5 European Destinations You Have To Visit

Buda Castle

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

July 18, 2017
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89 Comments

  • Reply suey1969

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

    July 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply maci234

    venice

    July 18, 2017 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Carolynn Woodland

    I love Venice

    July 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Paris.

    July 18, 2017 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply David Waterworth

    paris

    July 18, 2017 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply joanne darnell

    cannes

    July 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Lucy Major

    I love Marbella!

    July 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Jen A

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

    July 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Heather Brannan

    I adore Alicante

    July 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Graham Ross

    Paris.

    July 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply emma walters

    NICE

    July 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Carolyn Heyworth

    Like Poland, Krakows fab !

    July 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Mary Hutton

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

    July 18, 2017 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    Portugal

    July 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

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

    July 18, 2017 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Sophielou07

    Spain

    July 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Heather Hibbert

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

    July 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    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

    July 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Solange

    Italy.

    July 18, 2017 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Vicki Davitt

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

    July 19, 2017 at 2:43 am
  • Reply sam macaree

    italy

    July 19, 2017 at 6:24 am
  • Reply Kat Balyuzi

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

    July 19, 2017 at 6:27 am
  • Reply barbara daniels

    amsterdam is my all time favourite euro destination

    July 19, 2017 at 6:36 am
  • Reply stuart hargreaves

    ROME ALL THE SIGHTS ARE SO NEAR TO EACH OTHER

    July 19, 2017 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Jacqui Graham

    love Portugal

    July 19, 2017 at 7:26 am
  • Reply Sheena Batey

    I love the flower meadows and mountains of Austria

    July 19, 2017 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Jade Pawley

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

    July 19, 2017 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Dannii

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

    July 19, 2017 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Suzanne Jackson

    Barcelona πŸ˜‰

    July 19, 2017 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Alison Joyce

    Algarve

    July 19, 2017 at 9:12 am
  • Reply PAULINE HILL

    SPAIN

    July 19, 2017 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson

    I love Paris

    July 19, 2017 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Rebecca

    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.

    July 19, 2017 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

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

    July 19, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Anosa Malanga VA

    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.

    July 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Jo Carroll

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

    July 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Bex Smith

    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™‚

    July 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Rome!

    July 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Claire Glace

    Paris x

    July 19, 2017 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Jo

    Majorca

    July 19, 2017 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply cheryl hadfield

    Spain

    July 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Jodie A Green

    Italy

    July 19, 2017 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Marc H

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

    July 20, 2017 at 10:47 am
  • Reply danasia

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

    July 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply francesca

    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!!

    July 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Shannon Ritchie

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

    July 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Laura

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

    July 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Emily

    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!

    July 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply MadMummyMcKean

    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.

    July 21, 2017 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Emily CD

    I love Turkey – Istanbul in particular. EJ Dunn

    July 22, 2017 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply LondonREC

    Croatia!

    July 22, 2017 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Louise

    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

    July 24, 2017 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Stevie

    I too love travelling around Scotland.

    July 25, 2017 at 10:01 am
  • Reply lorraine kirk

    I love Dublin

    July 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Kelly E Hirst

    Greece is my favourite holiday destination

    July 27, 2017 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Sidrah

    Spain

    July 31, 2017 at 4:22 am
  • Reply MrRichTea

    Prauge

    August 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Mickie Bull

    Ukraine!

    August 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Tina Houlihan

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

    August 3, 2017 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Carole Nott

    Love France

    August 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Roxanne

    Venice

    August 7, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Neil Hopkinson

    Venice for me!

    August 9, 2017 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Ella Langford

    The Algarve Portugal

    August 9, 2017 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply sheri Darby

    Barcelona

    August 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Suzie Wilkins

    France

    August 9, 2017 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Elena

    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™‚

    August 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Gem Cook

    Italy

    August 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Crimes

    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.

    August 10, 2017 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Crimes

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

    August 10, 2017 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Laura Nice

    Would Love to go to rome!

    August 12, 2017 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Stephen Temperton

    Majorca, had some nice family holidays there

    August 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Michaela Smith

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

    August 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Anne Brookes

    i love prague

    August 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply natalee gosiewski

    as a family majorca with my mates prague

    August 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply donna l jones

    cannes

    August 12, 2017 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Sarah Wilson

    Paris πŸ™‚

    August 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply frances hopkins

    Rome, so much to see

    August 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Jade Rogers

    Rome, so much history!

    August 12, 2017 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Ellen Stafford

    I love France

    August 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply Danielle Pooley

    I would have to say Italy

    August 13, 2017 at 5:29 am
  • Reply Alison Clark

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

    August 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Teresa sheldon

    I love the friendly and lovely Amsterdam just beautiful and welcoming

    August 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Amanda Norwood

    I love Madeira

    August 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply laura stewart

    Italy for me πŸ™‚

    August 13, 2017 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Baker

    Alcudia in Majorca! Stunning beach xx

    August 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Jordan

    Italy

    August 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Shannon mc

    Paris

    August 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply George Wright

    Florence, Italy.

    August 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Natalie Crossan

    Beautiful paris xx

    August 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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