Map of Croatia

Croatia Map

We have added a new Croatia Map. The old one has become a bit long in the tooth but does have some characteristics that the new map doesn’t. So we have included it below if you are here looking for that map.

This new map was added in 2019 and includes all major roads, provinces and larger towns and cities. The provinces and capital cities are included in the table below and are in population order.

Croatia is still on the Europe map for the year 2020.

City / townCountyPopulation
Zagreb Zagreb802,588
Split Split-Dalmatia178,102
Rijeka Primorje-Gorski Kotar128,624
Osijek Osijek-Baranja108,048
Zadar Zadar County75,062
Velika Gorica Zagreb County63,517
Slavonski Brod Brod-Posavina59,141
Pula/Pola Istria County57,460
Karlovac Karlovac County55,705
Sisak Sisak-Moslavina47,768
Varaždin Varaždin County46,946
Šibenik Šibenik-Knin46,332
Dubrovnik Dubrovnik-Neretva42,615
Bjelovar Bjelovar-Bilogora40,276
Kaštela Split-Dalmatia38,667
Samobor Zagreb County37,633
Vinkovci Vukovar-Srijem35,312
Koprivnica Koprivnica-Križevci30,854
Đakovo Osijek-Baranja27,745
Vukovar Vukovar-Srijem27,683
Čakovec Međimurje27,104
Požega Požega-Slavonia26,248
Zaprešić Zagreb County25,223
Sinj Split-Dalmatia24,826
Petrinja Sisak-Moslavina24,671
Solin Split-Dalmatia23,926
Kutina Sisak-Moslavina22,760
Virovitica Virovitica-Podravina County21,291
Križevci Koprivnica-Križevci21,122
Sveta Nedelja Zagreb County18,059
Dugo Selo Zagreb County17,466
Metković Dubrovnik-Neretva16,788
Poreč/Parenzo Istria County16,696
Našice Osijek-Baranja16,224
Sveti Ivan Zelina Zagreb County15,959
Jastrebarsko Zagreb County15,866
Knin Šibenik-Knin15,407
Omiš Split-Dalmatia14,936
Vrbovec Zagreb County14,797
Ivanić-Grad Zagreb County14,548
Rovinj/Rovigno Istria County14,294
Nova Gradiška Brod-Posavina14,229
Ogulin Karlovac County13,915
Makarska Split-Dalmatia13,834
Ivanec Varaždin County13,758
Slatina Virovitica-Podravina County13,686
Novska Sisak-Moslavina13,518
Umag/Umago Istria County13,467
Novi Marof Varaždin County13,246
Trogir Split-Dalmatia13,192
Gospić Lika-Senj12,745
Krapina Krapina-Zagorje12,480
Županja Vukovar-Srijem12,090
Popovača Sisak-Moslavina11,905
Opatija Primorje-Gorski Kotar11,659
Labin/Albona Istria County11,642
Daruvar Bjelovar-Bilogora11,633
Valpovo Osijek-Baranja11,563
Pleternica Požega-Slavonia11,323
Duga Resa Karlovac County11,180
Crikvenica Primorje-Gorski Kotar11,122
Benkovac Zadar County11,026
Belišće Osijek-Baranja10,825
Imotski Split-Dalmatia10,764
Garešnica Bjelovar-Bilogora10,472
Kastav Primorje-Gorski Kotar10,440
Ploče Dubrovnik-Neretva10,135
Beli Manastir Osijek-Baranja10,068
Otočac Lika-Senj9,778
Donji Miholjac Osijek-Baranja9,491
Glina Sisak-Moslavina9,283
Trilj Split-Dalmatia9,109
Zabok Krapina-Zagorje8,994
Vodice Šibenik-Knin8,875
Pazin/Pisino Istria County8,638
Ludbreg Varaždin County8,478
Pakrac Požega-Slavonia8,460
Lepoglava Varaždin County8,283
Bakar Primorje-Gorski Kotar8,279
Đurđevac Koprivnica-Križevci8,264
Mali Lošinj Primorje-Gorski Kotar8,116
Čazma Bjelovar-Bilogora8,077
Rab Primorje-Gorski Kotar8,065
Prelog Međimurje7,815
Drniš Šibenik-Knin7,498
Senj Lika-Senj7,182
Ozalj Karlovac County6,817
Ilok Vukovar-Srijem6,767
Pregrada Krapina-Zagorje6,594
Vrgorac Split-Dalmatia6,572
Grubišno Polje Bjelovar-Bilogora6,478
Varaždinske Toplice Varaždin County6,364
Otok Vukovar-Srijem6,343
Mursko Središće Međimurje6,307
Krk Primorje-Gorski Kotar6,281
Kutjevo Požega-Slavonia6,247
Lipik Požega-Slavonia6,170
Oroslavje Krapina-Zagorje6,138
Buzet/Pinguente Istria County6,133
Vodnjan/Dignano Istria County6,119
Zlatar Krapina-Zagorje6,096
Delnice Primorje-Gorski Kotar5,952
Donja Stubica Krapina-Zagorje5,680
Korčula Dubrovnik-Neretva5,663
Biograd na Moru Zadar County5,569
Orahovica Virovitica-Podravina County5,304
Buje/Buie Istria County5,182
Novi Vinodolski Primorje-Gorski Kotar5,113
Slunj Karlovac County5,076
Vrbovsko Primorje-Gorski Kotar5,076
Kraljevica Primorje-Gorski Kotar4,618
Novigrad/Cittànova Istria County4,345
Obrovac Zadar County4,323
Hvar Split-Dalmatia4,251
Supetar Split-Dalmatia4,074
Pag Zadar County3,846
Skradin Šibenik-Knin3,825
Čabar Primorje-Gorski Kotar3,770
Novalja Lika-Senj3,663
Opuzen Dubrovnik-Neretva3,254
Klanjec Krapina-Zagorje2,915
Cres Primorje-Gorski Kotar2,879
Stari Grad Split-Dalmatia2,781
Hrvatska Kostajnica Sisak-Moslavina2,756
Nin Zadar County2,744
Vrlika Split-Dalmatia2,177
Vis Split-Dalmatia1,934
Komiža Split-Dalmatia1,526

