8 destinations you have to visit!

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For a dream trip you really don’t have to travel far. Europe has so much to offer! Ancient cities, rugged landscapes, snow-white beaches, gigantic mountains and picturesque villages: the options are endless. Curious? Read along!

  1. Trolltunga, Norway

Lonely Planet has already named Norway as the most beautiful country in the world, and with good reason. This Scandinavian country is bursting with fantastic landscapes and is therefore one of the most beautiful places in Europe. A fantastic place is Trolltunga. This gigantic horizontal rock rises some 350 meters above Lake Ringedals in Norway. The views of the fjords and the meandering river are spectacular.

  1. Isle of Skye, Scotland

In addition to Norway, Scotland was recently named the most beautiful country in the world. Especially the rugged green-orange-brown landscape, with rocky outcrops, rolling countryside and rugged coastlines makes this one of Europe’s dream destinations. One of the most beautiful places in Scotland is Isle of Skye, located on the west coast of Scotland.

  1. Santorini, Greece

One of the most famous images of Greece: an azure sea, rugged cliffs and authentic white houses with blue roofs. Chances are that this image was captured on the island of Santorini, because this is the most photographed spot in Greece. This volcanic island is part of the Cyclades archipelago and may not have the most beautiful beaches, but it does have authentic architecture, magical views, narrow alleys, rugged cliffs and vineyards. 

  1. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in Europe. This area in northeastern Italy consists of the five photogenic villages of Monterosso Al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Each of the villages is spectacularly located on high cliffs by the sea. The houses are painted in different colors and stand out beautifully against the green cliffs and the blue sea. It is a must to sail along the coast, moor up and spend a day wandering through the atmospheric streets. Cinque Terre is also a dream destination for hikers. For example, you can hike the Alta Via 2 Dolomiti or the GR20 Corsica.

  1. Cappadocia, Turkey

One of the most underrated destinations in Europe is definitely Turkey. The country is best known for its inexpensive all-inclusive resorts on the tourist coast. But those who look beyond that know that Turkey is a bloodily beautiful country with beautiful interior landscapes, authentic villages and an amazing history. One of the most beautiful places in Europe is the extraordinary Cappadocia. The unique landscape of Cappadocia was formed millions of years ago by three major volcanic eruptions. 

  1. Lapland

In the far north of Scandinavia you will find a unique piece of Europe which will make many travel hearts beat faster: magical Lapland. Especially in the winter months Lapland is one of the top dream destinations in Europe. Then this area, which spreads across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, is a winter wonderland with meters of snow, endless pine forests, the northern lights, reindeer, huskies, friendly Saamis, warm saunas and … Santa Claus. 

  1. The natural beauty of Slovenia (and actually any Alpine country)

There is no country as flat as the Netherlands and that is probably why we are so fascinated by the mountains. Summer or winter, the Alpine region is a popular destination and that popularity never wanes. One of those Alpine countries is the relatively unknown Slovenia. The natural beauty in this small country is unprecedented. Beautiful mountains, lakes, waterfalls, turquoise rivers and impressive gorges: Slovenia has it all. 

  1. Iceland

Last but not least: Iceland, a special island in the far north of Europe that should definitely not be missing from this list of dream destinations in Europe. Words cannot describe how ridiculously beautiful this country is. Iceland is one big natural wonder. You will find geysers, waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, volcanoes and rugged roads that meander through an untouched landscape. If you go in the winter, Iceland is covered with a thick layer of snow and some waterfalls are partly frozen. A winter wonderland. With a little luck you can admire the Northern Lights in the evening. 

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