Europe has some much to offer travelers that it’s almost overwhelming. Where do you start and what do you see on your next trip around Europe? We’ve teamed up with City Gay Tours to come up with a list of 11 must-see sites and activities to give you inspiration and help make the most of any Euro Trip. Whether you are planning to visit a single country or are interested in seeing it all, make sure that some of these destinations make it onto your travel bucket list!
A simple day trip from Madrid, Toledo was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its value to history. The narrow streets remain largely unchanged from the Middle Ages, providing a unique glimpse into the lives of resident’s past. Take time to visit the Santa Cruz Museum, consisting of the Hospital de Santa Cruz and the Santa Fe Convent, and enjoy the views of Paseo del Miradero. You can also stop by the Alcazar Fortress and the Great Cathedral.
If you love history, a visit to Rome is a necessity. Take in the famous Colosseum during your visit to the Eternal City, and the ancient Villa Dei Quintili. Be sure to visit the Roman Forum, a former center of life in the city. You can also make a stop at the Vatican Museums for a look at historical art and artifacts from the area. For those with a unique sense of adventure, the Catacombs of San Callisto can offer an exciting journey and exploration.
Stonehenge is a one of a kind stop everyone should come to admire. Stonehenge offers a look into some of the more mysterious parts of history, as its exact purpose is still greatly debated. A recognized wonder of the world, it is one of the best known prehistoric monuments on the continent. The visitor center also offers a look into history with over 250 ancient objects on display as part of the exhibition. You can also come face-to-face with the 5,500 year-old man during your trip. You can even make this a day trip from London and include both Bath and Lacock in the same tour. You can find day trips offered by City Gay Tours departing from London or even a private tour into the inner stone circle. Do to limitations and protection of the site, these tours are usually available on select days throughout the year.
Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como, one of Italy’s most famous lakes, is a sight to behold. The location gives a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The surrounding towns have an old-world charm, making it a pleasure to meander through the streets at your leisure. You can easily visit Lake Como as part of a day trip from Milan. If you're in Milan you can't miss a visit to the Duomo, Milan's cathedral and probably it's most well known building. Besides the Duomo, you can even take a tour of Leonardo da Vinci's painting the Last Supper, one of his most famous works of art.
Barcelona offers and ideal mix of history, architecture, beaches, and gay nightlife – all supported by the warm climate. Considered a capital of Modernism, you can visit the monuments built by famous designer Antoni Gaudi before stopping in at the classic gothic Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Gastronomy is another popular reason for selecting Barcelona as a destination. Catalan and Spanish cuisine at its finest is available throughout the city, so stop in for some tapas while you are out and about. After sunset, enjoy the impressive nightlife that is sure to keep you moving into the wee hours of the morning.
Visit Stockholm for the blue waters, beautiful architecture and majestic landscapes. A welcoming city, Stockholm has locals who speak a variety of languages, making it a great destination for tourist who get a bit tongue-tied when learning to speak a different language. Take time to stroll the city, marvel at the bridges, and try the local cuisine. While there, stop into the ABBA Museum to celebrate all things ABBA, and then view Gamla Stan, the Old Town, considered one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in all of Europe. There are countless great things to see in Stockholm and our friends at City Gay Tours can help you arrange it all.
Iceland is a simple five-hour flight from the east coast of the US or just three hours from Europe. Once you reach your destination, you will be rewarded with stunning scenery unlike any other. The Northern Lights make a regular appearance in the night’s sky, reflecting off glaciers of blue and white. You can also visit black sand beaches and gorgeous mountain ranges. During your trip, stop in at the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa, for a quick escape from the chilly weather, or enjoy the various museums and galleries throughout the city of Reykjavik. A friendly culture makes Iceland an excellent choice for tourists from all walks of life.
Ibiza is best known for its vibrant culture and nightlife. A gay-friendly destination, you will find beaches and clubs catering specifically to the LGBT community. Enjoy the blue coastal waters, unique restaurants and energetic culture of this popular location. Ibiza is a party all summer long, making it a great destination for some fun in the sun, and after the sun goes down. Boat tours are available, allowing interested tourists to see the island from a different perspective. Visits to the Can Marca Caves are popular, as well as multiple historical churches. You can also take a day trip to Formentera with ease, a separate island nearby with stunning, white sand beaches.
A city steeped in history and culture, Granada is the home of the Alhambra and tomb of the Catholic Monarchs. When the sky is clear, you can get a view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Explore the caverns of Sacromonte or take a walk through town to enjoy the architecture. During your visit, be sure to try the local cuisine, especially the tapas. If you want to see more culture in action, be sure to find a flamenco show to witness the beautiful dance in person.
If you are looking for a city with deep cultural ties and excellent wine tours, then Bordeaux is worth a stop. Spend time in the various museums including the Musée d’Aquitaine and the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Bordeaux and follow it up with some traditional French cuisine. In 2004, the mayor of Begles, near the city of Bordeaux, officiated the first same-sex marriage in the country before the civilian code had caught up with the times. You can even do an LGBT Cultures and Memories tour while visiting Bordeaux with City Gay Tours.
Athens history is long and fascinating. Take time to visit the classic monuments around the Acropolis while enjoying the culinary delicacies found in the region. You can visit Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, admiring the architecture as you explore these ancient wonders. Enjoy the vibrant culture and the warm sun. Athens is also an excellent jumping off point for the nearby islands, making it a great point to center a vacation around.
Have you ever considered visiting any of these 11 awesome destinations? Be sure to check out some of the options with City Gay Tours described above. They’ll help you arrange all the necessary details to make a fun and exciting experience on any of these activities or day trips.