Whether you intend to visit Croatia as a tourist or just for any other activities, you will definitely fall in love with the cities, the people and the country as a whole. This map of Croatia will help you discover its delights. The country is located in Europe and has a bigger population than most other European countries. The country is a member of the European Union and has for a long time been involved in major decision making processes of the union.

There are cheap flights available from major airlines to Croatia any month of the year. The cheap flights are available online and offline. Many airlines offer the cheap flights during the festive seasons or their respective anniversaries. It can sometimes be tricky to get the cheap flights but with patience and a little research, the cheap flights can be found without having to struggle.

There are many more Tourist Attractions in Croatia than in most other European countries. In fact Croatia is one of Europe’s premier travel destinations. They are located in different places within the country and they charge reasonably affordable charges for their services. Zagreb is one of the cities tourists will definitely fall in love with. The city is Croatia’s capital and has numerous museums and galleries for every art and history lover. Accommodations in Zagreb are not a challenge but compared to other cities and towns hotels and lodges here are slightly expensive. To find a good place to stay during your vacation or holiday, make early bookings. These can be done online or through your travel agency. With early bookings you can secure reduced charges and probably get the best room a guest house or a lodge has. All places rendering accommodation services treat their guests like royalty so you should not worry at all about when kind of treatment you will receive.

There are nice beaches on the coastline where all the fun begins. Here, one gets to sample all the seafood available and even have a chance to chat with the locals. The seafood can be served hot on the beach or if you like, you can make a room service order and enjoy the food in the privacy of your own room. There are also beach games like beach volleyball and beach soccer. Then there is the wonderful under water adventures that come along with scuba diving. If you have never tried under water experience, try it in Croatia. You will definitely love the experience. There are other lots of parks to enjoy all across Croatia. To find out more about the cool places in Croatia consult your travel guide agency.

