Europe is a continent rich in history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes, which means there are several places to visit in Europe. From the charming streets of Paris to the sun-soaked beaches of Spain, Europe offers an endless array of experiences for every type of traveller. Moreover, the places in Europe are also the favourite destinations of cricketers and celebrities. Whether you're exploring ancient ruins, indulging in world-class cuisine, or marvelling at natural wonders, Europe promises unforgettable adventures.

Enhance your experience of visiting the best places in Europe with Club Mahindra's luxurious resorts in Europe in captivating destinationsWith Club Mahindra's premium resorts, your European holiday will blend comfort, luxury, and unique local experiences. Pack your bags and explore Europe's best with the assurance of a relaxing stay at Club Mahindra's exceptional properties. Before we delve into the best destinations in Europe let’s have a quick look into the favourite destinations of our cricketers.

Favourite European Destinations of Our Beloved Cricketers

Virat Kohli - Barcelona, Spain

When he's not smashing centuries, Virat Kohli loves the vibrant streets and sun-soaked beaches of Barcelona. Gaudí's whimsical architecture and the lively ambiance make it his perfect getaway.

Rohit Sharma - Madrid, Spain

Rohit Sharma enjoys the royal charm of Madrid. Whether cheering for Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu or savouring tapas, the city's vibrant spirit always delights him.

KL Rahul - Greece and Spain

KL Rahul adores both Greece and Spain. He loves Santorini's sunsets and Athens' ancient sites, as well as the nightlife and culture of Madrid and Barcelona.

Hardik Pandya - London, England

Hardik Pandya finds London irresistible. From the historic Tower of London to shopping on Oxford Street and cricket at Lord's, he loves the city's blend of tradition and modernity.

The 15 Must-Visit Places in Europe

  1. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, is one of the places in Europe that seamlessly blends history, art, and modern urban life. Known for its unique architecture by Antoni Gaudí, lively street scenes, and beautiful Mediterranean beaches, Barcelona is a feast for the senses. Whether you are strolling down La Rambla, exploring the Gothic Quarter, or soaking up the sun on Barceloneta Beach, this city has a dynamic and welcoming atmosphere that captures the hearts of visitors.

Currency and Exchange Rate of Spain: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: Spanish, Catalan

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit Spain May to June, September to October (pleasant weather, fewer tourists)

Places to See in Spain

  • Sagrada Familia: Iconic basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí.
  • Park Güell: Whimsical park with colorful mosaics and panoramic views.
  • La Rambla: Lively street with shops, restaurants, and street performers.
  • Gothic Quarter: Historic area with narrow medieval streets and charming cafes.
  • Casa Batlló and La Pedrera: Striking buildings designed by Gaudí.

Things to Do in Spain

  • Enjoy tapas and wine at local bars.
  • Visit the bustling La Boqueria market for fresh produce and local delicacies.
  • Relax on Barceloneta Beach.
  • Visit Camp Nou and catch a football game if in season.
  • Explore the El Born district for trendy bars and nightclubs.

Other Experiences:

  • Try traditional dishes like paella and patatas bravas.
  • Attend local festivals such as La Mercè.
  • Experience a flamenco show.

Where to Stay in Spain - Choose to stay in any of the resorts in Spain from Club Mahindra

  1. Holiday Club Vista, Amadores
  2. Holiday Club Jordin Amadores
  3. Holiday Club Playa Amadores

  1. Madrid, Spain

Madrid, the heart of Spain, is another place in Europe continent that is known for its royal history, art museums, and bustling nightlife. With its grand boulevards, expansive parks, and vibrant culture, Madrid offers a rich cultural tapestry that draws visitors from around the world. The city's love for football, tapas, and flamenco adds to its unique charm, making it a destination worth exploring.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: Spanish

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: September to November, March to May (comfortable weather)

Places to See:

  • Royal Palace: Official residence of the Spanish royal family.
  • Prado Museum: Houses works by Goya, Velázquez, and other European masters.
  • Retiro Park: Expansive park perfect for a leisurely stroll or boat ride.
  • Plaza Mayor: Grand square with vibrant atmosphere and beautiful architecture.

