Europe Introduction by Breakaway
Our aim is to inspire people to explore, to travel often and to have fun while visiting Breakaway's 'Golden Lands and Far Away Places'. We strive to provide travellers everywhere with reliable, comprehensive and independent travel information.
Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents. It is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area, and is only just larger than Australia. It is the third-largest continent, in terms of population (Asia and Africa are larger) with a population of more than 705,000,000, about 11% of the world's population.
Boasting a host of unique and fascinating destinations, Europe is a continent that offers something for everyone, from its rich history and diverse culture to its beauty, recreational opportunities, amazing entertainment, and incredible attractions. From the beautiful Mediterranean to countries steeped in history and culture, you will find plenty.
What to See (Natural Sights)
Algarve, Portugal - Portugal's southern coastline is known for its popular beaches and colorful cliffs.
Scottish Highlands - Explore the haunting beauty of the mountains, valleys and lochs.
Iceland - A volcanic wonderland of hot springs, waterfalls and vast glaziers.
Camargue, France - Rich wetlands famous for it flamingos and wild white houses.
Alps - Romantic beauty of jagged outcrops in Europe's highest mountain range.
Greek Islands - These Greek islands, dotted across the Aegean Sea, offer sandy beaches, ancient ruins and hot nightlife.
What to See (Cultural Sights)
Alhambra Granada, Spain - A Moorish Palace, justifies the inscription upon its gate 'Nothing in life could be more cruel than to be blind in Granada'
Louvre, Paris, France - The world's largest art museum, most famous for its Renaissance masterpieces, Leonardo da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa and classical treasures, like the Venus de Milo
Duomo, Florence, Italy - Brunelleschi's vast octagonal dome and Giotto's bell tower make this beautiful cathedral the crowning achievement of Florentine architecture
Coliseum, Rome, Italy - The imperial Roman capital's atmospheric amphitheater, here bloody gladiatorial battles took place.
Vatican - The Archives: the past & the present, A tour of the Archives amid frescoes and documents, Documented historical events, The archival fonds, The diplomatic' of the papal documents The Vatican School of Palaeography, Diplomatic' and Archives Administration, To study and consult publications. CD-ROM, DVDs, The laboratories, Collaboration projects and The staff.
What to Do (Activities)
Play Golf, Saint Andrews, Scotland - Play on golf's most famous and oldest golf courses
West End, London - Take in a show at one of London's 50 theatres
Bullfights, Seville, Spain - The season runs from Easter through the summer with the Feria de Abril being a high point in the festivities.
Venice, Italy - A gondola is the best, romantic and most expensive way to glide around this enchanting city criss-crossed by canal.
Matterhorn, Switzerland - A unique exhilarating climbing challenge for the fit with great skiing nearby.
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany - Attend a concert by Europe's top classical orchestra
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The Swiss have a number of quirky rules and customs that must be obeyed if you want to make the most of your stay. One of these is at road crossings where it is forbidden to jaywalk or cross on a red light. If you are caught by the police a fine will be imposed on the spot. There is mutual respect for one's neighbour. To many this gets carried to extremes, for example, many towns have special party houses in woodland where people can host events so as not to make a noise in the street where they live and disturb others.
In a country like Belgium where the national delicacies include beer, chocolate and hot chips, the main thing you're in danger of picking up is a couple of extra kilos.
If you're staying in Europe (and are a citizen of European Union's 27 Member States or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland), make sure you also have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This will enable you to have access to state-provided healthcare in all European Economic Area countries and Switzerland should you need it. And best of all, it's free.
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The Greek islands are blessed with great climate, lots to see and do, fabulous beaches and a warm and friendly welcome. This has allowed the islands of Greece to become one of Europe's premier summer vacation destinations.
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It can be scary to venture into the world, but when planning a trip, make sure you are prepared for any spontaneous inspirations while exploring the planet. Explore new places, meet new people, try new foods and learn things about the world and yourself - that you never imagined were possible.
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