Europe is an extremely gorgeous, eye-catching and numerous continent to discover; with heaps of gorgeous cities all throughout the nations. That being mentioned, there are nicely over eight hundred of the prettiest cities in Europe to go to and select from; a bamboozling alternative for anybody of us!
Through the years, we’ve visited a whole lot of European cities and needed to share a number of the very favourites that we’ve beloved. That’s to not say that there’s no more… they’re simply a few of our absolute gems you shouldn’t miss. Now, some may seem to be extra apparent spots and others might sound just a little extra unknown; however the one factor they’ve in frequent is how fairly they’re.
So, have a look beneath on the prettiest cities in Europe to go to in your subsequent journey. Have enjoyable exploring!
Among the finest-preserved Roman cities in France, Nimes is definitely one of many prettiest cities in Europe to go to when exploring the finest locations within the South of France. Though a lot smaller than another French cities, it packs a mighty punch with its attraction and sweetness.
As soon as right here, you should definitely discover the long-lasting Roman Amphitheatre of Nimes; it’s proper within the centre of town and stands proudly to today. In actual fact, it’s one of many best-preserved Amphitheatre in all of Europe. For those who’re fortunate, you may even catch a seasonal live performance that goes on throughout the Amphitheatre itself.
Oh, and don’t overlook to hop contained in the Maison Carrée. It’s thought-about the best-preserved Roman temple in all of the world! For those who’re fancying a while away from town streets, hop inside Jardin de La Fontaine – the gardens and fountains are simply gorgeous to walk round; particularly on a sunny day.
Lastly, for some nice views throughout town, head to Tour Magne a historic Roman tower that overlooks the entire area.
Truthfully, town is simply beautiful and a complete gem to go to for an extended weekend journey. Plus, it’s less expensive than a number of the more-famous South of France cities, too.
2.) Paris, France
Yeah, yeah! We’ve all heard of France and the way beautiful it’s – haven’t we? Properly, you recognize what, it’s! There are tons of fairly spots dotted all throughout town; simply making it one of many prettiest cities in Europe to go to.
Now, that’s not saying that every one of Paris is fairly! Identical to any massive metropolis, it has areas that aren’t fairly as picturesque or sought-after so it’s value planning your journey properly.
It’s an apparent alternative however you should definitely go up the Eiffel Tower; particularly at sundown. The views from listed below are breathtaking; simply you should definitely ebook your tickets upfront to keep away from the vast majority of the strains. Surprisingly, when erected, a lot of Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower… Although, I’m fairly certain most have come to like it now.
Oh, and you should definitely go to the Lourve and spot a number of the most iconic artwork in all of Europe. Yeah, you’ll even get to see Mona Lisa. Afterwards, jump over to a number of the extra distinctive little spots within the metropolis and gorge at a few of Paris’ finest markets which are throughout town.
Lastly, cease by Palais Garnier, it’s completely stunning and match for royalty! The rooms are simply unimaginable.
3.) Matera, Italy
One of many oldest, nonetheless inhabited, cities on the planet; Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage metropolis that’s too stunning to overlook. Perched within the south of Italy, Matera has an extended historical past of cave-dwellings that makes this metropolis so fairly and distinctive to discover.
As soon as right here, you should definitely examine into one of many iconic cave resorts and take a wander across the outdated metropolis itself. Vehicles aren’t allowed throughout the older a part of town (which is nice) but it surely does imply you’ll want some comfortable strolling sneakers for the cobbled streets.
Make sure you pop contained in the church buildings that line the city, too. They’re completely gorgeous and are stunning inside and outside!
We spent round 3-4 days right here and beloved it. Although, should you’re quick on time, you may attempt to discover town with a 1-night (2-day) keep.
4.) Copenhagen, Denmark
I do not know why, however I didn’t have the largest expectations earlier than visiting Copenhagen; how flawed I used to be. Copenhagen is unimaginable and simply one of many prettiest cities in Europe to go to; particularly for a weekend break!
In fact, you must see a number of the extra well-known websites and locations in Copenhagen, too. Yeah, you must spot The Little Mermaid (although, personally, this was a tiny letdown (within the literal sense)), Tivoli Gardens with its kitsch and classic rides (we beloved the wood rollercoaster) and Nyhavn! The latter is a vibrant harborfront space that’s stuffed with vibrant homes and heaps of little cafes to take pleasure in.
Oh, and don’t overlook concerning the crown jewels and the beautiful rooms in Rosenborg Fort. There’s additionally an countless stream of canals in Copenhagen, that are nice to walk round.
Within the early night, pop over to Meatpacking District and discover a number of the cooler bars and eating places that make Copenhagen a lot enjoyable. It’s received just a little little bit of one thing for everybody!
5.) Florence, Italy
Truthfully, Florence holds a lot historical past and sweetness and is definitely one of many prettiest cities in Europe to go to! Plus, you may companion this up with a wider highway journey by means of Tuscany, too.
