Modern day Europe is crossed by ancient medieval pilgrimage and trade routes, travelled by walkers and ramblers on a slow adventure, discovering castles, vineyards and olive trees, delicious food and local wines. One of the most famous routes in Europe is the Via Francigena – or the route from France how it was called in medieval Italy. Crossing Europe from Canterbury (England) to Rome (Italy), it reaches Santa Maria di Leuca on the very tip of the Italian heel. The route takes you from Northern Europe to the harbors of the Mediterranean Sea along 3200km, which are manageable in 4 months on foot. Browse the gallery to discover, region by region, some of the most beautiful places along the Via Francigena. Join Via Francigena photo contest!
A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that has been awarded as having cultural or environmental importance. Luckily, Europe has plenty of UNESCO sites to explore. From ancient castles to quaint seaside towns, you’ll find natural and cultural beauty everywhere you go. Consider this gallery your guide to some of the best UNESCO sites in Europe to discover on your next trip.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast and National Park on the Italian Riviera. Each of the five villages of Cinque Terre -Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore- has its own character. It’s a place where homes stand shoulder to shoulder overlooking the Ligurian Sea. With cars being banned, locals get around by foot or train.
Kleine Scheidegg Station, Switzerland
Jungfrau is one of The Alps’ most iconic summits, and it reaches elevations over 13,000 ft/3454m. Often snow-capped, it was once one of the most difficult peaks to climb in Europe. Today, Jungfrau serves as a popular tourist destination and offers train rides to the summit’s best views.
Once the center of Norway’s business/trading district, Bryggen is a unique look into the area’s historic past. It was founded sometime around the year 1000 and, miraculously, some of the original buildings from the township’s heyday still stand today.
Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
Kronborg Castle, Denmark
Kronborg Castle in Denmark is one of the most culturally prominent castles in all of Europe. For many years the castle was celebrated as one of the most beautiful architectural achievements in the world. It was so admired that the castle’s grounds served as the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Historic Center of Riga, Latvia
In a country as beautiful as Iceland, it’s no surprise that Þingvellir National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site’s vast landscape includes clear lakes, sharp cliffs and awe-inspiring trails. Today,Þingvellir inspires visitors from around the world to hike and camp in its natural beauty.
Europe’s vast landscapes create some breathtaking views. And some of the most awe-inspiring views in Europe occur where cliffs meet the water. From Ireland to Greece, picture-perfect spots can be found tucked away from everything else. Enjoy eight of the best European views right here in this photo gallery. Then, see them for yourself on your next trip.
Europe’s landscapes are vast, beautiful and waiting to be discovered. From sand dunes in Spain to forests in Croatia, some of the world’s most fascinating places lay hidden in Europe. Browse this gallery to discover what’s here, and then come see it for yourself.
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Follow their footsteps along the coast.
A journey through Asturias to see the cider-making process and the curious manner in which it is served here. Includes visits to orchards and cider presses, known in Asturias as lagares, guided tours, sampling traditional foodstuffs and activities that show the cider-making process and local culture.
The tasty and nutritious chestnuts of San Zeno are found in many local dishes.
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