Boundaries sometimes overlap when categorizing Southern Europe as many of the countries listed in this part of the continent are also listed in other broader regions. However, the one unifying factor in this group of sixteen countries that make up this part of Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. Quite predictably, the food and culture are influenced by the climatic conditions of the region, as is the landscape. Visitors head to Greece’s Santorini or Croatia’s coastline in droves to experience first-hand the wonders of the Mediterranean lands. While Spain and Italy are the most industrialized countries in Southern Europe, the rest of the countries in the region rely greatly on agriculture.
Southern Europe too is dipped in history, and the remnants of great civilizations and cultures are visible in the ancient ruins and great monuments. The grand Colosseum of Rome, the Alhambra in Granada, and the San Giovanni Fortress in Montenegro are a testament to the region’s glorious past. Southern Europe’s fascinating present is reflected in the well-heeled cities of Milan and Barcelona and in the gastronomic centers of San Sebastian and Bilbao.

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Ibiza

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Ibiza

Sun-kissed Ibiza with its turquoise-blue waters and white-sand beaches is pretty much Spain’s all-time-favorite gay hotspot. Notwithstanding the season, the Spanish island is one of Europe’s most popular beach getaways. About an hour’s flight from Madrid, the island really never sleeps. There are plenty of gay hotels in Ibiza which has accommodation for all kinds…

Top 10 Things To Do In Mostar

Top 10 Things To Do In Mostar

Enchanting Mostar, also known as the “City of Sunshine” for its pleasant climate, is a seamless blend of the ancient and the modern. Tucked into a serene valley on the banks of the Neretva River, the beautiful city has put behind its war-ravaged past to welcome tourists with its historical landmarks, spiritual centers, natural beauty,…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Gran Canaria

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Gran Canaria

After Tenerife, Gran Canaria is the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and a big magnet for gay tourists. Considered to be a continent in miniature, this paradise is one of the most gay-friendly islands in Europe. It has been a gay destination for decades, so not surprisingly there are quite a few gay hotels…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Rome

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Rome

The “Eternal City” Rome might not be as gay-friendly as the other cities in Italy such as Milan, but the number of gay hotels in Rome welcoming gay travelers to the city sure has shot up in the past few years. The “Gay Street” of Via San Giovanni in Laterano is home to most of…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Lisbon

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Lisbon

Is Lisbon gay friendly? The 2019 Spartacus International Gay Guide Index states that Portugal was voted the most gay friendly destination in the world, so it’s no surprise that its capital city—as well as beautiful Porto up north—is a popular LGBT vacation destination. Gay hotels in Lisbon receive visitors from near and far, who come…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Milan

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Milan

One of the world’s top fashion capitals, Milan in Italy, also happens to be one of the friendliest cities for gays in the world. Milan’s gay friendliness has led to the presence of some amazing gay friendly hotels and B&Bs in the city. Most of them are close to Porta Venezia, one of Milan’s most…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Madrid

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Madrid

Madrid is one of the friendliest cities for gays in the world and is home to Spain and Europe’s largest gay population. Madrid’s native annual gay parade MADO, or Orgullo Gay de Madrid, is one of the world’s biggest pride parades today. Gay neighborhoods in Madrid like Chueca is where the LGBT community has lived…

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Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Barcelona

Spain has some of the top gay destinations in Europe such as Madrid, Sitges, and Ibiza but Barcelona is not far behind. With its gay friendly spaces, Barcelona is also a  popular destination for the gay community. Eixample fondly referred to as Gaixample or Gayxample is where most of the LGBT community head to in…

The 10 Most Beautiful Places In Albania

The 10 Most Beautiful Places In Albania

From sun-kissed stretches of white sand to majestic mountains, Albania has it all. Its beaches on the Adriatic and Ionian coastlines are some of the most amazing places in Albania. They’re arguably just as gorgeous as those in neighboring Montenegro and Greece, but nowhere near as crowded. And it is in this lack of unfettered…

Top 10 Things To Do In Thessaloniki

Top 10 Things To Do In Thessaloniki

It’s no surprise that the top 10 things to do in Thessaloniki encompass history, culture, and nature. Dating from 315 BC, this capital city of Central Macedonia in Greece is teeming with ancient buildings. Old and new traditions are alive and well here, and the arts and culture scene is ever vibrant. It’s the second-largest…

Top 10 Things To Do In Salamanca

Top 10 Things To Do In Salamanca

Perched on the hills of northwestern Spain, Salamanca is a feast for the eyes and soul. It’s home to stunning sandstone buildings, a lively arts and culture scene, and an indomitable nightlife. And as a university city since the 13th century, it isn’t surprising that Salamanca exudes an intellectual vibe. More than 180,000 people call…

