I have the biggest crush on Europe. I am so infatuated that I spend all day and all night daydreaming of the cobblestone streets and quaint sidewalk cafés. When people ask me, “What’s with your European obsession?” I can’t explain it! So I am here to point out my top 11 attractions that made me fall head over heels in love with Europe. And hopefully, make you fall in love too!
Lake Bled – Bled, Slovenia
Bled is located in the northwestern region of Slovenia. The Julian Alps serve as a backdrop for this crystal blue lake. Bled offers many attractions – kayaking, restaurants, bars, and hotels. There is a castle you can climb to that overlooks the lake, and there is even a church in the middle of the lake! You can do all of these things, or if you’re like me, you can just sit in awe at the natural beauty of Bled.
Plitvice Lakes National Park – Croatia
Plitvice is located in central Croatia. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice is the largest national park in Croatia. Boasting 16 different lakes, waterfalls, and walking trails; or take an electric boat, transferring you from lake to lake.
Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
When I first laid eyes on the Eiffel Tower, I was forever changed. This structure is so much more glorious in person than I could have ever imagined! I think it may be the reason I have such a love affair with Paris! Head to any of the sidewalk markets and grab a bottle of wine and macaroons. Lie on the lawn all day staring up at the Tower.
Cliffs of Moher – County Clare, Ireland
These sea cliffs are located in western Ireland. They are breathtakingly large cliffs, running approximately 8 miles, meeting the Atlantic Ocean.
Sacré-Coeur – Paris, France
This Basilica that hosts the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is located in the Montmartre district. Enter the church for free; just know that there is usually a line. Once you’re done with the Church you can wander the many winding streets, losing yourself along the way. Come for the beauty of the Sacré-Coeur and stay for the character of Montmartre.
The Louvre – Paris, France
Housing the Mona Lisa, The Louvre is a museum located on the Right Bank of the Seine, in Paris’s first district. Spend all day here without getting bored. The Louvre hosts more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art.
London Eye – London, United Kingdom
A Ferris wheel located on the River Thames, which overlooks London. Admire from afar, or take a ride and cheers with champagne at the top! You decide!
Lake Ohrid – Ohrid, Macedonia
Taking the spot for one of the deepest, oldest, lakes in Europe, Ohrid is situated between Macedonia and Albania. It is incredibly cheap, and offers all the charm of a Mediterranean coastal town, without actually being a Mediterranean coastal town. And without all of the tourists… win. It’s easy to see why the crystal clear water and dramatic cliffs put this lake at the top of my list!
La Sagrada Família – Barcelona, Spain
So, there were two incidents where I have actually cried from being so overwhelmed by beauty. And it wasn’t until writing this post that I realized both times happened to be while I was in Spain. La Sagrada Familia was one of those times where I was completely in awe. Built by Gaudí, La Sagrada Família is the tallest architectural wonder in Barcelona. It is worth every second you spend waiting in line to get in. And fun fact, the Church isn’t even done being built yet! I can’t wait to go back when it is completely finished!
Grand Place – Brussels, Belgium
A market in the heart of Brussels, it’s no wonder why it takes the name ‘Grand Place’. It is ornately decorated with gold and takes the prize as “one of the most beautiful squares in Europe” in 2010. Grand Place has been standing since the 10th Century (with a few minor tweaks I’m sure!), and was finally named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
Statue of Jesus – San Sebastian, Spain
As stated earlier, there has been two times in my life that I have cried from being so overwhelmed by beauty. This was another one of those times. This statue of Jesus sits on Urgull, a hill in Basque country. It overlooks the coast of San Sebastian and also the Bay of Biscay. Take an easy hike to the top of the hill to get the full affect of the beauty of San Sebastian.