What constitutes "The Best of Europe" is a topic open to a whole lot of debate. We can do that on our travel forum. But here is an index to information on some of my personal favorite and Europe for Visitors' most popular destinations for your European vacation.
My Favorite Off The Beaten Track Destinations in Europe - There are hardly any more "undiscovered" places in Europe, but here I offer my favorite places that are pretty much ignored by a majority of European travelers.
Europe's Best Small Cities - Here's a list of my favorite small cities, walkable cities with lots to see and do.
Best Self Catering Vacation Spots - The very best places for renting a vacation house and exploring in a car. Rural and small towns and nature areas combine to give you enough to do for a week or more.
The Best Walled Cities of Europe - I like walled cities. The best of European walled villages are quite romantic, despite the military implications of their fortifications.
Great Walks of Europe - Need to take a walk to get the kinks out? Here are my favorites.
Best Nude Beaches of Europe - Where to go when you don't want to wear much but still want to be surrounded by beautiful people and swanky bars.
Best Summer Festivals - Here's a list of the summers best and biggest festivals. You'll find smaller ones all around, but here are some to plan a special trip to see.
The Best of Rural Europe - Really get away from it all on your European vacation, get out into the countryside with my favorite rural destinations.
The Best of the Mediterranean - See our suggested itinerary of the best destinations to discover along the northern Mediterranean coast.
Best Lakes in Europe - A list of some of my favorite lakes in Europe, where you don't just stare into the placid waters but you can discover interesting things, from Puccini to ancient salt mines.
Within lakes and seas there are inevitably islands, and some of Europe's largest islands might astound you--or, better yet, entice you to visit.
Best Gardens in Europe - Here are some of my favorite gardens in Europe. Of course, there are so many gardens and types of gardens, there's room to add your favorites, too!