Top 12 Things To Do In Assisi

Top 12 Things To Do In Assisi

One of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Umbria, Italy is the medieval town of Assisi, renowned as the birthplace of Saint Francis, who founded the Franciscan order. Assisi dates back to the 7th century as an early Umbrian settlement which was conquered by the Romans four centuries later. Traces of its Roman past are…

Top 12 Things To Do In Avila

Top 12 Things To Do In Avila

Sometimes referred to as the ‘City of Stones and Saints,’ the spiritual city of Ávila located in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León about 111km north-west of Madrid, boasts of having the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in the country. Founded in the 11th century to defend the Spanish territories…

Top 12 Things To Do In Zadar

Top 12 Things To Do In Zadar

Rather surprisingly, hordes of tourists have not yet descended on Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia and the second-largest metropolis in Dalmatia. Zadar has a rich and varied history right from the Late Stone Age, to its Roman era and invasion by the Huns. In the early 15th century Zadar was sold by…

12 Beautiful Villages In Italy Worth Visiting

12 Beautiful Villages In Italy Worth Visiting

Most people travel to Italy to marvel at the historic sites of Rome or to soak in the beauty of Florence and Venice, or marvel at the fashion in Milan, but not many actually go off the tourist track to explore Italy’s hidden gems; its beautiful villages. Nestled between majestic mountains, perched on the edge…

Top 12 Things To Do In Girona

Top 12 Things To Do In Girona

Less than a hundred kilometers from the northeast of Barcelona is the Catalan city of Girona. It is an ancient city, having originated during the time of the Iberians and later known as the Roman city of Gerunda. In the 12th century, the city had a flourishing Jewish community and had one of the most…

Top 12 Things To Do In Genoa

Top 12 Things To Do In Genoa

Italy’s leading port is a land of contradictions; its past grandeur sometimes shadowed by its dark side. Once a city of great wealth, the decayed glory of Genoa’s past is sometimes quite astonishing. Grand palaces are tucked away inside small and sometimes scruffy alleyways, surprising the unsuspecting visitor with their grandeur. Genoa was an autonomous…

Top 12 Things To Do In Modena

Top 12 Things To Do In Modena

The ancient city of Modena on the south side of the Po Valley in northern Italy is a ‘foodie haven.’ The birthplace of balsamic vinegar and the creative force behind the giant tortellini, the backstreets of the city have little known restaurants which serve up gastronomic delights. Modena is also home to the ‘best restaurant in…

Top 12 Things To Do In Crete

Top 12 Things To Do In Crete

Crete, the largest and most populous of the islands of Greece, is located 318 kilometers south of the port Athens. It is the most southerly outpost of Europe with its southern coast extending to the Libyan Sea. The island is steeped in tradition and history; being the birthplace of the Minoans, the first advanced civilization…

Top 12 Things To Do In Benidorm

Top 12 Things To Do In Benidorm

The city of Benidorm located in the province of Alicante in eastern Spain has been a popular tourist destination since the 1950s. This coastal resort attracts many visitors throughout the year. Besides the various attractions that make up Benidorm, it has a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars and clubs. What sets Benidorm apart from the…

Top 12 Things To Do In Vigo

Top 12 Things To Do In Vigo

The westernmost tip of the Spanish landmass is grand, with lush green vegetation, picturesque mountains, and an electrifying coast. Vigo, in the Galician landmass, used to be a village whose mainstay was fishing! But now, it is one of the most populous cities in Spain owing to the large area it covers. This city has…

Top 12 Things To Do In San Sebastian

Top 12 Things To Do In San Sebastian

The elegant city of San Sebastian or Donostia (Basque) is one of Spain‘s most sought after beach resorts. Located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, the beautiful beaches coupled with the lovely sunny weather attract people from all over. A stroll through the Old Town (Parte Vieja), a lazy day at the beach,…

Top 12 Things To Do In Catania

Top 12 Things To Do In Catania

Catania is the second-largest city of Sicily which is located on the east coast of the Italian southern island. This beautiful place is most popular among all the tourists as it happens to be a perfect place for a holiday. From its enthralling scenic views to an amazing culture and historical background, Catania surely catches…

Top 12 Things To Do In Rhodes

Top 12 Things To Do In Rhodes

The Greek island of Rhodes is the largest and most historically important of the Dodecanese islands. The historical city of Rhodes (Rodos) is located on the northern tip of Rhodes Island. The city is distinctly divided into the ancient and the modern. It’s easy to see the clear demarcation of the town as the Medieval…