Things to Do:

  • Indulge in tapas at Mercado de San Miguel.
  • Visit the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
  • Explore Malasaña and Chueca neighbourhoods for nightlife.
  • Watch a flamenco show.

Other Experiences:

  • Try churros with hot chocolate at Chocolatería San Ginés.
  • Visit El Rastro flea market.
  • Shop on Gran Vía.

Where to Stay- Here are the different resorts in Spain from Club Mahindra

  • Holiday Club Puerto Calma
  • Holiday Club Sol Amadores 
  1. London, England

London, the capital of England, is a global city that blends rich history with modern innovation. From the ancient Tower of London to the sleek skyscrapers of the financial district, London is a city of contrasts and endless possibilities. Known for its historical landmarks, world-class museums, diverse neighbourhoods, and vibrant cultural scene, London, a famous place in the European continent, attracts millions of visitors each year. The city’s iconic red buses, black cabs, and the River Thames add to its unique charm.

Currency and Exchange Rate: British Pound (1 GBP ≈ 105 INR)

Languages Known: English

No. of Days to Visit: 4-5 days

Best Time to Visit: March to May, September to November (mild weather, fewer tourists)

Places to See:

  • Buckingham Palace: Residence of the British monarch.
  • Tower of London: Historic castle with crown jewels.
  • British Museum: Extensive collection of art and artifacts.
  • Big Ben and Houses of Parliament: Iconic symbols of the city.

Things to Do:

  • Take a Thames River cruise.
  • Explore Camden Market.
  • Visit West End theatres for live shows.
  • Stroll through Hyde Park.

Other Experiences:

  • Enjoy afternoon tea.
  • Try fish and chips.
  • Visit traditional pubs.
     
  1. Paris, France

Paris, often called the "City of Love," is a global hub for art, fashion, and culture. Renowned for its romantic ambiance, Paris is a place to visit in Europe to witness the confluence of history and modernity. From the majestic Eiffel Tower to the charming streets of Montmartre, Paris offers an array of experiences that captivate every visitor. The city's world-class museums, historic landmarks, and vibrant café culture make it one of the most visited cities in the world.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: French

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: April to June, September to November (pleasant weather, fewer crowds)

Places to See:

  • Eiffel Tower: Iconic landmark offering panoramic city views.
  • Louvre Museum: Home to the Mona Lisa and countless masterpieces.
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral: Stunning Gothic architecture.
  • Montmartre: Historic district known for art and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur.

Things to Do:

  • Take a Seine River cruise.
  • Visit the Musée d'Orsay.
  • Picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens.
  • Explore Le Marais district.

Other Experiences:

  • Enjoy French cuisine like escargots and coq au vin.
  • Visit patisseries for croissants and macarons.
  • Shop on the Champs-Élysées. 
  1. Rome, Italy

Rome, the eternal city, is a must place to visit in Europe that has a living museum of ancient history, art, and architecture. With its rich heritage and vibrant street life, Rome offers a unique blend of old and new. The city is home to iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Vatican, making it a top destination for history enthusiasts. Rome's piazzas, fountains, and bustling markets create an atmosphere that is both lively and welcoming.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: Italian

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: April to June, September to October (pleasant weather, less crowded)

Places to See:

  • Colosseum: Ancient amphitheatre and iconic symbol of Rome.
  • Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
  • Pantheon: Well-preserved ancient Roman building.
  • Roman Forum: Historical site of ancient Rome's political and social center.

Things to Do

  • Explore Trastevere neighbourhood.
  • Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain.
  • Stroll through Villa Borghese park.
  • Take a food tour of Roman specialities.