Before you travel Croatia, make sure you know the kind of weather you are going to find there. Summers are mostly crowded with tourist flying to the coastal parts of Croatia while winters have fewer flights because of the cold weather. The best time to fly to Croatia is during spring when the weather is cool and there are cheap flights to most cities of Europe. Then make sure you find some time to chat with the locals. You will fall in love with them due to their friendly nature. Lastly get a map of Croatia so you will know where to go around.

Below we have our old Map of Croatia.
map of Croatia

Map of Spain

Map of Spain
Map of Spain

Spain is a lovely place to visit, with one of Europe’s best climates and friendly people to boot. A vacation to Spain will leave you with some amazing lasting memories. Travel around this wonderful country is easy. You can’t escape Spain’s history and culture even if you wanted to. It is simply everywhere. Spain wears it’s history proudly from the Basque region in the north to the borders of Portugal in the south. A summer holiday in Spain is something everyone should at least once in their life. The warm weather will even allow for you to backpack around Spain and if you cant get accommodation just camp somewhere. All you really need is a sleeping bag and a small roll up mattress, this is even better (safer) if you do it as a group. As with anywhere there are elements that could spoil your holiday so make sure to take out some good travel insurance. There are many good travel insurance companies around the web, so do some research and ask your travel agent to get you some quotes. However make sure you check as travel agents can often have incentives to push certain insurance policies and may not always be offering the cheapest or the best. A good map of Spain will not go amiss when travelling through this wonderful country.

Cheap tickets to Spain are always on offer. Budget airlines are constantly fighting each other for business. If you wait and time your purchases right you can get some incredible deals. Spain has one of the best train networks in Europe and rail is a viable alternative to flying. The beauty of rail is that it also lets you take in the magnificent vistas that the countryside offers, rather than just flying over the top of it.

Like France, every type of tourism is catered for. Scenic tourism, cultural tourism, historical tourism, relaxation and shopping. You can do one or more of these in a day. You could take in the historical sites of Madrid by day and then go out to some of the best restaurants, bars and cafes at night. Culture comes in many forms and Madrid has them all from bull fights and running with the bulls all the way through to opera. Madrid has been voted one of the worlds most liveable cities on a number of occasions and there is no wonder why. A gorgeous town with a wonderfully friendly population.

Here are some facts about Spain

Official name is the Kingdom of Spain. It is situated in central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Portugal and France. The Seas that border it are : Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscal and Mediterranean Sea. The land mass is 504,030 km/squared and a population of approximately 46 million people. The capital city is Madrid. Spain’s political system is a Parliamentary democracy and constitutional and the official language is Spanish.

Spain is still on the 2020 version of the Europe map.

Map of Montenegro

Montegro is still on the Europe map for 2020 but not on the European Union map for 2020.

If you love travelling around the world, then you should not miss passing through Montenegro. Because of the scenic and beautiful attractions which the country offers which you will see in the map of Montenegro, the number of tourists and visitors who are coming to the place increases almost every year. In fact, tourism is one of the major industries which keep Montenegro a progressing country today.

Back in the 1980’s, the country is well known be a good tourist destination because of the combination of coastal and mountainous sceneries. Until today, the country receives a lot of international awards because of the beauty it possesses. Some of the recognitions which were awarded to the country include “50 Places of a Lifetime”, “Top 31 Places to Go in 2010″ and “10 Top Hot Spots of 2009″. In fact, the country is considered to be one of the fast growing tourism industries in the worlds.

Getting to Montenegro has never been this fast because of the presence of Montenegro Airlines, the national airline of the country. If you are coming from Paris, the flight would usually take around 2 hours and 40 minutes while from Budapest, it would just take you 1 hour and 10 minutes. However, you could still get to Montenegro by water, by rail or by the land.

Sightseeing in Montenegro would be more efficient and worthwhile if you get to have a car. To cater your need for car rental, there are lots of for hire car firms in the airport as well as in the maintown which are 24/7 ready to be of service to you.

To travel Montenegro would surely be a worthwhile and memorable experience to you and your family. For your comfortable and cozy accommodation needs, you may check in to some of the most luxurious hotels found in coastal areas which are rated from 1-star to 5-star hotels. The mountainous and coastal sceneries found in the country lead the hotels to be fully-booked all year round. This is why is strongly advised to have an advance booking or reservation to the hotels of your desire.

