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The best budget hotels for a European city break in 12 top destinations

An expert guide to the top budget hotels in Europe, including the best affordable accommodation in Venice, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Prague, Lisbon, Madrid, Florence, Budapest and Berlin.<p><b>Prices quoted are for a double room in low season, based on two people sharing. Prices are</b> …

Lisbon: Where to Eat, Drink, and Party

A perfect night in one of Europe’s most under-appreciated cities.<p>Lisbon is one of Europe’s most under-appreciated gems. It’s affordable, walkable, filled with wildly good eating and drinking opportunities. It’s a city painted in Millennial Pink, and Millennial Blue, which is not a thing yet, but …

European Travel

The Top 15 Cities in Europe

Our readers anointed some of the Continent’s greatest cultural capitals — places rich in art, history, architecture, and food — as their favorite …

European Travel

9 Real Life Fairytale Villages in Europe - Travel & Pleasure

Europe is a continent full of enchanting and beautiful villages, most of which actually seem like magical lands straight out of fairy tale books. …

7 climbs to get stunning scenic photos in Florence

Cameras have evolved into a permanent must-have part of our mainstream culture. Whether it is a part of a smart phone, or a high-end DSLR, we use …

Luxury Travel

11 secret Italian villages to visit before the crowds do

Rome? Been there. Venice? Done that. Florence? Bought the statue-of-David postcard. While this triumvirate of tourist destinations is a must-do for any first-time visitor to Italy, many of the country’s greatest charms can only be experienced in small Italian villages — places where you can slip …

Italy

Exploring the walled city of Kotor • BlueSkyTraveler.com

At the end of the Bay of Kotor, the walled <b>city of Kotor</b> is sight to see for Adriatic medieval fortifications with gates, maze-like streets, bastioned …

National Palace of Sintra • BlueSkyTraveler.com

After arriving in Sintra via train from Lisbon, my first stop was a quick stop to the National Palace of Sintra. I had a lot of palaces, castle and …

European Travel

Ponza: Italy's dreamy secret island

When she orders furnishings from the Italian mainland for her hotel, merchants are often incredulous when Ilia Stile gives them the hotel's address - …

Rome's top dishes and where to try them

Rome's cuisine is as legendary as its monuments, and sampling the city's classic dishes is just as quintessential a Roman experience as visiting the Colosseum. Our round-up of the Italian capital’s most beloved eats – and the best places to eat them – will help you tell your <i>carbonara</i> from your</i> …

Italy

Plan your perfect Croatian island-hopping adventure

Fancy a sojourn along the Croatian coastline without having to worry about parking, crazy drivers or lengthy bus trips? Don’t have your own yacht? Can’t bear the thought of cruise ships? Croatia’s extensive ferry network makes an island-hopping holiday a breeze.<p>When to go?<p>If possible, plan your …

European Travel

20 Interesting Things You Must Know About Portugal

Portugal; a mix of stunning landscapes, colorful cities and old trams. The country sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Under the warm Portuguese …

European Travel

A foodie's guide to Lisbon

<i>We've added a new trip to Portugal as one of G Adventures new tours for 2018! If you've been dying to go to the country — or just want to find out</i> …

European Travel

The Best Places to Visit in Slovenia

Tucked between Italy, Austria, and Croatia, Slovenia is so small you might skip over it—but that would be a mistake. Though it's roughly the size of Massachusetts, it packs a major visual punch: alpine villages, cliffside castles, emerald lakes, fields of white horses, and some of the most …

European Travel

Top 10 Castles of Europe

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a real-life fairytale? Ponder no more.<p>At least once in our lives we’ve twirled in a glittery dress and tiara, or tussled with fire-breathing dragons from a crenulated tower. Indoctrinated by bedtime stories of our youth, we’d close our eyes and …

The Country That Doesn't Exist

In little-known Transdniestria, life is a constant search for identity. One photographer recently took a closer look.<p>Snaking down the border between Moldova and Ukraine is a landlocked sliver of terrain called Transdniestria. It’s home to more than half a million people and run by an independent …

Discover the Secret Side of Venice

All tourists take gondola rides, but kayaking allows you to explore the city most don't see.<p>Venice may be obviously, even overwhelmingly beautiful. Despite its circular alleys and its pastel palazzos, Italy’s most touristy city (only 55,000 people actually <i>live</i> in Venice’s historic center, which …

The 10 Most Unusual Things to Do in Romania

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Romania's medieval marital prison

It may sound like a nightmare, but records show that this form of marriage counselling in Transylvania was rather effective.<p>Picturesque Biertan, one of Transylvania’s seven Saxon Unesco World Heritage villages, feels frozen in time. Horse-drawn carts are still a part of daily life, and local …

Old Age

9 Real Life Fairytale Villages in Europe - Page 4 of 4 - Travel & Pleasure

<b>2. Sintra, Portugal</b><p>Sintra in Portugal will not be called as the capital of Romanticism for nothing. It is an inspiring and historic village that …

The 25 places in Eastern Europe you must see in your lifetime

11 secret gardens in Porto

Don’t let Porto’s architecture fool you. At face value its slender buildings appear to house little more than pokey apartments or hole-in-the-wall cafés, but many doors are rabbit holes leading to spacious living quarters (perhaps with a veggie patch and chickens out back) or modern dining spots …

European Travel

The best free things to do in Athens

Soaking up Athens life doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s a reasonably priced city to begin with, and you’ll find that if you pick a basic hotel, most cash ends up going toward dining in trendier restaurants or sipping high-end cocktails, if that’s what you’re into. Need to economise? There are …

European Travel

40 free things to do in Rome

Travelling to Rome on a budget? Never fear – sightseeing in Italy's magnificent capital city doesn't have to cost the earth. Although many museums and monuments charge hefty admission fees, a surprising number of the famous sights are actually completely free. The doors of the city's art-laden …

Italy

Europe's best tours by public transport

Skip pricey tours – instead, embrace the trams, buses and boats that give a more authentic (and cheaper) perspective of a city, with this extract from <i>The Best Things in Life are Free.</i><p>Tram 28 – Lisbon, Portugal<p>Clatter into Lisbon’s steep, tight-packed Alfama aboard a classic yellow tram. The …

European Travel

Things to Do in Lisbon

Filled with charm, and literally stacked with ambiance, Lisbon’s hilly streets offer many days (and nights) of exploration.<p>Portugal’s capital city …

European Travel

10 European cities you've never heard of (but can fly to with Wizz Air)

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Is Lisbon the coolest capital city in Europe? | CNN Travel

Behind the wheel: our best European road trips

To mark the launch of our latest <i>Best</i> <i>Trips</i> book we asked Lonely Planet staff to share their stories of times spent on the road. Ever the adventurous bunch, these daring drivers recall time spent navigating hairy mountain paths, drifting down coastal roads on the hunt for brilliant beaches and …

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