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Best Places to Visit in Europe

September 13, 2013

Best Places to Visit in Europe - like Paris


What are the best places to visit in Europe? There are such a plethora of amazing destinations in Europe for European family vacations, it is almost impossible to narrow it down.

BEST EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS?

We've spent most of 6 years out of our 8 years of non-stop round-the-world travel, spending extended travel time motorhoming in Europe ( including learning Spanish in Spain) and as much as we've explored this beautiful continent, we can't wait to return for more.

DON'T MISS THE ICONIC CITIES OF EUROPE

Best Places to Visit in Europe - like London

Don't miss the popular iconic cities like London, Paris, Rome,and Barcelona , but remember to add slow travel and lesser known destinations to your itinerary or Europe road trip. Here are a few of our favorites:

CINQUE TERRE AND THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

Best Places to Visit in Europe like Cinque Terre on Italian Riviera

Do see famous Venice , Florence and Tuscany as italy with kids is easy, but don't forget romantic Verona for the opera and time in the glorious Italian Riviera in Cinque Terre and Portofino.

PROVENCE AND SOUTH OF FRANCE

Best Places to Visit in Europe like Provence and Pont du Gard

For more beauty, sublime sunny weather and fun, head to the French Riviera and Provence for enchanting  things like canoeing Pont du Gard, biking French vineyards, and stunning horses in the Camargue. Having spent time in Nice, ArlesNimesGordes, Colliore, Narbonne, Avignon, Luberon and more, we can't wait to return for French immersion and free kids clubs.

GORGEOUS GALICIA IN SUMMER

Best Places to Visit in Europe like Galicia, Spain

Southern Spain is divine, as is the Costa Brava, and so much of our beloved Spain, ( like Seville, Granada's Alhambra, Madrid, Jerez Horse Fair, Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, etc) but if you travel to Spain in summer, we highly recommend that you visit northern Spain, especially Galicia and perhaps even walk a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

SANTORINI AND THE GREEK ISLANDS

Best Places to Visit in Europe like Greek Islands Santorini

We so loved Santorini that we stayed over a month, but also loved Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos, Samos  and all the Greek Islands with kids along with amazing places on the mainland like Olympia, Mycenae, the many museums ,the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens and the exquisite ancient ruins. If you skip high season July and August, Greece rocks for family travel.


NORWAY FJORDS AND SCANDINAVIA

Best Places to Visit in Europe like Norway fjords

Summer in Scandinavia is idyllic and Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark are all wholesome  destinations.especially when you have friends in Sweden like we do who spoil us with things like cooking reindeer meat in a kota,  foraging for mushrooms and time on a farm. We even found ways to do Norway fjords on a budget!

DUBROVNIK AND CROATIA

Best Places to Visit in Europe like Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is another place we fell in love with and stayed over a month, then found endless enchantments in Croatia like Rovinj, Plitvice Park, KorculaSplit, Dalmation coast as well as visiting nearby Ljubljana and Lake Bled  or  Montenegro and Kotor Riviera


SINTRA PORTUGAL

Best Places to Visit in Europe like Sintra Portugal

Pena Palace in Sintra was our favorite castle in Europe and we enjoyed many spots in Portugal like Cabo de Roca, Evora, Obidos, Lisbon  Oporto and Dorhou Valley as well as   swimming with dolphins in the Algarve.

ROMANTIC ROAD

Best Places to Visit in Europe like Romantic Road in Germany

We love learning while traveling all over Europe and the many historical sites and enactments like this one in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, ( famous for Christmas markets too)  on the Romantic Road in Germany. Yum, we also enjoyed learning about chocolate making in Koeln

Where is your favorite place in Europe?

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Marlana

This post will make anyone miss Europe. Terribly.

Amanda S

So many amazing places to see! I was wondering 2 things. Do you have a blog to recommend about saving money in Scandinavian countries (I hear they can be really expensive)? And Do you limit how many attractions you see when you are visiting a new place? I know it can be quite costly to visit the major attractions and wanted to know how you stay on budget and see some of these great places?
Thank you for sharing your life and wisdom!

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