Around the world to 20 amazing European destinations
You don’t need to travel around the world to find amazing scenery. Europe enjoys a great diversity of landscapes and stunning locations which will make a perfect destination for your next holiday. Here’s how.
Portugal vs USA
The Ponte 25 de April (bridge) is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tage River. Built by the American Bridge company, it was inaugurated in 1966
and a train platform was added in 1999. Because of its colour it is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. With a total length of 2,277 m, it
is the 27th largest suspension bridge in the world (©cc).
Malta vs Thailand
Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is a group of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta, two miles from the village of Mellieħa.
It was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions starring Robin Williams. Today it is open to the public as an open-air museum and family entertainment complex. (©CC).
England vs India
The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence located in Brighton, England. It was built in three
stages, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811. It is often referred to as the Brighton Pavilion. It is built in the
Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century. The current appearance of the Pavilion, with its domes and minarets, is the work of architect John Nash who
extended the building starting in 1815. (©CC)
Spain vs Mexico
Seville is a city that stays alive through the whole year, with a constant cultural, musical, sports and leisure offer that invites everybody, anytime of the year, to discover first-hand the true wonders this city holds. Seville welcomes you all! (©visitasevilla.es)
Croatia vs Tahiti
Croatia is a country of immense wealth that offers the guarantee of an exceptional journey. You will probably find there the greatest diversity of landscapes in Europe, with forests, countryside, hills, beaches, islands and mountains of rare beauty. You will dive into pure waters and discover its 1,000 islands.
Turkey vs USA
With its 5.36 km ² Buyukada is the largest of the islands and home to beautiful houses. You can take a charming carriage ride but the island is somewhat industrialized and the routes lose much of their quietude because of the carriages heavy traffic. To explore the island you also have the possibility to hire bikes. We, your friendly companions, advise you to walk, to move away from the beaten track and established trails, and climb up the island for views full of beauty, ancient monasteries or amazing abandoned buildings. Breathe in the calm of these islands and thoroughly enjoy Istanbul, one of the few destinations offering you sun, a great river, a great culture and history and, for the icing on the cake, these beautiful small islands nearby.
Switzerland vs Nepal
The Matterhorn – mystical, majestic, the mountain of mountains. No one can escape its fascination. Neither locals nor guests.. Triangular. A cragged rock “tooth” ranging into the heavens. Standing alone on the horizon. A magnet for alpinists, aesthetic emblem, mountain with ideal proportions. Rugged rock with magical light. Playing in a sea of clouds and horizontal colouring. Seeing enough of the Matterhorn? Not possible! (©Zermatt.ch)
France vs Thailand
"I was walking very fast when my foot caught on something that sent me stumbling a few meters away, I wanted to know the cause. In a dream I had built a palace, a castle or caves, I cannot express it well... I told no one about it for fear of being ridiculed and I felt ridiculous myself. Then fifteen years later, when I had almost forgotten my dream, when I wasn't thinking of it at all, my foot reminded me of it. My foot tripped on a stone that almost made me fall. I wanted to know what it was... It was a stone of such a strange shape that I put it in my pocket to admire it at my ease. The next day, I went back to the same place. I found more stones, even more beautiful, I gathered them together on the spot and was overcome with delight... It's a sandstone shaped by water and hardened by the power of time. It becomes as hard as pebbles. It represents a sculpture so strange that it is impossible for man to imitate, it represents any kind of animal, any kind of caricature. I said to myself: since Nature is willing to do the sculpture, I will do the masonry and the architecture" Ferdinand Cheval. (©facteurcheval.com).
Portugal vs USA
What a splendid way to discover Porto. The cars are beautiful and well kept. The trip is not very long and the speed easy so that you have time to discover the full beauty of the historical heart of the city. This tram is very much used by tourists to discover the town but also by the inhabitants who want to avoid the steep slopes of Porto.
Norway vs Argentina
Strolling around old streets and alleyways of Bergen, where people have lived for centuries, is like a fairytale. You will see small wooden houses, cobbled streets with stone steps in the steepest parts and flowers everywhere. Stop off at the Fish Market to mingle with the crowds. Visit the Bergen Aquarium and see the fish, penguins and seals in their natural element, as well as crocodiles, snakes and spiders. (©VisitBergen).
