Falling in love with Tallinn is pretty easy. Boasting one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Europe, its old town has bags of fairytale charm. However, since breaking free from the Soviet Union in 1991 the Estonian capital has garnered some cultural clout. And it’s this mix of old and new that makes the city so special.
Frankfurt is Germany’s fourth most-visited city. However, the financial capital rarely appears on travel blogs, and none of my friends or family have ever visited.
With its rattling yellow trams and colourful, cobbled streets, it’s not hard to see why Lisbon has become one of Europe’s prime tourism destinations. Perhaps it’s the sea air, the laidback vibe or the beautiful scenery, but there’s something about the Portuguese capital that simply gets under your skin.
And, although the area in the North East of Europe won’t be replacing the likes of Spain or Portugal as an archetypal summer location any time soon, what we found their left us pleasantly surprised.
Not fully Scandinavian, but not Eastern either, Helsinki has its own unique vibe. And, what’s more, visitors can easily sample the city over the course of a weekend.
Being the third biggest city in Spain, there’s plenty to see and do in Valencia. But, if 24 hours is all your schedule will allow, don’t despair! Here’s how we got to grips with the amazing city in just one day.
I’d been to Spain a lot when I was younger. Mainly on those package holidays most people I know did in the nineties. And while I’d always enjoyed my time there, in recent years I’d written off large swathes of the country, which I thought were overly-resorty and, well, full of English tourists. However, I’ve recently been lucky enough to see a different side of this magical Mediterranean country.
I have a confession. I’d never really heard of Montenegro until a few years ago. The passing mention of the former Yugoslavian country on Eurovision each year was perhaps as far as my awareness stretched. But, my God! I had no idea what I’d been missing.
Arriving in Antwerp, I was instantly struck by the clash of worlds that exists in the city. In the main square, tourists can find the quaint chocolate-box vision of Belgium – synonymous with places like Brussels and Bruges. Over at the city’s port they can get an insight into the importance of Antwerp as a trading power. Meanwhile the buzz around The Zuit neighbourhood nods to Antwerp’s trendy, design-led future.