Montenegro has really lots to offer which is why many tourists keep on coming back to the place. In Kotor, you will be amazed with the ancient Venetian architecture, a clock tower which has already been present since the 17th century, the Cathedral of St Tiphun which is known for its glorious twin towers and museums. Just above Kotor, you will be able to take a mountain trek in Lovcen.

Montenegro is also proud to present the beauty within Ulcinj which is considered to the one of the most aged towns. Ulcinj contains the Renaissance Church Mosque and the Balsica Tower which really engrossed people to come again and visit the place. In Ulcinj, you could have day trips along the lengthy beach of Velika Plaza, go to Sasko Lake, scuba diving, Jet Ski, boat tours and kite surfing. In fact, it is deemed that Montenegro possesses the finest and the best beaches in the Mediterranean. With the place’s 2000-year old history, extensive fine sand beaches, rolling hillsides and hospitality of the Montenegrins, it is no wonder that Montenegro highly commend this place to be a great spot to have your family vacations. You will also enjoy other activities such as hiking, paragliding, rafting and biking in one of the UNESCO awarded World Natural Heritage because of the glacial landscapes, pine forests, deep gorges and high peaks, the Durmitor National Park.
With the country’s beauty endowed by nature, it is no wonder that Montenegro continues to be the emerging tourist destination in Europe today.

Old map of Montenegro is below.
map of Montenegro

Map of Albania

Albania Map

For 2019 we have added a new Albania map. The old one was starting to look a bit dated and a few things had changed since that map was drawn.

Words cannot describe the beautiful and almost untouched coastlines in Albania. You can walk across Europe and still come back to Albania for a wonderful beach experience. As you enjoy the silence and tranquility of the beaches, you cannot help but notice two great things other beaches fail to offer; privacy and solitude. It.s as if you are all alone in paradise with nothing to worry about. All you can see around you is but the blue waters and the stretched white sands across the coastline. One wishes the holiday and the vacation would last a lifetime.

The Albanian weather tends to vary from north to south as the country lies in latitude. With perfect summer temperatures of up to 24 Celsius (75 Fahrenheit), one can peacefully raft in the waters or just bask along the coastline. Temperatures during winter may be as low as 7 °C (45 °F) which is perfect for sightseeing. One of the coolest things you cannot fail to notice is the cool Mediterranean weather in the coastal lowland and the pleasant Mediterranean climate of the highlands. This weather characteristics completely alien to top European travel destinations.

Nature lovers will definitely fall in love with the rich biological diversity of Albania. The country is rich in both flora and fauna. A third of Albania is forested with over 3000 plant species growing in some of these forests. The forests are home to several mammals like the lynx, wild bears, wolves and foxes as well as the rare wildcat. Different bird species also inhabit the forests. A good example of such birds is the golden eagle which is Albania.s national symbol.

There are several car rental services in Albania where you can rent a car for few days to get around the city. The car rental services are offered at affordable rates and pricing depends on factors like the make of the car and how long you intend to hire the car. Other car rental services can also be found online through the respective car rental websites.

The Albanian cuisine is arguably one of the best you will come across in the Europe. It is a blend of the Italian, Greek and Turkish cuisine. The main dish is known asgjellë and is always served with salads, mostly during lunchtimes which is Albanians main meal. In other areas especially along the coast and lakes, seafood is very common but still, you will not fail to notice the famous gjellë. It’s almost like the Americans and pizza.

If you are visiting Albania for the first time, be sure of having your way around and enjoying you holiday or vacation. Travel Albania and have fun as the map of Albania is easy to follow. The Albanian people are friendly and will help you find your way around Albania should you get lost. With a population of over 800,000, Tirana, the Albanian capital city is an easy to go through city. Here you will find good hotels and people who speak good English, something that spices up you entire vacation in Albania.

