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Europe travel guide

For a relatively small continent, Europe is a huge vacation destination.

It’s rich in culture and history – and the food and wine is some of the best in the world!

Europe Travel Guide

Contents: Europe guide

Europe in brief

Our top Europe articles

Spotlight on Greece

5 Famous European landmarks

Europe in focus

  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Northern Europe

Where to stay in Europe

More on Europe (all our Europe posts)

Europe: In brief

About: Europe covers about 3,930,000 sq. miles (10,180,000 sq. km)

Population: 747.7 million (in 2020)

Countries in Europe: 44 countries (according to the UN)

Smallest country: Vatican City – yes, the Vatican City in Rome is its own sovereign city-state and country

Languages: 24 official languages, with the most common languages being English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Russian

Start with some of our top Europe articles

European highlights

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) 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.

5) 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.)

Spotlight on Greece

Mama mia! We love Greece!

It’s one of our favorite countries to visit 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?

For everything we know about Greece (well, almost everything), check out our Stylish Greece Travel Guide.

Find info on the best beach hotels in Mykonos, Santorini hotel reviews and more.

5 Famous landmarks in Europe

1) Eiffel Tower in Paris

2) Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy

3) Alhambra in Granada, Spain

4) Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

5) Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

Europe in focus

Western Europe:

Eastern Europe:

  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Northern Europe:

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Where to stay in Europe?

    See our post on our favorite romantic hotels in Europe.

    More on Europe

    See: All our Europe posts

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