The UK and Ireland are known for an incredible diversity of native and immigrant cultures, possessing a fascinating history and dynamic modern culture. From the graceful architecture of Canterbury Cathedral to the soaring ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, via the mountains of Wales and the picture-postcard landscape of the Cotswolds, Britain's astounding variety is a major reason to visit. The cities tempt with top-class shops and restaurants, and some of the world's finest museums, while cutting-edge clubs and world-famous theatres provide endless nights to remember. Next day, you're deep in the countryside, high in the hills or enjoying a classic seaside resort.
A country of olive oil and pasta, wine and sunshine, roman ruins and renaissance palaces, Italy has a lot to offer its visitors. From the north to the south each region brings it's own flavor and tradition. From medieval hilltop towns to sun-drenched Mediterranean islands, Italy is sublime. Icons are so numerous it's difficult to choose. Some are entire cities: Venice, Florence, and Rome are works of art in themselves, and Italy has played host to arguably the greatest collection of art, architecture, and artists the world has ever seen. Visitors from around the world come to surround themselves with beauty and immerse themselves in la dolce vita.
France is one of the top romantic destinations in the world. It has everything that you could ever want to see on a vacation; a great city like Paris, good beaches, more monuments than any other country, lovely nature, incredible mountain scenery, and let’s not forget amazing food and great wines. The world's most popular tourist destination, France's very name conjures up images dripping with romance and bucolic charm. The French are known the world over for being both traditional and cool in every sense of the word, and virtually every traveller has a mental postcard of a Parisian café, complete with smoking patrons and accordion soundtrack.
Spain is considered an exotic country in Europe due to its friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyle, its cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and world-famous folklore and festivities. Among many places worth visiting are Spain's thriving capital Madrid, the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, the famous "Running of the Bulls" at Pamplona, major Andalucian cities with Moorish architecture, like Seville, Granada and Córdoba, the Way of St. James and the idyllic Balearic and Canary Islands.
Portugal has a rich and unique culture, the lively cities of Lisbon and Porto, and a beautiful countryside. The variety of landscapes is incredible: green mountains and spectacular gorges in the North characterized by small farms and vineyards; the central coastal region consists of dunes, pine forests and rolling hills; the Alentejo region has plains or desert-like terrains; and the South has highly developed stretches of beach. No wonder Portugal is among the 20 most visited countries in the world.
Greece has so much to offer to visitors, it’s no wonder it is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Ancient Greece is generally considered the cradle of Western civilization, having greatly influenced the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of western society. Visitors may have a difficult time choosing between Greece's numerous ancient historical sights, the idyllic beaches of the islands, the towering mountain ranges, and the olive orchards in the south.