Here is the old map of Albania
map of Albania

Map of Refugee Routes into Europe

Map of regugee Routes into Europe

 

We have provided a map of some of the refugee routes into Europe. Refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Libya and Iraq have had to mobilize and move out of their respective countries due to the escalation in violence. We at map of Europe will be developing a series of maps that we are hoping will help refugees flee the awful violence that is happening in their homelands. We are also hoping to educate non-refugees as to the plight of these poor people.

There has been a lot of scare mongering in the mainstream media and in our own little way we are trying to offset this with some rational discussion. We do understand that some individuals fleeing these war zones are not refugees but the overwhelming majority are and these people need to be treated with some respect and sympathy.

Map of Portugal

map of Portugal

Portugal is sometimes considered Spain’s little brother. Although if you asked the Portuguese, they would hotly dispute this! However having said that, the Portuguese people have the same easy going manner as the Spanish and are friendly and generally happy to help out the lost tourist. Portugal is truly a great country to tour. A very modern country it boasts all the things you would expect from a civilised European country. Things like great roads, excellent railway network and fabulous mobile phone coverage.

Travelling Portugal can be very cheap as it tends to be overlooked compared to the bigger tourist centres such as Spain and France . This can be used to your advantage when booking hotels and flights and rental cars. As the Portuguese love to haggle. Mentioning that it was cheaper in some other country, can often fire up the competitive streak that is found in almost all Portuguese.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is as cosmopolitan as any of the other cultural centres of Europe, such as Madrid, Rome or Vienna. It boasts a population of about a half a million people (545,245 population), which is small when compared to many other European capitals. It is still a big enough population base to give the city a wonderful international feel. However it is not to big to feel crowded and constricted. It is definitely one of Europe’s most liveable cities and with its growing financial centre, it is quickly becoming a city of the affluent.

Portugal being situated where it is, is one of the southern most countries in Europe and there fore experiences a very mild climate. Lisbon is known to have the warmest winters of any European capital city and the rest of the country follows Lisbon’s lead. It’s position within the European continent has often meant that rampaging armies have used it as a base to either attack northern Africa or as a staging place to attack Europe. This was especially so during the Muslim period when the Moors from northern Africa attacked Europe and reached deep into Portugal and Spain. They were eventually pushed out by the Christians however the Moors left a lot of influences on the Portuguese population that carries through to this day. This cultural heritage is wonderful and makes travelling through Portugal a joy as the food definitely has a Moroccan feel about it with lovely aromatic spices featuring heavily.

A good  map of Portugal is a must when touring this country. in these days of gps units, which are fantastic! It is nice to have a paper backup just in case. Even though the mobile/cell phone network is excellent you can not always get a signal as is the case in any part of the world, so you can’t rely totally on the internet for your directions. Have a  backup plan and the lack of worry will allow you to better enjoy your trip.

Map of Malta

map of Malta

Malta is a country of Europe made of three small islands. It has a population of over 300,000 people and the capital city is Valletta. The three main islands that make up Malta are Malta, Gozo and Comino. Each one of these islands is small but magnificent in its own way. Malta’s official languages are Maltese and English. The terrains of the three islands are low and almost plateauflat. The country has a republican form of governance led by the president. Though small in both size and population, Malta is an active member of the European Union and takes part in making key decisions of the union.

Getting cheap flights can be challenging for anyone thinking of flying to Malta. The only way you can come across a cheap ticket to travel Malta is during the rare times airlines mark celebrations or during festive seasons where there are offers and flight tickets rates are greatly reduced. An important thing you have to ensure you have is a good insurance travel cover. This will take good care of you should anything happen during the time of your journey. With good travel insurance, you can be sure you are in safe hands no matter what happens.

There are so many activities to be enjoyed in the Malta islands. With a map of Malta in your hands, you will be ready to explore. Nearly everything about the three islands is music to one’s ears. You can surf on the blue waters or bas in the caressing golden summer sunshine. For those who enjoy under water adventures and activities, there are divers who can help you have a memorable time scuba diving. There are also wonderful coastal games that can be enjoyed in the beach like the beach soccer or the beach volley ball. With all these activities and even more, one only wishes the vacation could last a lifetime.

