Europe, during the summers presents a beautiful combination of pristine landscapes coupled with interesting festivals celebrating the key aspects of human lives. Stable politics, effective inter-city transportation and a well-established tourism industry makes it perfect for holidays in the summers. The season is perfect for exploring its snow-capped mountains, deep blue lakes, green meadows, beautiful rivers and virginal forests. The European cities turn vibrant and colorful with bustling energy, while the countryside turns serene. Celebrations and festivals related to music, literature, food and performing arts further enhance the appeal of European cities; already brimming with a rich cultural heritage, iconic landmarks, and fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Europe is the ultimate backpacking destination in the world. The continent offers plenty of options for seasoned backpackers and first-time budget travelers alike. Every region of Europe offers something different and refreshing to backpackers. Western Europe is more touristy and is renowned for its cultural symbols and heritages, while Central Europe is blessed with stunning castles, rivers, mountains, beautiful cities and medieval towns. Scandinavia offers plenty of adventure, extraordinary landscapes and contemporary trends. Eastern Europe is filled with quirky traditions, neo-classical cities and delicious gastronomy while Southern Europe is blessed with pristine beaches, glossy sea resorts, stunning islands, craggy cliffs, dramatic shorelines and endless stretches of turquoise blue waters.
Where ever your go in Europe, you are never too far from beauty, inspiration and amazing experiences that shall last with you forever. HolidayMe (EN|AR) recommends the top European countries to enjoy an unmatched backpacking experience. Check out the best European backpacking destinations listed below!
Poland is the greatest success story of post-communist resurgence in Europe. The beautiful country is now one of the fastest growing countries in Europe with an exciting economic, social and cultural growth. Polish cities are practically architectural museums, be it the royal city of Krakow, the vibrant capital of Warsaw, or the Baltic sea-side city of Gdansk, Poland is a truly amazing destination.
Hungary is a treasure trove of grand architectural buildings, pretty natural landscapes, sophisticated cuisine and wine, and some beautiful cities strewn with amazing architecture, exotic markets and delightful cultural attractions. Budapest still has its medieval and neo-classical charm while Visegrad, Danube delta, Heviz, Debrecen and Siofok are some of the exotic European backpacking destinations.
Sensational coastlines, stunning beaches and charming cultural festivals are the key elements of Portugal. Lisbon still resonates with mournful Fado along with delicious Portuguese fares. Algarve has some of the most breath-taking beaches in the world while Braga, Porto, Setubal and Lagos are simply world-class and all-time, all-weather destinations in Europe.
Breathtaking natural beauty, finest local produces, picturesque lakes, beautiful medieval coastal towns and stunning beaches! What else do you need? Add delicious cuisine, friendly locals and amazing destinations like Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Hvar, Zadar and Split, and what you have is the ultimate European backpacking destination.
Slovenia is simply beautiful as it’s blessed with lofty peaks of the Julian Alps, sparkling emerald-green lakes and rivers, and the classy Adriatic coast. It offers amazing activities starting from simpler blissful hiking trails to exciting white-water river rafting and skiing. Ljubljana, Bled and Piran are some of the most remarkable Slovenian destinations for backpackers.
Perhaps the most dramatic country in terms of landscape, Norway is the ultimate adventure destination for backpackers. This is a country dotted with overhanging cliffs, fjords with deep blue waters and cliffs that look as if they’re from a different planet altogether. Add stunning natural phenomena like Midnight Sun, Northern Lights, and Light Poles over the vast Arctic wilderness, and what you get is an incredible backpacking experience!
Greece is blessed with endless coasts, serene islands, and sun-drenched architectural heritages which have influenced the world deeply in every aspect. The recent bankruptcy and migration crisis have reduced the tourism costs, making this the best time for backpacking in the country, admiring its classical destinations like Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, Delhi, Oia, Thessaloniki and Corfu, amongst others.
A land steeped in mysticism, quirky traditions and folklore, Romania is an interesting European destination. The ‘Land of Dracula’ is blessed with Carpathian Mountains, the shimmering Danube River and the Black Sea Coast, along with beautiful cities with neo-classical heritages like the country’s capital, Bucharest. Backpackers will enjoy the highlights of Romanian destinations such as Bran, Timisoara, Constanta, Danube Delta, Sibiu, and Sighisoara.
The Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are one of the best European backpacking trails. These countries have pristine natural landscapes and beautiful modern cities strewn with rich cultural heritages. Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius are the three brilliant capitals of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania respectively, and offer an unforgettable experience of sightseeing, gastronomy, and culture.
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