If there’s one thing that we all love it is a holiday or city-break. These trips allow us to re-charge our batteries from everyday life and experience new things. Sometimes though, it can be hard to think of new places to go or destinations that not everyone has discovered yet. This should not be an issue in Europe though as it has many fine cities to pay a call too. The long and varied history of the continent means that there are many fine places to check in at and enjoy the culture.
Here’s ten of the most amazing cities in Europe to have some fun in:
10 – Porto, Portugal
Porto is something of a hidden secret within Portugal as many flock to its more famous neighbour, Lisbon. However, there is something about Porto that demands a visit if you haven’t already been. The buildings will enchant you with their pastel paint scheme while the new harbour is perfect to watch the sun go down at. Well-located within Europe, it is handy enough to hop over for a few days if that’s all you can manage.
The food and drink here are fantastic especially the local Portuguese win produced from the nearby Douro valley. They still make the wine the old-fashioned way here, by trampling underfoot, and that is said to make it taste better. A visit to Porto will be one you will love so why not add it to your ‘To Visit’ list?
09 – Tallinn, Estonia
Located in the Eastern European country of Estonia, Tallinn is a quaint and charming place to visit. The old medieval town is simply superb to wander around with its winding streets and beautiful architecture. There are many shops there also so you will be able to pick up a few genuine local souvenirs to take back home with you. The many bars and restaurants also add to the atmosphere especially when the sun goes down.
With its friendly local’s ready to make sure your stay is a great one, Tallinn has a pace of life and laidback appeal that makes it great for a city break. If you have never been, it is definitely worth trying out. One word of warning though – don’t go in the height of summer when many stag and hen parties do!
08 – Bruges, Belgium
Once not that well-visited as a destination, many have discovered this cities charm since the 2008 film, In Bruges. Those who did decide to make the trip after that film were not disappointed though! Dubbed ‘The Venice of the North’, it has many canals that you can sit by or talk a relaxing stroll along.
As well as this, it has a quaint old world feel to it thanks to the cobbled street and historic architecture. Home to Michelangelo’s ‘Madonna and Child’ painting, it gives visitors a real cultural experience that they will treasure. Not as busy as more famous Belgian cities such as Brussels, this is one place you will love to stay in.
07 – Valencia, Spain
There are many wonderful places to visit in Spain. Obviously, Barcelona is one but that has been talked about on many lists to date. If you fancy something different, why not try stunning Valencia? It has the same sunny climate as the rest of Spain and is home to many museums as well as art galleries. This makes it the ideal spot for the culture vultures who like to spend their time looking at art or ancient artefacts.
Home to a stunning cathedral also, the winding streets are a pleasure to walk around and spend a few hours enjoying the Spanish sun in. This really does deserve more of a high profile when it comes to cities in Spain to visit – try it today and you’ll soon see why.
06 – Gothenburg, Sweden
Moving into Scandinavia, we have the awesome city of Gothenburg. This is a particularly great place for the more lively traveller who may want lots of things to see and do – especially at night-time. The many bars mean you will always be sure of a great time when you head out here. Be careful though – alcohol prices in Sweden are pricy!
A university city, the rich history of Education permeates the area and gives it a regal, intellectual feel. It is also well-known for hosting music and film festivals so if this is your thing then get yourself out there. If you go in summer it won’t even be that cold – it is the winter time when this part of the world can be freezing!
05 – Budapest, Hungary
Found on the banks of the famous River Danube, this lively city is one that some tourists never get around to seeing. That is a real shame as it has so many things to recommend it! One of the must-see sights is the neo-Gothic parliament building which sits resplendent in the city. The best area to visit when in town is the Castle district as that is where all the action is.
As you would expect, the River Danube is amazing and a stroll along the banks is one that you will not forget in a hurry. The great food and friendly locals all help to make this a destination that you will return to time and again.
04 – Copenhagen, Denmark
The roots of this city can be traced back to its time as a Viking fishing village. Since then it has grown into one of the most bustling and cosmopolitan places in Europe. A real bonus of visiting here is the many beaches that surround the city which are perfect come the summer time to relax on.
With great architecture, Copenhagen is a pleasure to stroll around and take in all the city has to offer. There are also lots of great hotels to stay in when you’re here which allows you to fully recharge in luxury after a hard day’s sight-seeing. If you have never been to this part of the world, you won’t be disappointed!
03 – Verona, Italy
If there are any Shakespeare fans reading, this is the city for you! The Bard set one of his most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet, here due to its romantic ambience. In fact, this is a great place to visit for any couples wanting a romantic get-away – the sweet nature of the place will soon have you falling in love all over again!
Not as busy as more famous neighbour Rome, it offers a more relaxed approach to Italian life. With plenty of bars and restaurants to try the fabulous food at, you will always have something to do here. One of the most popular attractions is the famous ‘Juliet Balcony’ which some say is the actual one she called her lover Romeo from.
02 – Paris, France
When it comes to the top places on our list, the big-hitters have to win out again I’m afraid. Although it’s no hidden gem, Paris is still a gem! Known worldwide as ‘The City of Love’, there is just something in the air here that is magical. When you add in all the famous sights to see such as the Eiffel Tower and L’Arc de Triomphe , it is easy to see why so many people flock here.
If you like looking around museums then the fabulous Louvre gallery houses many fine treasures that you will love to browse among. The food is sensational as is the wine so it really is almost perfect in what it has to offer.
01 – Rome, Italy
Vying with Paris for top spot is this beautiful city in Italy. Equally well-known for its air of romance and love, this is a great holiday spot for couples. The tasty Italian cuisine will mean you can spend many hours here, dining and enjoying each other’s company. As with Paris, there are many things to see and do here also.
The most famous spots such as the Trevi Fountain or Colosseum are very popular but it has many hidden gems like small churches that will blow you away. Easy to get to, Rome is best enjoyed in the summer with a glass of wine and some gelato!
Europe as a continent is blessed with many fine cities and these ten are the best ones you can visit. They all give a superb blend of romance, action and sight-seeing which is sure to appeal to all. If you haven’t been on holiday this year yet, why not try one of these places the next time you do?