Europe is an extremely beautiful, eye-catching and various continent to discover; with heaps of lovely cities all throughout the international locations. 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 few of the very favourites that we’ve cherished. 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 appear to be extra apparent spots and others may appear a bit of extra unknown; however the one factor they’ve in widespread 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 best-preserved Roman cities in France, Nimes is well 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 appeal and sweetness.
As soon as right here, make sure to discover the long-lasting Roman Amphitheatre of Nimes; it’s proper within the centre of town and stands proudly to this present day. The truth is, it’s one of many best-preserved Amphitheatre in all of Europe. In the event you’re fortunate, you may even catch a seasonal live performance that goes on inside the Amphitheatre itself.
Oh, and don’t neglect to hop contained in the Maison Carrée. It’s thought-about the best-preserved Roman temple in all of the world! In the event you’re fancying a while away from town streets, hop inside Jardin de La Fontaine – the gardens and fountains are simply beautiful 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 attractive and a complete gem to go to for an extended weekend journey. Plus, it’s less expensive than a few of the more-famous South of France cities, too.
2.) Paris, France
Yeah, yeah! We’ve all heard of France and the way attractive it’s – haven’t we? Effectively, you already know 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 each one of Paris is fairly! Similar to any giant 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 make sure to go up the Eiffel Tower; particularly at sundown. The views from listed below are breathtaking; simply make sure to e-book your tickets upfront to keep away from nearly all of the traces. Surprisingly, when erected, numerous Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower… Although, I’m fairly positive most have come to like it now.
Oh, and make sure to go to the Lourve and spot a few of the most iconic artwork in all of Europe. Yeah, you’ll even get to see Mona Lisa. Afterwards, jump over to a few 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 unbelievable.
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, make sure to verify into one of many iconic cave inns and take a wander across the outdated metropolis itself. Automobiles aren’t allowed inside the older a part of town (which is nice) but it surely does imply you’ll want some comfortable strolling footwear for the cobbled streets.
Make sure you pop contained in the church buildings that line the city, too. They’re completely beautiful and are stunning in and out!
We spent round 3-4 days right here and cherished 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 don’t know why, however I didn’t have the largest expectations earlier than visiting Copenhagen; how incorrect I used to be. Copenhagen is unbelievable and simply one of many prettiest cities in Europe to go to; particularly for a weekend break!
After all, you must see a few 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 cherished 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 neglect concerning the crown jewels and the attractive rooms in Rosenborg Fort. There’s additionally an limitless stream of canals in Copenhagen, that are nice to walk round.
Within the early night, pop over to Meatpacking District and discover a few of the cooler bars and eating places that make Copenhagen a lot enjoyable. It’s received a bit of little bit of one thing for everybody!
5.) Florence, Italy
Truthfully, Florence holds a lot historical past and sweetness and is well one of many prettiest cities in Europe to go to! Plus, you may accomplice 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 unbelievable 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
In my view, Budapest is likely one of the prettiest cities in Europe to go to when exploring the japanese fringes of the continent. Full of a few of the most eye-catching structure and buildings in addition, it’s a metropolis that’s completely simple to go to from most of Europe by way of flight (or practice).
Better of all, most elements of Budapest are completely walkable; making it a extremely enjoyable metropolis to discover on foot. As you wander the beautiful streets, make sure to 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 cherished Mazel Tov for dinner; the meals was unbelievable. Oh, and don’t neglect to seize a drink in one of many metropolis’s break 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 gorgeous 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 neglect the Acropolis, too. It’s completely stunning and a one-of-a-kind place!
Plus, don’t neglect to go to Monastiraki, with its iconic flea market that may’t be missed. It holds a treasure trove of goodies that you simply’ll be gagging to take residence with you.
8.) Prague, Czechia
Often known 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 Previous City Sq. and the well-known Charles Bridge that will get very busy on the weekends.
Apart from the stunning locations in Prague, one notable factor about it’s the charming ambiance that you simply’ll expertise within the older elements 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 attractive and actually too good to overlook. I received’t get into too many particulars, right here, however take a look at the finest locations in Prague should you’re considering of visiting. You’ll have the most effective 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 unbelievable Sagrada Familia that’s virtually absolutely accomplished. It’s an iconic landmark that you would be able to’t miss within the metropolis. Apart from the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona has much more to supply, too.
You possibly can simply go to Park Guell, the attractive 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 neglect about Picasso’s Museum, which can be positioned in Barcelona. Right here, you may verify this out to see essentially the most celebrated and common 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 appeal that makes it so fairly.
After all, 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 example, if it’s artwork you’re after, hop into the Van Gogh Museum that homes some unbelievable items which are sensible to see.
Oh, and don’t neglect about all of the little cafes and eclectic little eateries that line the tiny streets. We’ve discovered most by chance and, in my view, that’s a part of Amsterdam’s appeal. You will be strolling by means of the tiniest of little alleys and simply come throughout essentially the most wonderful 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 simply 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 had been separated by an enormous gorge till they might 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. Consider the folklore or not, Ronda is likely one of the prettiest cities in Europe to go to, particularly when exploring Southern Spain.
As soon as right here, make sure to 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 unbelievable should you’re within the historical past of town. Additionally, don’t neglect 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 accomplice 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 if in case you have the time!
Perched inside the province of Andalusia, Seville is likely one of the prettiest cities in Europe to go to that’s not solely attractive however beautiful and heat in the summertime months, too.
As soon as right here, be sure that to take a gander across the iconic Royal Alcázar that dates again centuries. Its structure is unbelievable and actually stays true to its Moorish beginnings. After all, 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, make sure to take a look at the belltower (La Giralda) of Seville Cathedral. It’s a UNESCO protected web site in Seville and completely stunning to see.
Oh, and don’t neglect to gorge on some carrillada, which is a braised Iberico pork that’s fairly common within the metropolis.
13.) Lisbon, Portugal
In all probability my favorite metropolis in Portugal, Lisbon is a bit of heap of little hilltop cities which have all been fused collectively by as soon as central space. It’s beautiful, 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.
In the event you’re down close to the water, take a gander inside Torre de Belem; although be ready for a bit of queue – particularly on the weekend.
Lastly, don’t neglect 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 simply’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!
If in case you have time, pop over to close by Sintra with all its iconic palaces and castles. We spent an entire day right here and cherished it.
14.) Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is well one of many prettiest cities to go to in Europe; particularly should you’re on the lookout for a historical past that dates again 1000’s of years.
After arriving in bonnie Scotland, make sure to take a look at the Royal Mile space of the Previous 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 exquisite to see. Simply make sure to e-book tickets upfront, as there may be usually 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 few of the tastiest seafood in all of Edinburgh. Simply make sure to e-book a desk upfront; it’s a wee little restaurant that fills up quick.
Not solely that, be sure 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 beautiful little retailers. It’s such a fantastic metropolis.
15.) Bathtub, England
One other Roman metropolis (like Nimes in France), Bathtub 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, make sure to go to the Roman Baths and see how the Roman’s used to wash within the metropolis. It’s so well-preserved and possibly one in all England’s finest Roman sights to see. Feeling peckish? Pop over to Sally Lunn’s for her unbelievable toasted buns. It’s been going for the reason that 1600s and nonetheless going sturdy.
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 relaxing out day.
Fancy exploring extra of the realm? Hire a automotive and go to the chocolate field villages of the Cotswolds which are comparatively shut by. They’re completely stunning and seem like one thing out of a film.
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