If you’re planning a Euro trip, trying to figure out the best European travel destinations you should go to can be confusing. There are just too many of them! But invariably, the best ones are those places with impressive architecture, spectacular monuments, a rich history, and delicious cuisine. And for most travel experts, here are the European cities that you should put at the top of your list:
- Paris. Some say it’s not really a European holiday if you don’t set foot in Paris. If you haven’t been there before, it would be a crime to bypass it. You just have to visit. The museums like the Louvre, monuments like the Eifel Tower, the churches such as Notre Dame…the list goes on and on. The cafés and the restaurants are excellent, and the nightlife rocks.
The best time to visit Paris is from June to August. Unfortunately, everyone knows this, and so these months draw the most crowds (and cost the most money). To avoid the crowds, visit in the spring or in the fall. For more considerable savings, go in the winter. Just bring along a stylish winter coat. Remember, this is Paris, where everyone is très chic.
- Rome. Rome was already grand when Paris was still just a fishing village, and the modern-day Romans won’t hesitate to point that out to you. Rome is where you’ll find St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain. You’ll also find the magnificent aroma of genuine Italian fare, where espressos are sipped and pasta and pizza are served by passionate chefs. Italian fashions have their own style, and the suits and dresses here are the epitomai of taste.
The best time to visit is when the crowds have left, as you can have some breathing room and more affordable hotel rates. So go anytime from October to April. But May and September are also good months—the weather is milder while the hordes of tourists are still thin.
- Venice. The romance of Venice is hard to beat, especially when you’re with a special someone as you ride the gondola going down the Grand Canal. It’s always been one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world.
Visit anytime from September to November, as these are the months when the tourists go elsewhere. It will be colder during this time of the year but at least the hotels are cheaper.
- London. The food may not match the culinary standards of France and Italy, and the prices of hotel rooms can be disheartening. But so what? It may be worth your while to stay in a European city where English is spoken by everyone. Besides, you can visit the Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, the British Museum, and a pub—don’t forget the pub!
It’s impossible to avoid running into a crowd in London, but late spring, summer, and December are times that the tourists come in and the prices surge. Best to avoid those times, mate!
Of course, the best European travel destinations is highly debatable. But you have to make it a point to visit each of the cities on our list at least once in your life.