GOT SCHENGEN VISA?: Europe’s must-visit cities

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    The Schengen visa, short stay visa allowing its holder to circulate in the Schengen area which comprises 26 countries, is a coveted thing for those who are looking to go on a European expedition.

    The Schengen area covers 26 countries without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

    Agoda, one of the world’s fastest growing online travel agents (OTAs), shares five destinations within the Schengen area to make the most of one’s European adventure—whether you’re on the hunt for architectural marvels, authentic eats, majestic natural wonders, or looking to immerse yourself in culture.

    Greece
    Greece

    Mythology

    From stories of Hercules’ strength and his twelve labors, to Zeus, Aphrodite, and the gods of Mount Olympus, Greek mythology is as colorful as it gets.

    Allow yourself to be transported through time back to the period of heroes and mythological monsters as you stroll through the streets of Athens, Greece.Consider booking a private Athens Mythological tour via Thingstodo.agoda.com to discover the legends behind major monuments such as the Parthenon and the Ancient Agora in the city.
    Stay at the Perianth Hotel, and you can have a spectacular view of the Acropolis right from the balcony of your hotel room.

    Italy
    Italy

    Neopolitan

    Follow your love for pizza and head to the place where it all started. Naples, in particular, is recognized as the birthplace of the Neapolitan pizza–not to mention the three-flavored ice cream in a tub that we have come to know as Neapolitan ice cream.

    But Naples’ gastronomic offerings don’t end there. After visiting the ruins of Pompeii and soaking up the Capri sun, make it a point to allot a day or two for a food tour and a wine tour for a truly fulfilling Neapolitan experience. Take your pick from Thingstodo.agoda.com for a hassle-free tour booking experience.

    Iceland
    Iceland

    Northern Lights

    The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a dazzling light show that’s a completely natural phenomena which can only be observed near the Earth’s magnetic poles.

    The lights are best viewed from late August to early April in most places, and Iceland’s strategic location up north makes it a perfect place to visit for front-row seats to this vivid display.

    While you can possibly catch the dancing lights in the capital Reykjavik, you might get better chances out of the city. Drive out to one of Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoons, Jökulsárlón, where the lights may seem to just be the tip of the iceberg.

    Adventure-seekers can also get a thrill exploring the glaciers on a snowmobile. Less than fifteen minutes’ drive away from the lagoon, Hali Country Hotel is a great choice for small groups of friends with their two-room apartment options.

    Malta
    Malta

    Dive spots

    Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is known for breath-taking dive spots like the so-called Blue Hole and The Inland Sea or Qawra.

    Though the Azure Window no longer stands as an archway to the sea, scuba divers have reported that its rubble has provided an exciting new attraction underwater. Apart from water sports, adventure-seekers can also enjoy a spectacular view while rock climbing at Mgarr ix-Xini.

    Kempinski San Lawrenz Hotel is located near these astonishing sites and therefore the ideal place to spend your land-locked moments at.

    Amsterdam
    Amsterdam

    Artists

    The Dutch capital was home to notable people throughout history like artists Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt, to name a few. Museums showcasing their life and works are part of Amsterdam’s allure.

    Book a room at the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside – Preferred Hotels LVX when you go on your Dutch holiday and you can easily cycleyour way to the city’s famed Museumplein or “museum square” and visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.

    Aside from these more traditional attractions, certified feline fiends can hide away at KattenKabinet—a museum dedicated to classy cat collections, while those with a fascination for the bizarre can drop by Museum Vrolik to check out their vast collection of oddities and human deformities, too.