The Best Destinations in Europe
Europe is an entire continent, full of ancient landmarks like monoliths, ancient stone vilages and cave paintings. The history and landmarks continue right up until the modern day. The continent has beautiful landscapes, varied cultures, landmarks, museums, and all the activities you could imagine!
There are far too many places in Europe to make any sort of a comprehensive list here. Also, each traveller has different criteria of what they want from a destination, and I can only judge what’s best from my view.
Defining What Makes a Good European Destination
Europe is a continent with a diverse mix of cultures, languages, flavours and landscapes. It has something for everyone – from the most adventurous traveler to the most discerning tourist.
Europe is one of the most popular destinations in the world. It offers a range of different experiences, from ski resorts to ancient ruins and everything in between. The best European destinations are those that have something for everyone – whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure or a relaxing break away from it all!
Of course every traveller has their own criteria for their trip, so defining what you want out of your trip is the first step.
Do you want a quiet, independent, outdoorsy trip? Maybe a camping trip in rural France is a good choice. Prefer somewhere with a bit of hustle and bustle, but where you can hide away when it all gets too much? Pick a city like Paris or London with excellent transport options to whisk you away to your out-of-town accommodation. Prefer a winter break skiing or tobogganing? There are plenty of small ski resorts in Austria and France that would be perfect for a quiet, outdoorsy break without the crowds of tourists in somewhere like St Anton, Morzine or Chamonix.
A Small Selection of Introvert Friendly Destinations
Europe is a continent filled with rich culture, art, and history. From the bustling streets of London to the tranquil islands of Greece, Europe has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a good spot to spend a few weeks or months abroad, then this is the article for you.
- Paris, France: Paris is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe and for good reason. There are plenty of things for visitors to see and do there. It is also home to some of the world’s best museums and galleries. As an introvert, it is surprisingly easy to get on well in Paris, in fact in much of France. The French are a formal and well-mannered people, and will happily leave a person to explore on their own without expecting them to be in a crowd of people all the time. In fact, I’d say the French seem happiest in small groups, or taking a coffee alone, deep in thought. Some places in the world – some parts of South America, for instance, and Italy, the need to be intensely sociable is deeply rooted in the culture, and it can be difficult to make locals understand you are fine on your own. Not so in Paris, where they have a more live and let live attitude! Well worth a visit if only to enjoy the people watching from pavement cafes. Don’t bother with the Mona Lisa unless you go as soon as the gallery opens- it’s hard to see it through the mammoth crowds around it.
- Barcelona, Spain: Barcelona’s architecture is what makes it such a special place to visit. The city has been shaped by many different cultures over time and this has created an eclectic mix of architecture that you can explore on foot or by bike. Gaudi has been a notable contributor, and his buildings are well worth a visit. In particular, the Park Guell is a great place to take a break from the bustle of a very busy city. Whenever I have been there it has been relatively quiet, with some great views of the city that an introvert can enjoy without crowds of tourists bustling around/ There are also some fantastic and much quieter beaches a short cab ride (or walk, if it isn’t too hot) away from the city. Ask a cab driver where there is a quiet beach- they will usually be happy to drive a short way out of the city where the traffic is a little calmer.
- Krakow, Poland: Of course, Krakow is the home of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, but there is a lot more to this Polish city. As the former capital city, and second biggest city in Poland, Krakow has all of the big city attractions you could wish for. The architecture in the main city square is impressive, and as you walk further out of the city, the buildings grow even more interesting, as befits a Unesco heritage site. As well as all the usual attractions and stylish architecture, Krakow is particularly well served for outdoor spaces, parks and gardens in particular. The rivers are also well worth some exploration. It is entirely possible to visit Krakow without seeing Auschwitz, in fact I have done this myself. There is so much to see and do, so many parks and forests to explore, so many good restaurants serving the older cuisine of Middle Europe up to modern fusion styles. No one is likely to hassle you to join a group or wonder why you are happy on your own, much like the French the Polish seem to have a respect for individual choice!