Other Experiences:

  • Enjoy Italian cuisine like pasta and gelato.
  • Visit Campo de' Fiori market.
  • Attend a cooking class. 
  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is known for its picturesque canals, historic buildings, and liberal policies. The city has a rich cultural heritage, with museums, art galleries, and theaters that attract visitors from around the world. Amsterdam's vibrant neighbourhoods, cozy cafes, and scenic bike paths make it a delightful destination for travellers seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: Dutch, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: April to May, September to November (pleasant weather, tulip season)

Places to See:

  • Anne Frank House: Museum dedicated to the Jewish girl who wrote a diary during WWII.
  • Rijksmuseum: Extensive collection of Dutch art and history.
  • Van Gogh Museum: Comprehensive look at the artist's life and masterpieces.
  • Vondelpark: Largest city park, perfect for a leisurely stroll or picnic.

Things to Do:

  • Take a canal cruise to see the city from the water.
  • Visit Bloemenmarkt, the floating flower market.
  • Explore the Jordaan neighbourhood.
  • Enjoy coffee shops and brown cafes.

Other Experiences:

  • Try Dutch pancakes, stroopwafels, and herring.
  • Visit local breweries and beer gardens.
  • Explore the nightlife in Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. 
  1. Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany's capital, is a city of contrasts, where history and modernity coexist. Known for its pivotal role in 20th-century history, Berlin offers a wealth of historical sites and cultural attractions. The city's vibrant art scene, dynamic nightlife, and diverse neighbourhoods make it a magnet for artists, musicians, and creatives from around the world. Berlin's relaxed atmosphere and open-minded spirit create a welcoming environment for visitors.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: German, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: May to September (warm weather, many outdoor activities)

Places to See:

  • Brandenburg Gate: Symbol of German unity.
  • Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery: Reminder of the city's divided past.
  • Museum Island: UNESCO World Heritage site with several museums.
  • Reichstag: Impressive glass dome with stunning city views.

Things to Do:

  • Explore Kreuzberg and Friedrichs Hain neighbourhoods.
  • Visit Berlin Zoo, one of the oldest and most diverse zoos in the world.
  • Walk through Tier Garten park.
  • Shop at Mauer Park or the Turkish Market at Maybach Fer.

Other Experiences:

  • Try German sausages and schnitzel.
  • Visit beer gardens and local breweries.
  • Enjoy nightlife in Berghain and Kreuzberg. 
  1. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is known for its fairy-tale charm, historic castles, and vibrant cultural scene. The city's well-preserved medieval architecture, picturesque streets, and lively squares make it a top destination for travellers. Prague's rich history, spanning over a thousand years, is reflected in its stunning landmarks and cultural traditions. The city's relaxed ambience and friendly locals add to its appeal.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Czech Koruna (1 CZK ≈ 3.5 INR)

Languages Known: Czech, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: April to June, September to October (pleasant weather, fewer tourists)

Places to See:

  • Prague Castle: Largest ancient castle in the world.
  • Charles Bridge: Beautiful bridge with statues and bustling atmosphere.
  • Old Town Square: Heart of Prague's historic district with the Astronomical Clock.
  • St. Vitus Cathedral: Architectural masterpiece with stunning stained glass.

Things to Do:

  • Walk along the Vltava River.
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter.
  • Visit the National Theatre for opera, ballet, or drama.
  • Take a boat tour on the Vltava River.

Other Experiences:

  • Try Czech beer and traditional dishes like goulash.
  • Visit local cafes for pastries and coffee.
  • Enjoy nightlife in Vinohrady and Žižkov. 
  1. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria's capital, is renowned for its classical music heritage, grand architecture, and vibrant cultural life. The city's elegant palaces, historic museums, and beautiful parks create a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere. Vienna's rich artistic and intellectual history, shaped by figures such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Freud, is evident in its many cultural institutions. The city's coffeehouse culture and culinary traditions add to its charm.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: German, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: April to June, September to October (mild weather, fewer crowds)

Places to See:

  • Schönbrunn Palace: Former imperial summer residence with magnificent gardens.
  • St. Stephen's Cathedral: Stunning Gothic architecture with panoramic city views.
  • Belvedere Palace: Home to an impressive collection of Austrian art.
  • Hofburg Palace: Former imperial winter residence with several museums.

