Most people this summer will be heading for the nearest beach or jetting off to some sun-kissed destination where they can simply lie by a pool and soak up the rays. For those of you who would like some excitement and culture to go with your rest and relaxation though, there are plenty of places in Europe that can satisfy your wanderlust. Here are the top three…
People who think of a break to sunny Spain usually think of Barcelona or Madrid, but Valencia is not only a beautiful city, it’s right on the coast. Sun-seekers will still be able to top up their tans in between taking part in the many activities this cosmopolitan city has to offer.
If you prefer to bath in culture rather than sunshine, you won’t be short of attractions here. Why not start with the City of Arts and Sciences; this stunning piece of modern architecture is devoted to science and culture, and is also home to the famous Oceanográfico, the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species. You can find out more about it by clicking here.
Then you can head over to the Mercado Central. Originally built in 1914, these markets have been fully restored, and you’ll be able to peruse their 1,000 stalls and pick up a picnic.
Even if you’ve never been to Rome, hearsay will have told you what an incredible city this is. In fact, you’ll probably have to come back for multiple trips just to take it all in. Start off your cultural tour by visiting the iconic gladiatorial battle arena of the Colosseum, and then make your way to the Pantheon, to explore the ancient church and tombs.
If you’d like to shop ‘til you drop, you’ll be able to stop for a rest and some delicious locally-made gelato by the 18th century Trevi Fountain, or in the Piazza Navona – a beautiful square and fountain with plenty of bars and cafes. Finally, what better way to spend your trip to the motherland of opera than indulging in some yourself. You’ll be able to find the full itinerary of showings by visiting www.romeoperatickets.com.
The elaborate buildings of Berlin are sure to leave you stunned on your city break here. From the imposing Brandenburg Gate and the rolling grounds of Charlottenburg Palace, to the priceless ancient artworks and antiquities held at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin is filled with hidden treasures.
Who could forget to visit the Berlin Wall too? Make sure you check out the East Side Gallery though – an entire section of the Wall dedicated to street art! Rich in history and culture, there’s still even something for animal-lovers – head to the Berlin Zoological Garden for a memorable experience at the most species-rich zoo in the world.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to the top three city breaks in Europe. Are you heading out on a city break this year? I’d love to hear where you’re going so please leave a comment.