Traveling Europe offers some of the most dense travel variety in the world, offering the fjords of Scandinavia, the cosmopolitan cities of central Europe, the temperate hotspots in the Riviera and along the Mediterranean Ocean, and the relatively untouched travel destinations in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. It is conventionally considered a continent, which, in this case, is more of a cultural distinction than a geographic one. It is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, and to the east by the Ural Mountains and the Caspian Sea (for more detailed description see Geography of Europe).
When considered a continent, Europe is the world’s second smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. In terms of population it is the third largest continent after Asia and Africa. The population of Europe is roughly 700,000,000: about 11% of the world’s population.
Note: For the purpose of this site, Russia is considered to be a part of Europe rather than Asia.