100 Best Places to Visit in Europe Before you Die: Part Three
100 Best Places to Visit in Europe
21. The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Text from Suzanne of The Travel Bunny. The Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), despite often being called the southern-most fjord in Europe, is actually a submerged river canyon and one of the most beautiful sights in Montenegro. One of the best spots to view it from is hairpin number 25 in the road that leads to the top of the craggy mountains over-looking the bay.
It’s 850m above sea level and from this height you can see the bay in all it’s glory as it makes its way inland from the coast. It’s as bright and sparkling as any Scandinavian fjord and with it’s pretty old town perched by the bay on the side of the mountain and city walls that are worth the climb for spectacular views it’s not surprising that it is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
22. The Camino de Santiago Trail, Spain
Text from Andrew of the Passport Chronicals. For over a millennium, Catholics have been undertaking the Camino de Santiago to the tomb of St. James in northern Spain by foot. Ancient pilgrims historically started their journey at the doorsteps of their own house and utilized a network of trails across Europe to find the saint’s final resting place.
Today, the most popular of these ancient routes is the “French Way”, which runs 800 km from St. Jean Pied de Port on the French border to Santiago de Compostela close to the pacific coast. Today’s pilgrim will conquer the fabled Pyrenees, hike through picturesque hamlets and soak in the atmosphere of Pamplona, Leon and Burgos.
The Camino will test you physically and mentally, but will reward you with so much more. Buen Camino!
23. Riga, Latvia
Text and photo from Kirsty from Kathmandu and Beyond. One of my favourite cities in the Baltics, there is certainly no shortage of things to do in Riga. The Old Town is perfect for exploring on foot, wandering from one magical plaza to another. The ornate House of the Blackheads is one of Riga’s most photographed building but it’s just one of many highlights.
A short walk from the Old Town, Riga’s ‘Quiet Centre’, also known as the Art Nouveau district, is another ‘must-see’. It’s easy to spend a few hours here photographing the stunning architecture of the grand buildings. Finally, don’t miss the Central Market – housed in World War II Zeppelin hangers, it’s one of Europe’s best!
24. Gozo, Malta
Photo and text from the Country Hopping Couple. One of the phenomenal structure and an iconic natural monument in Malta, Azure Window is located in the Dwejra Bay on the Inland Sea in Gozo Island, the sister island of Malta. A natural limestone arch, it was created when two limestone sea caves collapsed.
The arch has also been featured in The Game of Thrones and in many other movies. Right next to the arch is the Blue Hole, a crystalline pool 10m wide, a popular diving spot. The rare geographical structure of the area coupled with diverse wildlife, pristine water & a beautiful stretch of unspoilt shore attracts people from all walks of life.
The whole area around Dwejra Bay, Inland Sea, Azure Window & Fungus Rock make a great tourist attraction. And they come free of cost.
25. The Transfagarasan Road, Romania
26. Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm might be best known for their blonde haired bombshells, but it also happens to be one of the most clean and beautiful cities I’ve been to. When you’re here make sure to take a island tour in one of the many tour boat, and see Stockholm from the beautiful lagoons and inlet.
27. The Faroe Islands
Text from Kirsten from Globetrotter in a Wheelchair. In the heart of the Gulf Stream, sandwiched in between Norway and Iceland you will find 18 islands; the Faroe Islands. These green almost fairytale islands, most of them connected with road-tunnels, have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948.
Even in summer the weather is quite changeable. Going from one island to another can change the weather from sunny and warm to chilly and grey. It is quiet, almost as times stands still. Small villages appear in the fog revealing wooden houses under the heavy grass-roofs. Behind them you will find the dramatic bays.
The razor sharp coastlines are a paradise for ornithologist. It’s well worth the effort to bring your binoculars to study the colorful puffins. In Danish, the name translates as “the islands of sheep” and sheep you will find anywhere. Some even believe they were there before the people.
28. Ghent, Belgium
29. Meteora, Greece
Text and photo from Margherita of The Crowded Planet. The first time I glanced upon Meteora, I couldn’t believe my eyes. A valley with stone pillars topped by monasteries, overlooking the great expanse below, as if they were protecting it and its people, with the backdrop of the setting sun.
Meteora in the Thessaly region of Northern Greece, about 3 hours north of Athens; its gateway is the village of Kalambaka. The stunning monasteries were built by Orthodox monks fleeing Turkish attacks on the coast, in the 14th century – all equipment and materials to build the monasteries were carried up the pillars by monks rock climbing.
Nowadays, there’s plenty to do in Meteora besides touring the monasteries. Activities on offer include hiking, rock climbing and via ferrata.