Rick Steves' Europe / Travel & Leisure

The Peloponnese: Greece's unspoiled escape

While most travelers to Greece head for the islands, I head for the hills -- the mountains and valleys of the Peloponnese. Start with the Mani Peninsula -- the southern tip of the Peloponnese -- empty and wild like a landscape in a Hollywood ...

Travel as a political act

The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. Get out of your comfort zone: Choose Managua over Mazatlan or Turkey over Greece.

Romantic Europe: Places in the heart

I love it when I convince people to engage with the Europe I show them. Recently I heard from someone who took his girlfriend on one of my recommended hikes near Muerren, Switzerland. Love is in bloom all over Europe.

Europe's smart harborfront makeovers

If there's an industrial wasteland where a great European city hits the water -- London, Berlin, Amsterdam, you name it -- it's slated for a major makeover. My pick for one of Europe's most impressive urban overhauls is London's Docklands.