Spain vs USA
The importance of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao goes far beyond a mere artistic matter. It can be safely said that the appearance of the Museum in Bilbao has marked a turning point in the history of this city. That genesis, creation and evolution have become known as the Guggenheim effect, which will certainly be the subject of study in the near future. It all started in the early 1990’s in a post-industrial Bilbao immersed in an economic crisis making a change in direction a matter of maximum urgency (©Bilbaomarketing).
Portugal vs Brazil
The idea to build the Monument to Christ the King came up in 1934 when the late Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, His Eminence Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira, was visiting Brazil. Travelling through Rio de Janeiro, he came upon the impressive site of the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado; he immediately felt a burning desire to have a similar statue built which would face Lisbon. In 1936 the Christ the King statue was welcomed with enthusiasm. (©cristorei.pt)
France vs China
This is probably one of the most beautiful places in the world: the highest dune in Europe surrounded by pine forests. If possible, try to get to the dune from the sea, this will allow you to discover little by little the beautiful scenery that awaits you from the top of Dune. Shuttles are organized during the day to visit the dune for 1 euro; you can come by bike or car (4 euros for car parking).
Spain vs USA
The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, Segovia Castle) is a stone fortification, located in the old city of Segovia, Spain. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Clamores near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then. The castle is one of the inspirations for Walt Disney's Cinderella Castle. (©cc)
France vs USA
You can find 3 replicas of the Statue of Liberty in Paris, the first one stands at the entrance to the Musée d'Orsay, the second Statue of Liberty in Paris is near the Grenelle Bridge on the Île aux Cygnes, a man-made island in the Seine, 11.50 metres (37 feet 9 inches) high. Inaugurated on July 4, 1889, it looks southwest, downriver along the Seine. Its tablet bears two dates: "IV JUILLET 1776" (July 4, 1776: the United States Declaration of Independence) like the New York statue, and "XIV JUILLET 1789" (July 14, 1789: the storming of the Bastille). (©CC)
England vs USA
Voted one of the Top 10 city beach break destinations in the world, Brighton and its cool beachfront are legendary. With the famous Brighton Pier as a backdrop, daytime traditional seaside fun mixes seamlessly with night time funky beachside club culture. Soak up the cosmopolitan vibe on the beach at Brighton. Stroll along the bustling Brighton promenade and soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere at one of the cafes and bars, relax on the famous Blue Flag pebble beach or try your hand at one of the many beach and water sports or sailing activities. You'll also find some great galleries and art in the Artists' Quarter on the lower promenade near Brighton Pier. (© Visitbrighton.com).
Italy vs USA
Venice and its mainland are particularly rich in museums and historical buildings of great artistic and cultural importance. Here you can choose among a wide variety of museums, churches, palaces and villas, Venice historic centre, the famous islands of Murano and Burano, the villas along the Brenta river and the beautiful landscapes of the Miranese area, and of course less famous islands in the Venice Lagoon (©TurismoVenezia).
Croatia vs China
The Walls of Ston are a series of defensive stone walls, originally more than 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long, that surrounded and protected the city of Ston, in Dalmatia, part of the Republic of Ragusa, in what is now southern Croatia. The Walls of Ston are known as the "European wall of China". (©cc)
Croatia vs Taiwan
If you had to visit only one place in Croatia this is certainly the Plitvice Lakes. Welcome to the most beautiful National Park in Europe! The most beautiful natural treasures await you in this park of rare beauty.
If possible, visit the park during the week, there are fewer people than at the weekend. According to your timetable you can choose a two- hour ride, four hours or six hours. Do not worry about the way back, there are shuttles to bring you back to your starting point.
Italy vs South Africa
All visitors to Burano will be intrigued by the myriads of colours reflected on the canals’ green waters; near the Oblique Bell Tower they will be enchanted by the tranquility and calm with which the elderly ladies embroider original Burano lace with their ” tombolo”. This is paradise. Here and there children dart freely with their bicycles under balconies with multicolored flowers, mingling with fishermen selling fresh fish from their traditional boats. (©Isoladiburano.it)