My 5 favourite cities to visit in Europe
20th January 2015
I love to travel, and it’s that time of the year when I would love nothing more than to be on a plane jetting off to do some exploring. Instead, I’m stuck in cold, wet Liverpool doing coursework and simply dreaming over my future travels.
To bring some sunshine and joy into my life, I’m going to talk about my 5 favourite cities to visit in Europe. Yes, I know, three of them are in Italy. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?!
My choices are based 50% on architecture and 50% on food – because that’s why I travel!
1. Venice, Italy
I spent less than 24 hours in Venice but instantly fell in love. There is truly nowhere else in the world quite like Venice. As you wonder the narrow streets and cross hundred of bridges you will realise that every view is picture perfect. I can’t wait to return some day and stay for much longer. There’s so many more adventures to be had.
In Venice you must: visit St Mark’s Square (especially at night), eat pizza while over looking the Rialto Bridge, and try the Nutella Ice Cream.
2. Rome, Italy
Rome is certainly one for the history lovers. I think what I love the most about Rome is the fact that urbanisation really hasn’t occurred. It’s a capital city that has manage to retain it’s heritage perfectly.
In Rome you must: visit the Colosseum and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure your future return.
3. Florence, Italy
“Italy? Again? You’ve got to be kidding me!”
Believe me, all the greatest cities in Europe are in Italy – I just haven’t visited them all yet.
I once over heard a couple saying that they were disappointed with Florence when they visited, and I had to bite my tongue. Florence is simply stunning. The architecture is beautiful and the history is fascinating. The day I visited Florence it rained, but even then I could still see it’s beauty.
In Florence you must: walk along the Ponte Vecchio and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.
4. Barcelona, Spain
I have a thing for beautiful architecture and Barcelona delivers every time. It’s a very modern city, so the buildings (like the one above) designed by Gaudí put an interesting twist on things. I genuinely think I could move to Barcelona and be quite content.
In Barcelona you must: hop on the tour bus to visit the Olympic park and Sagrada Familia.
5. Lagos, Portugal
According to the ever trustworthy Wiki, Lagos is a city, so we will go with that.
I’ve stayed in Lagos 9 times and had visited the city twice before that. In fact, it feels like a second home to.
If you want to see the true Algarve, Lagos is a must visit. It’s a great example of a city on the Algave that hasn’t been completely altered by the tourism industry. It managed to retain so much of it’s tradition and character while keeping the tourists entertained. Whether you are a fan of lazing on the beach all day, or exploring the walled town, Lagos has something for everyone.
In Lagos you must: take a boat trip around the grottos and eat at a restaurant called Adega de Marina.
What’s your favourite city to visit?