The 5 Most Iconic Places To Visit In Europe This Year

Many European mysteries are still being uncovered, with the oldest cities and ancient ruins living here. There are more than 250 languages spoken, and a melting pot of cultures, ideas, and landscapes. If there’s anywhere you need to visit this summer; it’s EUROPE.

Many European mysteries are still being uncovered, with the oldest cities and ancient ruins living here. There are more than 250 languages spoken, and a melting pot of cultures, ideas, and landscapes. If there’s anywhere you need to visit this summer; it’s EUROPE.

1. Rome

Take a trip to the ‘Eternal City’ the home of 3,000 years of art, architecture, and culture. Breathtaking ancient ruins like the Forum and the Colosseum are all around you. But there’s so much more to this enchanting city. And so many secrets waiting for you to unlock.While you’re there, make sure to visit Sant’Eustachio II Caffe, which is walking distance from the Pantheon and famous for the best coffee in town. It’s even blended with water from an ancient aqueduct. If the romance of Italy is alluring, why not try to see 17 cities in 7 days? You can fit as much pasta and gelato as you please in by booking the Ultimate Italy trip.

ROME

With a tour of 17 cities in 7 days you can eat as much gelato as you please

1. Rome

With a tour of 17 cities in  7 days you can eat as much gelato as you please

Take a trip to the ‘Eternal City’ the home of 3,000 years of art, architecture, and culture. Breathtaking ancient ruins like the Forum and the Colosseum are all around you. But there’s so much more to this enchanting city. And so many secrets waiting for you to unlock.While you’re there, make sure to visit Sant’Eustachio II Caffe, which is walking distance from the Pantheon and famous for the best coffee in town. It’s even blended with water from an ancient aqueduct. If the romance of Italy is alluring, why not try to see 17 cities in 7 days? You can fit as much pasta and gelato as you please in by booking the Ultimate Italy trip.

2. Paris

Paris has inspired some of the greatest artists of our time. If you’re looking to soak up some inspiration, Montmartre is where you need to go. This artist district inspired the greats like Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Pick a direction and walk, you’ll find beauty around every corner. From the Picasso museum to the Sacre Coeur with its never-ending rows of polished white steps. Take a moment in the sunshine with a picnic; you might even be able to see the iconic shape of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, cutting the sky in two and beckoning you closer. Read more about saving up to travel the world here.

You’ll have to see the sights while you’re there, from the Eiffel Tower to the Moulin Rouge. The real gem of Paris is that you can find something worth seeing, eating, reading, or drinking wherever you go. Duck into any busy small bistro that lines the street, and you’ll be treated to the best in food and wine. As always, there’s always some shopping to be done. If you’re a fan of luxury, Paris is the birthplace of Chanel, so you can expect to see the best in high-fashion and trends as you walk around.

You can even book a trip to London and Paris and see the best of both capital cities with EF Ultimate Break.

PARIS

Double up and book a trip to both London and Paris

2. Paris

Double up and book a trip to both London and Paris

Paris has inspired some of the greatest artists of our time. If you’re looking to soak up some inspiration, Montmartre is where you need to go. This artist district inspired the greats like Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Pick a direction and walk, you’ll find beauty around every corner. From the Picasso museum to the Sacre Coeur with its never-ending rows of polished white steps. Take a moment in the sunshine with a picnic; you might even be able to see the iconic shape of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, cutting the sky in two and beckoning you closer. Read more about saving up to travel the world here.

You’ll have to see the sights while you’re there, from the Eiffel Tower to the Moulin Rouge. The real gem of Paris is that you can find something worth seeing, eating, reading, or drinking wherever you go. Duck into any busy small bistro that lines the street, and you’ll be treated to the best in food and wine. As always, there’s always some shopping to be done. If you’re a fan of luxury, Paris is the birthplace of Chanel, so you can expect to see the best in high-fashion and trends as you walk around.

You can even book a trip to London and Paris and see the best of both capital cities with EF Ultimate Break.

3. Santorini

Go on a Greek Islands trip and see the best of Santorini

With over three million posts on Instagram, there’s an iconic yet dreamlike quality to the island of Santorini. Particularly the city of Oia, famed for its blue-domed churches and incredible sunsets. With over three million posts on Instagram, there’s an iconic yet dreamlike quality to the island of Santorini. Particularly the city of Oia, famed for its blue-domed churches and incredible sunsets.

There’s a lot more to see and do in Santorini than you’d have thought. If you’re seeking the sun, you’ll want to sink your toes into the white sand, read a good book in front of the lull of crashing waves and do nothing but relax. And if you’re interested in exploration, this kaleidoscopic city holds so many treasures including the Akrotiri ruins, the suspected site of the lost city of Atlantis. There’s a lot more to see and do in Santorini than you’d have thought. If you’re seeking the sun, you’ll want to sink your toes into the white sand, read a good book in front of the lull of crashing waves and do nothing but relax. And if you’re interested in exploration, this kaleidoscopic city holds so many treasures including the Akrotiri ruins, the suspected site of the lost city of Atlantis.

If you’re interested in picking up some one-of-a-kind pieces, you can walk through the narrow streets of Fira and shop local artwork, souvenirs, and handcrafted jewelry. Find out more about a trip to Santorini on a Greek Islands trip. If you’re interested in picking up some one-of-a-kind pieces, you can walk through the narrow streets of Fira and shop local artwork, souvenirs, and handcrafted jewelry. Find out more about a trip to Santorini on a Greek Islands trip.

