Nestled along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a highly underrated destination in southwestern Europe. Historically overshadowed by high-profile neighbors like Spain and nearby France, Portugal has just recently sparked major tourism interest within the past decade, and for a good reason! The country is full of beautiful coastlines, quaint beach towns, and historic architecture. Yet, it’s not just the beaches that are drawing people in, but also the charming metropolitan areas. Portugal’s cities are some of the most beautiful (and least overcrowded with tourists) in Western Europe. With over 100 “cities” in Portugal, we narrowed down the list to the 7 cities you should not miss during your trip to Portugal!
It is no secret that Norway has a multitude of fjords, each one with its own unique characteristics. A fjord is a long, narrow, deep inlet of sea wedged between high cliffs, formed by a submerged glacial valley and are found mainly in Norway, Greenland, Canada, Chile, and New Zealand. You could spend weeks just exploring Norway’s vast array of fjords! Read below for a guide to Norway’s famous fjords!
The idea of ‘Norway’ often invokes images of reindeer herds, dazzling Northern Lights, igloo hotels, and the impossibly beautiful Fjords. Yet, did you know that Norway also holds some of Europe’s prettiest cities and villages?As you can imagine, the people of Norway enjoy their nature year around. Yet, Norway has more to offer than its gorgeous natural sights. In fact, Norwegian cities are bursting at the seems with cultural beauty and activity, including breathtaking museums, architecture, and delicious culinary traditions. As travelers often note, Norwegians are serious about their food! So, if you are planning a trip to Norway, you may want to consider a visit to some of these lovely cities. Let’s take a look at some of Norway’s most popular ones!
The cuisine in Lisbon centers around seafood, which comes as no surprise as the capital city sits at the mouth of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean! This city is also well-known for its delectable cheese and wine, and, of course, the famous pasteis de nata – the egg custard tarts. Let’s take a look at some of the popular dishes to eat and what to drink while in Portugal!
Spain, a welcoming country full of vibrant history, is home to over 44 million people. As with every culture, the Spanish have their own cultural values and norms that dictate their behavior and ways of life. So, a little pre-trip research always goes a long way Here are some things to know about Spain's culture and etiquette before your next trip!
Schnitzels and sausages and roasts, oh my! We are salivating over Vienna’s dedication to a hearty meal over here. Now, it’s not just Vienna, but the capital city of Austria is known for being a cultural epicenter. However, we’ve been all over the country and can confirm that a Wiener Schnitzel can still be expertly made in Graz and Salzburg as well. Just what is it that makes Austrian meat so craveable?
As one of the largest cities in all of Europe, Prague continues to draw yearly crowds for its breathtaking architecture, historical sites and lively entertainment. With some of the best preserved sights in the Czech Republic, it can be hard to narrow down the list of all of Prague’s attractions, if only there for a limited amount of time.
An amalgamation of Czechs, Germans, Slovaks, Jews, Italians, and even the French, the Czech Republic has a long history of being an impressively blended society. This little landlocked country, though often best known for its capital city, Prague, has so much to offer tourists that are looking for a completely unique European experience. Here’s a taste of what you can experience off the beaten path in the Czech Republic.
Winter has almost passed, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed the opportunity to go skiing this year! There are still some stunning ski resorts with good snow conditions for those craving a last-minute snowy easter break. And what’s more, you’re much more likely to enjoy relaxed sunny days on the slopes, rather than getting stuck in nasty February white-outs. Here are some of the best late season ski destinations in Europe.
Throughout the centuries, Europe has remained a favored destination by travelers from all over the world. The medieval cities, lovely languages, delicious food, and historical landmarks all add to Europe’s undeniable charm. Yet, for most people, the iconic idea of “backpacking across Europe” sounds like an amazing, but elusive, pipedream. However, Europe is no longer considered just a destination for the wealthy; in fact, hidden away in this continent is a myriad of hacks for the average budget traveler. Keep reading below for tips to travel through Europe on a budget--your dream European vacation may be cheaper than you think!
Jetting off to the Italian peninsula is every traveler’s dream. Experiences such as relaxing in a Venetian gondola, sipping fine wine in Tuscany, and tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain can all be categorized as “bucket list.” For art lovers, though, Italy holds a special place in their tourism fantasies. It seems as though every city is bursting with artistic history and talent. Each area of Italy tells a different story, so planning travel to Italy can be daunting.
This year I had the chance to travel with the BYU Women’s Basketball team to Europe on their Foreign Basketball Tour, visiting the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. Here are 9 Things I Learned from Traveling Overseas on a Foreign Basketball Tour:
Curious about this Nordic island nation? Iceland is widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice.” This country is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the world's most active volcanoes. Volcanoes and glaciers and no forest, oh my! This destination offers more eco-friendly activities. Iceland burns very few fossil fuels and instead uses geothermal heating! Here are 10 reasons why Iceland should be your next travel destination!
Contrary to its name, Iceland is home to not only some of the world’s largest glaciers, but also some of the most active volcanoes! The island has slowly heated up over time. 8000 years ago, Iceland was completely buried under ice. This isn’t the only contrast you’ll find throughout Iceland. Depending on your season of travel, Iceland offers long summer days with up to 24 hours of daylight and short winter days to the minimum of just a few hours of sun!
If you follow any avid travelers on Instagram, chances are that you have seen a LOT of photos of Iceland. A Nordic island nation, Iceland is defined by dramatic landscapes, black beaches, active volcanos, boiling geysers, and crystal blue hot springs, all of which make this country a true paradise for photographers and adventurers, alike. (Oh, and did I mention the amazing flight deals?!) So the only question you really need to ask yourself is, “When do I go?!?”