57 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

57 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Fly to Madeira Airport, Drive to Santana
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Santana, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive to Madeira Airport, Fly to Lisbon
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly to Lamezia Terme Airport, Drive to Santa Caterina dello Ionio
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Santa Caterina dello Ionio, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive to Lamezia Terme Airport, Fly to Palermo
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Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Valletta, Malta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry to Santorini, Taxi to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Giza
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Giza, Egypt
— 3 nights
Taxi
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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Santana, Portugal

— 4 nights
Santana, short form for Santa Ana is a municipality along the northern coast of the island of Madeira, in Portuguese archipelago of the same name. Let the collections at Ethnographic Museum and Engenhos do Norte capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Igreja de Sao Bento and Santana Mother Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santana: Igreja Do Senhor Bom Jesus (in Ponta Delgada), Machico (Clube de Golf Santo da Serra & Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Conceicao) and Prainha do Canical (in Canical). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta de Sao Lourenco, hike along Levada do Castelejo, identify plant and animal life at Levada Caldeirao do Inferno, and delve into the lush surroundings at Laurissilva Forest.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santana trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Santana is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Santana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, you will find days in Santana are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Santana

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Centro Historico de Evora will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Batalha Monastery and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Venture out of the city with trips to Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Basilica da Santissima Trindade (in Fatima). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online journey builder.

Explore your travel options from Santana to Lisbon with the Route module. Traveling from Santana in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lisbon, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and finally walk around Parque del Retiro. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Plaza mayor de Chinchon, take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Madrid tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Madrid is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): walk around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, make a trip to Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, then examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, steep yourself in history at Ciutat Vella, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, then wander the streets of El Born, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona vacation planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau) (in Fontainebleau), Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon (in Laon). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stop by Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and learn about all things military at The Army Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in April: high temperatures in Paris hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Portuguese Synagogue, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Moco Museum Amsterdam, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally engage your brain at Body Worlds.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Amsterdam route builder site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Peter's Church and Deutsches Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Munich Residenz and English Garden. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, make a trip to Marienplatz, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and admire the striking features of BMW Headquarters.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Munich visit planning tool.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Munich in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Munich are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): wander the streets of Cannaregio and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Munich in April: high temperatures in Venice hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 3 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bishop's Treasury Museum and Sveti Mihovil. Step out of the city life by going to Zitna Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Korcula Town: Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato), Orebic (Monastery of Our Lady of Andela, Villa Korta Katarina & Winery, Relais & Chateaux Member, &more) and Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Atelier Abel, make a trip to Velika Knezeva Kula, stop by Bags by Kristina, and do a tasting at Lovric Winery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Korcula Town trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Venice to Korcula Town takes 10 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. St. Peter's Basilica and Cupola di San Pietro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Monastero Di S.Benedetto in Subiaco, approximately Subiaco away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning app.

Getting from Korcula Town to Rome by car takes about 15 hours. April in Rome sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Caterina dello Ionio.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

Santa Caterina dello Ionio, Italy

— 3 nights
Santa Caterina dello lonio is a town and comune in the province of Catanzaro in the Calabria region of southern Italy.GeographyThe village is bordered by Badolato and Guardavalle. Get a sense of the local culture at Sanctuary Hermit of Santa Maria della Stella and Castle of Stilo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Borgo di Santa Caterina dello Ionio and Cattolica di Stilo. Explore Santa Caterina dello Ionio's surroundings by going to Mongiana (Museo delle Reali Ferriere Borboniche & Parco di Villa Vittoria), Serra San Bruno (Santa Maria Nel Bosco Santuary, Chiesa di Maria SS. Assunta di Terravecchia, &more) and Villa Caristo (in Stignano). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Stilo, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata del Marmarico, and don't miss a visit to Monastero di San Giovanni Theristis.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Caterina dello Ionio route builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rome to Santa Caterina dello Ionio. In May, daytime highs in Santa Caterina dello Ionio are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Santa Caterina dello Ionio

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Palermo, Italy

— 2 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Domenico e Chiostro, contemplate the long history of Villino Florio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, then don't miss a visit to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Maria della Pieta'.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Palermo visit planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Caterina dello Ionio to Palermo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Valletta.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Valletta, Malta

— 4 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Lascaris War Rooms and Casa Rocca Piccola will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. John's Co-Cathedral and Fort St Elmo - National War Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valletta: Xemxija Heritage Trail (in St. Paul's Bay), Blue Hole (in San Lawrenz) and Fort Chambray (in Ghajnsielem). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Saluting Battery, examine the collection at Palace Armoury, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis' Church Valletta, and admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Valletta tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Valletta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Valletta

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, stroll around Philopappos Hill, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and finally appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip maker.

Fly from Valletta to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Athens is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Kapari Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Platis Gialos Beach and Church of Saint George. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mykonos Town: Delos (House of Masks, Mount Kynthos, &more). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Lena's House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Paleokastro.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town day trip planning app.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Oia, Greece

— 3 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Escape the urban bustle at Perissa Black Sand Beach and Vlychada Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Mnemossyne Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Castelli of Pyrgos (in Pyrgos), Monastery of Profitis Ilias (in Moni Profitou Iliou) and Akrotiri (Akrotiri & Red Beach). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of The Castle of St Nicholas.

Start your trip to Oia by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Mykonos Town to Oia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Oia are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Giza, Egypt

— 3 nights
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pyramids of Giza. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee de la Barque Solaire, steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, then delve into the distant past at Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep's Mastaba, then explore the ancient world of Pyramid of Unas, and finally explore the ancient world of Serapeum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Mastaba of Mereruka, delve into the distant past at Mastaba of Ti, then examine the collection at Imhotep Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Ski Egypt.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Giza tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Oia to Giza by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oia in May: high temperatures in Giza hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cairo.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Cairo, Egypt

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
You've now added Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids to your itinerary. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya) will appeal to museum buffs. Coptic Cairo and Al-Azhar Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rifai Mosque, explore the activities along Nile River, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cave Church, and head off the coast to Zamalek (Gezira Island).

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairo online tour itinerary planner.

Cairo is very close to Giza. In May, daily temperatures in Cairo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

Madeira travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Pearl of the Atlantic
Madeira, the largest island of the eponymous archipelago, serves as one of Portugal's top year-round holiday destinations. Although it draws a growing number of visitors, the island retains much of its relaxed atmosphere and provides an alternative vacation idea for travelers seeking a tropical paradise still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. The capital city of Funchal, settled in the 15th century, attracts the biggest crowds and serves as a convenient stopover for trans-Atlantic cruise ships sailing from the Caribbean. When you get tired of exploring Fuchal's lively streets and beaches, hop on a boat tour of the archipelago for some whale watching or big game fishing.

Central Portugal travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Croatia travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Calabria travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.

Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.

Island of Malta travel guide

4.1
Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings · Gardens
As the largest island in the country, Island of Malta is a center for Mediterranean discovery, luxurious relaxation, historical exploration, and buzzing European nightlife. Surrounded by ancient temples and old cities, the island almost feels like an archaeological site that's been converted into a prime vacation spot. Tourists flock here for the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but you don't have to spend all your time on the beach. With a plethora of activities for any type of traveler, you may find yourself exploring a national museum, admiring the collections of boats and yachts in the bays, or people-watching in one of the many bustling squares.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.