Then there are the mouthwatering seafood and drinks that have distinct tastes and flavors experienced nowhere else in the world. They are available in all the big hotels and restaurants in Malta at affordable prices. They can be enjoyed on the beach with cool breeze or one can make an order for room service and enjoy the delicacies in his or her own privacy. With such a nice treatment, one feels like a king or queen and may easily think of extending his or her days in the wonderful island of Malta. This happens to most tourists or others go and fail to resist to the temptation of coming back. To them, Malta is a home away from home.

Weather and Climate in Malta

It sure was great to know the best scenic spots around Malta, but what is the perfect time to enjoy those tourist destinations? Prepare yourself by finding out the expected weather at the time of your planned vacation to Malta. Between the months of May to October are the best times to visit Malta. These are the warmest and among the driest seasons of the year. The usual temperature during summer is 73 degree Fahrenheit or 23 degree Celsius yet you may need some sweater at night. Winters here are extremely cold often drizzly, windy and snowy, most especially in the north and its interior. It snows much during winter which may cause some delays on your travel.

Before leaving take time to chat with the locals. They are good people to talk to and interact with. If you are a passionate about making new friends or meeting new people, then you will definitely have a wonderful time in Malta. One thing you will notice about all the locals is the passionate love they have for their country and culture. As you leave you will begin to feel some form of emptiness that comes as a result of detaching yourself from a paradise. Each time you will have the map of Europe in your hands, you will notice Malta quicker than any other European country.

Map of Macedonia

map of Macedonia

Macedonia, where the sun shines forever according to the song is exactly the description of this country where the sun always shines in the Balkans’ scenic heart. Travel Macedonia and experience the hospitality of its people who loves music, dances and have fun. They simply know how to make their guests feel at home.

Macedonia, also known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is quite visited because of its low economic and social status within the community of Europe.

Geography

Macedonia is located at the South Eastern Europe and the north of Greece. The Map of Macedonia references Europe and can be compared to a state in the U.S. It is slightly larger than Vermont.

3 Key Destinations in Macedonia

If you plan to go overseas, make sure to have comprehensive travel insurance to prepare for any worst things that may happen on your way. Taking this approach would prevent any nasty situations like medical or hospital bills during your holiday trip.

It has not been long ago since the Western Europeans have discovered this hidden treasure in the east. Although Macedonia has struggles to survive in terms of its economic and political status, tourism has never been compromised.

These are 3 of the most popular destinations to travel Macedonia

  • The Monasteries – It is quite a surprise that Macedonia has the affluence of historical monasteries scattered all over the country. Their monasteries are remains of the Orthodox Christian belief dating back to 1000 A.D. Although the Sveti Jovan Bigorski monastery has been affected by a fire last 2009, majority of it stands unaffected.
  • The Lake Ohrid – The crystal clear, blue green waters of this splendid lake is just the right place to visit. The township being located on the border of Macedonia and the eastern part of Albania has been developed into a mecca for German tourists whose looking for a more reasonable deal compared to the more expensive destinations in the Mediterranean coastline.
  • The Strumica – This adorable town is the largest in the Eastern part of Macedonia which has an eclectic array of old monasteries, modern bars and cafes, and architectural remains of the flamboyant Middle East. The place can be associated with some parts of Paris, without much expense. This makes a fun and luxurious holiday without breaking the bank.

Weather and Climate in Macedonia

It sure was great to know the best scenic spots around Macedonia, but what is the perfect time to enjoy those tourists’ destinations? Find out the weather and climate of the country for you to know when you will book your vacation in Macedonia. Between the months of May to October are the best times to visit Macedonia. These are the warmest and among the driest seasons of the year. The usual temperature during summer is 73 degree Fahrenheit or 23 degree Celsius yet you may need some sweater at night. Winters here are extremely cold often drizzly, windy and snowy, most especially in the north and its interior. It snows much during winter which may cause some delays on your travel.

Gastronomy

Aside from key tourist spots, each traveller wants to experience the best cuisines of any countries they visit. Macedonia’s cuisine combines Mediterranean and Balkan traits that have been largely inherited from Turkish taste prevailing from the centuries of Ottoman rule. Some dishes include Masnic, or a pastry rolled into spiral with some fillings like pumpkin, sweet potatoes or cheese. Slatki is also known to be one of the best bread filled with Burek and cheese.