3. Santorini

With over three million posts on Instagram, there’s an iconic yet dreamlike quality to the island of Santorini. Particularly the city of Oia, famed for its blue-domed churches and incredible sunsets. With over three million posts on Instagram, there’s an iconic yet dreamlike quality to the island of Santorini. Particularly the city of Oia, famed for its blue-domed churches and incredible sunsets.

There’s a lot more to see and do in Santorini than you’d have thought. If you’re seeking the sun, you’ll want to sink your toes into the white sand, read a good book in front of the lull of crashing waves and do nothing but relax. And if you’re interested in exploration, this kaleidoscopic city holds so many treasures including the Akrotiri ruins, the suspected site of the lost city of Atlantis. There’s a lot more to see and do in Santorini than you’d have thought. If you’re seeking the sun, you’ll want to sink your toes into the white sand, read a good book in front of the lull of crashing waves and do nothing but relax. And if you’re interested in exploration, this kaleidoscopic city holds so many treasures including the Akrotiri ruins, the suspected site of the lost city of Atlantis.

If you’re interested in picking up some one-of-a-kind pieces, you can walk through the narrow streets of Fira and shop local artwork, souvenirs, and handcrafted jewelry. Find out more about a trip to Santorini on a Greek Islands trip. If you’re interested in picking up some one-of-a-kind pieces, you can walk through the narrow streets of Fira and shop local artwork, souvenirs, and handcrafted jewelry. Find out more about a trip to Santorini on a Greek Islands trip.

SANTORINI

Go on a Greek Islands trip and see the best of Santorini

4. Barcelona

The capital of northeastern Spain is best visited with an open mind and a desire to live like a local. This bustling city is a trove of uniqueness, from Gaudi’s genius architecture to the Gracia neighborhood. Towering above you, inspiration and a sentiment that reminds you of what can happen when you think outside the box.

At the heart of Barcelona, you can find sun-drenched beaches, pulsing nightlife that stretches out into the early hours of the morning, and sunset views from up high on a terrace overlooking the city.

One thing you should do is visit the Brunch & Cake, a spot so in demand it’s rare to see nobody queuing outside. Rent an electric bike and cycle to the Boqueria market for market-fresh produce and an authentic, centuries-old market experience. Ready to go? Find out more about Barcelona with a Highlights of Spain trip.

BARCELONA

See the highlights of Spain and get a slice of Barcelona

4. Barcelona

See the highlights of Spain and get a slice of Barcelona

The capital of northeastern Spain is best visited with an open mind and a desire to live like a local. This bustling city is a trove of uniqueness, from Gaudi’s genius architecture to the Gracia neighborhood. Towering above you, inspiration and a sentiment that reminds you of what can happen when you think outside the box.

At the heart of Barcelona, you can find sun-drenched beaches, pulsing nightlife that stretches out into the early hours of the morning, and sunset views from up high on a terrace overlooking the city.

One thing you should do is visit the Brunch & Cake, a spot so in demand it’s rare to see nobody queuing outside. Rent an electric bike and cycle to the Boqueria market for market-fresh produce and an authentic, centuries-old market experience. Ready to go? Find out more about Barcelona with a Highlights of Spain trip.

5. Lisbon

This city has a charm you won’t be able to resist

Lisbon has a charm you won’t be able to resist. It is one of Europe’s oldest cities and as such, can be a jigsaw puzzle of beautiful buildings and cobblestoned streets. While it’s hot in the summer, you will love the spirit of this place.

Spoil yourself with the rich cuisines of Portugal, because good food is one of the things every Portuguese person holds close to their heart. Food in Lisbon is an experience, and there’s plenty of places to sample it.

For an authentic Portuguese experience, head to the famous Pasteis de Belém and try a Pasteis de Nata. This creamy little pastry with a custard filling is one of the many points of pride of Lisbon. Also be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth by visiting Pappabubble on Rua da Conceicao. Pappabubble sells homemade candy that’s incredibly flavored and makes the perfect gift for your journey home. The only way to sum up how you’ll feel when you leave is the Portuguese word we have no translation for, ‘saudades.’ A longing for a place, time, or feeling.

Plan your trip to Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona today.

5. Lisbon

Lisbon has a charm you won’t be able to resist. It is one of Europe’s oldest cities and as such, can be a jigsaw puzzle of beautiful buildings and cobblestoned streets. While it’s hot in the summer, you will love the spirit of this place.

Spoil yourself with the rich cuisines of Portugal, because good food is one of the things every Portuguese person holds close to their heart. Food in Lisbon is an experience, and there’s plenty of places to sample it.

For an authentic Portuguese experience, head to the famous Pasteis de Belém and try a Pasteis de Nata. This creamy little pastry with a custard filling is one of the many points of pride of Lisbon. Also be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth by visiting Pappabubble on Rua da Conceicao. Pappabubble sells homemade candy that’s incredibly flavored and makes the perfect gift for your journey home. The only way to sum up how you’ll feel when you leave is the Portuguese word we have no translation for, ‘saudades.’ A longing for a place, time, or feeling.

Plan your trip to Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona today.

LISBON

This city has a charm you won’t be able to resist

To fully immerse yourself in Europe, experience the European Summer. 14 cities over 35 days, where you’ll hit the best spots. Start planning the trip of a lifetime. When you book any EF Ultimate Break trip, use the code: CGD100 to save $100.

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