Condé Nast Traveler on 50 things to do in Europe before you die

Condé Nast Traveler on 50 things to do in Europe before you die

Europe is full of marvels. The continent, our continent has something for everyone. “Whether it’s catching an opera in Vienna, having afternoon tea in London, shopping for leather in Florence, or sipping a cocktail by the Eiffel Tower Traveler’s network of editors and writers has rounded up 50 things you need to do, eat, see, shop for, and experience in Europe” writes Caitlin Morton and the magazine’s in-the-know editors shared their brilliant little secrets.

Lindsay Talbot sails around the Greek Isles
The secret’s out on Mykonos, Santorini, and even Patmos—but on the lesser-known islands of Antiparos, Paros, and Pano Koufonisi, the beaches are unspoiled, the tavernas are rustic, and the pace of life is blissfully slow. There are hardly any nightclubs, boisterous restaurants, or high-end shops—and yet there seems to be no end of whitewashed hillside towns and hidden swimming caves to discover and explore”.

Condé Nast Traveler on 50 things to do in Europe before you die

Caitlin Morton marvels at the fjords of Western Norway
“You can’t think of Norway without thinking of fjords, and the western part of the country features two of the country’s most spectacular examples: Geirangerfjord (pictured) and Nærøyfjord. These UNESCO-listed wonders are bookended by steep crystalline rock walls and rugged mountains, and feature landscapes dotted with waterfalls, glacial lakes, and forests. There’s nothing quite like sailing up and down the Norwegian coast, soaking in the views and hospitality of nearby Bergen”.

Condé Nast Traveler on 50 things to do in Europe before you die

Paul Brady stands on the end of the continent
“Sagres is a wind-swept outpost set on a thin peninsula at the far southeastern edge of Portugal. Long associated with the Age of Discovery—when bold seafarers set out to discover new trade routes in foreign oceans—the town still keeps lighthouses that watch over the deep blue waters. Today, a new audacity permeates the area, as surfers battle 15-foot waves surging in off the Atlantic”.

Condé Nast Traveler on 50 things to do in Europe before you die

Rachel Coleman time-travels in Athens
The Acropolis is one tourist-filled site in Athens you can’t miss. Being able to see the Parthenon up close and personal is a moment you will never forget, and the views atop the hill are the best in the city. Get there early to avoid the crowds (or go at night with a date and a bottle of wine), and don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes for the climb up. After you climb down, snack on some koulouri (a crunchy bread ring coated with sesame seeds) from the many street food carts in Athens”.

Condé Nast Traveler on 50 things to do in Europe before you die

Katherine LaGrave on the uncrowded beaches of Montenegro
“A small country that only gained independence from Serbia in 2006, the entire population of Montenegro is less than that of Stockholm. Yet what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in unadulterated stretches of sand and surf. Of its coastline, Lord Byron once wrote, “At the moment of the creation of our planet, the most beautiful merging of land and sea occurred at the Montenegrin seaside”—and it seems the poet is seemingly not alone in that thought: Over the years, the country’s steep shorelines, uncrowded beaches, and picturesque, historic villages have drawn everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Sophia Loren, looking for quiet and fewer crowds. The curving Bay of Kotor is at turns Lake Como and Norwegian fjords dotted with ancient Turkish and Greek settlements and UNESCO World Heritage sites”

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