A European road trip is a bullet point on the bucket list of people all over the world. But the question comes down to this: Where in Europe do you go? With 50 countries in Europe, there might not be enough time to see them all, and so we’ve compiled a collection of some of the places in Europe you have to visit on your road trip. Just be sure to check your passport and health cards. After all, you’ll be constantly passing over borders, and you never know when you might need healthcare in Portugal or Finland.
Of all the reasons to visit Lisbon, Portugal, it can be difficult to pick just one. This sun-ridden destination is perfect for spending some time on the beach or wandering the streets to get the most authentic feel for the city than you’ll get anywhere else. The food is exquisite, and the Pasteis de Belém is home to some of the best custard tarts you’ll find anywhere. They’re world-famous, and so queues are often seen trailing out of the bakery. Fans of street art won’t be disappointed, with the city littered with all kinds of art adorning the streets, creating a colourful backdrop to your visit.
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
The Charles Bridge holds the title as one of the most visited destinations in Prague, and it’s no wonder. The stone bridge is one of the most beautiful in Europe, and with a tower standing on each end of the bridge, there is plenty to do on your visit beyond simply crossing a bridge. Climb to the top of both the Staroměstská věž on the Old Town end and the Malostranská věž on the Malá Strana end and you can get an amazing view of Prague, as well as the bridge from a more birds-eye view.
If there’s one thing that sits alongside a European road trip on bucket lists everywhere, it’s seeing the Aurora Borealis in person. Whether you visit Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway or Iceland, there are plenty of places you can go to on your road trip to catch sight of the Northern Lights. Dotted all over Europe are prime spots for seeing the Northern Lights, sometimes even in Scotland, and there are plenty of places willing to help you in your search. In Finland, for example, the Aurora Chalet in Luosto will hand you an alarm that will beep when the lights are visible, and this certainly isn’t the only place in Europe that have a service like this.
While it might seem like an obvious choice, visiting Paris is a must-do if you’ve never been to the French capital before. Whether it’s to see the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe or to explore the backstreets or the beautiful riverside walks, there’s no shortage of things to do during your stop off in this stunning city. From iconic museums to breathtaking churches, you can keep yourself occupied at all hours, just make sure to take a break at one of the sidewalk cafes dotted around the entire city.
Destroyed in 79AD by the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii is a name most will have heard of, and know the story behind. Much of the city has been preserved by the volcanic rock that was formed, and a visit can tell you far more about the city and how it worked than a photo on the internet ever could. Whether it’s a bathing establishment or a brothel, a household or a market, there are plenty of artefacts and structures alike that are rich with history and are a must-see during your road trip.