There’s simply no better place than Europe for history, culture and culinary diversity – not to mention the great shopping!
Each European country (and there are 44 of them, according to the UN) is unique. All are downright beautiful.
Europe: In brief
About: Europe covers about 3,930,000 sq. miles (10,180,000 sq. km).
Population: It’s densely populated, with 747.7 million people (in 2020).
Countries in Europe: 44 countries (according to the UN)
Smallest country in Europe: Vatican City – yes, the Vatican City in Rome is its own sovereign city-state and country!
Languages: Europe has 24 official languages, with the most common languages being English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Russia.
Some of our top Europe travel articles
1) Porto (Portugal)
Is Porto worth visiting? Absolutely! (Especially if you read our tips on how to avoid the crowds)
2) Dresden (Germany)
Ogle museum treasures and tour opulent palaces. Bicycle the Elbe River. And go beer hopping. You’ll want to spend at least 2 days in Dresden to enjoy what this delightful city has to offer.
3) Mallorca (Spain)
From hiking donkey trails and admiring Palma’s Gothic cathedral to swimming in idyllic coves, we loved all the fabulous things to do in Mallorca.
There are many enchanting places to stay in Mallorca too. (Don’t miss bedding down in a countryside finca!)
4) Istanbul (Turkey)
A Turkish hammam is not just a bath. It’s a decadent indulgence.
If you’re wandering through Istanbul, slipping into one of these luxury hammams is a must-do – a slice of the city’s heart and soul that you can’t miss.
5) Split (Croatia)
“Where is Diocletian’s Palace?” visitors often ask when in Split. Shopkeepers laughingly reply, “You’re in it!” The ruins of this 1,700-year-old palace are the beating heart of the inner city.
Be sure to include Split in your Croatia itinerary!
6) Baden-Baden (Germany)
There’s an art to bathing naked in the co-ed Friedrichsbad. The spa elevates the simple act of getting clean into a decadent three-and-a-half hour ritual. (Just leave your modesty behind.)
We love the Mediterranean
The Med, especially, is lovely to visit in spring and autumn!
About the Med
Countries bordering the Mediterranean: 22 countries share a border with the Mediterranean, including Croatia, Greece and Tunisia
Coastline: 28,600 miles (46,027 km)
Islands: There are 3,000+ islands in the Mediterranean Sea
Largest Mediterranean island: Sicily
Spotlight on Greece
Mama mia! We love Greece!
It’s one of our favorite places to vacation in Europe.
There are many hidden gems and unique places to visit in Greece – and we can’t wait to explore more of them. Kythera, we hear you’re the perfect Greek island?
Where to stay in Europe?
Read our post on our favorite romantic hotels in Europe.
More information on Europe
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