Five European Destinations You Have To Visit

Five European Destinations You Have To Visit

Anyone who reads my blog with know that I love the travel and do so as much as I can. While I’d love to jet off on elaborate exotic holidays every few month’s I generally find that European holidays suit my limited holidays better. Contact Numbers UK recently got in touch with me and challenged me to pick my #Top5EuroHols and it got me thinking about the places I’ve been around Europe. I’ve only managed to scratch the surface and I know there’s so much left to explore.

Contact Numbers UK are a directory of customer service numbers which cover a huge variety of industries including Thomson Holiday’s who I’m sure you’ve all seen on the high street. I remember booking my very first holiday without my parent’s through them when I was 18 and headed off to Zante to live it up after my A Levels, oh naive me. If you’re struggling to find a contact number them their directory service can provide you with access to pretty much any number you’d need and the right people so easily.

Budapest

I’ve got to start with one of my favourite European cities; Budapest. I’ve been to the city twice, both within September when it was very warm both times. Budapest itself is absolutely stunning with one of my favourite buildings there; the Parliament. Budapest is usually pretty cheap to fly to and everything is reasonably priced and much cheaper than a lot of Euro based countries. There’s a lot of interesting history within the city which is split into Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube river and a variety of stunning bridges. There’s plenty to explore in the city but with so many natural hot springs you can spend a day relaxing in the warm waters and getting a massage. Here are eight things you have to do if you visit the city.

Crete

If you’re looking for a great combination of relaxation/ sunshine and exploring then Crete is the place for you. I headed there in May and managed to get a tan while visiting some pretty beaches but also complete a full day Gorge trek. There’s a lot to see and do in Crete but much like other Greek Islands it’s warm a lot of yearΒ round and is great if all you want to do is swim, sunbathe and eat out.

copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen seems to be the buzz country of the past year with everyone I know seeming to head there. I went for the first time in October 2015 for about four days where me and my best friend managed to explore a large majority of the city, but since I have been back twice more to see other bits of the city and visit Tivoli at another part of the year. I absolutely love the city as it’s small enough to walk everywhere and there’s so much to do including a fantastic aquarium and zoo alongside various palaces, gardens, and attractions. Tivoli is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and is said to have inspired Walt Disney when creating the Disneyworld parks. Everyone say’s the city is very expensive but if you’re careful and don’t eat at fancy restaurants all the time I didn’t find it too bad, it’s on a par with London in my eyes. Here’s an idea of what you can cram into a day in the city.

Amsterdam

Famed for it’s Red Light District and the legality of cannabis the city is actually so much more than that with interesting museums all over the city and some beautiful spots. You can take a relaxing canal boat tour of the city or just hire a bike and explore yourself, again the city is pretty small in regards to the main things you’d want to see and we only took one train which was to go to a live show in the city. Having been twice during the colder month’s of the year I really want to head back and go a bit further out to see the more traditional windmills and the tulip fields. Take a read at what I got up to in the city when I went in February 2017.

edinburgh castle

Edinburgh

Now to the closest of all the European cities and just a hop over to Scotland. There’s no denying that Edinburgh is one of my favourite places in the world have been able to explore the city twice last year alone. The city is home to a stunning castle and the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Queens’ official Scottish residence at Holyrood house, the only panda’s in the UK at the Zoo and a beautiful view over the city from Arthur’s Seat. There’s so much to do in the city that I know I’ve only scratched the surface but it’s somewhere that I believe everyone should visit at least once. On a tight schedule? Here’s what you could do in just 48 hours within the city. If you have a bit more time here’s 12 things you should do in the city.

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Where’s your favourite place in Europe?

