Backpacking is an incredibly freeing way to explore the world, discover new cities and remote islands, all while carrying what you own on your back. Whether you dream of exotic locations, beach hideaways, or historic cities, packing a bag and hopping on a plane (or even boat!) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience everyone needs to do at least once. If you are looking for inspiration for your next destination, look no further than Europe. This exciting continent features stunning scenery, metropolitan cities and beautiful coastlines which you can’t miss. For five places you must visit in Europe, read on:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Arguably made more recognisable by the hit TV show, Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik overlooks the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and is a magnificent walled city and a Unesco World Heritage Site. When you visit Dubrovnik, the city walls is a must-see attraction; the walls were first built in the 9th century, and you can circle the city, viewing the blue sea and the stunning Old Town. For Game of Thrones fans, the city now offers tours  of filming locations, where you can recreate famous scenes.    

Rome, Italy

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History lovers rejoice, Rome is the place to truly connect with the medieval world while enjoying the wonders of modern life. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the incredible architecture of some of the most famous empires in history still stands to this day. This includes the Colosseum, which was first constructed in AD 72, and was a hub of entertainment, featuring gladiatorial contest and mock battles for the Roman citizens centuries ago. Today, it is one of the biggest attractions in Rome, with a museum dedicated to Eros (the God of desire) on the upper floor.  

While part of the fun of backpacking is to carry what you need with you, there are solutions if you want to take extra luggage, use a luggage storage network. You can simply drop off your luggage and explore Rome easily.

Budapest, Hungary

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The Hungarian capital, Budapest has its own stunning architecture to rival Rome, and is nicknamed the ‘City of Spas.’ The nickname is for a very good reason; the city features a selection of thermal baths, each with their own fascinating architecture. For a backpacker, they are the ideal place to relax and unwind, taking time out of a busy, walking schedule. Budapest’s quirky and beautiful Art Nouveau streets make it the perfect place to take Instagram shots, especially with landmarks such as the Holy Trinity Column.

Paris, France

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What trip to Europe would be complete without visiting the city of love, Paris? This alluring city will draw you in and make you fall in love, not only with the stunning sights, food, and delicious drink but with life itself. Of course, the Eiffel Tower is a remarkable sight to see, and it’s truly iconic, but that’s not all Paris has to offer. Wander the quaint streets to find traditional patisseries, where you can pick up handmade croissants and baguettes, before stopping off at a modern bar to sample a glass of the finest wine you’ll find.   

Barcelona, Spain

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For those who travel to taste the many different delicious delights on offer, look no further than Barcelona. This city is home to the world-famous Boqueria Market, where you can find exotic fruit, rare spices and a host of treats to try and fall in love with. Barcelona is a city which never sleeps, with the Gothic Quarter playing host to street parties, the oldest restaurant in the city (Can Culleretes, dating back to 1786), and one of the oldest markets in Europe.

Europe is a beautiful, historical continent, one which, wherever you look, there’s something else incredible and majestic to discover. Exploring Europe should be one everyone’s list, regardless of whether they are backpacking or staying in a five-star hotel. Our five cities above are the ideal places to get you started, but there is so much more to see in Europe that once you visit, you’ll keep returning to, time and time again.

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