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.
Discovering Europe’s creative hotspots. A selection of trendsetting venues, innovative concepts, and the freshest ingredients to inspire your visit to Europe.
Molecular Gastronomy, United Kingdom
Taking kitchen science to a whole new (molecular) level, UK-based food scientist Nicholas Kurti, together with the French physical chemist Hervé This, is changing the world of cookery forever. Together they founded, not a new cuisine, but a new school in the art of cooking: Molecular Gastronomy. Also called ‘culinary physics’ and ‘experimental cuisine’ the term means cooking that takes advantage of many technical innovations from the scientific disciplines.
The New Nordic Cuisine & Kitchen Manifesto, Denmark
Danish gastronomic entrepreneur and culinary ideologist Claus Meyer, together with chef Rene Redzepi, founded ‘The Nordic Cuisine Symposium’. and formulated the ‘New Kitchen Manifesto’. The rules in the manifesto are simple: go back to the roots of Scandinavian cooking; go out into the landscape to forage for the best and most unusual ingredients; and find new ways of combining traditional ingredients.
The elixir of the gods, Bulgaria
Bulgarian winemakers know the difficulties that come with producing wine from the Gamza or Kadarka grape. It requires windy hills, rich soils and late harvesting. But who said it should be easy to produce ‘the elixir of the gods’, as the Gamza wine is sometimes locally referred to. The result, if one succeeds – and many of the growers up in northern Bulgaria do – is a mellow, vibrant and fresh red wine with cherry and raspberry notes that grows better with age.
Where mathematics meets gastronomy, Belgium
In an interesting fusion between mathematics and gastronomy, the concept of foodpairing has become an inspiration for amateur and professional chefs alike. Launched in 2007, foodpairing is a research project and a website hosting a unique algorithm capable of calculating the match between ingredients based on their flavour profiles. How about beetroot with raspberry and mackerel, oysters with kiwi, or lobster with peppermint?
Local produce mixed with pure imagination, Ireland
For most of the last two centuries, Irish cooking has been dominated by one terrible event: the dreadful famine of the mid-1840s, which led to a savage death toll and a global diaspora of Irish people. However, with the development of the economy and the return on Irish nationals, the cuisine was opened up to global influences and tastes. The new modern Irish cuisine is a bold mix of Ireland’s local ingredients and influences from around the world.
Beer beyond lager in the microbreweries , Czech Republic
During the Communist era in the Czech Republic, all production of goods was standardized and despite a rich brewery tradition, it so happened that the pilsner-style lager became the only beer allowed to be brewed. This lager still dominates the Czech beer market, but an emerging trend can be seen: over the past 20 years many microbreweries started popping up, bringing with them a revival of the country’s old beer-making traditions.
Defining perfection – nothing to add, nothing to leave out, Estonia
It can certainly be said that Estonian cuisine is on the rise and making its mark on the European stage. So how about some smoked eel with Estonian apple wine, spicy carrot, parsnip puree, and cream of herbs; followed by baby lamb with beetroot hummus, pickled beetroot, nut oil, and rye bread granola; rounded off with a slice of marzipan and poppy seed cake, served with sea buckthorn sorbet and cloudberry jam?
Best enjoyed slowly , Latvia
As 56 % of Latvia is covered with forest, the proximity to nature is a way of life for many inhabitants. Many residents in Riga owns a countryside house where they grow herbs and vegetables and buy fresh dairy products. In fact, traditional Latvian cuisine inherently corresponds to the modern slow food and fusion principle; using a mixture of different ethnic and national gastronomic traditions, with an emphasis on seasonal and home-grown products.
Sumptuous cuisine with a conscience, Portugal
Are you afraid of fatty foods? Then Portugal might be the place to dine in style since the revival of an ancient cooking utensil, the Cataplana. This traditional cookware item, shaped like two clamshells hinged at one end, not only enables dishes to be cooked slowly at low temperatures, but also with little or no fat.
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.
Romance is everywhere in Europe. But along the coast and in the small harbor towns, romance is inevitable. From seaside villages in Italy to beaches in Latvia, browse some of the most romantic coastal spots in Europe. Then, treat your sweetheart to the ultimate getaway.
Sometimes you need to see something from another perspective to understand its beauty. In Europe, every perspective hides a new discovery, even under the water. From the shores of Italy to the clearwaters of Iceland, find what’s hiding beneath the surface of Europe with this gallery.
If your European vacation includes the words “birdie,” “par” and “eagle,” then these golf courses are must-visit spots for you. Tee off at eight of Europe’s most pristine golf courses from the level greens of Malta to the towering cliffs of Portugal. No matter what type of course you’re looking for, Europe is bound to have it.
A green country for active leisure fans!
POW! WOW! Festival is the best-known street art festival in the world. Apart from music, in September each year, there’ll be a whole lot of street art to be enjoyed during POW! WOW! Rotterdam.
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.
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The Priorat county celebrates its annual Wine Fair usually during the first weekend of May. It is dedicated to the two wine appellations of the county, the DOC Priorat and the DO Montsant. The wineries involved offer tastings of their wines in exchange for tasting tickets which can be purchased at the fair in the information tent. There are also parallel events taking place over the long weekend such as wine-tasting courses, cooking contests, wineries opening up for visitors and guided olive oil tastings.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high-quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films, and media art. The festival’s focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections, the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programs. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab, and other industry activities.
Europe is a treat in more ways than one, and the local confections make it all the sweeter. You may already know about Belgian chocolate and Italian gelato. But that’s just the start of the sweet treats found in Europe. Let your taste buds travel the continent with these 12 sweet treats.