Southern Europe Itinerary: Where to Go & What to See

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Marleny Hucks
Marleny Hucks
Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

The southern part of Europe, primarily the Mediterranean, is a fantastic place to visit! It is the perfect holiday destination since these countries are full of beautiful cities, devastating natural grounds, high-end art, and beautiful coastlines. So, you will definitely find something to interest you! 

If you are looking for ideas on how to plan your itinerary, check out our prototypical one, it might help you a lot. Here we go! 


Spain is really the ideal choice if you like high-end architecture, laid-back people, stunning cityscapes, and delicious food. There are a couple of cities that are very important to visit, and with the proper planning, you can pull it off!

  • Madrid

Start with Madrid, the capital city. Naturally, seeing the central part of any country is very important, and Madrid is simply too entertaining to pass up! 

Start with Plaza Mayor, the main square where all kinds of stuff happen. It was once a field for the most exciting events in Medieval Spain and is now one of the most important meeting places and a tourist attraction. 

If you like historical buildings, definitely go see the Royal Palace of Madrid and learn all about years of history, Spanish art, armory, and even furniture! The Royal Palace of Madrid is also one of Spain’s most widely-acclaimed architectural pieces. 

If you cross Gran Via, keep your eyes open. The most hectic and main street in Madrid adorns the cityscape and its colorful panorama! 

  • Valencia

Afterward, take the high speed train from Madrid to Valencia and spend some time here! 

First of all, you should see the City of Arts and Sciences, an impressive building complex displaying the genius Spanish mind. It is interactive, informative, and enjoyable! 

For historical landmarks, visit the Valencia Cathedral. This 13th-century Gothic fortress ranks high among the most beautiful establishments in Spain and will steal your heart with its impressive design. 

Whatever you do, you must visit any of their local restaurants. And, of course, order Paella and Sangria! Valencia is the birthplace of his traditional Spanish dish, so there is no other place to try it. 



Now, let’s move on to Italy! As one of the most popular holiday destinations, it certainly has a lot to offer! 

  • Rome

Just like we said before, the capital city is very important to know, but there is more to it when it comes to Rome. Not only is it the most important city in Italy, but it is also one of the most important ones in the world. 

You might think that these tourist-packed places are not worth gushing over, but we urge you again and again – they are essential to see. Learn about the history, ancient times, and our world development by visiting the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, and others! 

If food was important while visiting Spain, you could only imagine how much more important it is when visiting Italy. So, pick a day and spend it in the most gorgeous places and local restaurants to try out their best authentic Italian food.

  • Venice

There is no other place in the world like Venice. So let’s look at some of the best sites here! 

Firstly, spend some time around St. Mark’s Square. Not only is it the central part of the city, but it houses St. Mark’s Cathedral, Doge Palace, and some of the very best gelato places! Ice cream in Venice is just as important as these monumental sites; believe us!

You will see all the essentials by simply walking around Venice or even riding a gondola, but make sure to stop by the Ponte di Rialto, a historic bridge holding some great stories! 

You can reach the city very quickly from the capital, but even if you decide to switch it up, just take the train from Venice to Rome and keep on enjoying Italy. Arrivederci! 



Lastly, get on the flight from Italy to Greece and end your vacation in the craziest, funniest way! 

  • Athens

There are some similarities between Rome and Athens. Both are hugely impactful on the world and are highly historically significant. So, follow the same system here and hit all of the most important sightseeing spots – once again, they are imperative to see! 

See the ancient Acropolis and its museum, Parthenon, and the National Archeological Museum to learn about Western civilization in detail. 

Once you are done with archeological treasures, enjoy the city! Of course, Athens still carries the weight of being famously ancient, but there is still plenty of fun stuff to do if you are ready to look for them! 

Acropolis in Athens
  • Mykonos

Basically, you are going from one extreme to another. For example, if Athens is known for being historically and culturally significant with multiple archeological sites, Mykonos is all about beaches, parties, and people. 

The island might be the perfect place for you to unwind after your long trip and let loose. There are great bars and beach restaurants for you to enjoy on a night out – most of them stay open till the sun comes up! 

If partying is not precisely what you want, just relax and enjoy the Mediterranean weather. The water is warm, the sand is soft, and the drinks are cold! 


There you go! Keep in mind that this itinerary is written assuming you will have the time to visit three countries. If your holiday lasts less than that, you might not be able to do that and have to switch something up. So, think about that, and enjoy whatever holiday you come up with! 

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