It’s the start of the year and, full of positivity, people are already looking ahead at the places they’d like to go and the cities they’d like to photograph. If you’re one of them, and you’d like a few ideas to help you in your quest for the perfect city break, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top five European cities that will give culture lovers the ideal holiday.
1. Athens, Greece.
As the birthplace of democracy, dramatic theatre and some of the world’s greatest philosophers, Athens is a bucket-list destination for any traveller. This is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a history stretching back 3,500 years, so you’ll find plenty of archaeological sites and ruins to occupy your time. But let’s not forget that this is now a thriving modern city too, with a growing art scene, and in the evening, head to a cool roof-top bar and explore its exciting nightlife.
2. Rome, Italy.
Who could possibly miss out Rome on a list of cultural cities? From temple ruins to huge museums with sprawling gardens, and with attractions like the Colosseum, Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica on your doorstep, I don’t think you’ll find a spare moment if you intend to make the most of your stay in Rome. If you’re planning on visiting the famous Teatro Costanzi opera house for an aria or two, just make sure you buy your tickets online in advance from Rome Opera Tickets, to avoid missing out.
3. Gdansk, Poland.
If it’s quaint architecture that takes your fancy instead, then the medieval walkways of Gdansk in Poland will suit you down to the ground. The Old Town’s patrician houses have brightly-coloured red roofs that are practically Instagram-ready, while the Young City has stunning, sandy beaches and plenty of parks to take an evening stroll around. From the Oliwa Cathedral to the huge, Gothic expanse of St Mary’s church, Gdansk is a photographer’s dream.
4. Stockholm, Sweden.
For those of you who prefer things contemporary, Stockholm should be next on your list of destinations. Stylish, sleek and chic, there are many art museums and examples of trendy architecture that draw the eye, as well as cool restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Plus, it’s the centre of the universe right now for fashion, technology, design, film and even gaming. Of course, if you’d like to spend a day or two taking a tour of the castles and other medieval wonders that litter this beautiful city, you won’t be disappointed there either.
5. Lisbon, Portugal.
Lisbon is the perfect place if you’re looking for rest and relaxation. Start off by enjoying the many historical sites such as Lisbon Cathedral, the palace ruins and archaeological museum of 11th century São Jorge Castle, and the imposing gothic walls of Jerónimos Monastery. Then, take a tour around the many parks and manicured gardens, golden beaches and walk along the front of the River Tagus.
Where are you heading this year?
This was a collaborative post with ‘New Edge PR’.