EUROPE

Ilha de Tavira

At first glance the island of Tavira seems quite touristy. Walking from the ferry to the beach you pass by many Portuguese restaurants and a few lounge bars all filled with people. However, the beach stretches along the coast of the island for eleven kilometers and therefore doesn’t look crowded.

Most people visit the island for the day and take the ferry back to the mainland in the late afternoon. Restaurants ,with the exception of one or two, all close around seven in the evening and there is no nightlife scene. Apart from a few campers at the local campsite Ilha de Tavira is completely deserted by nine in the evening.

BASIC FACTS

The European continent can roughly be divided in picturesque North Europe, colorful, flamboyant South Europe and the former communist countries of East-Europe. European history is rich, consisting (amongst others) of the ancient Greek, Roman, Germanic  and Viking civilizations.  

Over a time of centuries cities such as Paris, Vienna, Barcelona and Warsaw were constructed, destroyed and rebuild, shaping the European landscape. Art flourished during the Middle Ages and golden age with artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Goya and Van Gogh challenging existing artistic boundaries.  The books of Tolstoy, Shakespear and Kafka still inspire many today. And although revolutions took place and wars were fought in the continent, Europe is still one of the world’s strongholds when it comes to democracy and the right for free speech.

Of course it is impossible to describe 44 distinct countries and thousands of sights and attractions in a few paragraphs. So why not scroll down and discover ‘our’ European favorites.  But be careful! After reading about these destinations you might develop serious wanderlust…