Things to Do:

  • Attend a classical concert at Vienna State Opera or Musikverein.
  • Explore the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
  • Stroll through the Prater amusement park.
  • Visit a traditional coffeehouse for Sachertorte.

Other Experiences:

  • Try Austrian dishes like Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel.
  • Visit Naschmarkt for food stalls and restaurants.
  • Dine at a heuriger for local wines and hearty fare.
  • Enjoy Vienna's Christmas markets. 
  1. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, straddling Europe and Asia, is a city rich in history, culture, and architectural wonders. The city's unique position at the crossroads of continents has shaped its diverse cultural heritage. Istanbul's historic mosques, bustling bazaars, and scenic waterfronts create a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere. The city's mix of ancient traditions and modern influences makes it a captivating destination for travellers.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Turkish Lira (1 TRY ≈ 5 INR)

Languages Known: Turkish, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: April to June, September to November (mild weather, fewer tourists)

Places to See:

  • Hagia Sophia: Stunning architectural marvel that has served as a cathedral, mosque, and museum.
  • Blue Mosque: Beautiful mosque with impressive domes and blue tiles.
  • Topkapi Palace: Former residence of Ottoman sultans with opulent rooms and gardens.
  • Grand Bazaar: One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.

Things to Do:

  • Take a Bosphorus cruise for scenic views.
  • Explore Sultanahmet and Beyoğlu neighbourhoods.
  • Visit the Spice Bazaar for Turkish spices and sweets.
  • Relax at a traditional Turkish bath (hammam).

Other Experiences:

  • Try Turkish dishes like kebabs and baklava.
  • Enjoy Turkish tea or coffee at a traditional café.
  • Attend a Whirling Dervishes performance.
  • Experience Istanbul's vibrant nightlife.

Where to Stay- The Marmara Sisli, A Club Mahindra Associate Resort.

Located in Istanbul's vibrant Sisli neighbourhood, The Marmara Sisli combines contemporary elegance with warm Turkish hospitality. This upscale hotel offers sophisticated accommodations, exquisite dining, and modern facilities. Its central location provides easy access to cultural landmarks, bustling markets, and upscale shopping, making it perfect for travellers seeking luxury and convenience in the heart of Istanbul.

  1. Athens, Greece

Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, is known for its ancient ruins, vibrant culture, and sunny weather. The city's rich history, dating back over 3,000 years, is evident in its many archaeological sites and museums. Athens' bustling streets, lively markets, and vibrant neighbourhoods create a dynamic and welcoming atmosphere. The city's blend of ancient traditions and modern influences makes it a captivating destination for travellers.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: Greek, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 2-3 days

Best Time to Visit: March to May, September to November (mild weather, fewer tourists)

Places to See:

  • Acropolis: UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning views and ancient temples.
  • Parthenon: Iconic temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.
  • Ancient Agora: Center of public life in ancient Athens with important ruins.
  • Plaka: Oldest neighbourhood with narrow streets, neoclassical architecture, and cafes.

Things to Do:

  • Explore Monastiraki Flea Market.
  • Stroll through the National Garden.
  • Visit the Panathenaic Stadium.
  • Attend a Greek music and dance performance at a local taverna.

