Travel Planning
Southern Europe
Travel Planning
Southern Europe

Southern Europe at a Glance

Warm Mediterranean beaches, snow capped mountains, sea-food, almonds, oranges and olive oil all help to make Southern Europe special.

Dig into a dish of steaming pailla rich with broth, mussels, rice and saffron, get raw milk from an incongruous road-side dispenser in Croatia, sample carefully shaped pasta coated in fresh tomato sauce, try a stuffed grape-leaf, eat whole calamari--these are some of the culinary delights you can sample as you travel throughout Southern Europe.

Once you've had your fill, historic cities and beautiful beaches beckon. Explore the pre-medieval town of Split, Croatia, visit the Colosseum in Rome, ogle art in Florence, see forts in Portugal, visit Greek ruins in Greece, and get your fill of surreal art and architecture in Barcelona. Wind-surf in Portugal, sun-bath in Spain, hike along the Italian coast or slip into a resort for the weekend. Southern Europe is at your finger tips.

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  • Greece Greece
  • Italy Italy
  • Romania Romania
  • Portugal Portugal
  • Spain Spain
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia Croatia
Popular Places
  • Rome Rome
  • Lisbon Lisbon
  • Barcelona Barcelona
  • Split Split
  • Santorini Santorini
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Madrid Barajas
  • Major Airport Lisbon Airport
  • Major Airport Split Airport
  • Major Airport Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino
  • Major Airport Athens Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Many of the countries in Southern Europe are Schengen visa countries. This means that travelers with a Schengen passport have unrestricted travel. For the majority of countries in southern Europe, U.S residents need only present their passports to immigration officials. For longer trips a tourist visa may be required. Check with your nearest consulate office to learn more about your individual requirements and to double check travel requirements for individual countries. American citizens may learn about travel requirements by visiting the U.S State Department's website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Southern Europe has a warm, Mediterranean climate. Winters are wetter, and at higher elevations, snow may occur.

Safety Concerns Crime varies throughout Southern Europe. It's a good idea to keep valuables out of sight and to protect your personal belongings from theft. 

Health Concerns The water is good in most parts of Southern Europe. If you are unsure, stick to bottled water. The risk of communicable disease is fairly low and travelers can protect themselves further by practicing good hygiene.

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