10 European cities we can’t wait to visit once travel resumes

03 July 2020

Just like you, we’re itching to get back out there. Back to exploring new cities, indulging in new dishes, embracing different cultures and encountering life-changing experiences. Now that travel is resuming, we can’t help but dream of the ten European cities we're most excited to visit when each of them are deemed safe to do so. 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Located in an exclave of Croatia overlooking the calm blue Adriatic Sea, this magnificent walled city combines coastal beauty with an enchanting pedestrian-only old town to create a unique experience. It is where the elegant baroque buildings, wine bars and incredible restaurants are dotted along the maze of these white limestone streets.

Walk along the ancient city walls and look across the city’s terracotta rooftops and see the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, spot familiar sites from the popular television series, Game of Thrones, which had filmed many of its scenes in Dubrovnik, and take the cable car up Mount Srd to enjoy dinner with view.

Nice, France

Situated on a prime stretch of the French Riviera, Nice offers a blend of a coastal seaside resort and the opulence of a cosmopolitan European city. Stroll along the golden sands and turquoise waters of the Promenade des Anglais, climb high above the Nice coastline where Castle Hill Park resides or marvel at the charming pastel-coloured building and cobbled streets of Vieux Nice - whatever your idea for a holiday, this delightful city offers it all.

And if Nice itself isn’t enough to whet your appetite, the famous casino and luxury yachts of Monaco are just a short train ride away.

Lisbon, Portugal

This capital city continues to sit at the top of itineraries – and it’s not hard to see why. An alluring city set along the banks of the River Tagus, this colourful and

vibrant Atlantic port winds upward among several steep hills, forming an enchanting destination of phenomenal lookout points, a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, quaint shops and cosy restaurants.

 

Gothenburg, Sweden

A city renowned for its canals and leafy boulevards, this charming and laid-back city is often overshadowed by the capital, Stockholm. Home to Michelin-star restaurants, a sophisticated bar culture, picturesque architecture and renowned galleries, Gothenburg maintains a small city feel while still offering plenty of things to see and do.

Treat your kids to thrills at Liseberg amusement park, buy seafood at the iconic Feskekôrka fish market or taste giant cinnamon buns at bakeries on trendy Haga Nygata street.

Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy

If you’re yearning for glittering seas, bright white sands, and the glamour of super yachts and jet-setters, head to the breathtakingly beautiful Costa Smeralda. Named the Emerald Coast because of the exquisite blue-green shimmer of the sea, this stretch of coastline on Sardinia’s north-east coast offers dazzling beaches, rugged landscapes with wild herbs, and luxury dining and shopping.

Athens, Greece

Known as the birthplace of democracy, there are few cities on Earth which can boast the kind of history Athens has. It’s a city that mixes ancient history with unrivalled charm, attracting visitors with its cobbled streets, buzzing restaurants and bars, and ancient sites.

Take in the highlights such as the iconic Acropolis and Parthenon, ancient Agora and the National Archaeological Museum, but not before you leave yourself time to wander the colourful streets of Plaka, filled with charming taverns and gorgeous coffee shops, or soak up the atmosphere of Anafiotika which feels like you’ve been whisked away to one of the many Greek Islands.

Hamburg, Germany

From fascinating historical architecture to striking futuristic buildings, Hamburg stakes its claim as the most eye-catching location in Deutschland. As you stroll over its many bridges, dine at world-class restaurants that line the riverbank, marvel at stunning art and naval memorabilia in their many museums and listen to the cries of gulls around the major port, you can’t escape Hamburg’s maritime atmosphere for long.    

Hamburg is the epitome of class, and nowhere exemplifies this better than Speicherstadt – its warehouse district. Built on timber-pile foundations, the UNESCO-listed red brick buildings are beautiful by day and shine with light at night, offering up great photo opportunities – so don’t forget your camera!

Barcelona, Spain

Can’t decide between a city break or a few days spent lying in the sand? Visit Barcelona and you can do both! Grab a picnic and don’t forget the sun cream – Barcelona has over two miles (4.2km) of golden sandy beaches for some slow-paced lazing.

These stunning beaches are only 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre where you’ll find dark Gothic facades next to the skyline-piercing constructions of the La Sagrada Familia, lively shopping and a wold-class drinking and dining scene where you can indulge in traditional Catalan cooking or Basque-style tapas.

Zurich, Switzerland

The largest city in Switzerland lies on the shores of Lake Zurich. Considered the social and cultural hub of the country, this pastel-coloured dream boasts winding lanes of the Old Town, charming shop fronts and a culturally vibrant atmosphere.

When visitors get tired of shopping along Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s world-renowned shopping boulevard, they can take a scenic boat ride along Lake Zurich, rent a bike and enjoy the city on two wheels, or go hiking in the woodlands of the famous Swiss mountains that are only a short distance away.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, the city of music, art, culture and fine food is the beating heart of Europe. Steeped in culture and grandeur, walk the symmetrical streets of Innere Strat and pass the grandouse St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, hop on board the tram circling Vienna’s Ringstrasse – a beautiful boulevard home to some of Vienna’s best-known sights. If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, try a glass of locally produced wine at Mayer am Nussberg, an open-air wine bar that sits among the vineyards with a gorgeous view of Vienna.

 

To speak to your Travel Counsellor about planning your future trip to one of the destinations that we are looking forward to visiting once travel resumes, get in touch today and they’ll be happy to help.

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