For 10,000 years, civilizations have basked on this island in the warm Mediterranean sun. Cyprus blends European culture with ancient enchantment. A compact world of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins stir the imagination. Smell the jasmine and wild thyme. Hike on rugged mountains and then dive into the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Wander through Greek temples, byzantine churches, and ancient monuments. From pine-covered mountains, picturesque villages, ancient ruins, and medieval artifacts, to the golden Mediterranean beaches with world-class hotels, Cyprus offers a unique diversity for travelers.
Europe’s history is full of stories. Discover the oldest ones at the places that have been around the longest: castles. Hundreds of years ago, castles reigned supreme throughout Europe. Today, they’re time capsules of European heritage and culture. Travel back to the Middle Ages with this photo gallery of the most breathtaking castles that still stand in Europe.
Europe is a jolly place to be any time of the year. But when Christmas time rolls around, some places become nothing short of magical. It all starts at the Christmas markets sprinkled throughout the continent. From Finland to France, unwrap the wonder of European Christmas markets with this gallery. Then, find your way here in December to experience it firsthand.
The mountains in Europe are some of the tallest summits in the world. They’re also some of the most fun. From skiing in Switzerland to snowkiting in Norway, discover the best ways to play on Europe’s mountains with this gallery.
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Much of Europe is known for its beer and wine production. But we don’t just know how to make them; we know how to drink them. From energetic beer festivals to exquisite wine gatherings, there’s plenty to celebrate. Drink up six of the best beer and wine festivals throughout Europe with this gallery.
Set sail on Europe’s high seas with a cruise. Explore the water and coastal destinations of one of Europe’s many cruise options, from big luxury cruise lines to chartering a small fishing boat.
Searching for the perfect beach can be a difficult task, especially in an area you are not familiar with. However, in Europe, you’ll know you’ve found the ideal surf and sand thanks to an iconic marker – a blue flag. Europe’s Blue Flag Beaches meet strict standards for water quality, safety and eco-friendliness, making them the ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and playing. Luckily for travelers, there are over 4,000 beaches that have achieved Blue Flag status in the world – and Europe has a large majority of them.
Wine has influenced the culture of Europe for centuries. Dating back to 1600 BC, the Romans spread wine grapes throughout Europe and quickly became skilled at classifying grape varieties and colors, observing characteristics, and building fertilization techniques. By the first century AD, wine was being exported from Italy to Spain, Germany, England and France. The world’s oldest operating winery, the Château de Goulaine in France, is still open to visitors today and was a reason the country and its surrounding area quickly dominated the world wine market.