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5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

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After an 11-hour transatlantic flight and a two-hour rush-hour cab ride, I finally arrived at my resort just before dusk. A Greek friend had tipped me off to Voliagmeni – the coastline of Athens – promising that the sunset alone would be worth the trek. And it was. The bright orange and dark blue hues were unlike anything I had ever seen and I spent the next two weeks mesmerized by the subtle changes in each sunset, playing out over the Adriatic sea.

5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

The sunset from Il Tramonto, a fabulous Italian Restaurant in Vouliagmeni

5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

Watching the sun set in Vouliagmeni

The Greek island of Santorini is well-known for its sunset views and Athens is famous for the ruins, but Voliagmeni has largely remained a locally-kept secret. Relishing in this experience made me want to seek out more one-of-a-kind adventures. Rarely do we travel for a particular experience rather than a destination, but years of travelling (and being part of a travel industry family!) has taught me to do just that.

With that in mind, here are five incredible European wonders you have to experience to believe:

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

59 Comments

  1. Jacalyn Beales

    Love this piece! Would love to visit Santorini!!!

  2. Helen Dark

    Beautiful! Gosh, I haven’t been to any of these places. So many fascinating places. I’m a fan of fragrances and I would love to visit Le Studio des Fragrances at Galimard. Visiting that place and creating my own bottle of perfume would be a dream come true.Thanks for highlighting these cities!
    xoxo

    Helen

  3. Merry Robinson

    Such an awesome post. Would love to travel to all these places. Wow brilliant pics! they all look incredible. There is so much more to see than the highlight to been found on the web. There’s something eye-popping around every corner.

  4. Lela House

    Explicit photographs you have there! i’m interested in visiting that black beach.

  5. Rosemary Robles

    Now I really need and love to get on the road, ? Great article!

  6. Kimberly Vigil

    Informative list, thanks. I must say that these awesome places are worth checking out. It’s worth it to sit back and enjoy a well-earned meal at Il Tramonto while watching the sun set. I would love to witness that beautiful sunset with my fiance. thanks for this excellent post!

  7. Louise Stone

    So many fascinating places. Travelling around the world sounds like a goal worth pursuing. I’ve talked to countless people about their adventures and experiences in life. It’s really an accomplishment to see and enjoy the wonders of this world. Time to update the bucket list, perhaps. ?

  8. Jenny Garett

    Majestic. That’s the word I could describe to those places. I think that Europe is everyone’s favorite continent. I’m going to Budapest this summer, heard that is an amazing city as well. Great read.

  9. Jae Medina

    Best Europe related bucket list that I ever came across! Just wanted to stop by and say these are great tips! Definitely a great read. I will definitely be sharing on Facebook! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  10. Christina Norelli

    My gosh! What a place is Greece! The place is full of adventure! Greece is the country which has not only the historical background, but also the nature of beauty. Delicious food, clam and quite city, island, village all the element around the Athens and so on is unbelievable. I wish I could go back to this heaven. Thanks for introducing me with a new side of this beautiful place to visit.

    • Pegah Aarabi

      Greece is one of the top places I always recommend. I’ve been there several times over the years and always find something new – like the tiny island of Hydra, where no cars are allowed!

  11. Stunning article! Almost a piece of art. Loved every bit, especially the part about Turkey! What other places have you been in Turkey? On Summer of ’16, I’m going on a Turkey tour with three friends. One of them is a local from Turkey. We will start from Istanbul, and end our journey in Antalya. Any suggestions about where to see and what to do? xo

    • Pegah Aarabi

      I’ve never been to Antalya but have close friends who have been there many times and absolutely love it. I only stopped in Istanbul years ago but will come back for the Grand Bazaar!

  12. Thanks for the ideas. I keep hearing about how fascinating Iceland is. I should probably go!

  13. Amelia Beckons

    Fabulous post! I loved every single detail in this post from the word go. I am a travel freak, but usually I prefer the hard and rough treks. But after this post I have this sudden urge to experience all these luxuries too!

  14. Kim Hartford

    Thank you for this post, I love reading about travels almost as much as I love to travel. I enjoyed reading each one of them; they are very much informative as well as entertaining. 🙂

  15. Sasha Rosswell

    Lovely post! I love that you mention those little but cute details! 🙂 If I go to Grasse, maybe I’ll find some place to practice my French. Speaking French with a French local person is on my bucket list.

  16. Jennifer McSween

    I’ve never heard of this ancient spa before but I’m definitely adding it to my list!!! Looks absolutely magical!

  17. Those pictures are amazing! Pamukkale and Grasse are now on my list. Thanks for such a detailed and infortmative article. xo

  18. Sibel Jenkinson

    Good list. Some of these are my own bucket list as well!

    Just made me think… Isn’t it crazy how different the views of some people may be? I mean, this short list is awesome. I want to see them all, however, to some would say “what am I going to DO on a black sand beach?”

    I think that’s how us travelers differ – partially. To me, it’s not about DOING something on the black beach… it’s about the fact that I am seeing it with my own eyes, understanding that nature has created it over the course of possibly millions of years, and also (and possibly the most important) the enjoying the journey I have been able to experience along the way. 🙂

    • Kylie Johnson

      I agree with you about wanting to see it with my own eyes, it’s definitely different than just seeing a photograph. 🙂

  19. Pamela Sanabria

    Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures and the article about your experiences and advice on travelling to Europe. It’s really superb. All of these places look fantastic!

  20. Kaitlyn Barrett

    Thanks for all these ideas about the place we can visit, and things that we can do in Europe! Especially Switzerland! I have always wanted to see it!