*This post was written in collaboration with Contact Numbers UK but all words and opinions are my own

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  1. suey1969
    July 18, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Bird watching in Majorca (would need a hire car though)

  2. maci234
    July 18, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    venice

  3. Carolynn Woodland
    July 18, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I love Venice

  4. Andrea
    July 18, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Paris.

  5. David Waterworth
    July 18, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    paris

  6. joanne darnell
    July 18, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    cannes

  7. Lucy Major
    July 18, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I love Marbella!

  8. Jen A
    July 18, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Noirmoutier in France – went with my family years ago and it was stunning!

  9. Heather Brannan
    July 18, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I adore Alicante

  10. Graham Ross
    July 18, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Paris.

  11. emma walters
    July 18, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    NICE

  12. Carolyn Heyworth
    July 18, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Like Poland, Krakows fab !

  13. Mary Hutton
    July 18, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    So far love Zante the best, just so beautiful and people so friendly x

  14. Karen Barrett
    July 18, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Portugal

  15. Stephanie
    July 18, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I love love love Edinburgh, we went in January and it was perfect! xxx

  16. Sophielou07
    July 18, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Spain

  17. Heather Hibbert
    July 18, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Unfortunately never been abroad but I want to go to Paris desperately!!!

  18. July 18, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Yay I would love to win the giveaway. Out of the European destinations that you reccomended I would most love to go to Amsterdam! x

  19. Solange
    July 18, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Italy.

  20. Vicki Davitt
    July 19, 2017 / 2:43 am

    There’s so many beautiful places to choose from in Europe but I think Barcelona is lovely

  21. sam macaree
    July 19, 2017 / 6:24 am

    italy

  22. Kat Balyuzi
    July 19, 2017 / 6:27 am

    I think the Amalfi Coast in Italy, it’s to glamorous and the food is divine!

  23. barbara daniels
    July 19, 2017 / 6:36 am

    amsterdam is my all time favourite euro destination

  24. stuart hargreaves
    July 19, 2017 / 7:23 am

    ROME ALL THE SIGHTS ARE SO NEAR TO EACH OTHER

  25. Jacqui Graham
    July 19, 2017 / 7:26 am

    love Portugal

  26. Sheena Batey
    July 19, 2017 / 8:08 am

    I love the flower meadows and mountains of Austria

  27. Jade Pawley
    July 19, 2017 / 8:27 am

    I love the Canary Islands, Ibiza is my number one place to go!

  28. Dannii
    July 19, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I’ve never left the UK but would love to.

  29. Suzanne Jackson
    July 19, 2017 / 9:02 am

    Barcelona πŸ˜‰

  30. Alison Joyce
    July 19, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Algarve

  31. Lisa Wilkinson
    July 19, 2017 / 9:56 am

    I love Paris

  32. Rebecca
    July 19, 2017 / 10:21 am

    I started reading your post and thought I wouldn’t have visited anywhere, but I’ve been to Crete, Copenhagen and Edinburgh! I’d love to visit Berlin.

  33. July 19, 2017 / 10:30 am

    I’ve done three of your five recommendations, just need to visit Crete and Copenhagen now!

  34. Anosa Malanga VA
    July 19, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Definitely a great list and Budapest is also my favorite. I don’t know but there is something special that I have for that place.

  35. Jo Carroll
    July 19, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Dublin’s Fair City…is always a pleasure to visit, especially with friends.

  36. Bex Smith
    July 19, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I’m so jealous of all the places you’ve been to visit – I would love to travel to the places you do. I love Rome and Paris as although they are so touristy, there is so much to see and do πŸ™‚

  37. Emma
    July 19, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Rome!

  38. Claire Glace
    July 19, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Paris x

  39. Jo
    July 19, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Majorca

  40. cheryl hadfield
    July 19, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Spain

  41. Jodie A Green
    July 19, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Italy

  42. Marc H
    July 20, 2017 / 10:47 am

    I love Amsterdam, such a fun, vibrant city. A great place to visit with friends.

  43. July 20, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I wanted to visit Budapest so bad when I was in Europe two weekends ago, but couldn’t find an affordable flight.