Map of Greece

Map of Greece

Greece is considered the tourism capital of Europe. Situated on the Confluence of the Aegean, Mediterranean and Ionian seas, Greece has a history and culture that is steeped in its maritime past. As a result all of Europe and much of the rest of the world holidays in Greece. However this domination of the tourist dollar is being chipped away at by countries like Spain, Italy and even Croatia.

Things to see and do in Greece

Greece offers many types of vacations. Group Vacations If you are young and looking for fun then Greece can cater for you. Young people, group travel packages and backpacking packages are well represented in Greece. However pre-booking is not always essential, especially if you are coming before the beginning or after the end of the main tourist season. These types of spontaneous holidays can often be more rewarding, especially to the younger traveller who is willing to put up with a little bit of hardship. As a bonus these types of trips can be cheaper. Historical travel – Greece has a long and well documented history. Much has been bequeathed to the modern world by the ancient Greeks. Mathematics, logic, democracy, drama, philosophy, medicine, the Olympics, justice system, the study of history (Herodotus) are some examples. Many of the sites and towns were these fundamentals of modern life were developed are still in use or are ancient monuments that can be visited. Very few countries can match Greece for this type of historical tourism. Some ancient sites that must be visited are below

  • The Parthenon (Acropolis) which is located in Athens.
  • Temple of Delphi which is located at the Southern slopes of Parnassos, near the modern city of Delphi.
  • Olympia is the birth place of the Olympic games and is situated at the western end of the Peloponnese peninsula. However almost anywhere you go in Greece there is an ancient monument or ruin.

The Greek Isles– We cannot talk about Greece without mentioning the islands. The beaches and views on the islands of Greece are some of the most amazing on earth. Few things on earth create more wonder in the human mind than sitting on a hotel balcony in Santorini and looking across the great caldera to the still very active island of Thera. It is one of those life experiences that can change you. The real threat of danger posed by the steaming volcano, contrasted with the peaceful surrounding of the island itself leaves a real impression on ones soul. Other islands, in no particular order as they are all spectacular and have their own charm are,

  • Mykonos – known for its lively night life.
  • Corfu – wonderful historical sites and lively night and day life.
  • Rhodes – Shaped like a spearhead it is one of Greece’s largest islands.
  • Crete – The largest and most populous of the Greek isles.

There are many more and some of the littler ones are real gems, so search them out to complete that holiday of a lifetime.

Travelling around and to Greece

Getting to Greece is easy there is any number of airlines offering cheap flights to Athens. However if you have the time then a driving holiday is a great way to experience the wonders of this great nation. Car rental is relatively painless in Greece; all the larger established car rental companies have a presence here. Even when island hoping, a car is a good option. Most of the islands are serviced by large passenger and car ferries and although the roads on some of the islands can be a little rough, in general the roads and byways of Greece are well maintained. make sure you get a good road map of Greece.

Some interesting facts about Greece

The capital is Athens. Greece has a population of 11.3 million people and a land mass of a 132,000 square kilometres. It is bordered by the countries of Albania, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaira and Turkey, 

Map of Cyprus

map of Cyprus

The possibility for a lengthy break calls for the time to leave the usual family home. This is the time to visit new places where low prices and warm local hospitality are anticipated. In fact one’s holiday or vacation is the time to wind down, have time with one’s self or with loved ones and reduce strain from dreadful work and bumps of life. For this, one of the main places one should go to would be Europe. Europe has an enormously stretched tradition of excellence in literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and dance with astounding and remarkable museums, musical and groundbreaking spots.

One of the more acclaimed places in Europe would be Cyprus. The copper island where the mythical origin of the goddess of love Aphrodite hailed from, Cyprus has been sought after by a succession of admirers from different countries because of its turbulent past that made extraordinary choices of edifying and marvelous richness, from Crusader castles to the tomb of Mohammed’s aunt and Palm Tree Promenade in Larnaca that highlights stand-alone effigies as well as a beautiful fountain where swimming makes the stay worthwhile. With the island’s topography of bounteous seaboard with mountainous landscape, it guarantees a year-round inviting activity. Cyprus is the tourist class island in the Mediterranean Sea and the third largest Island in Europe (in terms of area and population). Its size is 240 kilometers long from end to end and 100 kilometers wide at its widest point making the access to notable historic sites and natural wonders, tourism in the country is developing. Be sure that you have a guide book and map of Cyprus with you.