Now, within the peak of summer time, you may discover it fairly a busy metropolis to go to; however don’t let the crowds put you off – you may nonetheless have an unimaginable time exploring town. As soon as right here, go to the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio which stand proudly within the centre of Florence.
Oh, and see the sundown (or dawn views) from Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s a few 25-minute stroll from the centre of Venice however completely value it. The views are stunning.
6.) Budapest, Hungary
For my part, Budapest is among the prettiest cities in Europe to go to when exploring the japanese fringes of the continent. Crammed with a number of the most eye-catching structure and buildings as well, it’s a metropolis that’s completely simple to go to from most of Europe by way of flight (or prepare).
Better of all, most components of Budapest are completely walkable; making it a extremely enjoyable metropolis to discover on foot. As you wander the gorgeous streets, you should definitely go to Fisherman’s Bastion (particularly at sundown for views), hop within the geothermal baths, spot the neo-gothic Parliament Constructing and cease by the Jewish Quarter for the cool little bars and eating places.
We beloved Mazel Tov for dinner; the meals was unimaginable. Oh, and don’t overlook to seize a drink in one of many metropolis’s smash bars. Our favorite was Szimpla Kert which is so kitsch and distinctive.
7.) Athens, Greece
For us, it kinda felt like a step again in time, particularly should you go to the attractive ruins in and across the metropolis centre of Athens. All throughout the hills and streets, you’ll get to cease loads of sculptures of deities, and another stonework that dates all the best way again past 400 BC. Oh, and you may’t overlook the Acropolis, too. It’s completely stunning and a one-of-a-kind place!
Plus, don’t overlook to go to Monastiraki, with its iconic flea market that may’t be missed. It holds a treasure trove of goodies that you just’ll be gagging to take house with you.
8.) Prague, Czechia
Referred to as Czechia’s capital, Prague is a completely fairly metropolis that has rather a lot to supply for us, guests. Right here, you will note Outdated City Sq. and the well-known Charles Bridge that will get very busy on the weekends.
Other than the stunning locations in Prague, one notable factor about it’s the charming ambiance that you just’ll expertise within the older components of town. It’s so beautiful.
That being mentioned, if you wish to discover inside; hop into St. Vitus Cathedral. The constructing itself is so beautiful and actually too good to overlook. I gained’t get into too many particulars, right here, however take a look at the finest locations in Prague should you’re pondering of visiting. You’ll have one of the best time.
9.) Barcelona, Spain
To be sincere, Barcelona wants little introduction, it’s one the extra well-known and prettiest cities in Europe to go to and completely well-known. That being mentioned, you may’t point out fairly cities in Europe with out mentioning this gem… so right here we’re!
As Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona might be most well-known for its stunning Gaudi buildings that line so many streets within the metropolis.
Plus, his unimaginable Sagrada Familia that’s nearly totally accomplished. It’s an iconic landmark you can’t miss within the metropolis. Other than the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona has much more to supply, too.
You’ll be able to simply go to Park Guell, the beautiful Gothic Quarter and Casa Batllo if you are within the central districts of Barcelona. For some strolling by means of town, hop onto La Rambla.. although, keep watch over your pockets on this space – it does get frequented by pickpockets at instances.
Oh, and don’t overlook about Picasso’s Museum, which can also be positioned in Barcelona. Right here, you may examine this out to see probably the most celebrated and well-liked items of Picasso which are simply so distinctive. Lastly, pop into a few of Barcelona’s finest eating places which are dotted all throughout town; you’ll be leaving stuffed. Belief me!
10.) Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Through the years, we’ve visited Amsterdam numerous instances; with every go to being utterly totally different. That is what makes town so nice; it’s large enough to be all the time altering however historic sufficient to nonetheless maintain onto its character and attraction that makes it so fairly.
In fact, you may spend hours exploring the canals, waterways and bike paths that crisscross town; however there’s a lot extra to Amsterdam that than. As an illustration, if it’s artwork you’re after, hop into the Van Gogh Museum that homes some unimaginable items which are good to see.
Oh, and don’t overlook about all of the little cafes and eclectic little eateries that line the tiny streets. We’ve discovered most by chance and, for my part, that’s a part of Amsterdam’s attraction. You could be strolling by means of the tiniest of little alleys and simply come throughout probably the most superb gem of a spot.
Regardless of the case, take a look at our information on the finest locations in Amsterdam to go to on a weekend journey! It’s a extremely enjoyable and fairly metropolis that you just actually shouldn’t miss.
11.) Ronda, Spain
Folklore has it, Ronda was as soon as a big metropolis that couldn’t cease quarrelling for a few years. Rising weary from the fixed bickering, God got here and spilt town aside. Actually! Ripping Ronda in two, town inhabitants have been separated by an enormous gorge till they may get alongside.