  44. francesca
    July 20, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    I’d love to visit all of these places!!! Amsterdam and Budapest are top of my list though!! My friends are travelling around Europe right now and have been vlogging and blogging all about it, Its making me so envious I want to travel!!

  45. Shannon Ritchie
    July 20, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I am planning a getaway with my boyfriend so these are some great suggestions! I am going to look into Budapest!

  46. Laura
    July 20, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Funnily enough, I’m in Crete as we speak! Absolutely loving it so far, really needed the chill out break xxx

  47. July 20, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I’d love to be able to tick all five of these off one day. Not sure what my favourite place in Europe is, I think it depends what mood you catch me in!

  48. July 21, 2017 / 11:08 am

    I would love to do a tour of Italy, I did one about 15 years ago and would love to do it all over again.

  49. Emily CD
    July 22, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I love Turkey – Istanbul in particular. EJ Dunn

  50. LondonREC
    July 22, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Croatia!

  51. Louise
    July 24, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    You know I should have been travelling to Copenhagen this spring been put off with us moving but I intend to get there I will be racking your brains ha ha

  52. Stevie
    July 25, 2017 / 10:01 am

    I too love travelling around Scotland.

  53. lorraine kirk
    July 25, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I love Dublin

  54. Kelly E Hirst
    July 27, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Greece is my favourite holiday destination

  55. Sidrah
    July 31, 2017 / 4:22 am

    Spain

  56. MrRichTea
    August 1, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Prauge

  57. Mickie Bull
    August 2, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Ukraine!

  58. Tina Houlihan
    August 3, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Croatia is absolutely gorgeous. I also love Italy and Slovenia.

  59. Carole Nott
    August 6, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Love France

  60. Roxanne
    August 7, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Venice

  61. Neil Hopkinson
    August 9, 2017 / 11:10 am

    Venice for me!

  62. Ella Langford
    August 9, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    The Algarve Portugal

  63. sheri Darby
    August 9, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Barcelona

  64. Suzie Wilkins
    August 9, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    France

  65. August 10, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Every time I come across a post like this I think to myself I have probably visited all the places listed, but unfortunately I haven`t πŸ™‚

  66. Gem Cook
    August 10, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Italy

  67. Stephanie Crimes
    August 10, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    For me it is a little place in the south of France called Azille. So French! and laid back with some lovely bars and cafes, not to mention the countryside.

  68. Stephanie Crimes
    August 10, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    A tiny place in the south of France, Azille. Just lovely.

  69. Laura Nice
    August 12, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Would Love to go to rome!

  70. Stephen Temperton
    August 12, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Majorca, had some nice family holidays there

  71. Michaela Smith
    August 12, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I love Iceland for the northern lights and hot springs πŸ™‚

  72. Anne Brookes
    August 12, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    i love prague

  73. natalee gosiewski
    August 12, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    as a family majorca with my mates prague

  74. donna l jones
    August 12, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    cannes

  75. Sarah Wilson
    August 12, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Paris πŸ™‚

  76. frances hopkins
    August 12, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Rome, so much to see

  77. Jade Rogers
    August 12, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Rome, so much history!

  78. Ellen Stafford
    August 12, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    I love France

  79. Danielle Pooley
    August 13, 2017 / 5:29 am

    I would have to say Italy

  80. Alison Clark
    August 13, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Lisbon – I’ve been a few times and it never gets old.

  81. Teresa sheldon
    August 13, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I love the friendly and lovely Amsterdam just beautiful and welcoming

  82. Amanda Norwood
    August 13, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I love Madeira

  83. laura stewart
    August 13, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Italy for me πŸ™‚

  84. Jennifer Baker
    August 13, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Alcudia in Majorca! Stunning beach xx

  85. Jordan
    August 13, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Italy

  86. Shannon mc
    August 13, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Paris

  87. George Wright
    August 13, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Florence, Italy.

  88. Natalie Crossan
    August 13, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    Beautiful paris xx

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