From the Northern Lights of Scandinavia to the southern shores of the Greek Islands, Europe never ceases to thrill and surprise with its variety of sights, sounds and people. No wonder it’s been a travel mecca for North American visitors for so long. And with many cheap flights to Europe available, there’s never been a better time to discover this amazing continent.
Tourists visit for the astonishing history: Namely, to experience Athens, the birthplace of democracy; the renaissance artwork and architecture of Florence; Venice’s canals; the Napoleonic grandeur of Paris; and everything London has to offer. Not to mention all the glory of Rome! An itinerary can also feature Turkey’s awe-inspiring architecture, the Moorish palaces of Andalucía, and majestic St Petersburg.
But Europe isn’t exclusively wrapped up in its past. It’s also the best continent for experiencing contemporary fashion, art, music and architecture – from Berlin’s music scene to the ground-breaking design in cities such as Stockholm and Copenhagen.
Visitors wanting to explore natural landscapes and glorious scenery can choose from Norway’s breathtaking fjords, Iceland’s dramatic volcanoes or the stunning views of the Scottish Highlands. In addition to the Alps in Italy, France and Switzerland, there are mountain ranges in Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia and southern Poland waiting to be discovered.
Beach lovers are equally spoiled, with stunning sandy stretches everywhere from the South of France to the Algarve in Portugal and Spain’s Costa Brava. For more adventurous travellers, there are perfect shores in places like Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia or some of the lesser-known Greek Islands.
Sample a Mediterranean lifestyle of al fresco living, pavement cafes and sunshine when you’re not taking in ancient churches, galleries and museums, or idyllic towns and villages.
The only problem is where and when to go! Spring and autumn are ideal for city sightseeing or hiking holidays, while summer is best for visiting beaches, and winter is ideal for ski trips. But there are great affordable flights to Europe year round.
For a first trip, consider travelling to countries like Britain, France, Spain and Germany, and perhaps combining them with some time in Italy, Greece or Turkey.
The great thing about Europe is that there’s always something new to experience on return trips. Second- or third-timers can visit lesser-known regions such as the Balkans, Scandinavia, Portugal, Croatia or Poland. Don’t discount nations like Albania or Moldova, or fascinating microstates like Luxembourg, Andorra and Lichtenstein.
For those flying direct from Canada, Western Europe is definitely easier to reach, and offers thriving, beguiling cities like London, Madrid, Amsterdam and Barcelona. Or, sample the ‘craic’ (fun) in the Irish capital, Dublin. Eastern Europe, however, offers the chance to follow a road less travelled – with vibrant cities, stunning beaches and ski resorts.
Whether you need great value flights to Barcelona, Rome or Berlin, we can help. There are flights from these cities and more to a range of destinations in Canada, making Europe an incredibly accessible continent for Canadians.