I’m probably not the only one spending about 80% of their time in lockdown dreaming about all of the places to see when we can travel normally again. I’ve compiled a list of 5 European cities to visit in 2021 (or whenever Covid-19 is finally a thing of the past!)
I’ve taken attractions, culture, cuisine, affordability and recommendations from friends/family into consideration. So I hope you enjoy reading and maybe get some inspiration for your next trip.
Prague’s been quite high on my list for a good few years. Home to supposedly the largest ancient castle in the world, who wouldn’t want to go? Construction on Prague castle began in the year 870, and has been home to former Czech Princes and Kings. Although nowadays it’s the official home and office of the President of the Czech Republic.
Along with the amazing castle, some of the other attractions include; boat tours along the Vltava River; a stroll along the Charles Bridge; the Astronomical clock; Jewish Quarter; and the Old Town Square. Prague is supposedly quite cheap, with 100 CZK equalling about £3.50, and quite a few of the attractions in Prague are free or cost very little anyway.
To give you a better idea, after a bit of research it appears that private transfers to/from the airport are about 500 CZK (£17.50); a lunch would cost on average 250 CZK (£8.70); dinners consisting of a main, drink, dessert and coffee average about 500 CZK; and a 72- hour transport pass including all bus, metro, tram come up at about 310 CZK (£10.80).
For more info on Prague, visit: https://www.prague.eu/en
This one is my Dad’s recommendation. He and my Mum love their little getaways, whether that’s a city break abroad or a stay-cation in the UK. Seville was one of their favourite breaks that they’ve had in recent years. One thing that Dad loved about it in particular was the affordability. For example, busses straight from the airport to the city centre are only about €4 which is super convenient. There’s also a really nice area of hotels and tapas bars which is roughly only 10-15 minutes walking distance away from the city centre, called La Alameda.
With so much to see and do here, you can’t help but sink into the Spanish culture. Some of the musts for your list would have to be Seville Cathedral; the Flamenco Museum; Maria Luisa Park; Plaza de Toros bullring; and all the tapas and sangria you could ever want. And who could forget that gorgeous Spanish weather?
For more info on Seville, visit: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/seville
If it hadn’t been for the beautiful autumnal coloured houses, I might have never looked further into this Norwegian city. Which is why I’m so glad I spotted a picture of them on Pinterest, or else Bergen might’ve never made it onto this list!
Bergen is referred to as the ‘Gateway to the fjords of Norway’, and I could spend hours looking at photos of these fjords because they’re just stunning. so naturally I’d love the chance to see them in person. You can choose to either push yourself and take a scenic walk up Mount Fløyen which takes approximately 5 hours, or pay 65 Krone each way (about £6, or £12 return) to take the funicular railway for a much more relaxing expedition. You’re guaranteed to be rewarded with spectacular views whichever route you take. Visiting Bergen might also be considered a bit of a detox. With all of Norway’s natural resources, Bergen has the cleanest and freshest atmosphere and water you could ask for.
For more info on Bergen, visit: https://en.visitbergen.com/
I visited Nice last year and I can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for a city that’s not too fast-paced or over-crowded. Nice is a laid-back city on the French Riviera in South-East France. It’s the ideal place for strolling along the sea front or exploring the old town.
Nice is also just a stone’s throw away from the Principality of Monaco, one of the richest counties in the Mediterranean and home to roughly only 33,000 people. The famous Monte Carlo casino and the beautiful harbour are just a 30 minute train journey away from Nice.
A couple of other things to enjoy in Nice itself might include; St Nicholas Cathedral, Place Garibaldi; Castle Hill of Nice; and Marc Chagall National Museum. If you wanted to tie a third country into this one trip, then Ventimiglia (Italy) happens to be only one hour away by public transport.
For more info on Nice, visit: https://en.nicetourisme.com/what-to-do
Gdansk is one of Europe’s spots that is yet to be discovered by mass tourism. Situated on the Baltic Coast in Northern Poland, Gdansk is home to; the European Solidarity Centre, which presents some of the history of the region; the Zuraw Port Crane, which at one point happened to be the biggest working crane in the world; and a very picturesque old town full of culture and colour.
I love exploring on foot and from what I’ve read, Gdansk is a very walk-able city where everything is roughly in the same vicinity. Although if walking isn’t your preference then there are still frequent, accessible and pretty cheap public transport options.
If you feel like exploring the nearby town of Sopot, you’re in luck! It’s only a 10-15 minute train away, and then you can experience the beach resort that is well-loved by Polish people and tourists alike. Here you can find the crooked house and Sopot lighthouse. For a small fee, you also walk along the longest wooden pier in Europe, for beautiful views of the coastline. Another potential excursion could be to Malbork Castle. This is another one of the largest castles in the world, and just under an hours train/bus ride away from Gdansk.
For more info on Gdansk, visit: https://visitgdansk.com/en/
I hope this list has given you some inspiration for your next trip. As someone who constantly lives for their next holiday, I found this post so fun to write. Hope you’re all keeping safe and well, and hopefully this will all be over soon so we can get back to our adventures. Much love, Em x
For tips on planning the perfect trip, click here: https://www.emgoingplaces.com/2020/05/planning-the-perfect-trip-6-useful-tips/