EUROPE

Europe covers only about 2% of the Earth’s surface and 6.8% of the total land area, making it the second-smallest continent of our planet. If you are looking for information about European travel destinations, or read the most entertaining European Travel Stories, this is your place. Just click on the below map to reach your desired country and the related travel stories, or navigate further in the sub-menus to choose based on a country.

Dreaming about the best European vacation? Just navigate further in the sub-menus to choose based on a country. As you might know our mission is to share something relevant, something authentic, something real, something cool, something interesting, something personal & something different, via our travel stories & images. We are focusing on ideas from local sources, giving tips that are usually unknown for travelers and foreigners, guides to secret places which only the guy from the given neighborhood could know about, to the hidden picturesque view, with recommending everything besides the obvious: the local real feel, the adventure of discovering the unknown, the authenticity, culinary guide to the meals that locals are really cooking and eating at home, and much more. Hope you will read our European Travel Stories, feel inspired, and enjoy the journey, as much as we do!

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The Esterházy Palace

The Esterházy Palace – Fertődi Esterházy-kastély

Hungary has a lot of amazing medieval castles and beautiful palaces. There are all together 103 castles in Hungary alone. Most of which are still open to tourists and visitors. Let’s review here one of the most famous: The Esterházy Palace.

Best restaurants & bars of Madeira

During the days we spent on Madeira we had the chance to taste the local gastronomy in many places. Here, we have compiled a list with the best restaurants & bars of Madeira. There are some posh places included in the list, as well as many street food options. So let’s see, where to eat on Madeira!

Visiting the Guggenheim Museum

Visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The museum was inaugurated on 18 October 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, with an exhibition of 250 contemporary works of art. Built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Cantabrian Sea, it is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.

lisbon or porto

Lisbon or Porto? 10 things to keep in mind before you choose!

Both Lisbon and Porto are super popular destinations among travellers to Portugal. Especially among the first visitors to the country. It’s indeed hard to choose between the two cities. The most obvious answer would be that you need to see both. But what if you need to choose? We are here to help! These two tourists magnet places are not so far from each other geographically & in terms of the quality of the services either. So let’s see, Lisbon or Porto? We list here 10 facts that you should keep in mind once you are about two choose between these two beautiful Portuguese cities.

Funchal Bucket List

Funchal Bucket List

You cannot and won’t miss Funchal for sure. It is the capital of the island and the majority of the services are based here. It is in fact a modern, cosmopolitan, rejuvenated city, well known for its many top class restaurants, stunning new 4 & 5-star hotels, warm all year round climate. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on its sunniest coast amidst banana plantations and wonderful gardens where flowers bloom all year round in the shelter of the verdant mountains, it is an extremely lush, green and relaxed city. Let’s see now the places that you cannot miss once you’re in Funchal. Here comes our ultimate Funchal bucket list!

Madeira bucket list & the perfect roundtrip on the island

We visited the island of Madeira by a rented car. Without the departure days, if you have 7 days, you can easily follow this plan and you won’t miss out on anything important. So let’s see our Madeira bucket list broken down into 7 consecutive days.

Last King of Hungary

The Last King of Hungary, who died on Madeira

The last king of Hungary was given little time on the throne. Charles (in Hungarian Károly IV.) took over the estate of Emperor and King Ferenc József in November 1916. Just two years later, he was forced to relinquish his sovereign rights. Károly IV. died in exile, on the Portuguese island of Madeira, on April 1, 1922. He was infected by the Spanish flu. One of the most infamous and most devastating epidemics in modern history.

What to eat in Moldova

Gastronomy of Moldova – What to eat in Chișinău?

We have spent only a long weekend in Moldova. So we didn’t have enough time to discover all the local dishes. But some of them we tried and we have been in nice restaurants too. Hence we decided to include them into this article and share as our favourites in Chișinău. So let’s see what to eat in Moldova!

What to eat on Madeira

The gastronomy of Madeira – What to eat on Madeira?

