Visiting Europe and its magnificent cities is a dream held closely in their hearts by many, many people. If you are someone who has already visited, this list of ten cities will make you want to plan another trip very soon. Summer (June to September) is the most beautiful time in Europe when travel is at its peak. You may want to plan your trip early for cheap flight tickets.
Here we go!
1. Paris– The city of love
The French capital city is host to a number of world-famous tourist sites. Apart from the Eiffel Tower, which is a big draw, Paris is famous for its pavement cafes, gardens, and even a mesmerizing cemetery. It is one of the top cities to visit in Europe for all the right reasons.
2. London– Royally urban city
Be it the sights of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London, this city is a must-visit for its culture and diversity. A lot of people visit London for shopping, its nightlife and to sit by the beautiful Thames River. A mix of all this and more makes London one of the best cities to visit in Europe.
3. Barcelona– The Spanish Delight
Home to one of the most famous football clubs, Barcelona is one of the best cities in Europe for architecture. It attracts a large number of architecture and fashion enthusiasts every year. The city is popular for its beautiful beaches, delicious food, especially Paella and Tapas.
4. Ibiza– Party Central
With more than 30 beautiful beaches and breath-taking sunset views all-round, this island is known for its nightlife. Iconic clubs like Pacha (remember the song- 1973 by James Blunt is based on this club) are a major attraction. Art galleries and the food scene is quite vibrant as well!
5. Reykjavik– Chilling by the Pool
The northernmost capital in the world is an interesting destination for anyone who wishes to explore Icelandic culture. Swimming pools, hot-tubs and sauna are a national pastime. Believe me, the locals know how to relax in a variety of ways with the pool. A small city of barely 200,000 people, covering it by foot is a beautiful experience.
6. Rome– Get lost in time
A city with beautiful fountains, lip-smacking cuisine and mind-blowing art for connoisseurs, Rome has a little bit for every traveler’s taste. Again, a convenient city to walk around, stumble upon cafes, monuments, churches, museums, and piazzas (public squares). Not to forget the Colosseum! Though it is definitely not a part of the list of cheapest European cities, Rome has something to offer for all kinds of travelers.
7. Mallorca– The magic island
Again a part of the Balearic Islands in Spain, Mallorca is one of the best places to visit in Europe. Surely a party person’s paradise because of the happening nightlife, Mallorca is a place buzzing with banging nightlife! The island is also great for its shopping scene and culture. With the highest density of art galleries in an area, Mallorca is magical for culture enthusiasts.
8. Santorini– Greek islands
Visual treats on this island await every traveler, especially photographers! Breath-taking sunsets in the backdrop make the city’s white-washed walls look even better. It is one of the popular destinations for weddings because of the picturesque views of the sea from the water-side restaurants and smaller eateries. Water-sports are available on the island for the adventurous side of you.
9. Dubrovnik– Destination for surprises
This city in Croatia has fast established as a tourist hub with its luxury lodging, water sports, food, and wine. Its divine beaches will mesmerize you and be sure to catch the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in July & August which is rich in art, ballet, music and a lot more!
10. Lisbon– City of galleries
Portugal’s coastal capital city has a wonderful nightlife, surreal city views from atop the hilly region and otherwise. Custard tarts are tiny delicacies taken very seriously here! Great weather, good architecture and some cool places to rest your head.
Europe is a treasure trove of arts, culture, architecture and needless to say, rich in history. Plan a visit in such a way that you can enjoy a good mix of what you are inclined most towards!