Best Fun European Destinations For 2018
Are you planning a cool trip to Europe in 2018? What a great way to begin the year! Even if you’re planning to check out some European countries during school break, it’s still great and we wish you great joy. We’ve curated a list of European countries that are emerging as top destinations in their own right. These are fun places, places where you can discover something new and blaze your own path.
- Bruges, Belgium
If you’re into history, you’ll love one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, Bruges. It’s the prettiest city with canals, cobbled streets and pretty gabled houses. It’s a really small city. You can walk from one side of the city to the other in less than an hour. Admire the gothic and baroque architecture styles of the buildings, churches, museums and monuments. There’s also a fair share of galleries, museums, atmospheric bars and cafes, great restaurants and an array of truly mouth-watering chocolate shops. Apparently, there are 47 chocolate makers in Bruges.
- Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgia is earning tourist popularity with its mild climate, culture dating back to the Silk Road, food, fabulous landscapes and endless opportunities for adventures. Tbilisi is a growing city with fantastic landmarks like the Narikala Fort. Georgia’s music is uniquely polyphonic and its language and culture are totally different from any other in Europe.
- Lisbon, Portugal
The city feels like a fairy-tale destination with its old time manners and traditions. Even the quaint old trams and funiculars are a century old. Riding one of these as it lurches and rumbles on its way over the seven steep hills is real fun. The city lies over the hills, a true witness to bygone heritage. Wander through the quaint Baixa district, taking in the smells from the age old apothecaries, and checking out the old fashioned goods in the haberdasher shops. The baroque streets and the quaint city center are a true delight.
- Venice, Italy
Venice is a fun, enchanting city. During summer the city does tend to get crowded but the visitors come here to experience the sheer loveliness of this exquisite city built entirely on water. The beauty of Venice’s architecture as can be seen from its churches and museums is mind blowing. The growing modern art scene and the old galleries make for an interesting fusion, well worth obtaining your Italy visa!
- Marseille, France
Did you know that Marseille is France’s oldest city, known to the world for 2,600 years? In Marseille, you’ll find fantastic new art galleries and renewed museums sprouting up everywhere. Check out the new trams, galleries, designer hotels and chic restaurants. The natural landscapes are mind-blowing too, with a rocky coast, the blue sea everywhere you look.
- Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam is a small city, you can walk or bike from one end to another. Cute gabled buildings, peaceful canals and pretty bridges offer an old-world charm. But Amsterdam is modern and bursting with life. Check out the top-ranking orchestras and art museums and theatres. Also check out the many bars and clubs in Amsterdam, while watching out for spiked brownies.
- Ljubljana, Slovenia
If you want a chilled out European vacation, head to Ljubljana. Enjoy the trendy cafes, laid-back restaurants, and incredible architecture which is a mix of twentieth-century buildings, Plecnik-designed bridges and baroque facades. The best way to explore this tiny city is on foot – it’s so small, you can walk across it in a day.
- Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia has splendid mountains, fabulous beaches, many historical and cultural sites and simply mind-blowing cuisine. Sofia has so much to offer and yet it is one of the most affordable places in Europe. Visitors can enjoy the high mountains, the Black Sea beaches with their rugged cliffs, the Valley of the Kings and its Thracian temple ruins and much more.
- Berlin, Germany
Berlin is the city to visit in summer, when the days are warm and endless events seem to take place everywhere in the joy of summer. Most of the citizens take advantage of the warm weather to jump in the rivers and lakes and join the endless events in the city. Berlin is undoubtedly one of the world’s most stimulating and cultural centres of Europe. It’s a magnet for history buffs, a hub for hedonists, and a cool family destination given the wealth of green spaces. Check out the vast Tiergarten, the Volkspark Friedrichshain Park and the Sunday flea market at Mauerpark for example.
- Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a delightful patchwork of spectacular natural landscapes and an incredible mix of architectural styles. You’ll find dark gothic buildings, and colourful harlequin creations and skyscrapers, all competing for attention. Head to one of Barcelona’s seven pristine beaches for an afternoon of fun; Barcelona is famous for being a gastronomic haunt, so find a great restaurant after your swim to delight your taste buds.
- Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is the place to be if you love art and genteel romance. The Danube curves gracefully and a whole range of art nouveau buildings curve with it. The glorious baroque façades, refined baths and old-fashioned cafés will charm you and make you want to stay for longer. There’s a bit of the city’s history still to be found – traces of Goulash communism and the more modern history. They only add more interest to your tour. With the river in the middle, Budapest is easy to navigate. The city is divided into Buda on one side of the river and Pest on the other side (go figure!). Buda is all about lush hills hiding natural hot springs and the palace on top of the hills acts as the crowning glory along with the admirable gothic parliament building on the far riverbank. Pest was unified with Buda in 1873; this is where you’ll find the genteel romance with the lovely boulevards and the mystical Jewish quarter.
- Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen with its cute cobbled streets has no space for a car. It’s an old fashioned city, with tall copper spires sticking up into the sky amidst modernist civic buildings and cute boutiques and a harbour-side that looks like a picture on a chocolate box. A thousand years of royal history and there are plenty of castles and palaces around. There are some excellent museums, fine architecture, magnificent interiors, European and Islamic art collections and a fashion scene that’s simply thriving, having launched several designers, notably Kata Szegedi, Anna Daubner, and Nanushka.
- Vienna, Austria
Vienna, the birthplace of Franz Schubert and Mozart is charm itself. No matter how much you’ve explored the city, there’s always more to see and more to experience. Vienna is a culturally-rich country; check out the music halls where greats like Mozart are revered. Attend music concerts, check out galleries and museums and soak up some of the culture that produced the greatest musical genius ever.
- San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain
The city is a Christian pilgrimage site, where people from all over the world come to visit this tiny chapel on a rocky outcrop. The chapel is connected to the mainland via a magnificent zig-zag staircase. The city has been used in the Game of Thrones series which made it famous overnight. The stunning city with its amazing scenery is a must-visit in 2018.
- Dublin, Ireland
Ireland is beauty personified. If you go there, go because you want to rest your eyes and soul with the verdant green landscapes, the tinkling brooks and the romantic heather that blooms every colour in the wild. Visit Ireland to admire the elegant Georgian architecture, participate in the robust Irish pub culture, check out the incredible museums and galleries and have your fill of the sea. The city is designated as the UNESCO City of Literature, and fittingly too. Dublin is now known for its food culture as well, so enjoy the local dishes along with your mandatory mug of Guinness and it’s heaven on earth.
Europe is rich in history, in art, culture, music, food and architecture. European countries have everything you need for a perfect vacation away from your regular life. The cities listed in our post are the ones that will be most targeted for travel in 2018. So pack your bags already and book your tickets to one of these lovely cities and let us know how you enjoyed your trip!