Other Experiences:

  • Try Greek dishes like moussaka and souvlaki.
  • Sample Greek pastries at a local bakery.
  • Enjoy Athens' vibrant nightlife.
  • Take a day trip to Cape Sounion or Aegina. 
  1. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, a picturesque island in the Aegean Sea, is famous for its stunning sunsets, white-washed buildings, and blue-domed churches. The island's dramatic volcanic landscape, beautiful beaches, and crystal-clear waters create a breathtaking backdrop for any visit. Santorini's charming villages, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality make it a top destination for travellers seeking a romantic and relaxing getaway.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: Greek, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 2-3 days

Best Time to Visit: April to June, September to October (pleasant weather, fewer crowds)

Places to See:

  • Oia: Picturesque village known for its stunning sunsets and beautiful architecture.
  • Fira: Island's capital with breathtaking views of the caldera and several museums.
  • Akrotiri: Ancient Minoan settlement preserved by volcanic ash.
  • Red Beach: Famous beach with striking red cliffs and crystal-clear waters.

Things to Do:

  • Relax on Perissa or Kamari beaches.
  • Take a boat tour around the island.
  • Visit wineries and sample local wines.
  • Take a donkey ride up the steep paths of Fira or Oia.

Other Experiences:

  • Try local dishes like fava and tomato keftedes.
  • Enjoy fresh seafood at a traditional taverna.
  • Attend local festivals.
  • Take in the stunning views from one of the island's many viewpoints. 
  1. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is known for its charming canals, historic buildings, and modern design. The city's rich cultural heritage, innovative architecture, and vibrant culinary scene make it a top destination for travellers. Copenhagen's friendly atmosphere, bike-friendly streets, and beautiful parks create a welcoming environment for visitors. The city's mix of old-world charm and contemporary style makes it a captivating place to explore.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Danish Krone (1 DKK ≈ 12 INR)

Languages Known: Danish, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: May to September (warm weather, many outdoor activities)

Places to See:

  • Tivoli Gardens: One of the world's oldest amusement parks.
  • Nyhavn: Picturesque waterfront district with colorful buildings.
  • The Little Mermaid: Statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.
  • Christiansborg Palace: Home to the Danish Parliament and royal heritage.

Things to Do:

  • Take a canal tour.
  • Visit the National Museum of Denmark.
  • Explore Nørrebro and Vesterbro neighbourhoods.
  • Visit food markets like Torvehallerne.

Other Experiences:

  • Try Danish pastries and smørrebrød.
  • Dine at Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • Rent a bike and explore the city.
  • Attend a performance at the Royal Danish Theatre. 
  1. Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is known for its stunning architecture, beautiful parks, and vibrant cultural scene. The city's blend of neoclassical buildings, modern design, and natural beauty creates a unique and inviting atmosphere. Helsinki's friendly locals, rich history, and innovative spirit make it a top destination for travellers seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure. The city's waterfront location and numerous islands add to its charm.

Currency and Exchange Rate: Euro (1 Euro ≈ 90 INR)

Languages Known: Finnish, Swedish, English widely spoken

No. of Days to Visit: 2-3 days

Best Time to Visit: June to August (warm weather, long daylight hours)

Places to See:

  • Suomenlinna: UNESCO World Heritage site sea fortress.
  • Helsinki Cathedral: Stunning neoclassical architecture.
  • Temppeliaukio Church: Unique rock church.
  • Market Square: Bustling market with fresh produce and local crafts.

Things to Do:

  • Take a ferry to Suomenlinna.
  • Visit the Design District.
  • Relax at Allas Sea Pool or Löyly sauna.
  • Attend local festivals like the Helsinki Festival or Flow Festival.

Other Experiences:

  • Try Finnish dishes like reindeer meat and salmon soup.
  • Enjoy pastries and coffee at a local café.
  • Take a day trip to Nuuksio National Park.
  • Engage in boating and sailing activities.

Where to Stay- When in Finland try Club Mahindra’s various resorts-

  • Holiday Club Caribia, Turku
  • Holiday Club Katinkulta
  • Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki 
  1. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary's capital, is known for its stunning architecture, thermal baths, and rich history. The city's blend of Buda's historic hills and Pest's vibrant urban life creates a unique and captivating atmosphere. Budapest's grand boulevards, scenic Danube River, and lively cultural scene make it a top destination for travellers. The city's warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, and beautiful landmarks add to its charm.

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