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.
There’s a lot to celebrate in Europe – especially during one of Europe’s many fire and ice festivals. Each festival is different from the rest, but they’re all a good time. From Iceland to Malta and everywhere in between, Europe’s festivals are some of the most colorful, festive and energetic celebrations on the planet. Browse some of the best and literally the brightest fire and ice festivals in Europe with this photo gallery.
Snow and Ice Festival
Belgium’s Snow and Ice Festival is a true winter wonderland. Artists create breathtaking ice sculptures. Children glide down ice slides. And live performances bring it all to life.
Las Fallas de Valencia
Pyrotechnic magicians put on awe-inspiring displays at Las Fallas de Valencia. Participants create puppets known as ninots to be destroyed by fire at the peak of the festivities. It’s a satirical celebration that’s all in good fun and is always a yearly highlight in Spain.
Malta Fireworks Festival
See the sky shine brightest after sunset at the Malta Fireworks Festival. The festival consists of three days of fireworks, food and fun. It’s all to pay tribute to Malta’s accession into the European Union back in 2004.
Festival do Atlântico
The premier summer celebration in Portugal, Festival do Atlântico is a party that needs four Saturdays in July to be fully appreciated. It’s all topped off with an array of firework displays choreographed alongside music.
Leigo Lake Festival
Music takes center stage at the Leigo Lake Festival in Estonia. Witness professionally trained orchestras strum their stuff with Leigo Lake as the backdrop at this tranquil August celebration.
Fireworks at Jokulsarlon
One of the biggest fireworks shows in Europe has taken place in Iceland for the past 15 years. Vibrant colors of fireworks not only illuminate the night sky but also reflect off of the calm waters during the Fireworks Show at Jokulsarlon.
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.
Music is at the heart of every country, city and person in Europe. But the type of music you’ll find during a trip to Europe can vary dramatically. From modern rock festivals to classic opera performances, you’re sure to see and hear a wide range of performances. Browse this gallery for a taste of some of Europe’s most interesting music scenes.
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.
Each year, on the last weekend of September, Galway City celebrates the International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day and the world’s longest running Oyster Festival in the country.
The route offers the chance to visit the Asturian coast to get to know the gastronomy and marine traditions in the fishing villages, lonjas or fishermen’s markets, artisan canneries and restaurants.
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Kravji Bal is the greatest fest of Bohinj’s municipality. It’s a traditional event that has been presenting over the last 60 years the local tradition, habbits, food and artifacts. It’s one of Slovenia’s greatest events. On a day before, on Saturday, there is a great Cheese and Wine fest which starts at noon and ends at midnight, so you can have rest for the Kravji Bal.
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Copenhagen Cooking is a ten-year-old festival that has become the most renowned international cuisine event in Northern Europe and reasserts Copenhagen’s role as the gastro capital of Scandinavia. The winter edition is a real paradise for food lovers that lasts a whole month. The event includes not only new cuisine experiences and food markets but also countless other events across the entire city.
Polenta e Osei is probably the most representative dish of Vicenza’s traditional cuisine. The recipe contains simple ingredients and its secret lies in a long and low heat cooking. The meat has to be moistened during the whole cooking process and the heat has to be uniformly distributed.
Each year, Sweden’s most popular autumn festival, Öland’s Harvest Festival (Ölands Skördefest) attracts thousands of visitors. The festival is for those wanting to be part of the revival of the ancient Michaelmas tradition and enjoy its large feasts. It brings a vibrancy to Öland Island and celebrations are held across the Island, from the Long Erik lighthouse on the Island’s northern tip to the Long Jan lighthouse on the southern tip.