See the artifacts like still life work of arts and wall paintings in the Villa of Dionysos which is recounted to be one of the best and commonly hand-picked destinations in the Mediterranean area. Another impressive historic site in the country that non-national visitors should see is the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos that features architectural ornamentation that will take your breath away with the thought provoking underground burial chambers. For people who are interested in checking object d’arts can go to Larnaca Medieval Museum in Larnaca Fort and see the most popular and well-known CTO (Cyprus Tourist Organization) governed beach, Dhassoudi in Limmasol with its neighboring museum that facets archaeological exhibits, botanic displays and demonstrations of ancient pottery, diamond cutting and jewels. To check the notable history of the country and see the castle-like presidential palace a few minute ride will take you in the national city, Nicosia which is one of the oldest cities in the world that made as center of an independent kingdom as early as the 7th century bc. Lastly, the place where tourist always visit last, the Troodos Village, known for its attributes for the shopaholics and park

lovers, for its numerous cafes, restaurants and hotels with plentiful souvenir shops and retail stores with serpentine slides, an activity pool and a lazy river at Waterworld water park in Ayia Napa. To experience gratifying and exhilarating visit in the place, tourists are encouraged to write these places in their visiting list.

No doubt, the Cyprus is a tourist must-see. Nature has gifted it with the best sanctuaries, from flora to fauna, to offer discriminating tourists. Cyprus is a gateway committed to people looking to escape from the dreary life, where inviting beaches, and spectacular mountain trails lie around lavish hotels.

Map of Italy

map of Italy

When travelling to Italy make sure you do your research. Find a good map of Italy! With this map in front of you it is always easier to plan that vacation. There are the obvious holiday destinations to visit, like Rome, Pompeii, Lake Como, Venice and Tuscany . However some of the less traveled Tourist spots are also an option, they add flavor to a holiday.

Travel Insurance is always a good idea. Taking a holiday without travel insurance is just not worth it. The peace of mind you get, knowing that if your luggage gets lost or a flight gets cancelled you are covered by a good insurance policy that will get you into a hotel and replace the luggage you have lost. Some parts of Italy are still quite under developed and really do require good travel insurance if you are planning to go to these destinations.

In no way should you let this discourage you from travelling to these places, in fact they are some the most beautiful places imaginable, it is just better to take the necessary precautions. Be prepared for any eventuality and keep yourself covered for any circumstance.

Italy has nearly always been at the center of European culture. The only other country that can claim a longer and arguably more successful European culture is Greece. However, Italy can definitely claim having the biggest and longest lived empire of ancient times. Italy’s influence on the Europe has been immeasurable and as a result is a great place to start any European holiday. Italy has much to give to an enthusiastic tourist, not just the ancient sites, although these should never be overlooked. Italy boast some of the most idyllic and secluded beaches, although a cafe is rarely far away. The provincial areas match anything you will find in the French countryside and the food is better if anything. The Alps border the north of the country and Milan is the hub of all activity in this region. You can not mention Milan and not mention shopping and in particular fashion. Milan matches and in some expert opinions over shadows Paris, in the fashion world.

If by chance you feel you need a change from Italy’s beaches, then it is just a short hop over the Adriatic Sea to Croatia. This can be a day trip, you can sample a new culture for the day and be back in Italy that evening. Italy has everything to offer the traveller. It is definitely a must do on any European vacation.

Here are some facts about Italy
Official name is the Italian Republic. It is situated in South Central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Slovenia, France, Austria and Switzerland. The Seas that border it are : Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Mediterranean Seas. The land mass is 301,338 km/squared and a population of approximately 60.5 million people. The capital city is Rome. Italy’s political system is a democratic republic and official language is Italian.