The Old Continent is the cradle of the ancient world and its civilisations and is characterised by the interweaving of its different cultures over a small space of land. From the North Cape to Malta and from Ireland to Romania, Europe is distinctive for its sheer variety.
Compared with the wide-open spaces of America or Central Asia, Europe forms a complex confetti of countries. This, the smallest of all the five continents, is shared between 45 countries. Its diversity is a key asset. Its dynamic cultures, heritage and landscapes offer wonderful tourist opportunities. Northern Europe, in Germany, Scandinavia and the Benelux, is a place of rolling landscapes and modern, airy cities. Ireland and Great Britain boast lush green countryside and an inimitably ‘British’ style. Eastern Europe contributes Baroque cities and the poetic charm of its rivers, the most outstanding of which is the Danube. Mediterranean Europe, with its Greco-Roman, mediaeval and Renaissance remains, completes this picture of friendly harmony, framed by a sunny coastline.