French revolutions, Spanish conquests, Greek mythology and the Italian renaissance-you have read them all in books. This is the rich history that attracts millions of people to Europe every year. Besides the history, these popular cities in Europe have a lot more to offer. Europe is an all-year-round travel destination. You can visit different corners of the continent any time you wish based on your interests and preferences. But generally, the best time to visit Europe is in May, June and December when the weather is convenient, prices are low and crowds are smaller.
Europe has dozens of vibrant cities known for amazing nightlife, museums, restaurants, and architecture. In fact, many people face challenges deciding on the best city to travel to. The good news is that once you visit the first city, traveling to the next one will be a lot easier. Here are the top five cities in Europe that you should consider visiting this year.
1. Rome, Italy
If you are planning for a trip to Italy, there are high chances that you will fly in and out of Rome. This is one of the dream destinations in the world, thanks to its old Roman Empire, impeccable architecture and unique fountains. Rome is also the capital of all Catholic churches in the world. Beauty is in each corner of the city, making it one of the best travel destinations in Europe. The two main popular attractions in Rome are the Vatican City and the Colosseum.
2. Barcelona, Spain
There is no denying the fact that everyone loves Barcelona. But you can even feel more love for the city once you visit. Barcelona is a sweetheart to many due to its colourful Ramblas, the Castellers, traditional dancing and many more! Barcelona is also unique for its delicious fresh seafood. You can enjoy tons of fresh lobsters, prawns, squid ring and octopus’ legs. The most popular destinations in the city are Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia monument and Picasso Museum.
3. Athens, Greece
Athens is one of the few ancient cities that we currently have. If you have been to the city during the high tourist season, you will try to come up with just a single reason why you should visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, The Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus, Archaeological Museum of Athens and The Athenian Trilogy. Just one look at the Parthenon is a clear reminder of the rich history that the city has. The city may be ancient, but it is also full of modern life. Athens has a thriving nightlife and plenty of cafes. Visitors can explore the different places in the city, including Athena’s temple, the ancient landmarks of the Acropolis, Theatre of Dionysus among other places.
4. Istanbul, Turkey
‘Istanbul is where east meets west or vice versa’
The city has been in the books of history for more than 2,500 years. Istanbul is full of culture, traditions, vibrant nightlife, amazing landmarks and breathtaking views. It was the capital of four empires, and the remains of all the empires can still be witnessed today. Despite its age, the cultural heritage of the city is still intact. Besides the renowned places like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, blue mosque and the grand bazaar, there are also less known but very beautiful places to visit, like the Galata Tower, Basilica Cistern, and numerous ancient churches. The city is also situated in a unique geographical location where the best nightlife venues are located on rooftops, giving you a view of the brilliant skyline.
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
There are hundreds of reasons why you should consider visiting Amsterdam this year. Besides the museums and canals, the city also has magnificent infrastructure. Droog is among the famous designs found in Amsterdam. The city is almost a thousand years old, which means that most of the buildings here are ancient and rich in culture. Both modern and contemporary art is also represented in the city. Despite being urbanized, Amsterdam is also one of the greenest cities in Europe. There is a park is almost every neighbourhood, and the city centre is not an exception, with a number of green belts including Plantage, Westerpark and Vondelpark. Some of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam include the Van Gogh museum, Red Light District and Ann Franks House.