Travelling. It always leaves you dazed as you learn how less space you occupy in this world. All it needs is a little courage to break your shell and you shall begin experiencing things that you've never experienced before. Though there are many breathtaking destinations in India, going on an international vacation is what everybody dreams about. Especially, Europe. With over 50 countries in its basket, the brilliant diversity, epic history and the panoramic beauty will definitely leave you wonderstruck.
Best Places to Visit in Europe:
If you're planning your first European tour, here's a list of some popular places in Europe
The offbeat destinations in Europe that you must visit to bring out the traveller in you are elaborated below
Norway has always been one of the well-known top destinations in the world. Known as the happiest country, Norway is open for all to explore. The picturesque fjords, the spectacular viewpoint on the Lofoten Islands and the Northern Lights in Svalbard - one of nature's most beautiful attractions - are sure to make you feel one with nature. Travelling should be easier in Norway with public transportation well-developed to commute the scattered Norwegian population.
Apart from being known for watches, chocolates and cheese, Switzerland is blessed with natural wonders such as the alpine wonderland of Jungfraujoch, the lakeside city of Lucerne, the Rhine Falls - the largest waterfall in Europe, and many others. The destinations have so much to offer for those seeking a serene haven with adventures. Zurich known for its most lively nightlife in Switzerland is also a cultural hub with over 100 art galleries and more than 50 museums to visit and learn about the country's history. One can also board the historic Bernina Express to experience one of the most scenic and beautiful rail routes in the world. Other offbeat attractions in Switzerland include Cascade du Dard and Tine de Conflens waterfalls and the hidden Aletsch Glacier.
Ask anyone and Greece will without any doubt be one of the best places to visit in Europe. It would seem like the Gods themselves had descended to design a country with such perfection. The elegant sceneries and marvelous landscapes scattered around the country are sure to make a traveller awestruck. The historic capital Athens with the magnificent Acropolis at its heart of can be seen from almost all parts of the city. The rock formed Meteora in central Greece offers a serene, spiritual and extraordinary experiences with nature's conjunction in history. The Zakynthos of the Ionian islands and Santorini islands with its blue serene waters are sure to give you a cinematic paradise.
The first thing that would come to your mind when you hear of Spain would be the movie "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara". But in reality, Spain has a lot to offer from the sun-kissed beaches in the south to the wild green in the north. If you're into adventures, you can also kayak or snorkel on the calm waters off the coast of Cabo de Gata in southern Spain. The country also offers a wide variety of culture and fancy seafood to be experienced during your European tour. Other popular destinations in Spain include Ibiza, Valencia, Seville, Granada and Malaga.
Keep in mind that no matter where you travel to, you always need to have a plan prepared. Learn about the best places to visit in Europe and plan accordingly. Ensure that you have all the important documents like the Passport and Visa required for your vacation. Planning is vital. So prepare an itinerary before you leave.
What about visa
If you're planning to travel to more than one country in the European continent, don't worry about applying for visa for every country you visit. All you need to do is apply for Schengen Visa as it covers up to 26 countries including the aforementioned countries. If you opt for a single-entry Schengen Visa, then you may stay in the region for a maximum period of 90 days, in the six-month validity period. Once you leave the Schengen Area you entered, the visa expires even if your time period to stay in the area isn't expired yet. However, if you select a multiple-entry Schengen Visa, then you can visit a region as many times as you please, provided that your total stay in the region does not exceed a total sum of 90 days, within the 180 day time period.