Here’s to a vacation that includes some universally recommended must-sees and some pleasant surprises!

Festivals – See the locals at their happiest and most authentic! Because music, art and mature are all excellent excuses for a party.
– Barcelona, Fiesta de San Juan (June 23)
– Nantes, Interceltic Festical (August)
– London, Notting Hill Carnaval (August)
– Brussels, Flowercarpert (August)
– Marseille, Avignon Festival (July)
– Amsterdam, King’s Day (April 27)
– Venice, Biennale (May 9 – November 22)
– Nice, Jazz Festical (July 7-12)
– Bordeaux, Fêtes de Bayonne (July)
-Lisbon, Fiesta de Santo Antonio (June 12-13)

Museums – For art, archaeology and all the myriad wonders of human civilization, European museums are a must-do for your itinerary.
– Paris, Rodin Museum
– Nice, Matisse Museum
– London, British Museum
– Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
– Rome, Vatican Museums
– Florence, Uffizi Gallery
– Madrid, Reina Sofia Museum
– Barcelona, Joan Miró Foundation
– Amsterdam, Van Gough Museum
– Athens, Acropolis Museum

Wineries – Visit one of these establishments to taste some great wines, revel in stunning landscapes and meet the people behind some of the world’s great vintages.
– Bordeaux, Château Lynch-Bages (Pauillac)
– Paris, Maison Tattinger (Reims, Champagne)
– Basel-Mulhouse, Domaine Jean Sipp (Ribeauvillé, Alsace)
– Porto, Quinta de Panascal (Valença do Douro, Douro)
– Rome, Baricci Winery (Montalcino, Tuscany)
– Lyon, Maison Chapoutier (Tain-l’Hermitage, Rhône Valley)
-Marseille, Domaine de l’Olivette (Le Castellet, Bandol)
– Madrid, Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz (Roa, Ribera del Duero)
– Venice, Azienda Agricola Romano Dal Forno (Valpolicella, Veneto)
– Athens, Gaia Winery (Nemea, Peloponnese)

Markets – Check out one of these markets for beautiful fresh produce, savoury prepared dishes, perfect pastries, unique local products and charming vendors.
– Amsterdam, Albert Cuyp Market
– Athens, Central Market (Kendriki Agora)
– Rome, Mercato Trionfale
– Brussels, Marché de la Gare du Midi
– Porto, Mercado do Bolhão
– Madrid, Mercado de San Miguel
– Barcelona, La Boqueria
– Paris, Marché des Enfants Rouges
– London, Borough Market
– Lyon, Halles Paul Bocuse

Castles – Visit one of these magnificent and impressive structures that are symbols of Europe’s turbulent yet glorious past.
– Madrid, Alcazar de Segovia (Segovia)
– Venice, Miramare Castle (Trieste)
– Lisbon, Pena National Palace (Sintra)
– Prague, Prague Castle
– London, Tower of London
– Paris, Palace of Versailles
– Birmingham, Lincoln Castle (Lincolnshire)
– Budapest, Buda Castle
– Brussels, Château des Comtes de Flandre (Ghent)
– Rome, Castle of the Holy Angel

Source: Transat Holidays, Europe 2015-2016