Affair. Luxembourg, located in Western Europe, is a landlocked country bordered by Belgium, Germany and France. It is one of the smallest countries in Europe and the only Grand Duchy in the world. Luxembourg was completely destroyed during WWII but recovered quickly due to steel production and the banking industry. Nowadays it is among the world’s three richest countries. However, Luxembourg not only caters to bankers and rich folks. Travelers will find fairy-tale medieval castles on top of forested hills, picturesque villages with friendly locals, war museums remembering the sad history of WWII and so much more. Overall, this small country is full of surprises and should not be missed.
70. The Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
Ireland is dotted with places that offer stunning views. One of them is the Dingle Peninsula, Europe’s westernmost point, stretching for 48 kilometers into the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s South West coast. The typical starting point to visit the Dingle Peninsula is the town of Dingle, and the best way to explore it is by bike (although there are also hiking trails). This way, one can fully appreciate the view of the cliffs, the sandy beaches where it is safe to swim, and the view of Great Basket Island. The peninsula is also packed with monuments from the Bronze Age, from the Dark Age and from the times of the English domination.