The Backpacking in Europe is a rite of passage for most students and travellers. But it’s such a vast place that many end up hopping between the most famous cities (London, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome sound familiar?) and never delve beneath the surface into what this continent, particularly the Eastern fringes, really has to offer.
Europe Backpacking contains many places for travel guide that are stunningly beautiful, deeply fascinating or significantly important. In fact some destinations are all of the above!Whilst any list of ‘must see’ places can only ever be subjective and open for debate, the following 10 must see destinations are certainly up there with the finest Europe has to offer.
Europe offers a choice for backpackers desperate to get away without the crippling air fares associated with destinations further afield. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few of our favourite European backpackers destinations, to help you choose somewhere to escape to that promises all the pleasures that travelling affords, whilst being easy on the pocket.
Portugal is every bit of the Old World wonder and natural beauty that Spain and Italy are, but at a far more reasonable price. Lisbon is a work of art that shows the weight of its age, but remains proud and elegant all the same. For backpackers, getting from Porto (the first point of entry on many budget flights) down to the Algarve (the stunning coastal region on the southern most point of Portugal) which joins up with Spain is pretty cheap, comfortable and easy.
The capital of Germany is one of the best places for art and music in Europe. Berlin is a gigantic city filled with history. You’ll be able to learn about its Nazi past, World War II, the Cold War, and the reunification between East and West. More than that, it’s also a great place for art as it has tons of world class museums. Moreover the city that started the Love Parade is bound to have great nightlife! You’ll never be bored here.
Still in Italy but much further north, the popular city break destination of Venice is sadly under threat.Built on more than a hundred small islands and crisscrossed by myriad waterways, this beautiful city is actually sinking by two and a half inches a decade.There are elaborate plans to save it, but geological shifting may well eventually triumph, so see it while you can.
The Inca Trail has been very high up on the list of backpacking Must Sees for many moons. Although it’s frequently criticised for being overly commercialised, Machu Picchu is every bit as mysterious and beautiful as the pamphlets say – you just have to share the view with a few other people.
European backpacking trip would be complete without a visit to the wonderful Barcelona. This city simply oozes charm and cool without any sense of pretention, making it a dream for laid-back, outgoing backpackers in search of fun and new friends.Though this city is not ideal for the tight-budgeted, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Barcelona without breaking the bank.