Planning a road trip in Europe? Think twice before driving in these cities

Certain regions of Europe and especially, a number of big cities on the continent have so much traffic that inevitably, roads become congested during peak hours. If you are planning a road trip in Europe, the best thing is that it is very easy and usually fast to drive from one country to another, but the downside is that some cities can be choked with vehicles. Here is the top 20 ranking for the most congested cities in Europe.

Bucharest, Romania, Photo by Giuseppe Milo. Read the story “Planning a road trip in Europe? Think twice before driving in these cities”

EuroVelo has mapped 15 bicycle-friendly long-distance cycling routes across Europe

If you know the quiet back roads and cycling lanes of Europe, you have a fantastic opportunity to cycle in many countries. The best thing with cycling is that during the daily pedaling journey it is possible to see many sights and absorb local culture. But where are Europe’s best cycling routes? EuroVelo has mapped 15 routes that let cyclists explore Europe along cycling-friendly roads.

Cycling trip in France. Read the story “EuroVelo has mapped 15 bicycle-friendly long-distance cycling routes across Europe”

These people travel around the world in 8 months while racing their sailing boats

The race that takes sailors around the world on sailing boats, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts from Alicante, Spain in 2017. After sailing about 45 000 nautical miles (mind-blowing 83 300 kilometers, or 51 700 miles) those teams who have survived the entire journey arrive in Hague, Netherlands by the end of June 2018.

Volvo Ocean Race, departure city Alicante, Spain, Europe Read the story “These people travel around the world in 8 months while racing their sailing boats”

A night at the races: camping on a mountain for the Tour of Spain

It is one thing to stay a night at a camp site where all the services people usually need are available, and completely other thing to camp on a mountain with thousands of people without any facilities. If it is camping on a mountain in order to watch a bicycle race, it can be a lot of fun. We camped a night on the famous Alto del Angliru near Oviedo, northwest Spain to follow a stage of the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a España) road cycling race.

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The secret of the bridge of Avignon in France is gradually revealing itself

For years, historians, archaelogists, architects, geologists and engineers have searched the archives, researched the Rhône river and its banks, calculated the river flow, the strength of old constructions and modeled three-dimensional structures of the bridge of Avignon in Southern France.

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Tips for avoiding the behavior of an ignorant tourist – and getting respect from locals

If you have seen the crowds around the key sights in Venice, Paris, or Barcelona during the high season, you may understand why a certain degree of resistance against mass tourism is developing in some specific European cities. Not only do the residents feel that their neighborhoods have been conquered by visitors, but these uninvited visitors also behave badly. Here are a few simple tips for getting along with locals in popular tourist destinations.

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