The kitchen of Portugal is outstanding. On Madeira, if it’s possible, the gastronomy is even better. You cannot go wrong, wherever you go or whatever you order. The locals are really friendly, also like to help to explain what the dish is about, what kind of ingredients they use. So let’s see what to eat on Madeira! P.S.: We also included couple of drinks – cheers!

Churchill on Madeira

Churchill on Madeira – Câmara de Lobos

Câmara de Lobos is a beautiful fishermen village on Madeira island. The specialisation of the area is the black sablefish fishing. Therefore its main bay gives home to local fishermen boats, and they come in many vivid colours. They call them “Xavelhas”. The former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill visited Madeira in 1950. While he was in Madeira, he painted an outstanding portrait about the bay with the “Xavelhas” on January 8. The village till today remembers his visit, and we can see many sites named after him. Let’s see what are those memories of Winston Churchill on Madeira!

Help Ukraine

Help Ukraine!

We have collected some useful links from trusted sources to help Ukraine. Please spread this information. If you have more links to any other non-profit organisations – where people can donate or help in any way, please share the link in the comment section and we will add it to the list. Please only promote trusted & reliable places!

Never rent a car at Klass Wagen

Never rent a car at Klass Wagen in Budapest!

Recently we got the worst experience with a car rental company. Therefore we decided to share this case with all our readers, why never rent a car at Klass Wagen. In order that you can avoid them and the same mistakes we have done. Klass Wagen is located in some other countries as well, but we are talking about now the Budapest branch.

Castle of Boldogkő

Boldogkő vára – The castle of Boldogkő, Hungary

We had the chance to check the castle of Boldogkő on a winter day in December. It was very foggy, hence the views were a bit limited. But as the guide said at the entrance: in this condition for sure you cannot see it during summer!

On the route of the beautiful castles & palaces of Hungary

Hungary has a lot of amazing medieval castles and beautiful palaces. There are all together 103 castles in Hungary alone, most of which are still open to tourists and visitors. Let’s review here the most well-preserved palaces and the best castles of Hungary.

lisbon bucket list

Visiting the beautiful capital of Portugal – Lisbon bucket list

Lisbon is beautiful and no matter which part of the year you are coming you will be able to enjoy a nice and moderate climate thanks to the Atlantic Ocean. Lisbon offers a lot of sightseeing activities, cultural sites, cool party districts and many tour options into the surroundings. We have compiled for you the ultimate Lisbon bucket list that might be useful for all travellers to the Portugal capital.

calella de palafrugell guide

Calella de Palafrugell – A romantic dream on Costa Brava

We had the chance to visit Calella de Palafrugell in winter, on a sunny day in December. Actually, winter here is like late spring in Eastern Europe. People still can have a bath in the sea. The sun is still strong enough to enjoy sunbathing. And the terraces are full of people ordering their tapas. Calella de Palafrugell is tiny, it’s not much more than a couple of cute streets. But let’s see now our complete Calella de Palafrugell guide in detail!

Empuriabrava the largest residential marina in Europe

Empuriabrava, the largest residential marina in Europe

We can find Empuriabrava in the Gulf of Roses, surrounded by the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. Empuriabrava, the largest residential marina in Europe has some 24 km of navigable waterways. The construction of Empuriabrava started in 1964 and completed in 1975. The town quickly became a tourist community. Nowdays, the town has more than 40 km of canals and a seasonal, summer population of around 80,000.

best things in roda de bera

To Roda de Berà with love & the 10 best things to explore around

Roda de Berà has a very special place in our heart. Since Besides the Obvious is based here for almost two years. During this time, and especially during the pandemic we had a lot of time to discover this picturesque village. By now we know almost every corner of it. So let’s review the 10 best things in Roda de Bera!

places to visit Madrid

Places to visit in Madrid. The most complete bucket list. 

Madrid doesn’t need a long introduction. Surely, since you click on this article you are looking for plans and spots, what to visit and what to do in the Spanish capital. Perfect, we are here to help. We present in this article the best places to visit in Madrid and the best experiences in this awesome Spanish city. Keep reading and check your chances. 

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