Europe is a place straight out of fairytales and has a lot of things to do. From watching unravel in the metro stations of Stockholm to enjoying croissants and coffee in Paris, or having a meal in the mysterious village of Ariccia. Europe is full of fun things for you to soak up. In fact, one lifetime feels like a little less to experience everything. As the world is reopening after the pandemic, it seems like everyone is planning for a dream vacation. We cannot help but make a list of all the jocular things to do once we land in the European dream. It is impossible to put everything down in one list, so here are our top 17 favourite things to do while visiting Europe.
A royal walk on London’s Primrose Hill
A small city famous for its regent Victorian terraces, pastel-coloured houses and royal parks, is also a city of honour. On the way up of your stroll on Primrose Hill lookout for an oak tree. On the way up, look out for”Shakespeare’s Tree.” The tree was planted in 1864 to honour Shakespeare’s birth. Fun fact: the tree is replaced with a new tree every hundred or so years.
Grab and eat in San Sebastián
San Sebastián or, a city popular for its mouthwatering and authentic food. Pintxos or Pincho are small, traditional bar snacks made of fresh vegetables, seafood, and cheese. These grab and go snacks are loaded with flavours. Grab a seat in the bar and order some beer and pintxo and enjoy the beach view.
Take a water taxi in Venice
City of canals and bridges, Venice is a charming city. Unlike any other city, you don’t need a taxi car to get around. You need a water taxi to get anywhere you want. What’s better than riding an open boat strolling between the old walls of Venice’s grand buildings.
Bike along Amsterdam’s canals
Amsterdam or a city on two wheels is popular for its residents riding their bikes anywhere. If you want to explore the city, rent a bike and ride along the 17th-century canals. In case you want a quieter ride, then paddle your bike to the exceptionally beautiful Vondelpark.
Warm yourself in a thermal bath in Budapest
A thermal bath in Budapest should be mandatory on your vacation list. Relax in mineral-infused water springs straight from the ground, channelling in the saunas, steam rooms and pools.
Island hopping in Greece
If you have watched Mamma Mia, then you must be familiar with beautiful Greek islands. Greek islands are scattered like shimmering gems in the Aegean and Ionian seas. Island hopping in Greece gives you the thrill of discovering the unknown. Ride a ferry and go discover islands with sun-drenched shorelines.
Bike ride along the coast in Cornwall
County of sandy beaches, Cornwall is heaven on Earth for beach-lovers. One can never get enough of the seas with thousands of shades of blue. Lush green fields of Cornwall are dotted with castle ruins that are of great historical significance. Rent a bike, hop on and discover the land of seas, castle ruins, coffee and lemon drizzle cake.
Skinny dipping in Sweden
Skinny dipping is probably something that all modern travellers want to do. If you are one of those travellers, then Sweden is the perfect place for you. Sweden is one of few countries where people are comfortable with nudity. Tiny bights of Västerbron Bridge at the tip of Långholmen are covered, private and an ideal spot for a skinny dip.
Florence’s Renaissance views
Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region, is the city of cathedrals and terracotta-tiled arches. The city is home to Renaissance art and architecture masterpieces. Talk a walk along the Uffizi’s Gallery displaying Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”, Michelangelo’s “The Holy Family“, da Vinci’s “Annunciation” and many more.
Shop in Paris’s Canal Saint-Martin neighbourhood
Europe is every shopper’s dream destination.
Paris is the city of timeless, effortless and chic fashion styles. You will find luxury shops on every other street. One street that you must visit is Champs-Élysées street. The Champs-Élysées is one of the most fashionably rich streets in Paris. It houses luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Guerlain. You can also find big brand stores like Zara and H&M.
Norway’s ice-cold marvels
Glaciers remind us that nature is in charge of superpowers. And Europe, particularly Norway, is widely known for picturesque ice caps. Norway houses many of Europe’s most impressive glacial caps. Many of these glaciers are easily accessible and you can go for ice-hiking or trekking tours on them. Book a stay on an expedition ship and get up close with nature’s marvellous creation.
Prague’s Christmas markets
Winters are exceptionally colourful in Prague. Old Town Square is decked up with thousands of fairy lights. Christmas markets in Prague keep the magic of the festive spirit alive. Explore the light-up Winterland market for handicrafts, vintage clocks, woollen scarves and whatnot. Also, don’t forget to try sweet dumplings and hot pancakes.
A boat ride to enjoy the French Riviera’s view
The French Riviera is known for its lush beauty and luxury. It has luxurious beach resorts such as Cannes and Saint Tropez. Rent a boat and enjoy the warm sun and clear water.
Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
Northern lights are visible from September to March every year. Plan your visit around these months to see the magic of nature. Other than relishing the magical view, you can also ride a reindeer sleigh around a frozen lake. Make sure you have a camera ready because your phone will give up in the biting cold.
Sunrise over the historical Charles Bridge
The historic stone arch, Charles Bridge in Prague, is built over the river Vltava. The bridge connects Old Town with Mala Strana. The historical bridge looks surreal at the time of sunrise. If you are in Europe, you must visit one of the most beautiful bridges on the Royal Route.
Enjoy the art of Stockholm’s metro stations
Europe is indeed the land of art and architecture. Every street booms with splashes of colours and art. One of the unique artistic places to visit is the Stockholm metro system. The Stockholm metro station is the world’s longest art gallery. It covers over 60-plus miles. Hop on the train and watch stations decorated with giant murals, intricate tile-work, beautiful mosaics and sculptures pass by.
Cliff jumping in Croatia
Croatia may not have sandy beaches to flaunt, but it does have dozens of incredibly beautiful cliffs adorned through its land. The cliffs are crafted by the sea and are perfect for cliff jumping. Nothing can beat the thrill of jumping into the warm water. Some of the best spots for the jump are Sacred Rock, Kamenjak Cape, Cave of Odysseus and Sveta Nedilja.
All you need to do now is pack your bags and go on your dream vacation.