12 Things to Do in Europe At least Once in Your Life
Europe, a continent renowned for its diverse landscapes, rich history, and cultural tapestry, offers a plethora of unique experiences for travellers. In this blog post, we’ll delve into 12 exceptional activities that should be on every adventurer’s European bucket list. From iconic landmarks to off-the-beaten-path gems, these experiences are a window into the continent’s diverse offerings. Whether you’re seeking historical insights, natural beauty, or cultural immersion, Europe has something remarkable in store for you.
1. Hike the Faroe Islands, Denmark
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Tucked away in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands remain one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Characterised by dramatic landscapes, sheer cliffs, and remote villages, this archipelago offers a glimpse into an untouched world. Hike along rugged coastlines, discover hidden waterfalls, and immerse yourself in the Faroese way of life. Dust off your walking boots and come join us on our 4-Night Faroe Islands Experience.
2. Attend La Tomatina Festival, Spain
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For a truly unconventional experience, head to Buñol, a small town in Spain, during La Tomatina Festival. Every year, on the last Wednesday in August, thousands of participants gather to engage in a massive tomato fight. Streets are transformed into a sea of red as people hurl tomatoes at one another, creating a chaotic and unforgettable spectacle. Just don’t forget to bring your goggles! Tomato juice STINGS!
3. Stay in the Cave Villages of Matera, Italy
Explore the cave dwellings and ancient streets of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site that provides a glimpse into Italy’s history. These ancient dwellings, carved into the limestone cliffs, provide a sense of historical connection and rustic charm. Inside, you’ll find a comfortable blend of modern amenities and traditional architecture. Exploring the surrounding Sassi di Matera, with its maze-like streets and dramatic views, offers a deep appreciation for the city’s heritage. Stay in your own cave accommodation on our 4-Night Dolce Vita Puglia Experience.
4. Take a dip in the Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Amidst the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye in Scotland lies a hidden gem known as the Fairy Pools. These crystal-clear pools fed by waterfalls are nestled in a striking glen surrounded by dramatic hills. It’s a magical place to cool off with a swim or simply to take in the ethereal beauty of nature. Though they may look like something from the Mediterranean we can’t guarantee the water will be the same temperature!
5. Drive the Transfagarasan Highway, Romania
Often referred to as one of the world’s most spectacular roads, the Transfagarasan Highway snakes through the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. This winding road takes you through tunnels and across bridges, providing breathtaking views of alpine landscapes, glacial lakes, and even the imposing Poenari Castle, associated with the Dracula legend. Stop off at Balea Lake and visit the Balea Lake teahouse for lunch that overlooks the glacial lake. Hit the ‘world’s best road’ on one of our many Romania experiences!
6. Experience the Alhambra at Night, Granada, Spain
While the Alhambra in Granada is a popular attraction, few visitors experience it by night. Join an exclusive night tour to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site under the moonlight, offering a different, more intimate perspective on its exquisite architecture and gardens. As the sun sets, the palace complex transforms into an enchanting world of illuminated courtyards, intricate stucco work, and tranquil gardens. With fewer crowds and a serene atmosphere, you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate the intricate details.
7. Taste wine at its origin in Kakheti, Georgia
Georgia is often considered the oldest birthplace of wine. The country has a rich history of winemaking that dates back thousands of years, with evidence of wine production dating as far back as 6,000 BC. Explore the wine region of Kakheti in Georgia, where you can taste unique Georgian wines and experience traditional winemaking methods.
8. Paddle down the Soca Valley, Slovenia
Discover the pristine beauty of Slovenia’s Soca Valley, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. You can raft down the emerald-green Soca River, hike through stunning gorges, and explore charming villages nestled in the Julian Alps. The Soca River’s vibrant turquoise hue contrasts with the lush greenery of the valley, creating a breathtaking visual spectacle. Connect with nature, witness diverse wildlife, and even explore hidden caves along the way.
9. Fly above the Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey
Discover the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, where you can take a hot air balloon ride over unique rock formations known as fairy chimneys. With panoramic views from the balloon basket, you’ll glide silently above valleys, vineyards, and villages, capturing unique photographs of the ever-changing scenery. Part of Turkey is in Europe and part of the country is in Asia, and while Cappadocia is in the part of Turkey that is located in Asia I thought I would add it to the list anyway! Experience it for yourself on our 4-Night Hot Air Balloon Experience.
10. Experience the Sami Winter Rituals in Finnish Lapland
Witness the magical Northern Lights and take part in traditional Sami rituals, such as reindeer sledding, ice fishing, and even witnessing the enchanting Northern Lights. The cosy warmth of traditional Sami tents, or “lavvu,” contrasts with the snow-covered surroundings, creating a magical atmosphere. It’s an adventure that not only introduces you to the unique customs and survival skills of the Sami people but also leaves you with an indelible connection to the Arctic’s serene beauty and the resilient spirit of its inhabitants. Right now we have £265 off our 4-Night Lapland Experience departing November 30th, 2023!
11. Attend a Flamenco Dance class in Seville, Spain
Get your feet moving by participating in a Flamenco dance class in the heart of Flamenco culture. A Flamenco dance class in Seville is an exhilarating experience that delves deep into the soul of Spanish culture. Guided by skilled instructors, you’ll learn the intricate footwork, expressive hand movements, and the emotional storytelling inherent to Flamenco. The class often takes place in authentic settings, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the art form. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with the passion and tradition of Flamenco, leaving you with a profound appreciation for this captivating dance style and a lasting sense of accomplishment. Spend two nights in Seville on our 4-Night Andalusia Experience.
12. Walk over the Mostar Bridge (Stari Most), Bosnia
Head to Mostar to witness the iconic Stari Most, a 16th-century Ottoman bridge that spans the Neretva River. You can watch daring locals and professional divers leap from the bridge into the river below, a tradition that dates back centuries. It’s a thrilling spectacle and a chance to immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of the region. See this architectural beauty for yourself on our 4-Night Mini Bosnia Experience.
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Written by Lucy Kaufmann