After a few years, town inhabitants all resolved their variations, however the big gorge nonetheless stands.
So, the now pleasant inhabitants constructed an enormous stone bridge to as soon as once more reunite town. Imagine the folklore or not, Ronda is among the prettiest cities in Europe to go to, particularly when exploring Southern Spain.
As soon as right here, you should definitely take a look at the medieval bathhouse (Baños Arabes Yacimiento) within the centre of town. It’s been round for hundreds of years and completely unimaginable should you’re within the historical past of town. Additionally, don’t overlook to see the views from the long-lasting bridge itself; it’s completely awe-inspiring and nicely value a wander round (and down by means of the gorge).
Additionally, relying on how lengthy your journey is, you may simply companion this with an extended journey to go to the Moorish Alhambra in Granada (like we did). If that’s your plan, seize tickets to enter the Alhambra earlier than you arrive. There’s an allotted quantity who can enter every day and it all the time sells out.
12.) Seville, Spain
One other Spanish gem, Seville is a treasure trove of a metropolis to go to for a 3-4 day journey. Heck, it’s nice for longer in case you have the time!
Perched throughout the province of Andalusia, Seville is among the prettiest cities in Europe to go to that’s not solely beautiful however beautiful and heat in the summertime months, too.
As soon as right here, ensure that to take a gander across the iconic Royal Alcázar that dates again centuries. Its structure is unimaginable and actually stays true to its Moorish beginnings. In fact, you must take a stroll round Plaza de España, too. The entire promenade space is simply so particular and the structure blends the various influences from round Spain.
Lastly, you should definitely take a look at the belltower (La Giralda) of Seville Cathedral. It’s a UNESCO protected website in Seville and completely stunning to see.
Oh, and don’t overlook to gorge on some carrillada, which is a braised Iberico pork that’s fairly well-liked within the metropolis.
13.) Lisbon, Portugal
Most likely my favorite metropolis in Portugal, Lisbon is just a little heap of little hilltop cities which have all been fused collectively by as soon as central space. It’s gorgeous, historic and completely fairly, particularly with all of the epic viewpoints throughout town.
After arriving on this Portuguese gem, take a while to wander the lined streets close to Santa Justa Elevator, earlier than heading up the hills to the Alfama space of Lisbon. It’s completely picturesque and nonetheless stuffed with oodles of Portuguese tiled buildings which are all so ornate.
For those who’re down close to the water, take a gander inside Torre de Belem; although be ready for just a little queue – particularly on the weekend.
Lastly, don’t overlook to devour all of the scrumptious Portuguese treats across the metropolis. There are such a lot of tasty eating places to go to that you just’ll be spoilt for alternative. Oh, and for pudding, cease by Pastéis de Belém for his or her well-known egg and cinnamon tarts. Yum!
In case you have time, pop over to close by Sintra with all its iconic palaces and castles. We spent a complete day right here and beloved it.
14.) Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is definitely one of many prettiest cities to go to in Europe; particularly should you’re in search of a historical past that dates again hundreds of years.
After arriving in bonnie Scotland, you should definitely take a look at the Royal Mile space of the Outdated City. It’s the oldest space of town and connects Edinburgh Fort (on a prehistoric volcanic bute) with Holyrood Palace (the official royal residence in Scotland). Each of which, are important to go to and delightful to see. Simply you should definitely ebook tickets upfront, as there may be sometimes allotted time constraints on the variety of guests that may enter per 15-minute intervals.
For a tasty deal with on the Royal Mile, cease by the White Horse Oyster Bar who conjures up a number of the tastiest seafood in all of Edinburgh. Simply you should definitely ebook a desk upfront; it’s a wee little restaurant that fills up quick.
Not solely that, ensure that to discover the long-lasting museums, see the views from Carlton Hill and Arthur’s Seat and discover the New City with its grid streets and lovely little outlets. It’s such an important metropolis.
15.) Tub, England
One other Roman metropolis (like Nimes in France), Tub is one completely stunning place to find. Perched within the west of England, it’s comparatively small however one of many prettiest cities to go to in Europe for a day journey or a weekend.
When you’ve settled in, you should definitely go to the Roman Baths and see how the Roman’s used to wash within the metropolis. It’s so well-preserved and doubtless one in all England’s finest Roman sights to see. Feeling peckish? Pop over to Sally Lunn’s for her unimaginable toasted buns. It’s been going because the 1600s and nonetheless going robust.
Oh, and should you fancy a dip; pop into the Thermae Spa that pumps the geothermally heated waters to the rooftop pool. It’s so beautiful, particularly should you fancy a calming out day.
Fancy exploring extra of the realm? Hire a automobile and go to the chocolate field villages of the Cotswolds which are comparatively shut by. They’re completely stunning and appear to be one thing out of a film.
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