Over the last 8,5 years of living in the UK my hubby and I have been fortunate to travel to a few places around Europe. The convenience of living in the UK is that there are so many wonderful European cities to visit easily within a 1-3 hours flight. This post is about my top 5 favourite European destinations.
Rome is like an open air museum. It is mind blowing how much history the city has. There is so much to see and do. It’s a fantastic weekend destination but if you’d prefer to pace yourself and stop to soak it all in then you could easily spend 5-7 days here. Check out the many churches, historical buildings, ruins, museums and definitely stop for some yummy gelato!
For me Venice is one of the most romantic cities I’ve ever been to. To this day I laugh about all the methods of transportation it took to get to Venice. From London we took a train to the airport, a plane to Venice, a bus from Venice airport to the city centre and then finally a boat to the hotel 🙂 Being in this amazing city surrounded by water felt almost surreal. It was definitely a dream come true visiting Venice. It’s worth getting up early in the morning if you want to get photos without too many tourists around and to experience the rare calmness of the city. We didn’t experience any “bad smells” from the water which apparently puts people off going to Venice. This may be because we went to Venice in September rather than at the height of summer…
Bruges is also known as the Venice of the North. It is another pretty and romantic city distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. We visited Bruges over New Year. It was a beautiful time of the year to visit with the fresh crispness of the winter weather and Christmassey atmosphere. It’s definitely a place I’d like to visit again but next time I’d like to experience it in summer.
Santorini was always one of my bucket list travel destinations. Growing up I used to admire pictures of the blue roof tops until last year we finally visited the island. Watching the unbelievable sunsets and seeing the stunning postcard scenery was worth the chaotic airport, millions of tourists and disorganized bus station 😉
Porto is another great weekend destination. Some highlights for me was the great food, the many cafes and restaurants along the Douro river, the beautiful train station with tile panels depicting the history of Portugal and the famous Lello book store where JK Rowling was inspired to write her Harry Potter books.
For now these are my top 5 favourite European destinations. I’d love to hear if you’ve been to any of these destinations? What are your top 5 European destinations? Please feel free to leave me a comment below.
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