  21. All stunning places! Especially he Pamukkale Ancient spa looks rather mysterious. Looks so beautiful. I love travelling and exploring exotic locations and what a grand list of places you have provided! The attractive photos are spellbinding. Soon going to explore these places and capture beautiful shots myself, to cherish for a lifetime. 🙂

  22. Camila Hilhorst

    i am eagerly waiting for my vacation to visit iceland and to experience that spectacular black beach out there. thanks for sharing this post.

  23. Helena Stevens

    Most people would say France is too cliché, but I agree completely with you putting it on the list. I think anybody will be impressed when you take them on a trip to France. Adding it to my list as an idea for honeymoon ?

    • Pegah Aarabi

      I did Greece and Italy on my honeymoon and definitely recommend the combo – with France as an added bonus!

      • Delilah Peyton

        Thanks for sharing tips and the awesome pictures. Excellent travel blog postings! I hope you post more often on Urbanette. I enjoy your writing 🙂

  24. Olivia Peterson

    As far as I see from the photos I can see they all are worth visiting! Adding them all to my list. Thanks so much for sharing with us! Can’t wait to hear more!

  25. Andrea Mitchell

    Wow amazing photos, and great information. I think I’m going to have add Grasse to my bucket list now. ?

  26. Andrea Mitchell

    What beautiful photos! I am planning a trip to Europe and am really excited about seeing all these gorgeous places. Vouliagmeni looks like a wonderful place to visit! Thanks for the photos! Really enjoyed them!

  27. Sydney Nowak

    Inspiring list! Truly motivated me to take time off work and travel Europe. Embarrased to confess but I’ve never left the States in my life. I think it’s time I travel abroad! 🙂

  28. Lana Urie

    What an awesome post. Just in time of my travel planning! All of the destinations look beautiful. I will try to pick one of them. Keep up the good work, and keep sharing! 🙂

  29. Monica Conover

    I love this list! I have France down but I can’t wait for the ancient spa of Turkey, and the black beaches of Iceland 🙂

  30. I love this bucket list! My husband and I are hoping to spend a few years traveling the world before we have kids and I can’t wait to check off the activities and places in Europe that you wrote about!

  31. Julia MacLean

    Beautiful places! Plus the way you decribe them definitely makes me want to visit. I just wish I could! Loved it!!! 10/10

  32. Celine Carter

    Good list of places to see. Something for just about everyone. Love all of these suggestions and the majority of them are on my list. I think I’ll need to look into diving lessons to explore Iceland! It needs to happen!

  33. I found the list pretty interesting! That ancient spa in Pamukkale city looks amazing!!! Would love to check that out!

  34. Shannon Bradley

    I love your bucket list! Fantastic tips! Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve been to France already but the rest are going on my list. 🙂

  35. Anna Kaplan

    Thanks for creating this awesome article. It has completely changed my mind on doing guided tours in Europe, given that I will be doing a lot of photography, the extra time I can spend places will be invaluable! 🙂

  36. Nicky Bryan

    Hello dear Pegah! Your article is amazing! I’ve learned more “real” information about Pamukkale -visitig in may- in your post than through many nights of wading through random travel features. Greatly appreciated. ❤️

    • Pegah Aarabi

      You’re welcome – there’s so much more to Iceland than many think!

  37. Oh, this is a wonderful article. It would have been so helpful to have seen this before last December! Me and the fiance are going on a Europe trip. At least, we will able to visit some of the places you mentioned. thanks for the tips and ideas! Lots of love – Selia xo

  38. Marina Henderson

    Who knew Europe was so exotic! Great article. A real eye opener. Thank you. 🙂

  39. Heather Strobel

    Don’t just see nature’s most spectacular sites, but experience them.

  40. Hazel Collins

    I loved your list and will certainly try to see as many of these places as possible.

  41. Grace Stirling

    Wow! these places are so amazing. I get so excited seeing all these places. I have always had a desire to travel. I would love to visit Turkey and Japan someday. Thank you so much for your amazing post and beautiful photos.

  42. Esther Earl Harris

    I am all for experiencing the world’s offerings and seeing exotic things.

  43. Elsie Spurlock

    Gret list, Most of them are actually on my bucket list. Good things to remember. I think everyone should also make their own list, and then follow through. I’m going to visit to at least one of these places in your list. Thank you for this insightful post.

  44. Cornelia Green

    Great list and wonderful photos. Those are all good places to visit. There are many things you can do in Europe and trying to list everything on a continent would be too difficult to do. I’ve included some to my list of places before i die. It’s really an accomplishment to see and enjoy the wonders of this world.

  45. Colleen Frasier

    Incredible post Ms Aarabi. Read it in awe!! ? Greece, Iceland, Turkey, Switzerland and so on and on… Is there any place you haven’t been to, in Europe yet? Wow! Looking forward to reading more of your articles. ?

    • Pegah Aarabi

      My bucket list is a long one and there’s so much more to discover!

  46. I can’t wait to graduate this year, so I can travel all I want! I wanted to start off with a road trip state to state in the US, but your article shows such beautiful places that may actually change my mind! Thank you so much for the guide! xo

  47. Layla

    Great article! Amazingly beautiful places! Thanks Pegah.

  48. Danielle Wilson

    What a perfect post & perfect timing! My boyfriend and I are going to Iceland mid April and have planned a 3 day driving trip to the South Coast. We’re in the middle of booking hotels and listing all the stops we want to make along the way. Can’t wait to go and explore Iceland!

    Love the article! 🙂

  49. Ashley Moore

    Hi Pegah, love your bucket list. Can i just say that puffins are really cute.

    • Pegah Aarabi

      I love Puffins – they are also native to Canada (where I am)!

  50. Samantha Anthony

    They all look very beautiful! I’d love to visit them all, but I can afford only 2 vacations a year. You’re lucky!

    • Pegah Aarabi

      Two vacations a year is great – you just have to make each one count (see the bucket list above!).

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