In addition to its plethora of historic attractions, Portugal’s capital is also where to come for nightlife and great food among the winding streets of the Bairro Alto district, noteworthy architecture, and parks and squares made for lounging among the locals.
When to go: Portugal's outstanding climates means good temperatures all year round.
Sunny, seductive Portugal is not to be missed. 850 km of sandy beaches, a charming capital packed with historical attractions, an abundance of fresh seafood, a diverse landscape, and a mild climate with 3000 hours of sunshine a year are just a few reasons Portugal makes for an unforgettable European getaway. Find out more about seeing Portugal with Insight.
The perfectly intact medieval town of Sighisoara, with its colourful buildings and cobbled streets, also happens to be the birthplace of the infamous impaling Prince Vlad.
When to go: May-September for the best temperatures and climate to see this proud nation.
There is much more to Romania than its association with Dracula. In addition to its rich history Romania also boasts a beautiful natural landscape, charming medieval towns, castles, and a capital city once dubbed the “Paris of the Danube”. Find out more about seeing Romania with Insight.
Make sure to take a canal cruise in St. Petersburg where you’ll pass under some of the city’s 365 bridges, and get to see attractions like the Winter Palace from the water.
When to go: June-August for the warmest climate to see for yourself the country which grew to become a world superpower.
The sheer overabundance of things to see and do in Russia can make it seem like a daunting place to visit, but don’t pass up the chance to see some of the cultural and historical gems this vast country has to offer. From world-class museums and the unmistakable onion dome of St. Basil’s Cathedral, to a walk through historic Red Square and a visit to the Bolshoi Ballet, a trip to Russia will not disappoint. Find out more about seeing Russia with Insight.
Not to be outdone by tourist favourite Edinburgh, Glasgow is emerging as a must-see city on any Scotland itinerary, thanks to its thriving art, design, film and music scenes.
When to go: June-September for the warmest temperatures to experience a country which has recently flourished.
If you like your vacations set against dramatic scenery and mesmerizing landscapes, you won’t be disappointed with Scotland. In addition you’ll get a healthy dose of history, unique shopping opportunities and the chance to check out many colourful festivals.
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In the Balkans, in Southern Europe, lies Serbia. Sitting at the crossroads of Europe’s history, this land-locked nation is a fusion cultures and religions, resulting in a wealth of joie de vivre. Enjoy the national parks and quirky festivals in the summer, and when the snow settles in winter, take to the mountains’ ski resorts.
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In the Balkans, in Southern Europe, lies Serbia. Sitting at the crossroads of Europe’s history, this land-locked nation is a fusion cultures and religions, resulting in a wealth of joie de vivre. Enjoy the national parks and quirky festivals in the summer, and when the snow settles in winter, take to the mountains’ ski resorts. Serbia
The capital of Bratislava is a must-see destination in its own right. Make sure to explore the Old Town’s cobbled squares, visit the 19th century Slovak National Museum, and gaze at the landmark four-towered castle overlooking the city.
When to go: June-September for the highest temperatures which allows more comfortable viewing of this mountainous country.
Another one of Europe’s hidden gem destinations, Slovakia deserves to be on more traveller’s radars. The country’s array of national parks, underground caves, rejuvenating thermal springs, museums, historic castles, and rapidly expanding capital city are not yet getting the attention they deserve. Go now before the crowds catch on. Find out more about seeing Slovakia with Insight.
Get a healthy dose of culture in the capital of Ljubljana, where visitors can enjoy numerous theaters, museums, galleries, and one of the oldest Philharmonic orchestras in the world.
When to go: May-September for the warmest climates and the best chances to see this great region.
Like other small countries in Europe, Slovenia’s size in no way detracts from its ability to impress. Clean, compact and very friendly, the nation is home to mountains, hilly wine growing regions, spas, historic towns, and the idyllic, always photo-worthy Lake Bled, a must-see destination in its own right. Find out more about seeing Slovenia with Insight.
Barcelona deserves a spot on any bucket list. From the winding alleys of the famed Gothic Quarter, to Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, to the array of tempting tapas bars, there’s enough here to keep you busy for days.
When to go: May-October for the best temperatures across the country; November-December for a great festive scene.
Spain is beloved by many for many reasons. Each of its diverse regions lay claim to their own distinct cuisine, culture, language, and attractions – all of which are worth getting to know. You’ll also find cosmopolitan cities, idyllic towns and villages, fascinating architecture, and over 200 km of rugged cliffs along Costa Brava’s dramatic coastline. Find out more about seeing Spain with Insight.
Sweden’s capital of Stockholm is built on a group of 14 islands, which is interesting enough on its own. But there are many more reasons to love one of Europe’s oldest cities, including the quaint Old Town, museums, art galleries, cafes and restaurants.
When to go: June-August for the best temperatures which allows the best chance to experience the incredible variety on offer.
When you think of Sweden, IKEA might be the first thing that comes to mind, but there is much more to this diverse nation than its famous furniture brand. There are vibrant, lively cities like Stockholm and Malmo to explore, but Sweden is also home to picture-perfect landscapes filled with sparking lakes, green fields and lush forests. Find out more about seeing Sweden with Insight.