When summer comes, we always ask ourselves the same question: sun and beach or cultural tourism? The answer to this question can only be chosen by you. It is true that you can organize your vacations enjoying both pleasure and knowledge, but are you going to miss enjoying the magic that Europe can offer you? In this continent there are many cities capable of offering you the charm that others on the other side of the Atlantic cannot. That is why you should not always choose between going to the beach or sight-seeing a city, in Europe you can do both things whilst spending an exciting holiday.
In this post we are going to talk about the different European cities that are worth knowing and if you still do not know where to go this summer, we will make it easier for you!
Visit the charms of Rome
If you want to enjoy la dolce Vita, without a doubt you are going to have a spectacular summer in one of the most touristic cities. In Rome you will find thousands of historical corners all around the city, from Roman Forum and the Coliseum to glamorous boutiques near Spanish steps, also known as Piazza Spagna, passing by wonders such as Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s frescos, Trevi Fountain, or Piazza Navona. Rome is a dreamy destination where to go in holiday due to its wide cultural offer, Mediterranean weather and proximity to some Italian beaches.
Enjoy the Venice channels
Traveling in gondolas surrounded by charming and delighting architectonical masterpieces in the iconic city is a perfect idea of where to go in holidays. You could stare at the magnificent Piazza San Marco where the impressive and outstanding Byzantine St Mark’s basilica stands. If you are an art-lover, you will be amazed by the artwork of Italian masters such as Titian, Tintoretto or contemporary 20th century artworks in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Do not forget to take a trip on board a vaporetto down the Grand Canal and Slip on a Venetian carnival mask.
Fall in love with Florence
Florence is waiting for you, it will gift you with impressive museums, Renaissance views, cafés, nightlife and cultural ambiance. Let yourself be surrounded by the artistic atmosphere around the city, where you can be close to Uffizi’s treasures, and Botticelli’s paintings such as “The birth of Venus”, take a look at Michelangelo’s David’s perfect figure, gaze one of the most gorgeous skylines, be at the top of the Duomo, taste the delicious Toscana gastronomy and the best ice-creams in the world. And if you still miss a splash, you may swim in the outdoor urban beach, Costoli.
Discover the charms of Madrid
The Spanish capital offers a huge variety of different activities to do from cultural itineraries to the funniest nightlife, remembering La Movida. You can explore the museums and galleries to contemplate masterpieces of the history of art. The Prado museum, Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and CaixaForum are the “musts” of the artistic panorama. You can be delighted by the beautiful parks like Casa de Campo, Madrid Arena, El Retiro, El Palacio Real, Debod Temple; where you will relax and enjoy the sun. We also recommend you to attend one of the many musicals and plays on stage in the emblematic theatres such as “Teatro Alcalá”.
Tan your skin in Gran Canaria
If you were wondering where to go on holidays to enjoy the beach and the sun, Gran Canaria is the ideal spot for you. With the best weather in the world and more sunlight hours per day, the island is a perfect destination for you to spend your beach vacation. You can also visit some of the many natural parks, ride camels in the Maspalomas dunes, discover the captivating towns, practice water sport, taste delicious wines, and ogle cultural spots in the historical center. Gran Canaria is the ideal location to spend your summer holidays in family with children, with your partner and your friends.
Live the colors of Seville
It is said that Seville has a special color. The two most important dates to go to Seville are Easter and the April Fair, when you could enjoy the colorful and flowery balconies of the traditional houses. However, Seville is at your disposal any time of the year. There you can visit Plaza de España, Real Alcázar, and the immense Gothic Cathedral with the Giralda, María Luisa Park and the Metropol Parasol. Do not miss the typical tapas and sangria in the picturesque neighborhood of Triana.
Bathe in the crystalline water of Menorca
The Balearic Island is surrounded by the turquoise water of the Mediterranean Sea, where a wide biodiversity inhabits. The island hosts infinite sandy beaches and attractive landscapes. In the island you could lay on the warm sand of the small idyllic bays such as Pregonda or Cala Mitjaneta, where you can also do water sport such as snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, or kite-surfing; visit monuments such as the Cathedrall in Ciutadella, and savor the Mediterranean gastronomy.
Visit the city of love; Paris
Paris is one of the most fascinating places where to go on holidays because of its cultural and inspiring atmosphere. It has been setting of multiple movies, you can also be part of the Parisian scene and be mesmerized by its impressionist-like settings such as The Orsay Museum, which hosts artworks of Cézanne, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Gaugin, among others; or the Louvre where to stare the Mona Lisa, The Venus del Milo, Hammurabi code, or the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and many more masterpieces. Besides the dozens of museum and galleries you can visit, you can also wonder around the quarters, the streets and the gardens such as the Luxembourg garden. You can also walk on the Seine river-side at night while you sip on a French wine under the lights of the city and live a romantic serenade.
Know the secrets of the streets of Marseille
This gorgeous Mediterranean city in the South of the France fits the most exigent demands with its wide offer of cultural thing to do and magnificent beaches. You can visit the impressive and beautiful Notre Dame de la Garde Church, The eclectic MuCEM, wonder around Le Panier neighborhood and Port, castles around the city, and the coast Calanques which is a lovely beach where to relax, do kayak and explore the cliffs.
Cycle through the city of Amsterdam
Hop on a bike and ride the entire city. You will encounter art in the Jordaan neighborhood, culture in the Museum plein that homes the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, the lovely tulip-flowery bridges over the channels, and a huge variety of independent-mood festivals and markets. You should not miss it.
Enjoy the landscapes of Lisbon
If you are looking for a quiet and unique destination where to go for a cheap holidays, Lisbon is a lovely and beautiful city that has nothing to be envious of the rest of the European capitals. Among the many things to do in Lisbon, we suggest you take the tram to sightsee thee city, walk around the Alfama neighborhood from where you will get amazed by the landmark, or the historic Belem that hosts the city’s most important museums and monuments, also reach to the colorful Sintra. You won’t regret it!
Visit a paradise in Mykonos
A paradise where to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea breeze, sun and good weather, but also where to soak up on the Greek culture. You will have fun in the Little Venice, with its nightlife, restaurants, and shopping spots in a beautiful setting. You will get delighted by the archeological monuments in Delos islands; overlook the windmills, and get fascinated by the simply beauty of the sunset behind the Paraportiani Church. An unforgettable holiday!
Find magic in the streets of Prague
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city that seemed to be taken straight out from a fairytale and still exits today. It was called Prague. With its breath-taking Castle, St Vitus Cathedrals and Charles Bridge, it is the ideal setting for a magical tale. You can also get amazed with the charming Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Old Jewish neighborhood, and the grounds of the mysterious Golden Lane. Do not forget to get lost in the backstreets of Mala Strana and navigate the Vltava.
Have you already chosen a destination for this vacation? Undoubtedly all these European cities contain many secrets and are worth discovering. Decide to enjoy the sea or a safe city that you will spend a holiday full of emotion and know many new things.
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