Europe is a big continent with over 40 countries. Among all those countries are tons of fantastic, unique activities and adventures to be had. You would need years to go complete them all and it can be hard to choose what to do.
You can even find hundreds of activities to do in one country or large city as opposed to the continent. But where should you go and what should you do? Here are is our top five list of activities to add to your next European vacation. Just make sure you’re packed up and all ready to go before heading out!
Ride the Funchal Toboggan in Madeira
Madeira is a tiny island in the Atlantic ocean that is part of Portugal. Not only does the island have absolutely beautiful scenery and landscapes, but it has one of the more interesting activities to take part in.
The Funchal Toboggan, known as carreiros do monte in Portuguese, is a couch-like vehicle that is guided down the narrow streets by two men who push the toboggan and make sure you don’t hit any cars or people. The ride itself is just about a mile a half and many people call it wacky but lots of fun.
It’s something that’s quite unique to Europe and Portugal as a whole.
Check Out the Norwegian Fjords
Fjord, for starters, is a very fun word to say. You can find the beautiful fjords in Norway as they offer trips to and from just about every major city.
Each fjord is unique and stunning, offering you once in a lifetime views and experience. About 15 years ago, the fjords were placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It was included due to the unique beauty and natural quality that one can find in the area. You can take a bus tour to the fjords or go by boat, either way, will leave you breathless.
In addition, there are many local villages spotted along the countryside so you can stop in and experience what Norway truly is.
Venture to Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel is one of the world’s most unique places. Situated in the north of France, the fortification turned monastery is situated on the beach and sticks out like a sore thumb.
There isn’t much around the castle except sand, more sand, and even more sand. The castle itself looks like something carved out of a fairy tale or that it just fell from the sky. The architecture and important sites are what constantly bring people every year and each view offers up something unique and interesting.
Traveling to the island can be a bit tricky, especially if there has been a lot of rain or high tides. The roads may be blocked off or you might have to adjust your visit.
Watch the Sunset in Florence
Florence, the city of Dante Alighieri, the birthplace of The Renaissance and home to that giant statue of David. The city has a lot to offer and is usually packed with tourists looking for jewelry or leather goods.
Florence is also home to one of the best-looking sunsets in all of Europe. Making the trek up to Piazza Michelangelo can take a while, but it’s the perfect place to sit, eat and watch the sun go down. You’ll have a perfect view of the Duomo as you sit on the steps.
Make sure and grab some food and nice Italian wine to bring with you so you can have an early dinner. It’s a perfect spot for friends or those looking for a more romantic evening.
Hot-Air Balloon in Cappadocia
Turkey is fortunate enough to be part of both Europe and Asia. Even though they are not members of the EU, traveling to Turkey is quite easy.
Chances are you’ll be flying into Istanbul or Ankara and be able to walk around the cities with relative ease. One of the trips you need to make is to Cappadocia. Located in eastern Turkey, Cappadocia is home to some of the more unique and fascinating landscapes.
The best way to capture all that Cappadocia has to offer is to take a hot air balloon ride if you’re not afraid of heights that is. You’ll be able to see the twisting and wondrous landscapes. Once you’re back on the ground, you can go try and check out some of the places you saw. It’s quite a sight!